In the InkjetMaill Newsletter from 11/17/2020 it was with great interest that I’ve read the "New EPSON printers are on the Horizon - and that is not necessarily a good thing”-article.
I’m using a P-600 (Europe) since December 2018 and wondering what the ‘lifetime’ could be of a printer (in general, if different models are comparable)?
Depending of the intensity of use, it’s clear that the lifetime will be longer/shorter. And, probably the most important aspect, maintenance.
For the time being, after two years, the P-600 still runs as new and I didn’t encounter some main issues where repair or other was necessary. Could I expect that from a certain moment (e.g. after 5 years) the first issues will arise and repair will be necessary. Misalignment, replacement of tubing, printer heads, driving-mechanisms, …
With the idea in mind that I would like to print for many years and Epson’s approach concerning Third Party cartridges/inks/… I could purchase a new P-600. In that way I’ve a first back-up. On the other hand, with some search on www, I’ve found the possibility to purchase (some) spare parts (at high prices).
Having a new P-600 in stock that, probably, for at least 5 years, is, in a certain way, a lost investment? Assuming that with the intensity of today’s printing and regular maintenance I can use the P-600 for many years to come.
What can I expect from the functionally of a printer that was for many years in stock? Unboxing, power on and up-and-running?
Jon’s advice is, if I’ve understood the article correct, if you can stock a printer.
I try to have an idea of the expected lifetime of a printer and based on this take the risk/choice to purchase a back-up printer.
all the best