I've been using a CIS for my Epson 2100/2200 for 3-4 years, for professional use. It's not the CISS system, but it's from Image Specialists http://www.image-specialists.com/
The inks from Image Specialists seem to be as good as the original Epson inks when it comes to colour rendition and long-term stability. I have absolutely no idea of how good the CISS inks are
, or the ones from Lyson http://www.marrutt.co.uk/2100-cis.php
or Inkjetfly http://www.inkjetfly.com/product_inf...roducts_id=206
I've had colour profiles made for the inks and papers I use. It's a must for professional use, but I recommend it anyway if you want the correct colours.
- Drastically reduced ink costs. My estimate is that the CIS system has cut my ink costs with (roughly) 85 percent. Ink costs are simply not an issue any more. The ink I use is of the same quality as the Epson Ultrachrome inks.
- Convenience: you know you'll never run out of ink. The ink containers are transparent, so you can actually see how much ink there is left.
- The system takes 1-1½ hour to set up the first time. You have to very careful to get it right.
- The ink supply system with ink containers and plastic tubing must be handled with great care. You can't move the printer around.
- You have to keep an eye on the ink in the feeder tubes. If the printer sits idle for a week or more you have to prime the printer by printing a few A4 sheets of multicoloured pictures. Ordinary cheap copy paper (for laser printers) will do, so the cost is negligible.
- You must run the printer every now and then in order to keep the ink from clogging in the feeder tubes. However, the print heads will probably clog long before that...
- There is no way I can recommend a CIS system for family use. That would be a certain way to disaster. Don't even think of it.
The CIS system is one of the best investments I've made. I would n-e-v-e-r ever go back to small cartridges again, unless I get rich and can get a large format printer with 220-800 ml cartridges...
Before you decide to buy a CIS, I would recommend you to search the Internet for reviews and user comments about the particular CIS you have in mind. After all, there are very real quality differences between varoious third party inks. Go for the very best, the equivalents of the Epson Ultrachromes (or whatever they call them now).