What is the difference?
The difference between tri-colour and individual ink cartridges is very straightforward. Tri-colour cartridges are a single unit that contains all three ink colours (cyan, magenta, and yellow) while individual ink cartridges comprise only one printer ink colour. With Individual ink cartridges, like Epson ink cartridges, it slots into the printhead inside the printer. Tri-colour ink cartridges normally have lower page yields than individual colour cartridges.
Which type of cartridge is best?
Most tri-colour cartridges can’t provide the same depth of colour and tone for photo printing that individual colour cartridges systems can. If you want professional-looking photos, stick with individual colour cartridge systems.
Tri-colour cartridges are not ideal for your business if you are going to printing colour labels a good deal. Since there is not as much ink from the cartridge, you will replace the cartridge more frequently. Tri-colour cartridges are most helpful if you print in black and white and only print in colour occasionally.
Are tri-colour ink cartridges more cost-effective?
You may think that since you only replace one ink cartridge that tri-colour ink cartridges are more cost-effective. With Tri-colour inks, the moment one colour has run out, you are going to need to replace all of them. This means that you are potentially throwing away a cartridge that still has two usable colour tanks.
Individual ink cartridges give you the option to just replace the colour you need to replace, which makes them cost-effective in the long run. The only down-side is the initial cost of the four individual ink cartridges.
Most printer manufacturers create tri-colour cartridges for their entry label printer models. It’s a general rule that the more economical the printer, the costlier it will be to replace the printer cartridges.