I'd think about increasing this even it means you print out stuff you'd ordinarily print on a laser via your inkjet instead.. It's just a proactive measure to reduce potential clogging.
Originally Posted by crc-ict
Which is about the norm ;)
2. I don't really have a defined budget for consumables. I suppose 'as little as possible' would be the most suitable answer!
Refilling is by nature messy but it's something that most people find they get a knack to and it becomes a lot less messy and easier over time.
3. Perfectly willing to try new things. I have tried refilling before (Canon BJ-10 and HP 53 & 54 cartridges), but have overall been disappointed with the results and find it a messy chore!
Certainly the older and newer Canons are pretty simple to refill and just involve drilling a suitable hole, refilling and then sealing with a nylon screw with a thin rubber washer to seal the hole. Nifty-stuff forums has all you need on that.
If you're intent on going with CIS kits then Epsons are a LOT easier for the novice as Canons have a lot more problems due to the way their cartridges are designed (bigger port = more potential for air leakage). However I'd recommend checking www.continuousink.info for some reviews on kits because eBay is a great place to buy but not so much on support... Many kits are poorly made and to put it bluntly "cr*p" quality resulting in leaks, and problems..
On the advice of a friend have been looking at an Epson R220, and was thinking about a continuous ink system I saw online for about £40 to go with it once the original cartridges run out.
The pixma range are really very good quality and well worth thinking about so I'm not sure where or how your friend developed his opinion but to date I've had 6 different printers of varying types and only hit one problem of my own making. Printheads are a consumable over time and the chipped cartridge issue makes for more "fun" but if you go with refilling I'd recommend an iP5200.
Had also been thinking about the Canon Pixma range, but someone warned me off Canon, saying they're not much good...
As to the K550, there's a printer I want to get my mitts on and they sort of encompass a printer where the CIS is built in because the cartridges are actually static and feed a seperate printhead. I've heard some good and some bad things about it... ie: noise levels, paper feed issues and from what I heard the photo quality isn't the best but it could be worse.
Consumables would certainly be higher than 3p per page though as your page coverage would be closer to 95% rather than the 5% comparison all printer manufacturers use.
Still n'all I'll leave it to some other peeps to put their 10 penneth worth in.. Good luck in your decision.