I have noticed that my Lexmark printer consistently uses 2 1/2 times the Cyan ink cartridges as the other colors (magenta and yellow), which ruins my plans to buy the bulk pack of all three. The consumption is not quite as much as the black cartridge, which I expect, and can forgive as it’s one quarter the price.
When I asked, Lexmark support offered:
Most cartridge nozzles are drilled with a stamp technology that punches small holes into the printhead. While cheap and fast for the manufacturer, this process creates uneven, misshapen holes that can adversely effect ink flow and print quality.
Lexmark cartridge nozzles are drilled using a special process called EX2, or laser-excimer drilling. The holes are individually drilled with laser precision in order to ensure the most accurate ink distribution to produce the sharpest, high-quality images from your printer. This process takes a little more time and money, which impacts the final cost of the cartridge.
Um, okay. But then they added the Scooby-Doo-equivalent to “rirontrow.” I am not printing photos of blueberries on Blue’s Clues across a blue-sky backdrop – just normal stuff like letters, homeworks, an occasional geocache page.
Theories? (Absurd or serious)