Review: CIS Plus Epson Stylus Photo RX595 CI System (CISS)

Epson Stylus Photo RX595 With CI System

Excellent combination – works extremely well. Highly recommended. The Epson Stylus Photo RX580 has an identical print head, and the exact same insides.

Why the RX595?

We like to highlight solid performing inkjet printers that have one thing in common – a cheap printing solution is available.  That is our main criteria when evaluating inkjet printers.  If we like the printer, and we can use either compatible and re-manufactured inkjet cartridges, or (even better) a CI system – you have a winner, and the RX595 is just that, a winner with a CI systemIf you are looking for product specs, please go here.

CIS, CISS, Continuous Inking System, Continuous Ink System, Bulk Ink, Extrenal Ink

What are you waiting for? That is a stack of cartridges that retail for $450.00.

Slick 6-color photo printer from Epson:

With the RX595 inkjet printer, a CI system works extremely well, and it is surprisingly easy to install.  Just remove the cartridge cover, plug the scanner unit open latch, and route the tubing.  The system works very well when the scanner unit is completely closed – there is a bounty of room inside the printer so the CI tubing does not tangle or kink at all.  The RX595 is just a great overall candidate for a CI system.

This printer produces incredible prints, even if it is a little poky.  Takes about 2 minutes to print a modestly sized image from the memory card slot (about 4MB) at maximum quality.  Also prints text quite nicely.  The Epson Stylus Photo RX595 is a 6-Color printer, so photos come out looking better than lab quality.  Epson brand cartridges use a dye based ink with this printer, and our CI system was no different – it also uses dye based inks.

Step 1 – Remove the cartridge cover:

Plastic part that holds the cartridge cover on the printer. Epson Stylus Photo RX595 inkjet printer cartridge cover removal. Epson Stylus Photo RX595 cartridge cover removal.

Removing the cartridge cover on the Epson Stylus Photo RX595 could not be easier – one of the easiest of the Epson printers to do.  Simply pry off the small piece of plastic on the bottom right side of the print head assembly, and the cartridge cover will lift right off.

Epson Stylus Photo RX595 continuous inking system (CIS CISS) how-to installation video.

Step 2 – Plug the scanner unit open latch:

There is a peg on the under side of the scanner unit that fits perfectly into a cut-out that contains a latch.  When the peg depresses this latch, the printer knows the scanner unit is open.  To get around this issue, simply take some wadded up paper, or some Styrofoam from the CI system box and stuff it into the hole.  Place a piece of scotch tape over the plugged up hole, and the printer will think it is closed all the time.

This is not an issue during normal printing, however when running a nozzle check with the top open – the printer will prompt you to close the hatch so printing can complete.  Plugging the hole is a fairly straightforward process.

Locate scanner closed latch:

RX595 Scanner Open Sensor, Latch, Solution. Print with RX595 scanner unit open.

Plug hole so latch is always depressed:

We cut a piece off the CI system box and plugged the hole with Styrofoam and a piece of scotch tape.  You could also use a piece of wadded up paper, or other material to achieve the same results.  Use your best judgment.

RX595 Scanner sensor unit covered up with styrofoam, and a piece of scotch tape.

Step 3 –  Install CI cartridges and route tubing:

Now we can install the CI system dummy cartridges (with push-button resetting chips) and route the tubing through the printer.  You can place your external tank wherever you like, however we found that setting the external tank on the outside left of the printer was the best position for us.  The tubing wants to naturally go to the left, so that is where we put the external ink tank.

Routing the tubing was very simple – lots and lots of room inside the Stylus Photo RX595.  This CI system performed perfectly.

The final result.

After about 4 head cleanings – which is really a print head primer cycle – the RX595 was printing perfectly, and we ran off some test prints.  Color was amazing, no streaks or lines, and we highly recommend this system to owners of the RX595 printers.

Epson RX595 nozzle check printout - looks like we need to prime the print heads one more time.

Epson RX595 nozzle check printout - looks like we need to prime the print heads one more time.

We discovered that one of the tubes was not full of ink (black), so we ran a cleaning cycle (priming the print head) and wanted to show the ink as it is being pulled through the tubing.  Pretty neat, and also pretty revealing – think of how much ink is used to clean the print heads on an Epson inkjet printer.  No wonder cartridges go out so fast.

Continuous inking system installed:

There is a reset button on the set of cartridges.  When the printer says it is out of ink – simply press this reset button and the ink levels will be reset to full.  Easier than changing a cartridge.

Epson Stylus Photo RX595 continuous inking system reset button on the outside of the cartridges.

With the system installed there is plenty of room for the tubing to travel safely through the insides of the printer.  No need to worry about tangling, or the tube catching on some protruding corner.

Epson Stylus Photo RX595 inkjet printer with CIS, CISS, continuous inking system installed.

Solid performer:

We like this printer, it prints to CDs, prints from memory cards, no need for a computer – built-in LCD display, and it’s a six color photo printer.  Solidly built, and stylish offering from Epson.  The Epson Stylus Photo RX595 and a continuous inking system make this printer a color laser replacement printer.

Youtube videos:

Epson Stylus Photo RX595 with continuous inking system installed

Installation of a CI system on an Epson Stylus Photo RX595


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