Epson

Why Can't I AirPrint With My iPhone?

Episode 1697

Chuck from Lawrence, KS

Chuck can't get his air printer to work wirelessly. He can't print from the iPhone or iPad. But he can print from his Mac. Leo says that Chuck's Macs are printing straight over WiFi, not via AirPrint. That's why they can work. Go to the printer options page and make sure it isn't printing to the old printer. Also look to see if the mobile devices can "see" the printer. If it doesn't, then it can't print. So it's likely an issue with the Epson's Wifi settings. Check-in there and look to see if it's AirPrint enabled.

How can I unclog my printer head?

A Printer Head

Episode 1676

Steve from San Clemente, California

Steve has an Epson all in one printer, and recently it's started to print lighter and lighter, making it steadily unreadable. Leo says that the heads are clogged, preventing ink from getting through the head to the page. He cleaned the heads with a video he saw on YouTube, and now it won't print at all. Leo says that printers are always being problematic. He recommends calling Epson and see if there's a replacement head assembly. It may be cheaper than buying a new printer.  The problem with all inkjets is that if they aren't used regularly, the ink in the heads dry and clog.

How can I keep my inkjet from clogging?

Epson 2750

Episode 1672

Randy from Dallas, TX

Randy got an Epson 2750, but he can't get it to print in color. Leo says that Epson will do a few nozzle cleans, before running a thorough nozzle clean. It'll take up a good portion of ink, but with the EcoTanks, you have plenty. Leo says that Inkjets tend to clog when not used regularly. Epson says that they coat their heads with a special coating to prevent clogging, but if you rarely use color printing, even with that, the printer will clog up due to dried ink in the head. It's just the nature of inkJet printing. So if you don't print at least once a week, maybe an inkjet isn't for you.

What photo scanner should I buy?

Epson FastFoto FF-640

Episode 1662

Michael from Detroit, MI

Michael is buying an all in one printer, and he's not going to do a lot of printing. He's doing more scanning of photographs. He's looking at sending the negatives and slides to a service. But it seems there are just too many models to choose from. What should he get? Leo recommends to check out Amazon reviews. They are always your friend. The Wirecutter is very good for recommendations, as is PC Magazine. The Epson Fast Photo (Epson is a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is expensive at $600, but if you have thousands of photos to scan, it's a good one to go with.

How Can I Print From a USB Thumb Drive?

Epson Expression 640

Episode 1640

Tim from Riverside, CA

Tim is interested in the Epson Ecotank Printer. but they don't seem to have a place to plug in a flash drive to print from them. Rich says that Epson may have dropped that feature because so many are printing wirelessly from their phones. He can, however, plug in an SD card and print that way. He may need to get a previous model that supports it on eBay. Another option is to look at Epson's business line. They may still support it. The Epson Expression 640 supports it. 

Why does my printer keep clogging?

Epson ET3600

Episode 1633

Chris from Roseberg, OR

Chris has bought 4 Epson printers, and the blue always stops printing after awhile. It keeps clogging, even though he prints a lot with it. Leo says that inkjet printers clog if you don't use them regularly. Leo says that if you're using official Epson ink, you shouldn't have a clog. But if you're buying your ink from Amazon, it's possible that you purchased counterfeit ink. So be sure you're buying your ink from an authorized Epson retailer. But it could also be a defect, so Leo advises contacting Epson directly. 

Can I Clean an Old Inkjet Printer?

NX510 

Episode 1630

Don from Culver City, CA

Don has an old Epson NX510 printer that he hasn't used in a long time. The ink cartridges are now really expensive. Is it worth trying to get new cartridges? Leo says that many models replace the print head when users get a new cartridge. So it's worth a try. But it's also worth running the unclogging utility and cleaning the print heads. Users really need to print once a week in order to keep the inkjet healthy. If users rarely print, a laser printer is better.