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Epson157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to replace (16)
  • Sharp tones & colors (16)
  • Clean replacement (14)
  • Dries quickly (14)
  • Long lasting color (10)

Cons

  • Too expensive (6)
  • Short cartridge life (5)

Best Uses

  • Photos (15)
  • Professional documents (5)
  • Graphics & charts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (14), Heavy duty user (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (10), Personal (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for B & W photo printing; but!

I'm a professional artist. I both photograph & print all of my own work. Had R1900 machine for 5 yrs, but it died of too much gloss optimizer disease. R3000 seemed the...Read complete review

I'm a professional artist. I both photograph & print all of my own work. Had R1900 machine for 5 yrs, but it died of too much gloss optimizer disease. R3000 seemed the next best barely affordable alternative.

While it's nice to have a choice of blacks to print, the machine is an ink hog when it switches between matte & photo black. My question to Epson where does the lost ink go??? Huge expense if you print a lot of B & W or your color has a lot gray/black tonalities.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

quality way overpriced

I am happy with my R3000 but the OEM Epson ink is marked up by Epson way to much! printing should be cost effective to a point with Epson mid pro printers they have...Read complete review

I am happy with my R3000 but the OEM Epson ink is marked up by Epson way to much! printing should be cost effective to a point with Epson mid pro printers they have printers that cost tens of thousands of dollars that have refillable tanks but that is way out of my league I hate to use a CIS on my R3000 but if I can get Epson bulk ink to use in a CIS I will invest in that route, I waste a lot of ink if my printer is not used at least once a week due to clogged jets, I do a nozzle check before wasting any ink on Epson signature worthy pro paper, and depending on the temperature and humidity in South Carolina I find cleaning the head more often than should be needed, when I lived in western Pennsylvania it was much less needed, never less this stuff cost more than gold by weight (egagerated a bit) at around $300.00 + for a full set of Ink half the cost of the printer it's price gouging I am glad B&H has it for less than Epson's sale prices I only buy it from here, I hope printer manufacturers will one day stop pricing there ink at 800% profit more people would buy there products.

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3.0

quality way overpriced

By ken

from Walhalla sc

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

I am happy with my R3000 but the OEM Epson ink is marked up by Epson way to much! printing should be cost effective to a point with Epson mid pro printers they have printers that cost tens of thousands of dollars that have refillable tanks but that is way out of my league I hate to use a CIS on my R3000 but if I can get Epson bulk ink to use in a CIS I will invest in that route, I waste a lot of ink if my printer is not used at least once a week due to clogged jets, I do a nozzle check before wasting any ink on Epson signature worthy pro paper, and depending on the temperature and humidity in South Carolina I find cleaning the head more often than should be needed, when I lived in western Pennsylvania it was much less needed, never less this stuff cost more than gold by weight (egagerated a bit) at around $300.00 + for a full set of Ink half the cost of the printer it's price gouging I am glad B&H has it for less than Epson's sale prices I only buy it from here, I hope printer manufacturers will one day stop pricing there ink at 800% profit more people would buy there products.

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5.0

The best blacks

By mtc

from Amherst, MA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean Replacement
  • Easy To Install
  • Sharp Tones & Colors

Cons

  • Short Cartridge Life

Best Uses

  • Photos

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

I'm printing night photography, and the blacks are very important. This ink is so good it makes my photos look better than they do on the screen. Beautiful.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

BEST INK

By California Guy

from Beaumont, Ca.

About Me Infrequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean Replacement
  • Easy To Install
  • Sharp Tones & Colors

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Everyday documents
  • Graphics & Charts
  • Photos
  • Professional Documents

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

I always use Epson Ink for best results. This ink does not disappoint. Pictures from my R3000 are clear, crisp, and sharp.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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4.0

Photo Black

By MCG Youth

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean Replacement
  • Dries Quickly
  • Easy to Replace
  • Sharp Tones & Colors

Cons

  • Short Cartridge Life
  • Too Expensive
  • TOO MANY CARTRIDGES

Best Uses

  • Photos

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

We use this and the other inks for our student's work prints as well as their exhibition pieces.

  • Primary use:
  • Business

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5.0

Ink Perfection

By Plotke Photo

from North Hollywood, CA

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

The printer is nothing without the ink!! The ink makes the pictures professional!!

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5.0

Photo Black

By Snowflake

from Milwaukee

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean Replacement
  • Dries Quickly
  • Easy to Replace
  • Long Lasting Color
  • Sharp Tones & Colors

Cons

  • Short Cartridge Life

Best Uses

  • Photos

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

Best used on glossy or semi gloss paper. Rich black.
A little pricey and short life span but the output is supurb.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

Gallery wiality

By Dave

from Miami, FL

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

While a little on the expensive side, there is no denying these inks produce art gallery quality prints. Epson remains the best.

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4.0

Superior

By ThomBP

from Rhode Island

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean Replacement
  • Dries Quickly
  • Easy to Replace
  • Long Lasting Color
  • Sharp Tones & Colors

Cons

  • Too Expensive

Best Uses

  • Graphics & Charts
  • Photos
  • Professional Documents

Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

I give four stars because of the price, otherwise the K3 technology is great. The high price is an issue for all things "inkjet" these days, especially the high-end printers such as my R3000.

The color spectrum is beautiful and the fade resistance of the prints is extraordinary too.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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4.0

Great for B & W photo printing; but!

By swimmer in disguise

from San Rafael, CA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dries Quickly
  • Easy to Replace
  • Long Lasting Color

Cons

  • Short Cartridge Life
  • Too Expensive

Best Uses

    Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

    I'm a professional artist. I both photograph & print all of my own work. Had R1900 machine for 5 yrs, but it died of too much gloss optimizer disease. R3000 seemed the next best barely affordable alternative.

    While it's nice to have a choice of blacks to print, the machine is an ink hog when it switches between matte & photo black. My question to Epson where does the lost ink go??? Huge expense if you print a lot of B & W or your color has a lot gray/black tonalities.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    No drama, low cost, real thing, quick

    By Dr. Mike

    from New York

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clean Replacement
    • Dries Quickly
    • Easy to Replace
    • Long Lasting Color
    • Sharp Tones & Colors

    Cons

    • Costly In General Inks
    • Pricey - In General

    Best Uses

    • Photos

    Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

    The headline just about covers it. The price is among the best out there, delivery is always quick (and lately much more reliable than Staples!), and B&H stocks all the various Epson inks (for 3 printers) I use. Great to be able to order small things like ink when I'm purchasing something else (photographic), as it's a quick/easy add-on. Genuine Epson, good price, B&H delivery and service, what's not to like?

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    Good

    By Liz

    from Buffalo, NY

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clean Replacement
    • Dries Quickly
    • Easy to Replace
    • Sharp Tones & Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photos

      Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

      Bought for Epson R3000, works great

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Typical Epson quality it is all I use

      By Ray T.

      from Campbell, CA

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dries Quickly
      • Easy to Replace
      • Long Lasting Color
      • Sharp Tones & Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photos
        • Professional Documents

        Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

        what can I say the Epson inks are great. I've used them on my R210 and 4880 and now on the new R3000. They are consistant from batch to batch, who can ask for more.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Chazz Photos

        from Gresham, Oregon

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clean Replacement
        • Dries Quickly
        • Easy to Replace
        • Long Cartridge Life
        • Long Lasting Color
        • Sharp Tones & Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photos

          Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

          Very Happy With all of the Colors,

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Goog quality. Cheapest price

          By Joshua

          from New York NY

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dries Quickly
          • Easy to Replace
          • Sharp Tones & Colors

          Cons

          • Color Fades

          Best Uses

          • Everyday documents
          • Graphics & Charts
          • Professional Documents

          Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

          The best offer

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Epson R3000 Inks

          By Marc

          from Middletown, DE

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clean Replacement
          • Dries Quickly
          • Easy to Replace
          • Long Cartridge Life
          • Long Lasting Color
          • Sharp Tones & Colors

          Cons

          • Too Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Photos

          Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

          Provides dynamic color

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Great prints with Epson ink

          By stv996

          from Flagstaff AZ.

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clean Replacement
          • Dries Quickly
          • Easy to Replace
          • Long Cartridge Life
          • Sharp Tones & Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photos

            Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

            I recently upgraded to an Epson R3000 printer and the results are great, color and B&W prints come out perfectly.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Excellent quality- buy only the best!

            By Photog in MD

            from Maryland

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Replace
            • Sharp Tones & Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photos

              Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

              I need to know that I can depend on the quality of the ink- it represents my work as a professional photographer.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Great ink!

              By DADunk

              from Yuma, Az

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clean Replacement
              • Dries Quickly
              • Easy to Replace
              • Long Cartridge Life
              • Long Lasting Color
              • Sharp Tones & Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photos

                Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

                What can I really say. It is black ink. However, the tones and shades produced from this printer and ink are amazing.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Ink is Ink

                By fatSkeeter

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clean Replacement
                • Easy to Replace
                • Long Lasting Color
                • Sharp Tones & Colors

                Cons

                • Too Expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

                  All the Epson K3 is perfect! A little expensive to replace the cartridges. I wished there was a continous ink supply system that was made BY Epson.

                  Pricey.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  So far I am delighted with the printer.

                  By Squirrel

                  from NYC, NY

                  About Me Infrequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Acquired too recently to

                  Cons

                  • Dull Tones & Colors

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epson 157 Photo Black Ink Cartridge:

                    Are you asking me to rate an ink? Hard to do when usually they work in tandem with other inks. The colours were not good at the beginning despite being told that the paper profiles had been loaded. Was referred to an expert who came in and soon set things straight and so far things are going quite smoothly. Love its B&W printing capability. Just wish selenium split toning was included but that is pure day dreaming.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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