The Difference Between Epson Ink 69 & 88 for CX7400 Printers
By Dan Wonder
Epson 69 and Epson 88 are names given to a set of ink cartridges compatible with Epson’s CX7400 printer, which is geared towards home-based businesses. The CX7400 is just one of several Epson printers that use the 69 and 88 cartridges; they are also compatible with more than two dozen other printers from the Japanese manufacturer.
The two cartridge designations constitute four colors: black, cyan, magenta and yellow. They are sold as standalone cartridges or sold together as a combo pack. The part numbers for Epson 69 are T069120 for black, T069220 for cyan, T069320 for magenta and T069420 for yellow. The Epson 88 part numbers are T088120 for black, T088220 for cyan, T088320 for magenta and T088420 for yellow. They fall under Epson’s DURABrite brand.
The CX7400 uses either the Epson 69 or Epson 88. Officially known as the Epson Stylus CX7400, it is an all-in-one color inkjet printer. In addition to printing, the device can copy and scan documents. Printing speed is measured at up to 28 pages per minute, and it can print 4-by-6-inch photos in as fast as 27 seconds.
On the CX7400, the ink cartridge yield with Epson 69 is around 245 pages with the black cartridge and an average of around 335 pages with the other colors. Epson 88 yields around 180 pages with the black ink and an average of around 165 pages with the other cartridges.
Pricing and Availability
As of April 2013, Epson 69 and Epson 88 are available for purchase at Epson’s website. Epson 69 combo packs goes for around $56 each. The Epson 88 combo pack costs around $27. The cartridges are also available at retailers like Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples and Target.
Dan Wonder has been a writer since 2007, contributing to publications such as “Georgetown Research News.” He runs his own PR/communications firm and has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism.