I have an Epson CX5400. I have no complaints with this unit. It has worked very well for me. My question is related to ink consumption and electricity used. Should I just leave the unit on all the time or turn it on only when I use it (which I do today). It gets used daily and the last cartridges lasted 6 months or more. My concerns are that if I leave it on the print head will not "park" and will dry up thus needing cleaning, and, the power it would use being left on all the time (can't be much is it?). I have heard that every time the printer is turned on it goes through a cleaning, thus using up ink. I am confused as to leaving it on or off?
If you use your printer daily, you're fine to leave it on. As the printer sits idle its power consumption is very, very small. There is no harm in turning it off though. I'm not sure about it using ink when it boots up. That's news to me.
I have read that if you plan not to use your printer for a while (several days or more) it's best to turn it off or the ink can begin to dry out.
This is along the lines of what I was thinking. Does anyone know for sure if the print head "parks" when the printer is on so the ink does not dry up. Seems like something it should do, but then they would not sell as much ink. Don't get me going on the cost of ink .
I don't want to throw a wrench into this discussion, but with older Epson printers (like the 740) it was very important to turn them off. Epson techs even advised users to turn them off between uses so the head would move into a spot on the carriage where it is sealed. Clogging issues with Epson printers are no small matter.
I no longer use Epson, so my advise may very well be out of date.