In the US, Sawgrass has recently release a new line of sublimation inks for the Epson 7700. It seems to be a very good printer and I actually wrote a blog about it here - Epson 7700/ 9700 Sawgrass Sublimation Solution | Blogging with Coastal – Transfer Paper, Sublimation, Heat Press, Vinyl and More!
Aaron, Are the inks themselves a new formulation?
It looks like to me the Sublijet "E" series are just the same as desktop Sublijet "IQ" but just repackaged into the 7700 or 9700 carts.
Looking at the math the only thing I see are less startup costs buying the "E" carts vs. buying "SubliM" liter bottles and filling yourself, plus saving the cost of a $1500 RIP if you use "SubliM". Also the "CIS" for the SubliM is about $500.
If the $185 250 mL 7700 carts are compared to the $250 "SubliM" liters then for the same printer the ink cost ratio
$62.5 for 250 mL SubliM
$185 for 250 mL SubliJet "E"
or $0.25 per ml SubliM and $.074 per mL for "E".
So comparing startup cost differences and figuring the "break even" point ...
4 x "E" 250 mL carts = $740
4 liters SubliM= $1000
If the RIP is $1500 and the CIS is $500 total of $2000 and the $260 difference for the full liters vs. 250 mL ($2260) then it only takes about 3 cart purchases of "E" ($740 x 3 = $2220) for the break even point on the initial purchase.
So after using only 3 "E" replacement cart sets you have spent the same amount of money as if you would have bought Sublim from the start, however, forever thereafter
your ink costs are still $0.74 cents for "E", whereas Sublim per mL cost would be $0.25. "E" Ink is still nearly 3X expense.
I would propose that anyone looking at the 7700 should take into consideration their ink volume usage. Looks like a "either pay them now ... or really
pay them later" type of situation.