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Epson Printheads: Which is Your Favorite?

As we all know, Epson, a popular printhead brand in the field of inkjet digital printing, is in a leading position in this field with its unique micro-piezoelectric printing technology. Micro-printing technology has the advantages of high printing solutions, good durability, environmental protection, and high cost-effectiveness. Epson can design printheads for high-quality printing and high-volume printing. Now, let’s talk about some popular Epson printheads.

Print Head ModelF1440/DX5F1080/XP600I3200-A1/4720FA06090/Said as TFP head
Ink TypeAqueous ink

(Water-based ink), Eco-solvent ink

UV ink, Eco-solvent inkAqueous ink

(Water-based ink)

Eco-solvent ink
Dimension106 x 49.7 x 41.7mm84.9 x 57.2 x 42.6mm69.1 x 59.4 x 35.6mm/
Nozzle Numbers1440108032003600
Nozzle Spacing (inch)1801801/300 (in one row)1/360 (in one row)
Nozzle Rows86810
Max.Supported Colors8644
Resolution180npi/1 row 360npi/2 row180npi/1 row 360npi/2 row300npi/1 row 600npi/2 row360npi/1 row 720npi/2 row
Print Width25.425.433.8/
Drop Volume3.8-7-14-224.5-9-20-403.8-6-12(9.4)4.2
Jetting Frequency43kHz(single dot)

14.4kHz(multi dot)

46kHz(single dot)

11.52KHz(multi dot)

43.2kHz(single dot)

21.6KHz(multi dot)

50kHz(single dot)
Ink Viscosity4-5(mPa·s)3-5(mPa·s)3-44-5

Epson F1440 (Replaces Epson DX5 Printhead)

This is a classic good printhead, priced at $860-$1000 per piece (depending on market conditions), and the service life of the printhead is about 2-3 years. This is also a print head with a long history, also released around 2000.
EPSON F1440 (DX5) is the most popular printhead in the Epson brand. It can perfectly use water-based dye ink, sublimation ink, eco-solvent ink, UV ink, and other ink types. The market support system for this printhead is very complete and mature. Almost all Chinese and Japanese printer brands have printer models with Epson DX5 printheads.

Epson F1080 (Disassembled Head Known as XP600)

It is an economical water-based ink printhead. It is designed for positioning water-based ink, but everyone uses it to print eco-solvent ink, UV ink, and thermal transfer ink. Its life is about 3-6 months, the longest lasts up to 1.5 years, and the price is $150-$250 per piece (changes with market conditions). Printer brands love it because they plan to make simple printers and sell them in high volumes.
The Epson XP600 printhead released around 2018 is a 6-channel printhead. The color saturation of the XP600 will be worse than that of the DX5 and i3200. But with its very cheap price and moderate stability, it is widely accepted by the market. It is mainly used for small eco-solvent ink printers, roll UV printers with a width of 1.6-1.8, and flatbed UV printers with a size of 6040 or 9060.

Epson I3200 (Water-Based Disassembled Head Also Called 4720)

Epson I3200 printheads are divided into three types of printheads, I3200-A1 printhead (water-based ink), I3200-E1 printhead (eco-solvent ink), and I3200-U1 printhead (UV ink). They were also released around 2018, with prices ranging from $800 to $1,000 (depending on market conditions). Like the XP600, printer brands love it. It is the best-selling printhead after the DX5 printhead.
The I3200 print head uses thin-film piezoelectric (TFP) technology, and the head life is similar to that of the DX5. The advantages of i3200 are more than 3200 nozzles, a resolution of 600DPI, and a higher injection frequency than DX5 and XP600. It performs better in terms of color saturation, printing speed, printing accuracy, etc., and is cost-effective. It is popular in eco-solvent ink, UV ink, sublimation ink textile ink, DTF white ink, and heat transfer ink.

Epson FA06090 (Also Called TFP Printhead)

The Epson TFP printhead was released around 2016, using thin film piezoelectric (TFP) technology, and priced at $1,800-$2,000. This printhead is only used for Epson brand-wide format printers, such as Epson SureColor S 30680 /40680 /60680 / 80680, etc.
The Epson TFP print head adopts Epson’s high-standard output and performs well in terms of printing accuracy, color expression, and color saturation, which is far superior to the above-mentioned print heads. Customers with high standards will choose this printhead.

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