When we bought the Canon Pixma 1980 printer, the sales clerk told us that the printer inks are good for six months to obtain the best print quality. Thought of it that it is kind of expensive? But of course that will much depend on what we will be printing, right?
The printer is for school and business use. If it goes out within 6 months that will be fine but if it goes more than 6 months the better. The color ink is still running and it is on its six month. Actually I am after first of the fact that I can print at home. The quality and performance on the second and life of the ink for me place on the least. If that's its life then be it. I guess as a user I am the one who can adjust to have the most out of it.
A way for me to prolong its life is to adjust the printer setting on my printing. For ordinary text printing I use the fast mode. Photo papers will be perfect for pictures. We also buy a smooth ordinary bond paper so as not to sip the ink too much while printing.
Canon Pixma 1980 color ink for me so far works well and prints well.