Epson has a few sub-brands that they use for certain types of cartridges. If you look at the front of your Epson cartridge box you might notice the name “DURABrite” or “Claria” in the corner. These names refer to the ink formula that is inside the cartridge. Each one is best suited for a particular print job.
Epson DURABrite cartridges use a pigment-based ink that’s made for printing text and images, but is also capable of printing high quality photos. The ink formula is extremely light resistant and water-resistant, making them a suitable cartridge for a wide range of print jobs. If you own a standard Epson home inkjet printer, it likely uses DURABrite cartridges.
Popular Epson DURABrite ink cartridges: Epson 702 series, Epson 802 series, Epson 252 series, Epson 288 series
Epson’s Claria Photo HD line is designed for amateur photo printing. All of these cartridges are dye-based except for the pigment-based black cartridge that comes with some printer models. If you own a lower end Epson photo printer, it likely uses Claria Photo HD ink.
Popular Epson Claria ink cartridges: Epson 302 series, Epson 312 series, Epson 202 series, Epson 212 series
Epson’s UltraChrome HD line is pigmented based ink that’s made for professional photographers and is used in high end photo printers like the Epson SureColor P600. The cartridges are expensive but if you need gallery grade or archival prints, they are worth the investment. With print permanence ratings of up to 200 years, you can be sure your photos will remain bright and sharp for years to come!
Popular Epson UltraChrome HD ink cartridges: Epson 760 series, Epson 324 series, Epson 850 series