After 5 months of purchasing the Epson TX100, my black ink cartridge finally ran out. The ink ran out pretty fast, considering I don't print on a regular basis.
The replacement ink cartridge, the Epson 73N (standard capacity) cost me RM34
A close inspection on the packaging reveals that the ink cartridge was manufactured in Indonesia and has a shelf life of 2 years.
I find Epson's manual totally unreliable as the first step according to the manual is to push the stop button. The stop button should not be pressed more than 3 seconds or the printer will start cleaning the print head (which also mean it will use up a lot of the available ink left in the cartridges).
After pressing the stop button. the ink cartridges cage would not move and still in its "hiding" zone.
Well, i did some "experiment" and finally found a solution to it as the manual's instruction did not help. Click on the Epson TX100 icon and locate the "how to..." button (marked with red circle) in the Epson status monitor 3 and there will be step by step instruction and the ink cartridges cage will move out from its "hiding" zone.
Otherwise, go to Epson TX100 series properties (left click the on the Epson TX100 icon) and got to "maintenance". There will be ink cartridge replacement utility which will assist the user step by step and move the ink cartridges out.
With the ink cartridges cage out, squeeze the tab at the back of the ink cartridge to be replace and lift it straight up
Try no to touch the green IC chip on the side of cartridge. This might damage the catridge
Lastly, just push the ink cartridge down until clicks into place. Follow the utility program to finish up the installation and the printer is ready to print.
The reason why I came out with this post is because I notice many people google about ways to replace ink cartridges for Epson TX100 (where they end up on my site due to my previous post about it). It is obvious why many people are confused, it is all because of the poorly developed manual by Epson.