| TEXT BLACK PIGMENT
PGI-270BK ink is text black pigment used solely when printing on plain or copy paper. The PG at the start of the cartridge model number is shortform for PiGment. Text black pigment ink is preferred for sharper text printing, has less bleed on papers, is waterproof and will not fade. Text black pigment ink is slightly slightly costlier than dye ink.
All other CLI-271 colors used in this printer are dye inks. The photoblack black ink is used when printing photos on glossy paper.
If the printer has a duplex mode or two sided printing feature, photoblack dye is used on one side and text black pigment on the other.
Because of the way an inkjet printer works, a small quantity of color ink is still used during maintenance functions even if you print mainly text.
In May 2015, the inkset has changed to the PC25X Series. This was a huge upgrade providing much superior color color rendition over the prior inkset and is now certainly one of the best inksets if not the best for this series of printers.