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Epson 126 vs 127: Which Cartridge Ink is Better?

Epson 126 vs 127

Choosing the right ink cartridge can be a challenge. Aside from the quality of your prints, there is also quite a dent made in your pocket. While you might be tempted to buy remanufactured cartridges, they can cause problems with your printer. For this reason, we are going to look at two of Epson’s original cartridges.

We will compare the Epson 126 vs 127. We will consider all of their specifics and include them in a side-by-side chart. Then, we will follow up with some pros and cons before the final verdict.

Let’s begin with what Epson 126 and Epson 127 have in common.

Epson 126 vs 127 – Similarities

Rigorous Testing

The Epson 126 and the Epson 127 have both been through strict testing in the Epson labs. Tests include color, purity, viscosity, surface tension and gas chromatography.

DURABrite Ink

With DURABrite ink, the Epson 126 and the Epson 127 have pigment-based ink technology. These inks are water and smudge resistant and also fade resistant regardless of whether you are printing on plain, matte, or glossy paper. The ink also dries instantly.

Epson 126 and Epson 127 Side by Side Comparison

Let’s review these features in the comparison chart below.



Epson 126

Epson 127

ImageEpson 126Epson 127
Manufacturer NumberT126520-ST127120-S
Epson Quality TestedYesYes
Available PacksBlack, Black 2 pack, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, C/M/Y 3 pack, C/M/Y/B 4 packBlack, Black 2 pack, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, C/M/Y 3 pack
Printer CompatibilityWorkforce- 633, 845, 840, 520, 630, 545, 435, 60, 645, 635, WF-7510, WF-3520, WF-7520, WF-3540, WF-7010, Stylus NX330, Stylus NX430Workforce- 633, 845, 840 630, 545, 60, 645, 635, WF-3520, WF-7510, WF-3540, WF-7010, Stylus NX530, Stylus NX625
DURABrite UltraYesYes
Smart Valve TechnologyNot statedYes
ResistanceSmudge, water, and fadeSmudge, water, and fade
Instant DryYesYes
CapacityHigh Capacity- 50% more than standardExtra-High Capacity- black cartridge, 1000 sheets

Now we will move on to what makes the Epson 126 and the Epson 127 different.

Differences Between Epson 126 and Epson 127

Available Packs

Both are available in individual black, cyan, magenta, and blue. You can also buy a 2 pack for each in black.

Epson 126 comparison

Epson 126

You can buy a p pack with cyan, magenta and yellow. There is also an option for a 4 pack which includes the 3 colors and black.

Epson 127

In terms of packs, apart from the 2 pack of black, there is only a pack of the 3 colors.

The Winner Is- The Epson 126

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Printer Compatibility

Your decision may come down to what printer you have. You can find a full list of compatible printers in the comparison chart.

Epson 127 Review

Epson 126

There are 17 compatible printers from the Epson range, the majority are from the Workforce series but there are also 2 from the Stylus series.

Epson 127

You can use these cartridges with 14 different printers. Again, most are in the Workforce category with two in the Stylus group, though not the same as the Epson 126.

The Winner Is- The Epson 126

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Smart Valve Technology

Smart Valve technology prevents excess ink from being delivered to the paper.

Epson 127 Comparison

Epson 126

There is no information confirming Smart Valve technology.

Epson 127

The product information states that these cartridges come with Smart Valve technology.

The Winner Is- The Epson 127


The capacity of the cartridges adds to the value for money.

Epson 126 Review

Epson 126

At high capacity, there is 50% more ink than standard cartridges. It’s a shame there is no information about the number of sheets you can print.

Epson 127

These are extra high capacity. A black ink cartridge can print approximately 1000 sheets.

The Winner Is- The Epson 127

Pros and Cons

Before our final thoughts on which of the Epson ink cartridges are the best, here are a few pros and cons.

Epson 126

  • They are super easy to install
  • Excellent quality printing, including photos
  • No clogged printer heads


  • Quality control is not very good and there seem to be a lot of fakes on the market

Epson 127


  • Very good value for money
  • Noticeably more prints than the Epson 126
  • Great for 2-sided printing


  • Again, there seem to be some issues with quality control

The Final Verdict

It’s true that like all printer companies, these cartridges are expensive. However, for many, they will be the only choice because a lot of printers now are not recognizing generic cartridges. The printing quality for both the Epson 126 and the Epson 127 was superb but we decided that the overall winner was the Epson 127 because you get so many more prints and although more expensive, it works out cheaper on cost per page.