The World Of Cartridge And Printer Inks: Is It A Good Bargain For The End User?

Don’t you love it when the inkjet refill comes to you for cheap; it’s like having an apple pie as and when you want it. Ink bought from a vendor can be pocket pinching, and you as a user need alternatives, either manufactured or refilled. And they all come with warnings of dire consequences, such as quality wise disappointments, drippings and printer damages too. Worse still when you choose to buy third party inks for your printer (given the amount of risk involved).

So how do we know which one to trust?

You must have heard horror stories where third party inks played the leading role. Vendor inks are costly and almost everyone wants refills for cheap. Hence the only way to find out what runs best for your printers would be to do some homework and trying out stuff out on your own.

Hail the refill of times – what the experts feel

We took a good look at various ink cartridges available online and at brick and mortar outlets. The first one we checked for was the “HP Photosmart e-All-in-One inkjet, a printer with multi functions and in which all third party inks can be accommodated easily. The mission thus was assigned and the study began.

We took many refills and started out the testing. Each of the testing’s showed us samples of a varied kind. And then came the streaks in the results, which led us to calculate the charges we bore per printed page (inclusive of the quality shown to us through the results).

Baseline talk

In our opinion, what we saw around was that the HP 60 black and color cartridges which came along with this machine gave us around one hundred and thirty one pages, fully printed. Price for the same was around thirty five dollars for the cartridges, when we bought them separately. So we can safely say we were happy and the price per page was pocket friendly, around twenty seven cents per page, thanks to HP’s 60 Ink Cartridge Combo Pack, money saved.

More research

From the various options taken for testing, each of them approached quality in ways different than the next. And this would especially hold true when old printers were used, since vendors for third party inks needed time for alternative creations of inks and cartridges to become compatible. In most cases what we noticed was that there were more hassles involved than ever with the silver lining of savings. However, let us remind you once again, the variations for quality output would be noticed from one to the next.

Risks using third party inks

  1. Unpredictable to begin with, they mess around with the warranty of your printer, and damages for the same wouldn’t be recovered.
  2. The worst risk ever thought of would be when there was an ink spill while the printer was in use,. The cartridge or even the printer would get totally messed up and you would then have to deal with tons off pop-up dialog boxes warning you like a nun with a stick. This could be persistent and intimidating at the same time, however, click OK and dismiss them all in one go.

So if you really want to get the best information, its best you check with experts online. Remember, it’s always best to be well informed rather than being sorry later.