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Do you remember buying your printer?
If you're anything like me.. you just wanted one that was basic.. did everything you needed it to do.. (no I don't mean do your work for you.. but if only).. whether photocopying or just printing... that printer runs on ink. Aah ink. Most the time we are buying printers cheap and then realising the printer ink is milking our money.
After i'd already owned a few previous printers.. when buying my latest one.. (HP 4280) I made sure it was one that would not cost me too much in terms of ink.
Behold, HP 300 Cartridges.. they're great.. especially compared to other HP cartridges that cost more in total.. for the same amount of ink.
The cartridges print 200 pages for the standard sized ones.. and the black ink only costs me £10-12. Which is a lot less than others. I don't use the colour ink as much though.. that obviously costs more than the black.. and if you had to buy both cartridges daily then that's probably why we all grumble about the cost of them. Unfortunatly it has to be done.
The packaging has changed since the above picture and they are now sold in a black and white box. Inside it contains the cartridge, alongside some hp information sheet. To install the cartridge you just peel off the sticky tape ontop of the cartridge and slot it in your machine. Easy.
Places like tesco and boots also recycle your old cartridge for £1 as well.
Both the black and the colour cartridge seem ok in turns of ink and price. However I do print quite often and I easily go through quite a few cartridges which can be annoying. I've now started buying a few at once and keeping some in stock in advance.
In terms of quality, I found the ink to come out quite sharply and it sits on the paper quite well. I've used a range of papers all different thicknesses and i've never had a problem with the ink or thought the quality wasn't good. The packaging also states it's fast drying and i'd agree with that.. i've never had ink on my fingers afterwards but I still always give it a few seconds before highlighting etc over text. I know some people have complained about their inks.. saying that they had not used their printer in a while and the cartridges dried out. I've never experienced that as a problem with these cartridges.
So overall I do think these cartridges are a good buy over other makes and are cheaper than the other brands available such as Epson. They are a necessity with every printer and so something we will be buying frequently.. therefore i'm glad I don't have much of a problem with them... if only we didn't have to buy them so often :P
This review can also be found written by me on ciao.
I was given my printer as part of a research project I am on... while I am very happy with the printer itself it does seem to use a lot of ink. The colour cartridge in particular seems to run out very quickly. I have considered buying the XL cartridges but they do seem rather pricey.
On a positive note I will say that the cartridges are easy to use- you just open the door and the cartridge clicks into place easily. There is even a guide printed onto my printer so you can see which side each cartridge goes in. This may seem very basic, but believe me some people (myself included!) actually need this.
Another positive note is that these cartridges do seem to be more popular and so they are readily accepted by companies who give you cash for your empty ink cartridges- I've had no problems recycling them in this way.
I probably wouldn't have chosen these cartridges, if I were choosing a printer I would go for the one with the cheapest cartridges. Having said that, I have been pleased with the quality of the ink so far.
I have a HP C4480 printer which takes the 300 cartridge. Although high street prices can be very pricey, not to name any names, the online price tends to quite reasonable. The cartridges are very easy to install; simply removing the packaging, the plastic coasting the ink head and click into place.
The ink quality is very good and produces a very good print. The ink is thick so it easily sticks to the page. I have used different quality paper, and have found, that when using some premium paper that is relatively thick the print stands out more than using thinner, cheaper paper. This not only gives a better print, but it also dries quicker, preventing smudging.
The ink cartridges do last quite a while, whilst unlike others they don't seem to dry up when not used for a while. I must of managed to print around 100 pages of documents, mainly text with a couple of pictures/diagrams a page before having to change the cartridge.
Like installing them, they are very easy to remove. Also, the ink doesn't get all over your hands!
Being at uni means I have a fair share, if not high volume of printing to do. And these are the cartridges I use to do it with. The product itself is one whole cartridge containing 3 colours, cyan, magenta and yellow. So you only need to buy the one cartridge to refill.
As what I print tends to be of high ink density, I find myself running out after around 100 pages. So it's not the longest at lasting even with a high ink print volume. The cartridges are around £10-15 online which can make it expensive if you do alot of printing.
The quality of the print however, I simply cannot fault. The ink appears crisp, sharp and fine, especially when displaying or printing small or fine diagrams etc. The inks don't run on the paper either. These cartridges are also very simple to load. In my printer you simply tilt the cartridge and click it into place, no mess or leaks. They are sealed very tight and I have never had one as of yet leak on my hands.
The criticisms I have with the cartridge however is it's short life, as I said an average for me of around 100 pages is not great, and they are also quite expensive, especially when you have to constantly buy new ones. However the HP originals definately have a much higher print quality than offbrand ones I have tried. So it's a question of price over quality.