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I have for a long time purchased the smaller HP 300 normal size colour ink cartridges, and having recently changed to using the larger model, I thought I should write a review on whether the change has been worth it.
As with the smaller capacity model, the HP 300XL comes as a single unit, which includes magenta, cyan and yellow, so unlike some other cartridge models, you will only need to purchase one unit. They are identical in design to the smaller capacity model, and so remain very simple to install into the printer, with mine you simply push and click. There are even instructions included with the cartridge which comes in handy for first time users.
I have never had one of these leak on me, and find that they are very well packaged. The cartridge is packaged in a colourful, smart-looking box and itself is within an airtight plastic bag. After removing the bag, you simply have to remove a plastic add-on before inserting into the printer. This is not a flimsy tag like most cartridges, but a solid plastic unit that I think offers better security against ink leakage. Ink quality on the paper is excellent, no smudges and no the ink does not run even on lower quality paper.
So the big question. Is it worth spending a little more money for the higher capacity model that offers over double the ink capacity to that of the smaller version. The high-capacity colour ink cartridge (XL) is available online for around £18. And for the black version (XL) for around £15. I have found these to be much more expensive in stores so definitely best to get it online. The smaller normal colour version is around £13, so for less than double the price, you are getting double the capacity in ink. So the answer is yes. My study involves printing very large volumes of lecture notes, and for me, this is a good investment. It claims that it can print up to around 440 pages, although I find this to be more so around 350. But this is because my printing includes large quantities of ink per page with diagrams etc.
I would say it's a more expensive ink cartridge than others. I think that other brands are cheaper, but the quality of the ink is very good, and much needed for the fine diagrams. What I would recommend if you have a printer that uses these cartridges is to perhaps use a refill service as this is much cheaper and you will get the same volume of ink. However a great quality product.