Product Type: Hewlett-Packard printer consumables
Newest Review: ... 301XL Ink. The ink itself is the exact same, and I'll review it first. I find this ink very good and you most certainly get better resu... more
XL INK - REALLY WORTH THE EXTRA!
Member Name: Jcm222
Advantages: More printing, money saving
Disadvantages: higher cost initially
This is the ink that I currently use in my HP3050A All in one printer. I sometimes use compatible ink cartridges but as that voids the warranty and recently it would not recognise it, I reverted back to the original genuine HP ink.
WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT THE XL INK?
This is one of two options you have when trying to buy ink for the 1000,2000,3000,3050 HP printer series. You can choose the 301 ink or in my case, the 301XL Ink.
The ink itself is the exact same, and I'll review it first. I find this ink very good and you most certainly get better results when you use this compared with compatible ink which can be bought on Amazon. The colour I noticed it most on was the black; it appears crisper which is great, if like me you print a lot of lengthy and important text only documents.
The ink is very easy to load into the printer and when you do so, the onscreen instructions will thank you for purchasing genuine HP ink.
Now, the XL part of the equation. As I said, you can also get just 301 cartridges, should you choose to. In the XL Cartridges you get 480 standard quality black pages worth of printing, whereas in the normal cartridges you only get 210. As you can see you get over double the printing for less than double the price. In Staples the standard cartridges are priced at £9 whereas the XL are priced at £15. This is why I would buy the XL version. If you buy two normal cartridges, you will have spent more and got less printing.
It's important to note that the XL cartridges are no larger in physical size than the original cartridges as clearly they would not fit into the printer. It's just that in the normal cartridges they don't put as much ink into them.
In my opinion, the XL Cartridges are a great idea and I'd really recommend buying them because you will save money over time. The price is quite good compared to standard HP cartridges as well as those from other manufacturers.
Summary: Worth the extra cash
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