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I have always used the HP 351 ink for my printer and think it is great quality for the price. With my printer being a HP Photosmart C4280 it is the same brand and produces great results.
There are three colours in the one ink cartridge as the name tricolour suggests, cyan, magenta and yellow. The colours look great on the printings as they are bright bold colours. Most of the time I just print black and white sheets off but the colours on pictures are always top quality and much nicer than other branded ink cartridges that my family has in there printers.
The ink is really easy to insert into the printer and works straight away. There are a range of printers this ink will work in including HP Deskjet (D4260, D4360), HP Officejet (J5730, J5780, J5785, J6410, J6415, J6424) and HP Photosmart (C4205, C4270, C4272, C4280, C4340, C4380, C4390, C4424, C4472, C4480, C4485, C4524, C4580, C4585, C4599, C5280, C5288, D5360).
According to the packaging the ink will last 170 pages. I have not tested this but when I use it to print off photos the ink runs out very quickly, therefore I doubt it would last that long.
I do find that when I print off photos whether onto normal printing paper or photo paper the ink takes a little while to dry otherwise it occasionally smudges but this is probably a combination of the paper choice and ink and not just the inks problem alone.
The only problem I have with this ink is the packaging which is impossible to get into without scissors and even with them it's a struggle.
I would recommend this ink but only for the occasional colour printing.
The problem with this cartridge is not its quality of print, which is excellent - it's just that it has such low capacity that it run's out really quickly.
You really can't do much more than print letters or emails for any length of time without running on empty.
What makes matter worse is that the cartridge is still quite expensive even at less than £10. I'm not sure why HP produces these low capacity cartridges as most people who buy them must be surprised to find how little they print before running out.
The cynic in me says that they produce these low capacity cartridges to make the ongoing costs seem more affordable, but that's not really the reality unless you are an ultra-light user just print the odd letter or whatever.
The answer really is to bring down the price of cartridges in general and not have to produce cheaper low capacity options just to make seem affordable.
So, unless you really do get a great deal, are prepared to refill or have very light use in mind I'd steer clear and purchase the larger XL capacity version of this cartridge - but that will cost you a lot more.
For those who may have read my HP C5280 printer review I did a few weeks ago, the HP 351 is the corresponding ink cartridge to this printer, and I'm sure many similar printers alike. When buying this printer and going to install the HP 351 colour cartridge, I was initially taken back at how small they actually are in comparison to previous cartridges I have used.
The actual installation isn't too much of a hassle with these cartridges. It does depend on your actual printer of course, however they are easy to remove and slide into place. This did take some getting used to for me at first, because the design of my new printer was different and meant it was a different mechanism to release the cartridges. As they are small, they don't take up alot of room inside the printer (although I guess this doesn't really matter as it's designed to do this).
My real big problem with this cartridge is of course it is colour, therefore gets alot of use - and it's tiny, therefore simply doesn't last long enough. Although the quality of printing you get from this cartridge is excellent, I find myself constantly having to replace it as being a graphics student I am very often in need of printing something out, which is a little arduous when the printer ink doesn't seem to last. Having said that, is this fact down to the printer manufacturing or the cartridge design itself? Both of these products are HP, which makes me wonder if the cheaper printers now available (my C52780 all in one just came up for as low as £57 on Amazon) with the smallest ink cartridges which constantly need to be replaced, footing the bill for this. Either way, this constant need to re-buy the HP351 cartridge certainly isn't cost effective or environmentally friendly.
Having said all of that, I can't fault HP for their high quality when it comes to producing ink cartridges, and the HP 351 is no exception. Whether I am printing on normal paper, on photo paper or even on printable cd's, this cartridge always delivers high quality results (whenever it isn't on the verge of running out that is!).
I honestly think the HP 351 needs have twice the ink capabilities that it currently does have. Although this may make it slightly bulkier and would no longer fit printers, at the minute it just doesn't seem to last long enough to get your moneys worth.
I have just bought this cartridge on Amazon for £9 and this is something I strongly recommend doing as opposed to buying it in the shops, as we have paid anywhere up to £50 for this cartridge on the high street, which is unbelievable!
I am aware that the HP 351 does come in an "XL" variety, supposedly carrying more ink however the man who served us in Curry's at the time of buying my printer, said that these were a "waste of money", although I can't back these claims up as I haven't tried it yet. So what to believe? Well I would say the standard HP 351 colour cartridge is excellent in quality, but certainly not for regular use. If you have children in the house in need of regular homework printing, or you yourself like to print lots of photos, you probably wouldn't get your moneys worth out of this cartridge.