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~Printing with Kodak~
As the owner of a Kodak printer I must have bought a good number of the various ink cartridges that work with the model I have and in the main I have found the Kodak Black Ink Cartridges to be both well priced and reliable. These black cartridges come as either a standard or high output cartridge with the standard black version having a capability of up to 400/440 pages of print per unit according to the blurb on the packing. To be honest I haven't actually calculated the actual performance details of the standard ink cartridge or the high output cartridge, but I can say that I have been happy enough with the length of time each cartridge has been in use with the printer as I do seem to be able to print for ages before replacing the cartridge.
~Product presentation/ ease of use~
When buying these ink cartridges they come well packed in simple cardboard cases with an inner plastic sealed bag that holds the actual cartridge. I have found that the cartridges are always in good condition as they are well protected from harm due to the way they are packed and all that I generally need to do when opening a new cartridge is hunt down a pair of scissors with which to cut open the outer plastic seal on the box and the inner plastic bag. Once out of the protective bag the cartridge does have a shaped plastic cover that protects the part of the container that fits on to the base of the print head when in situ. I fee the extra cover is a good thing as it stops the transfer of black ink when you are fitting the new cartridge in to the print head and can be placed on to the spent cartridge when it has been swapped with the replacement one.
The black plastic casings that the ink comes in are simply presented and easy to handle, with them having a clear top and bottom section to them. I feel that the top part being in a different colour makes it easy to tell apart from the business end of the cartridge. There is also a lipped section that you use to press and tilt when placing the cartridge in its place ready for use, which I feel makes it really easy to fit in to the printer when wanting to replace a cartridge. Once the new cartridge is in place the printer I have does a simple scan to check the cartridge, whilst cleaning the print head at the same time ready for use.
In use I have found that that quality of printing is very good in the main and the same ink can be used to print black and white text documents, as well as being able to be combined with the colour cartridge to produce full colour prints and photo prints too. I find that this black ink gives an even and clear finish that looks neat and crisp on the page. Small details stand out well as the ink has a good even tone to it, with a good degree of definition. There is never a blurry or fuzzy finish on text documents and even when the ink losses a little darkness of tone towards the very end of the cartridges useful life, prints are always crisp and clean in appearance. I always get a good deal of use from each cartridge and feel that the number of prints produced per cartridge is generally very good.
~Price and product rating~
The cost of the standard cartridge is around £6.99 to £7.99 depending on where you purchase it, with the high out put version being a little more expensive, at between £10.99 and £11.99. I have tried both versions and found them to be good value for money although I tend to opt for the standard version most often. In my opinion these cartridges are easy to handle and fit in place and they provide a nice crisp clean result each and every time they are in use, so I would like to give them a 4 star product rating.