This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions and views expressed are our own. Shelly, our newest contributor, is our challenge participant and will be posting on how HP printer ink stacks up against refill ink.
This week I received two printers from HP with some ink cartridges, paper and instructions on how to participate in the HP Ink Challenge. Over the course of five weeks, I will be printing documents from two identical printers and comparing the print quality. One printer has Original HP ink, and the other printer has refilled ink cartridges. My assignment for week one of the challenge was to set up the printers, have two cartridges refilled (black & color), and print some documents.
My husband helped me set up the first printer, and I managed to set up the second printer in a matter of minutes. I’ve set up printers before of course, but I’ve never had a wireless printer (apparently I’ve been living in the stone-age). Setting it up on my wireless network was a piece of cake, and I’m excited to be able to print from my laptop without needing the printer to be physically connected to it.
Once the printers were set up, I was off to Costco with my two kids (so glad their carts have two seats!) to get the ink cartridges refilled. I needed some groceries, so adding refilled ink cartridges to my list wasn’t a big deal. I dropped the cartridges off when we walked in the door and then we did our shopping. They told me it would take an hour, but I checked back after 45 minutes and the cartridges were ready to be picked up. The price was right too at just $20.98 total for both cartridges.
I installed the refilled cartridges that afternoon and was hoping to get started printing off documents for week 1. The printer had other plans. After installing the refilled cartridges, the printer said “black cartridge problem.” I switched it out for a new black cartridge and the printer worked just fine. It had no trouble with the refilled color cartridge but I could not get it to print with the refilled black cartridge. After searching the internet for solutions and trying everything, I was still unable to get the refilled black cartridge to work. Not really how I wanted to spend my kid’s nap time. HP is sending me a different cartridge to have refilled (I also have the option of ordering a refilled cartridge online) and I’m hoping it works so I can get started on my printing assignments.
I’ve bought refilled cartridges in the past because they are quite a bit cheaper, and for the most part they have worked. After taking two kids to Costco, spending money on a refill, and finagling with it all afternoon, it was disappointing to have it not work. I’m hoping the next attempt is a success. Once both printers are up and running, the focus of the challenge is on ink quality. I’ll be printing off the same documents each week and comparing the ink quality between the two printers. I’ve never been too concerned over what my documents look like, but it will be interesting to see how the two compare.
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