Recommend a printer/cartridge system?
December 17, 2013 8:33 PM Subscribe
We're trying to optimize our home printing. We don't print an enormous amount, but we want to print in color and to be able to print in moderately high quality.
You've already solved this problem and put some thought into minimizing cartridge expense: what printer do you use? how often do you replace the ink? do you refill the cartridges at a store or buy new ones from the OEM?
(Bonus points if you've solved this problem for the HP 8600.)
posted by foursentences to Technology (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We own an HP Officejet Pro 8600, which seems to suffer from planned obsolescence.*
In the past few years, what system have you used to get the most out of your printer? What model has worked well for you? How much do you realistically have to spend on the printer to avoid being eaten alive on cartridges?
Is there any way to prevent the printer from insisting that a cartridge is spent before its ink has actually been used up?
If you have the 8600, have you found a reliable and relatively low-hassle method of replacing its ink without paying OEM prices?
*(It's about a year and a half old, and has printed maybe 40 pages in its life, but is suddenly purporting to be out of ink. The printer itself cost around $100, but OEM refills are another $75, which would be more tolerable if we actually got a cartridge's worth of ink out of each cartridge. Compounding the problem is that, evidently, although you can refill the cartridge at certain stores, the printer detects when this has happened and refuses to print until a new cartridge is provided.)