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Remanfactured inkjet cartridges
September 19, 2010
7:40 pm

I have an HP photosmart printer and am trying to decided if remanfactured or HP cartridges should be purchased.  There is considerable savings with remanfactured,but there are several concerns:

There are 2 black cartridges and 3 color.

1:  Quality  of pictures. 

2:  The remanfactured chip does not have a reset chip so the printer is unable to determine the ink levels.  That being the case my ? is when the print or picture quality starts to detoriate, how do u determine which cartridge should be replaced. 

September 20, 2010
3:36 pm
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It has been my experience that remanufactured cartridges usually produce lower quality photo prints.  I might use them for other printing, though.  My Epson inkjet printer is used mostly for printing labels directly on the disks we make.  I hardly ever need to produce quality photo prints, so I use remanufactured ink cartridges.  If I did photos, I'd probably stick with OEM.

There is a difference between refillable and remanufactured cartridges and it sounds like you know the difference.  I will never refill my ink cartridges.  One bad refill might mean getting a new printer.

Likewise, I will only use original toner for our Brother Color Laser printer, even though the price is substantially higher.  I can see the difference.  I tried remanufactured toner and had problems. 

I'm not sure about the ink level question.  The remanufactured cartridges for my Epson still indicate reliable ink levels.  I can tell by shaking and listening for ink, too.  Some cartridges have clear windows to show levels.

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