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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.
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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