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Quick Tips For Evaluating The Quality Of Your Printer Ink

2011-07-23

Printers are common staples in both homes and offices today. People have come to rely on these machines, but they do not always maintain proper upkeep. This is because they do not know what to look for when replacing printer parts and ink. There are a few simple tips everyone can use to evaluate the quality of printer ink, one of the most important aspects of a printer. Quality ink makes all the difference between an excellent print job and a bad print job.

One quick tip for evaluating the quality of your printer ink is to do tests using your senses. The easiest one is to look at the printing and images on your print jobs as soon as they come out of the printer. You can tell that the quality of your printer ink is bad if it is leaving any kind of smudges or lines outside of the text you wanted printed. Likewise, if there are portions of your text that are not inked or are too lightly inked, this indicates that you have poor quality printer ink.

Another visual test for determining if you have poor quality ink is creating four different colored squares using simple art software on any computer. They should be yellow, blue, green and black. This will cover all of the colors represented in an ink cartridge. When printed, the hues and tones of the squares should correspond to those on the print preview screen. If they are off even a little bit, the quality of your ink is not ideal.

You can even listen to the printer to tell if the ink is working properly. Many times when an ink cartridge is dry or is not working properly, a printer will sound different than it normally does. When you buy third-party ink cartridges, you will most likely be dealing with poorer quality ink than if you buy name brand ink cartridges. This is because the third-party manufacturers do not put as much energy into developing the quality ink that works perfectly with the printer you have. There is nothing wrong with buying third-party manufactured inks; however, it is essential to watch for the signs of poor quality ink when using them.

If you use these types, they can help you to evaluate the quality of your printer ink. If you find that your ink is of poor quality, you should replace it immediately. If you were using a third-party cartridge, you can replace it with another one or upgrade to a name brand cartridge. Use the same tips upon installing the new cartridge to make sure the ink quality is up to standard.

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