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Why A Printer Might Use Too Much Ink

2010-07-05

Your printer drinks ink like its water. The most common misconception among printer ink is that it is often caused by certain printer problems. This tends not to always be the case; other instances are focused towards software settings.

First off, start with checking the settings of how each document will be printed onto the page. Printing in higher quality will use more ink. Lower the resolution to a more reasonable level, 300 dots per inch; if this includes graphics you might want to increase slightly. When printing at higher resolutions, color ink is included even if you selected only black. Although this usually ends up containing a small quantity of color it can still lead to using more ink than the job needs.

The print layout also determines how much ink will end up outputted to the page. If you can keep your print job on one page, you will have a considerable advantage in ink levels. Lastly, eliminating design features such as borders will help conserve ink over the long run.

Your choice in paper affects the outcome of how much ink is processed onto the page. Standard quality blank white paper will soak up loads of ink if printing images or graphics. This paper should only be used for text based documents. However, if photographs or images need printing, go with glossy finished papers.

Hardware issues will indeed create a mess of ink-related performance issues. Mechanical problems dealing with the likes of print heads often cause bursts of extra ink. When these are out of alignment or dirty their performance drastically reduces. When the heads are dirty, ink quality fails to stay at an optimal level resulting in the need for more ink. If the cartridges are not aligned appropriately, then the chance of ink printed proportionally decreases. You can only assume what this leads to reprinting the pages.

The final point to consider is that the cartridge itself may quite possibly have a defect. It might be leaking ink slowly after each job. The only way to know for sure is to take it out and inspect all visible areas.

Another cartridge-related issue; refills have a great chance to leak after constant filling. Finally the installation of printer cartridges needs attention. Improper installation certainly can create a leak. If you are not careful and push in too hard, the chance of a tiny hole appearing is much higher.

In order to prevent your printer from using too much printer ink, you need to keep a close eye on both hardware and software printer problems. Remember, ink is very expensive, at times more so than what the printer was purchased for.

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