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Why Not All Printers Can Work With All Ink Types


Printers can seem like complicated pieces of equipment if you don't do research in advance of purchasing one. It's important to know how a printer runs, how it works, what functions it can perform and what type of ink it is compatible with. Although the cost of printers has gone down dramatically in the last decade, the cost of printer ink has gone up just as dramatically. What this means for the consumer is that a bad printer ink purchase can end up costing him quite a lot. The fact is that not all ink types work with all printers. The wrong ink type can actually slow the printing process and, in some cases, severely damage a printer. Ink can get clogged in the print heads, sometimes causing a mess within the printer and outside of it as well. That is why it is vital to know why all printers are not compatible with all ink types.

If you purchase a Dell printer and decide to buy HP printer ink instead of the printer ink made for your specific model, the printer can be damaged. Some printers won't even function if the wrong printer ink is placed inside. Others will get clogged because the different makeup of the ink causes the printer to freeze, and may require maintenance to be performed. Even if you do see that another brand of ink works for your printer, it's important to write down the model type and exact ink type that is compatible with your specific printer.

Because of the high cost of printer ink these days, many people have turned to alternative products in order to save money. Remanufactured cartridges, non-brand name cartridges and ink refill kits are the most popular alternatives currently on the market. Although these are all great options to both save money and continue experiencing great quality, the same rule applies here. You have to make sure that the right ink type is used in any of the cartridges you purchase because they could end up damaging your printer and, though you saved money on the cartridge, you will lose it in repairs.

Remanufactured printer ink cartridges are essentially old cartridges that have been inspected and brought up to industry standards. They are refilled with a specific type of ink. Non-brand name printer ink cartridges are similar to brand name cartridges except the chemical makeup isn't exactly the same. The ink refill system is just ink that is injected into your current cartridge. In all of these cases, it's important to get the right model and ink type so that your printer can continue to produce the best quality prints.

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