Technology Tips

Hewlett Packard Printers and their Ink Cartridges

August 25, 2016

Collaborative Post


One of the best things about buying a Hewlett Packard printer is knowing that you’re investing in a world-class machine that you can rely on. HP is also well-known for its great customer service, so in the unlikely event of something going wrong, help is only at the end of the phone. Many HP printers come with three-year warranties, so you’re protected for quite some time.

The multifunction printer is very much the order of the day now, with most models having scanning capability, as well as copying and networking facilities. This is a great boon for the smaller office or home-working business, as often space is at a premium – as is money!

Feed me!

Of course buying your printer is only the start of it, because as we all know, these are hungry machines that need regular feeding – with inks or toners, usually, although small children have tried to get them to eat stranger things…

The benefits of HP inks

Hewlett Packard inks are particularly good value because HP was one of the companies leading the way in selling one colour per cartridge, rather than squeezing all the colours into the same housing. This was always a problem because once one colour ran out, the cartridge was pretty useless and ended up being thrown away with inks still inside it. By buying Hewlett Packard inks separately, you can buy more of the colours you use most and fewer cartridges of the colours you don’t use so much – saving waste and money. If you buy your inks from an online seller like cartridgepeople, you’ll also be able to get great discounts – double-win!

Know your printer

As Hewlett Packard makes hundreds of different printers, each one with different dimensions and specifications, you need to make sure that you’re buying the right cartridges for it. Using the wrong cartridges and inks or toners can damage the machine, or at least lead to messy leaks and blotted or smudged print-outs. The first thing you need to do when you’re buying new HP cartridges is to note down the printer’s model number so you know which cartridges are right for it.

If, for example, your machine is the HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One Printer, it’s compatible with HP 6380 ink cartridges, so those will be the ones you order. However, you may be able to find other compatible inks, so ask your retailer, as you may find them cheaper.

It’s the same with toners, if you’re using a laser printer – each printer works with a specific model of toner cartridge, so make sure you match up the cartridge’s model number with the model numbers your printer manual recommends.

Older printers

If your printer is an older model, you might find it harder to get the right cartridges in shops, so it’s a good idea to turn to online sellers. This makes life easier for you, as you don’t have to trawl the stores and you’ll get better prices as online shops don’t have huge overheads to factor in.