There are now two decades refill (refilled) cartridges for ink-jet printers. This anniversary took John C. Dvorak, one of the authors for the online technology forum PCMag, as an opportunity to philosophize a bit about.
Clones or recycled?
For the uninitiated, it is often difficult to distinguish whether cartridge to a cheap clone or a remanufactured (refill). A differentiation is often only available via the price which is the cloning by up to ninety percent below the original, and the prices of remanufactured printer cartridges. Dvorak indicates to have tested even different variants of printer cartridges . While he has never seen projected losses caused by clogged print heads and still no loss of warranty on the printer that claims by the OEM (printer manufacturers).
As interesting aspect, Dvorak calls the fact that also compatible cartridges with chip the printer is detected and processed as original. As a concrete example, it leads to printers and cartridges of Epson and justified it with the possibility to be able to reset the chips with a chip Resetter.
John C. Dvorak is even the question of whether the chips not only serve that the original manufacturer want to bring themselves exclusively soon refilled printer cartridges on the market. That’s the only motivation for the use of chips that would make sense in his opinion. He suspects that the supposed ‘reports’ of high failure rates and damage to the printer when using alternate printer accessories are scattered deliberately to confuse the consumer. Really honest opinions are not to find his statement after in the forums on the Internet.
Dvorak takes initial equipment of inkjet printers on the grain
There were times, as the normal cartridge sets were given with when buying a printer, you can order as original consumables. So buying a new device worth more than buying a complete set of cartridge at the low for many inkjet printers. Recently there are an only half filled Starter Kit often so very fast replacement cartridges must be purchased.
The buy recommendation of the experts
Dvorak quite openly urged users of inkjet printers to get their ink by alternative providers. There’s a great choice for almost every single printer model now. The question of the firmware of the printer, whether you want to run the risk of alternate cartridge, cannot be answered confidently Dvorak with a ‘yes’. As evidence is hardly a real risk that, Dvorak shows the large printing companies that just buy alternative printer ink in huge bottles. And they wouldn’t do that, if there would be problems on their typography there.
However the expert doesn’t dare, to advise people to use alternative ink cartridges and printer ink on a new loading device. It is recommended to test this inexpensive consumable materials in which it is not would be annoyed, if there would be technical problems because you wanted to discard it anyway on an older device. After this test, everyone should assess whether the purchase of inexpensive refilled printer cartridges or cheap clones in the long term is really worth.
Basically, I can understand his mind and believe also largely for right. But if he is so confident of the refill cartridges, why should you use them also for new printers? I am of the opinion, that can be used easily compatible or refill cartridges also with new printers. If you buy the cartridges from a reputable dealer or manufacturer, you have a warranty. And should the printer actually take out any reason damage, is clearly the duty to regulate this damage the cartridge manufacturer. Either to repair the printer or the customer gets a new. In the many years in which we deal with compatible cartridges, we had really only a handful of cases where there was damage. But there was never ruled out that’s due to improper handling or non-compliance with our user manuals and instructions, as well as non-compliance with the specifications of the device manufacturers are.
Anyway, resolves all issues for the customer satisfaction. That’s why I can emphasize once again: even in new printers our compatible or refill cartridges are easily usable!