Ink Refills Vs. New Ink Cartridges

Published: 12th March 2007
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Printer cartridges consist the maximum amount of expenses for running a printer. At present there are two ways of replacing your printer cartridges-buy a new cartridge or refill the old one.

New Ink Cartridges

There are two ways you can buy new ink cartridges. You can buy from the printer manufacturer or buy a third-party compatible cartridge. Compatible cartridges, majority of which are made in China, cost less than those made by the OEM (original equipment manufacturer). Other than these two there are also remanufactured cartridges available in the market. These are official OEM cartridges that are professionally cleaned and refilled by the OEM and then put for sale. When using compatible or remanufactured cartridges, not much of a difference would be visible in terms of print quality as long as your printing job is restricted to black text. But when it comes to printing graphics or charts, the difference in quality between new cartridges vs compatible or remanufactured cartridges is clearly visible. It is advisable that individuals who deal with printing photographs or graphical presentations should stick to new ink cartridges. When buying a third-party cartridge, make sure that the manufacturer is a renowned one. Faulty or incompatible cartridges can seriously damage printers.

Ink Refills

Refill kits are available in the market, which contain ink and needles and the buyer has to refill the cartridges on his own. Remanufactured cartridges are the same but the refilling is done in a professional environment and it is impossible for you to match that professional quality. Ink refill kits are good value for money only when you are printing black text. Ink refill is not possible for any length of time. Printer cartridges come with a printer head that wear out after prolonged use. Once the printer head wears out, the cartridge needs to be changed.

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