It’s a never ending story, HP once again has forced a firmware update unbe-known to its users. The end result being that these cartridges are no longer recognised by the printer.
The affected cartridges are HP 950 & 951 Set, HP 932 & 933 range.
For now we have stopped selling these cartridges but rest assured a solution is being worked on and we hope to have these cartridges back on sale soon.
We do advise customers who wish to continue using compatibles to stop automatic updates. You can find instructions on how to achieve this by following this link.
Fifteen years ago, opening the hood and cleaning the interior of your printer—unclogging inkjet print nozzles, wiping down gears and rotors, vacuuming up dust and grime—was standard operating procedure for those wishing to extend printer life. Unfortunately, while things may have often looked cleaner before the hood was reclosed, in fact sensitive parts had been damaged, dust had been blown about rather than removed, and printer life had been shortened, not extended.
By contrast, many printers today are typically self-cleaning. Often, the hood is bolted shut—it’s not even possible to open the printer and poke around inside. Printers just work, without any need for cleaning or repairs. There’s no need to replace parts—only paper and ink. And when a printer finally wears out, purchasing an affordable, high-quality new printer is far and away the most cost-effective response.
Still, there are steps you can take to extend the life of your printer. For instance…
Keep your printer plugged in.
As mentioned above today’s modern printers are mostly self cleaning and need little to no maintenance, but in order for the printer to conduct self cleaning it requires power. It will wake itself up and conduct a self clean and go back into standby mode. If your printer is unable to conduct a self clean then the printer heads stand a chance of packing up due to the ink drying and blocking the tiny nozzles the ink feeds through.
Put a cover over it
Protect your printer from dust and hair, this is a printer killer working its way into the printers fine parts. Paper clips, pens, pencils and coins often find there way inside causing paper jams that destroy a perfectly working printer. Pests like ants also find a nice cozy home inside destroying the electronics.
Use Quality Paper
There’s good paper—quality multipurpose or recycled paper, or paper made specifically for laser printing or special jobs like photos, glossy brochures, and iron-on transfers. And there’s bad paper, often made of ground-up newsprint, which leaves an excess of dust behind inside your printer, is more prone to jamming, and results in lower-quality print jobs. Good paper requires only a minimal additional investment, and is more than worth it if you want to produce higher-quality documents and extend the life of your printer. Keep your paper stored in a clean dry area preventing dust and moisture collection.
Laser or Inkjet printing: which is more cost-effective?
With the standard inkjet cartridge now producing a measly 200 pages, its important to look at whether laser printers represent a cost-effective alternative for the home consumer.
As home printing took off many years ago, it was cheap inkjet models – which simply hammered tiny dots of ink on to paper – that would end up in most people’s homes. The bulky laser version was a business-only product.
However, the last few years have seen the size and price of laser printers drop dramatically. Some models can now comfortably fit on a desktop, HP, Brother, Samsung and Canon offer small foot-print mono and colour laser printers.
Basic monochrome (black only) models can be bought for less than R699, although more sophisticated colour versions – with features such as Wi-Fi and duplex printing – can sell for over R3500 and more. This compares with the R1500 and less that inkjet printers sell for. So a laser will only make sense if the savings on ink outweigh the extra cost of the machine.
Standard laser cartridges – coloured toner (powder ink), typically cyan, magenta, yellow, and black – contain a lot of intricate components, print anything from 1,000-3,500 pages but can set you back a hefty R1000-R4500 each. Still, that compares well with the measly 200 pages you are likely to get from the standard inkjet cartridge costing around R350.
So do laser printers now represent a cost-effective alternative for the home consumer? Generally this depends on how many pages you print. Laser printers can be better value over the longer term, but the initial outlay can be a lot more. Another advantage of laser printers is that they do not dry up if left unattended for several weeks or months. We recommend these printers over inkjet printers as they tend to clog up if not used on a regular basis.
HP manufactures more than half of the printers sold in the SA. Its bestselling HP Deskjet 3050A inkjet retails for about R1265. The cartridges sell for R315 and have a standard page yield of 190 (black) and 165 (colour).
The company’s top-selling HP CP2025 colour LaserJet sells for about R2315. Cartridges retail for about £110 and have a page yield of 2,800 (colour) and 3,500 (black).
Cursory number-crunching indicates that if you print only, say, 1,000 pages a year – based on ISO standard 5% paper coverage – then the inkjet, at about R1.05 per page, is better value
But for anyone who prints more than 2,000 pages a year, a laser printer, at about R0.63 per page, is cheaper. The savings increase the more you print. A small office, for instance, that prints 10,000 pages, stands to save hundreds of pounds by switching.
But inkjet does have its advantages. At the domestic end of the market the print quality is higher and the colour definition better. If you print mostly photos then you probably want to stick with an inkjet printer or a small compact dye sublimation printer.
If you’re buying a laser printer it’s important to work out what you’re going to use it for before deciding on a model. As a rule of thumb, the cheaper the printer, the smaller the cartridge, and the lower the page yield.
Samsung’s ML2160 monochrome laser printer, for example, costs about R1000. But the cartridges also cost R1000 – and print a comparatively modest 1,500 pages.
For all type of printers do not buy a printer on price alone. its advisable to always look at the cost of the replacement cartridges and their print yield.
One way to save money on these is to buy refilled cartridges, which can be 30-50% cheaper than the original price, according to the European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers Association. Think about investing in a laser that supports duplex printing – printing on both sides of the paper – which cuts down on energy and paper consumption.
It may also be worth buying a printer that is Wi-Fi compatible so that one click of a button will allow you to print, whether from laptop or smartphone.
Generally, if you think how little ink is in the average inkjet cartridge compared to the average laser cartridge the economics are in favour of laser. Sometimes the cartridge prices aren’t that different. But those for the laser can last an awful lot longer. There are some inkjet manufacturers that market themselves against laser printers, Epson and HP offer business inkjet printers like the Epson Workforce Pro and HP Officejet Pro, these cartridges have a high page yield and are more comparable to laser consumption and cost per page than other standard inkjet printers.
Many of us know that remanufactured printer ink and toner cartridges are a cheap replacement for ink in Hp or Canon printers, but we don’t use them because we are afraid refurbished ink will void or null our printer warranty. Is using recycled or compatible ink cartridges illegal or against the law? Will cheap printer ink cause you to legally lose your printer warranty?
Profit War Between Third Party Manufacturers & Printer Brand Companies
Are Remanufactured Ink Cartridges Legal? Do They Void Printer Warranty The marketing departments at top printer companies like Hp, Brother and Epson have been trying to scare their customers away from using remanufactured computer printer cartridges for years. “They don’t work,” they might say or, “Remanufactured ink will break your printer.” Why would big companies like Lexmark and Xerox say such things if there weren’t a legitimate reason, right? Well, there is a reason why big printer brands want to discourage you from buying cheap refilled or remanufactured ink cartridges, and it’s a pretty obvious one. If you buy ink and toner from generic aftermarket third party manufacturers, you won’t need to buy the more expensive printer ink from the company that made your printer, meaning they lose money and profits.
Is Remanufactured Printer Ink Illegal or Against the Law?
If you notice, printer companies will definitely try to talk you out of buying remanufactured ink cartridges, but when you really think about it, they will never outright tell you that you can’t. Buying recycled ink cartridges is not illegal. In fact, thanks to the Magnuson Moss Warranty Improvement Act, it’s actually against the law for printer brands like Hp or Brother to void your printer warranty for buying or using compatible printer cartridges. The Magnuson Moss Warranty Improvement Act is an actual law that protects consumer rights in regards to manufacturer warranties, including desktop inkjet and laserjet printers. (In case you’re wondering, the law’s official name is “Magnuson Moss Warranty Improvement Act United States Code Annotated Title 15 Commerce and Trade Chapter 50 Consumer Product Warranties 15 Sections 2302.” ) Here’s an excerpt from the law that specifically applies to the use of generic or third party parts in name brand appliances.
“No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name.”
Does Using Remanufactured Ink & Toner Cartridges Legally Void a Printer Warranty?
There you have it: using and buying remanufactured printer ink is legal and cannot invalidate your printer warranty, no matter what the brand. So you know, there is an exception to this law, however. Using remanufactured printer ink is OK and a printer manufacturer cannot refuse to honor your warranty based on an alternative remanufactured ink cartridge being loaded into your computer printer. However, if your generic replacement printer ink cartridge appears to have directly caused the malfunction of your printer, your printer warranty may not be honored.
Recycled Printer Ink is Safe, Legal, Eco Friendly and Cheap
So you know, for a printer manufacturer to void your warranty, the burden of proof rests with the company. For this reason, it is advisable to return your printer for repair without the ink cartridges. (Why make it too easy for the repair company to come up with a “reason” to refuse to honor your warranty that fittingly for them all comes back to what kind of ink cartridge you used?) To protect your warranty and your printer, it’s a good idea to buy cheap green printer ink cartridges from trusted retailers like Ink Station.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Cartridges refers to the cartridges which are manufactured and marketed by printer manufacturer viz. HP, Samsung, Canon, Epson, etc. in their brand.
Compatible Cartridges are cartridges manufactured & marketed by a company (other than OEM) to suit & work on the printers made by other companies HP, Samsung, Canon, Epson, etc.
Remanufactured- Some manufacturers collect used (empty) cartridges, clean and refill and market them as remanufactured cartridges in their own brand. Remanufacturing of toner cartridges may also require replacement of some worn out components, viz. blades, OPC drums, PCRs etc.
OEM cartridges – Made by the manufacturer of the original printer. Fit best, and typically have the highest quality ink, but also cost the most.
Compatible cartridges – made by a 3rd party company, but designed to fit and work in the same model printer. Typically much cheaper than the OEM cartridges. Quality is generally pretty close, but some generic cartridges may not fit as well, might not be as UV resistant, and aren’t quite a perfect match to the OEM tints. No part of these is made by the original company. They’re entirely cloned cartridges, including the lock chips. Some do not include the lock chips, and require that you salvage the chips off your old cartridges.
Remanufactured cartridges — They only do this with the cartridges that have a built in print head. The remanufactured cartridges salvage the OEM cartridge hulls that some companies have you send in for recycling. The cartridges are opened, cleaned, and have the flow control batting swapped out.
The ones sold under the OEM branding will be refilled with the same ink as the new OEM ones (HP and Lexmark offer remanufactured cartridges as well as new). These should perform identically to the new OEM cartridges, but cost 1/2 or 1/3 less than the new ones. Lexmark claims the new ones have sharper printing for text and pictures, but I doubt anyone could tell the difference without a microscope.
The ones sold under 3rd party branding will be refilled with some other inks, and should be considered the same as “compatible” cartridges in terms of performance and price — they just fit better, as the hulls are from old OEM cartridges.
OEM Cartridge – An OEM Cartridge is one made by the Original Equipment Manufacturer. If you own a Hewlett-Packard Laserjet printer for instance, then the Hewlett-Packard brand is the OEM cartridge for your printer.
Remanufactured Toner Cartridge – A remanufactured toner cartridge is when a manufacturer takes an original oem cartridge, disassembles it, tests and replaces any worn parts, fills it with toner and re-assembles.
Compatible Toner Cartridge – A compatible toner cartridge is made by a third party manufacturer and is made up of all new compatible parts. It has a similar quality to an OEM cartridge.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Laser Printer Cartridges refers to the cartridges which are manufactured and marketed by printer manufacturer viz. HP, Samsung, Canon, Epson, etc. in their brand.
Compatible Laser Printer Cartridges are cartridges manufactured & marketed by a company (other than OEM, say ProDot) to suit & work on the printers made by other companies HP, Samsung, Canon, Epson, etc.
OEM stands for original equipments and compatible means it is perfect for other equipments.