50% of Your Inkjet Cartridge Content Goes to Waste

June 25, 2010 1 Comment

Have you ever noticed how fast you consume your printer inks? It seemed like you had just replenished your inkjet cartridge yesterday and your computer’s already flashing a low-ink notice today. Well, here’s one possible explanation for this: 50% of your inkjet cartridge’s content actually go to waste.

Epson, one of the leading names in printer manufacturing, has commissioned TUV Rheinland to conduct a study on how much ink is used up and how much remains in the inkjet cartridge when the printer flashes a low-ink notice.

TUV Rheinland conducted several tests on eight different printers from different manufacturers like HP, Brother, Canon, Epson, Lexmark and Kodak. Based on the results, the printer models that scored poorly in the study are those that make use of multi-ink cartridges. When we say “multi-ink cartridge”, this refers to single-unit inkjet cartridges that contain all ink colors. Printer models that use 6-color technology but only 5-color ink cartridges also performed below par.

One possible explanation why multi-ink cartridges had performed poorly is because these would print as many printouts as possible until one of the colors has been consumed to levels that prompt the printer to flash a low-ink notice. In this case, the amount of wasted ink is even greater since the printer will no longer consume the residual inks from the other colors.

Based on the results of the study, it was concluded that on the average, about 50% of an inkjet cartridge’s content is wasted. Apparently, printers claim that the users already need to replenish the inks even before the ink content is completely consumed. Also, it is cheaper to use printer models that utilize separate or individual ink tanks for each color. In this way, users have the option to replace only single cartridges instead of replacing all colors.

Now, if you need to replace your ink cartridges frequently, perhaps it will be advisable to consider compatible inkjet cartridges the next time you need to replenish your printer inks. Compatible inkjet cartridges are cheaper, with hardly any difference in print quality and page yield so you get more out of your money’s worth.

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