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Managing Color vs. Black Ink Cartridges
Posted by on 8/24/2011 to Inkjet Printer Ink
For the most part, if you are looking for a good quality printer, it will most likely have dual ink cartridges. Typically, this means that the color cartridge will be separate from one that will be used just for black printing. Aside from creating more realistic black points on color prints, these systems can also save you money if you primarily use the printer for text as opposed to images. Unfortunately, you may still find that the cost of buying ink cartridges from the manufacturer is higher than you can afford to pay. 

An important Thing to Know About Dual Cartridge Systems

When you have a printer with dual ink cartridges, you may need to keep both cartridges at a certain fill level in order for the printer to work. Consider a situation where you do a lot of text printing, and run out of ink in the black tank. Under these circumstances, one would think that it would be possible to simply select printing from the color cartridge. Even though this will be a waste of color ink, at least you can get your assignment printed.  As a general rule of thumb, if you try this, most printers will tell you that you have to replace the black ink cartridge before you can print. 

The Best Way to Manage Black Ink Cartridges

If you are going to use a dual cartridge system primarily for text printing, then you should make it your business to find a good supply of refurbished ink cartridges.  At the very least, you can save money on each cartridge, and always have a spare on hand.  Some other advantages include:

    No need to throw old cartridges out, since you can send them in for refilling
    Don't waste time or effort refilling old cartridges
    Avoid problems with poor print quality from print heads that have not been cleaned properly

The Cheapest Way to Manage Color Ink Cartridges

Many people today mistakenly believe that refilling color ink cartridges offers the cheapest way to manage them. While this may have been true of older styles, the newer ones are far more complicated. Among other things, if you have a multi-color tank, you will find it very hard to determine which fill spout is used for the tank you want to refill. In addition, you will find that newer proprietary inks are far less compatible with generic inks that can be used with a wide range of printers. Overall, you will find that buying refurbished cartridges offer you the most in terms of savings and convenience.

Even though you may love the quality and convenience associated with jet printers, you may not like the cost of ink cartridges. If you find that refilling cartridges is too messy or complicated, then you will most likely wind up relying on refurbished models. Therefore, if you are in the market for a new printer, you may want to consider these factors if you are presented with a printer that  has dual ink cartridges.
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