If you read my previous post about HP Ink Challenge Assignment #1 you know that HP gave me 2 printers. One I outfitted with genuine HP ink cartridges and the other I outfitted with HP ink cartridges that I got refilled. There were supposed to be 5 challenges to perform, but my challenge came to an abrupt end during Challenge #2. How did it happen? Let me tell you.
The task was to print 20 copies of a colorful document. I picked a random one off the SD card they sent me and threw the print job at both printers. I felt like quite the mad scientist with 2 printers cranking away full bore, but I soon noticed some issues.
The document I chose had lots of color, so it was taxing the color cartridges pretty hard. Over the course of the print job I could see a noticeable degradation in quality. The easiest way to show that is the following sequence of picture. First I’ll show you the documents from the genuine HP ink cartridge printer:
Now let’s have a look at how the refilled HP ink cartridges held up over the same task:
At this point I’ve obviously given both sets of cartridges a little more than they can handle. Interestingly enough, I start getting this message from the printer with the genuine cartridges about how it has detected counterfeit cartridges.
At this point I gave both printers the night off before coming back to print the Every Week Documents.
The Next Day
Next day both printers are back to work. No more counterfeit cartridge messages from the genuine ink printer but I did have to print a new alignment page in the refilled cartridge printer before I could get both printers spitting out the Every Week Documents.
The EWD look just the same as the first weeks. The genuine HP ink ones looks perfect. The refill ink ones have some slight banding on the solid color blocks.
Attempting Task #3
A week later when I went to perform task #3 I got the dreaded “Counterfeit Tri-Color Cartridge” message on my printer with refilled ink cartridges. I went through several attempts to revive the cartridges, and it even printed a couple alignment sheets that looked fine, but in the end the cartridges just wouldn’t go.
I felt somewhat like a failure when Thom told me that was the end of my Ink Challenge. I know that it wasn’t cheap for HP to send me all this gear, and I know that my results weren’t unanticipated, but I still had wanted to fully explore the challenges. However, I see the benefits of using genuine HP ink cartridges and have become a believer. A big thanks to HP for choosing me and I hope this is helpful.