Printer cartridge replacement reality

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Robert Baer, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Background:
    There was a good NG article recently about Epson printers.
    Basically, their cartridges now "lock out" refilling and generic
    replacement.
    Worse, if one uses the printer a lot, the printer itself ceases to
    function: only so many cartridges and it is useless (unless one is
    willing to spend a lot of money to "fix" what is not broken - just reset
    a counter).
    And there is *nothing* by Epson anywhere to let un-suspecting buyers
    get even a hint of this crap.
    Questions:
    What is the story concerning HP printers in general?
    Can one re-fill as one sees fit?
    Can one use generics as one sees fit?
    Can one use hundreds of cartridges until the printer *really* wears out?
    Finally, what about cartridges for the HP PSC 1400 (HP 21 and HP 22)?
     
    Robert Baer, Aug 24, 2005
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