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Tips For Identifying Low Quality Printer Ink

Jul 24, 2008
Most people who own a computer printer have run into print quality problems at some point or another. One page the printer is doing great, the next page the printing is spotty or blurry.

While you might think the printer itself is to blame, that isn't always true. In fact, the ink is usually the problem. Refilling ink cartridges will not necessarily eliminate the issue.

The majority of printers currently on the market use very specific types of ink. Attempting to use a different variation of ink in a printer not designed to function with that type can affect print quality in a dramatic way. Although refilling ink cartridges is an issue of only the three primary colors, exact shades of these colors vary. Blue, red, and yellow can be very different depending on who makes them.

Printing will be clearer and sharper if you use the correct type of ink. Colors will also last longer and fade slower, besides being more true to life.

Dull colors and smudgy pages will result from the use of incorrect ink types. Such prints are less likely to portray colors accurately.

Regardless of how you go about changing your printer's ink, be absolutely sure that the ink you will be using is designed to be compatible with both the brand and the specific model printer you own.

Consider one example. Assume you own an Epson printer. Ensure that the ink you'll use is going to work in conjunction with your printer. Using Canon or HP ink is sure to produce undesirable, low quality print jobs.

Make sure that, when refilling ink cartridges, you adhere strictly to the directions offered by the manufacturer on how to do so. Quality of both the ink and the cartridge that holds it is an important part of your printer being able to offer the highest quality printing.
About the Author
You can save quite a bit of money on your printer ink by using recycled or compatible ink cartridges. With the Epson r300 ink for instance, you could save over 30% just by using compatible ink. Learn more about how to save money on your printer ink on the Inketeria website.
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