HP 901 Series Inkjet Cartridge
These cartridges should be avoided at all costs. Not getting very much love over at the HP website either. Could it be because the cartridges are so expensive? We think so.
This printer uses a single black cartridge, and a single tri-color cartridge (all the colors – cyan, magenta, yellow - are contained in one cartridge). Both cartridges must be present for multi-function features to work.
Officejet J4500, and J4600 Cartridges:
Printers that use the HP 901 series ink cartridge, should be avoided – the Officejet J4500, and J4600 series specifically (full list below). These cartridge contain a very low amount of ink, and HP states on their website that the cartridge yield is a measly 200 pages for the smaller-ink-volume black 901 cartridge and will run you $14.99. It has been our experience with HP ink cartridges, that the page yield estimates HP provides are off by as much as 40%. Realistically, you can expect about 120 full text pages from this cartridge.
Page yields for these cartridges:
- HP 901 Black (half full cartridge) – 200 pages* – $14.99
- HP 901 XL Black (almost full cartridge) – 700 pages* – $31.99
- HP 901 Tri-Color – 360 pages* – $28.99
*HP estimates – your mileage will vary…greatly.
There is also a “high capacity” black cartridge available – the same cartridge but filled full with ink – for $31.99. Estimates for the HP 901XL inkjet cartridge are 700 pages. Figure 400 max. Finally, there is the color cartridge, which provides an estimated 360 pages (in reality?), and will run you $28.99. S0 if we want to actually use the printer for serious printing, that will be $60.98 for a set of appropriate cartridges. That is $100.00 to print a ream of paper (500 pages).
Skip this money pit:
There are plenty of other printers on the market that do not require so much cash for ink – look into individual ink tank printers from Canon, Epson, Brother, or even HP. If you want to increase the options for consumables, there is really no reason in even considering these printers, the cartridges rule it out. Houston, we have #cartridge #fail at an estimated .40 cents per text print.
Printers that use the HP 901 series cartridge (so you can avoid buying one).
- OfficeJet J 4500
- OfficeJet J4524
- OfficeJet J4540
- OfficeJet J4550
- OfficeJet J4580
- OfficeJet J4624
- OfficeJet J4640
- OfficeJet J4660
- OfficeJet J4680
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