Review: Inside The HP 60 Tri-Color (Color) CC643W Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A look inside the Hewlett Packard HP 60 CC643W tri-color (color) ink cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge Internal Structure Revealed - What is inside an HP 60 Color ink cartridge?

There is not much good about this cartridge. HP uses words like “value” and “standard” to describe their HP 60 series inkjet cartridges, but the real value is in getting rid of any printer that uses these rip-off cartridges. There are both a black and tri-color (color) cartridge available, however there are two different versions of each of those cartridges, the “standard” or half-full 60 series, and the “full” XL series.

This cartridge is the HP 60 tri-color (color) ink cartridge “standard” – half-full is more like it.  Not very environmentally friendly to design air-space into an ink cartridge.

Cover Removed:

Removal of the cover reveals a half-empty ink cartridge.  We are guessing the XL version of the cartridge is completely full?  The sponges are not entirely soaked (about half soaked), and the colors are divided into chambers within the cartridge.

The designed to be half empty HP 60 60XL inkjet cartridge.


* that 165 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

Often paired with the HP black ink cartridge – we blow the lid off this un-refillable? ink cartridge here.

HP 60 sponges removed ink cartridge - sponges not even all the way soaked.

For Refillers:

The HP 60 can be refilled just like any other cartridge, however it will need refilling more often do to the smaller ink content levels.  Even if you fill the cartridge completely full of ink the electronics on the cartridge doom it to “standard” yield output.  There are three colors in this cartridge – cyan (blue), magenta (red), and yellow.  Be careful where you drill baby drill – here is a layout:

What color goes where when refilling or refill of the HP 60 CC643W Ink cartridge.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

Electronic contacts on the cartridge - if they become damaged, the cartridge will not function.

The HP 60 tri-color (color) print head:

For printers that use this type of cartridge, the print head is physically on the cartridge (see below) – conversely, Epson printers have the print head located inside the printer, and Epson cartridges are merely ink storage devices.  These HP cartridges (HP 60, HP 92, HP 93, HP 75, HP 74, etc…) have print head electronics on the outside of the cartridge – more to damage during refilling or re-manufacturing.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

Close up shot of the HP 60 print head.

Hewlett Packard HP 60 (60XL) series ink cartridges work in the following inkjet printers
Deskjet Series Photosmart Series
DeskJet D1660

Deskjet D2500

Deskjet D2530

Deskjet D2560

Deskjet D2660

Deskjet F42

Deskjet F4200

Deskjet F4210

Deskjet F4230

Deskjet F4235

Deskjet F4240

Deskjet F4250

Deskjet F4272

Deskjet F4273

Deskjet F4274

Deskjet F4275

Deskjet F4280

DeskJet F4283

Deskjet F4288

Deskjet F4292

Deskjet F4293

DeskJet F4480

PhotoSmart C4640

PhotoSmart C4650

PhotoSmart C4680

PhotoSmart C4740

PhotoSmart C4750

PhotoSmart C4780

PhotoSmart C4795

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge page estimates:

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge specifications:

Hewlett Packard HP 60:

HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridges.


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