Review: Inside The CC641WN HP 60 XL – 60XL Black Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)


The HP 60XL Black Ink Cartridge – A “Full” Cartridge.

There are two (2) versions of the HP 60 black inkjet print cartridge.  The only difference in the two is the amount of ink they each contain, that is it  – the HP 60 black is rated at 200 pages, and the The HP 60XL is rated at 600 pages.  But which one is a better value?  Depends on how much you print. Take a look inside the HP 60, look here.

HP 60XL black retail price.

Contains hefty amount of ink:

The HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge boasts a whopping 600 printed pages estimate.  These estimates are almost always overly exaggerated.  This cartridge is also easily refilled with kits from $12.99, or compatibles (professionally refilled) can be purchased around $20-$25.  The HP original cartridge (with pigment ink) will run around $35.00 plus.  A good cartridge, and owners of printers that can use it – should.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Removing the top of the HP 60XL ink cartridge reveals the inside of the cartridge. No refill deterrent ink chambers here, this is a "full" cartridge with a complete sponge.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: (CC641WN) – HP 60XL
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
Page Yield: 600 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 13.8pl

Retail price: $34.99
Street price: $29.99

* that 600 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.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 60, and 60XL tri-color inkjet print (color) cartridge which we cracked open here.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

The sponge fills the entire HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge.

Cartridge Contacts

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.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Contacts on the cartridge - the print head is on the physical cartridge in this design.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the physical cartridge (for 80% of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new print head.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be repalced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.  Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon. They are actually in three places on the cartridge – the top label, the print head, and on the front facing side (expiration).

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Printhead of the HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to fill.  There are five (5) holes in the cartridge lid.  As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around all five (5) of the holes. We suggest using the top most hole since it is closer to where the ink will exit the cartridge. Refill kits can be a hassle, but are worth it if you are on a tight budget and have patience.  There is no need to drill into this cartridge to refill – the holes are already there.

No need to drill any holes in the HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridge - they are already there.

No need to drill any holes, they are already there.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Refill this cartridge in any of the five (5) holes under the identification sticker.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

Expiration date on the HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge?

Expiration date on the HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge?

HP 60 And HP 60XL Compared:

There really is no comparison.  The HP 60 cartridge (on the left), or the “value” cartridge as HP refers to it has two things wrong with it.  First, the sponge is one-sixth the size as the 60XL, and it is contained in a plastic divide to deter refillers.  Second, you can refill it, but look at what little ink the mini-sponge will take.  The HP 60 cartridge will require constant attention to maintain it’s “full” status.

The HP 60 retails for $14.99, and the HP 60XL retails for around $33.99.  If you print more than 50 pages per month, do yourself a favor and stick with the XL cartridges – they have more ink and are more re-fillable.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

The HP 60 cartridge on the left is no value, that is for sure. The sponge is one-sixth the size as the larger HP 60XL inkjet print cartridge.

Hewlett Packard HP 60 (60XL) Series Ink Cartridges Work In The Following HP 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) 60XL ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=60

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60XL ink cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3564563-3564739-3564756.html

Hewlett Packard HP 60XL Inkjet Print Cartridge Pricing:

HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridges.

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