For many reasons, there are still people who are hesitant in using compatible ink cartridges. It’s almost the same about the people who find also difficult to distinguish which ones are the OEMs and which are compatibles. To help you with your shopping here are some ways to tell whether you are buying a compatible or not. In this article, we will be using HP 4620 ink for comparison:
What is HP 4620 ink?
HP OfficeJet 4620 uses HP 564 ink cartridge series. It comes in 4 individual colors – black, cyan, magenta and yellow. Both color and black cartridges come in economy or standard yield and high yield.
HP 564 black or B3B11AN / CB316WN – Priced at $13.59 for standard and $16.99 for XL
HP 564 cyan or B3B12AN / CB318WN – Priced at $9.99 for standard and $14.99 for XL.
HP 564 magenta or B3B13AN / CB319WN – Priced at $9.99 for standard and $14.99 for XL. HP 564 HP 564 yellow or B3B14AN / CB320WN – Priced at $9.99 for standard and $14.99 for XL.
How can you tell if the HP ink cartridge is genuine?
- Use of smartphone.
A genuine HP ink cartridge has a QR code or security seal. Simply use your QR code scanner app or download HP SureSupply App.
As mentioned, HP ink cartridge has a security seal and it has an HP logo, “OK” and “√” signs in the same direction in a blue strip.
Log in www.hp.com/go/ok and type in your cartridge serial number.
- HP Store
You can be sure that an HP ink is genuine when you buy on their physical and web store. Also, HP has a replacement programs which sends customers their replacement ink cartridges when the ink or toner level hits low.
Is there a difference between a compatible and a genuine cartridge?
Surely there is. In terms of prices, compatible replacements are much cheaper than the OEM. Depending on the kind of replacement you are looking for. There are premium ones, which are considered brand new and made from highest kind of materials and formulation comparable to that of their genuine counterpart. They are also patented and specifically designed to work on their model printers. They are 25%- 35% cheaper yet offers the same if not better print quality.
Remanufactured or refurbished cartridges are from worn out OEMs. What these aftermarket companies do is they replace the worn out parts with new ones and refill the cartridges with compatible ink or toner. Replacements like these allows you to save up to 70%.