When will the printer ink really run out?

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If the printer reports that a cartridge needs to be replaced, it is almost always possible to continue printing for a while.


Printers are already for sale for a few tens. Manufacturers sell the devices cheaply because they mainly earn from the sale of ink cartridges. It’s not for nothing that printer ink is called liquid gold. So it is important for the consumer to know how many prints come from a set of cartridges. And the manufacturers are not really helpful in that.

Numerous studies have shown that manufacturers such as Epson, Canon or HP warn too quickly about empty cartridges. Well, for good reason: an empty ink cartridge can irreparably damage the printer. That is why the manufacturers ensure that a cartridge never runs out completely. But it is good for you to know that you can continue printing after the first message. Not only can the print job at that moment be completed, it is also no problem to continue printing. Eventually there will be a final warning after which you really have to replace the empty cartridges.

If a cartridge needs to be replaced, check how full the other cartridges are. If one or more cartridges are almost empty, it is wise to replace them immediately. With every new cartridge, the nozzles are cleaned and that costs ink. So it is cheaper to have that cleaning done for several cartridges at the same time.

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