Does printer ink vanish with time?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Phoenix, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    I have an HP Photosmart B010 Printer.

    I install 4 new ink cartridges, barely print 4 or 6 documents and leave it aside for when I need it. After about 2 months or so, I try to print another document and the document comes out almost white or pale in color.

    I check the ink and it only has 10%

    This is the 3rd time this has happened so what I want to know, are all printers like this or do I have a bad printer?

    I bought it cheap for $100 USD about 2 years ago.

    If I invest in a laser printer, do they also have this problem where if you don't use it much the ink dries? or can I set it and forget it?
     
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  2. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    The entire business model around inkjet printers is very similar to razor blades. Get the customer hooked with a cheap-ass printer, bleed them forever on ink.

    The ink in these cartridges is liquid and will evaporate.

    Laser printers have a whole other set of problems, but evaporation of the ink (it's powder to begin with) is not one of them.
     
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  3. LeoNeeson

    LeoNeeson MDL Novice

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    I hate ink cartridges me too. I doesn't matter if you print ten pages or 100 pages monthly, the ink evaporates and you waste ink and money.

    I would like to know just one common problem of laser printers. Just out curiosity...
     
  4. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    Print some pages on a laser. Then put them in a binder or inside those clear plastic protectors. Come back in a year or two and find that the ink has stuck to the plastic.
     
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  5. LeoNeeson

    LeoNeeson MDL Novice

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    Oh yes Myrrh, I've seen that!, that's too bad... I never thought it was a common problem with all laser printers. I always thought it was because the bad quality of some toners. Well, at least for printing just a few pages per month, having a ink printer is worst. I'm planning to buy a laser printer soon. So, now I know to never put the printings on plastic protectors. Thanks for the tip.