Buying name brand ink cartridges gives consumers confidence their printer will perform optimally because the printer and cartridge are made by the same company. After all, who knows a machine better than the manufacturer themselves? And most manufacturers in any industry recommends only using OEM parts in their products. The issue when buying name brand replacement cartridges is that they are so expensive, leading consumers to seek out more economical options.
If you are in the market for PC printer refills, know that the safest and most convenient option for you is to follow the brands recommended original ink cartridge models. But as indicated above, they can cost a lot, often substantially a fraction of an entry level printer itself.
Replacement inkjet cartridges from HP, Epson, Canon, Lexmark and other original makers of your printer model are generally expensive costing nearly the equivalent of an entry level budget printer. This has prompted many consumers to turn to compatible generic or unbranded inkjet cartridges.
Those laserjet printers pioneered by HP uses dry electro photographic technology sourced from Canon. The toner cartridge uses dry black and CMYK powder toner that also gets depleted over time with constant use but are generally cheaper on a per page reckoning than inkjets. But with aftermarket generic inkjet cartridges and refills, this price gap is easily lost.
Cartridges from different companies look the same, can I use them in my printer?
To ensure that your inkjet printer delivers the same print quality a year from now as it did when it was new, you have to make sure that the inkjet nozzle is free from dust or hardened ink that can clog up the print head. This happens when the ink liquid level is low and easily gets dried up. To fix this, gently rub the print head with isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab or folded piece of paper.