At first thought, you might have the impression that you can save more with refilled inks. But actually, you don't, according to an article in Business Mirror. Latest findings of the ink cartridge yield and reliability study for Asia-Pacific conducted by leading technical test organization TÜV SÜD PSB revealed that original HP inkjet print cartridges can print an average of 2.4 times more prints or 146.7 per cent more than remanufactured and refilled ink brands in the Asia-Pacific region. With regard to reliability, the study revealed that more than one in four or 25.7 per cent of the cartridges from Asia-Pacific brands of remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested were found "dead on arrival" (or DOA-failed to print on installation, with substantial ink leakage, less than 50 pages printed, or colour mix on 10 consecutive pages) or failed prematurely (less than 75 per cent of average yield per cartridge type and brand), compared with original HP ink cartridges that had no such reliability issues during testing. The study found that on the average, original HP print cartridges produced 59.8 per cent, or more than one and a half times the number of prints than all branded remanufactured cartridges tested. These also produced 106.6 percent, or more than twice the number of prints than all remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested. HP commissioned TÜV SÜD PSB to conduct the study to evaluate the page yield and reliability of HP branded inkjet cartridges versus 14 brands of remanufactured or refilled cartridges from the Asia-Pacific region. The 14 brands of cartridges were selected based on sales and usage in the region and sourced from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines. For testing, HP 45a and HP 56a black ink cartridges and HP 78a and HP 57a tri-color cartridges were used on 17 HP DeskJet 5650 and 24 HP DeskJet 930C inkjet printers. HP Everyday Paper (A4) was used for all printing in this study. HP said while there are visible costs like acquisition cost and cost of prints per page, customers should also consider the hidden costs in the printing process, including increase in labor time over fixing unreliable inks, loss of productivity due to downtime, supplies wastage from reprints, frustrations brought about by poor prints, and the impact on business image.

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