(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Can't Print Wo Color Ink
Needs Color Ink For B-w
Wastes Color Ink On B-w
(Cross-posting from my Amazon review)<br /><br />Same old...I've had this printer for 18 months or so, but use it rather infrequently. Now that my 1st replacement cartridge is empty (XL magenta, after less than a 100 mostly draft quality 'black ink only' pages), I think its time to add my review to the pot.<br /><br />As many have mentioned, you can't print 'black ink only' or gray-scale without using color, meaning: 1) if a colored ink cartridge is out, no printing for you, and 2) even printing purely b/w, your color cartridges -will- run out before your black cartridge is half empty. To be fair, I have started printing on 'normal' quality instead of draft (otherwise I'm stuck printing the same thing 3+ times before its even legible; it does come out perfect in 'normal' quality 1st try, though).<br /><br />And any time the printer does anything, it has to sit there and fuss about internally for minutes on end ('internal diagnostics' or whatever), which is just kinda annoying.<br /><br />Ah well, that's what I get for buying something without reading the reviews first.<br /><br />If you're going to stick it out with this printer, keep in mind it does take refurbished cartridges (there are plenty of sites out there that offer them *shrug*), which you can usually buy for 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of the 'official ones,' and all without giving HP the satisfaction of having more money shoveled into their gaping inkhole. After I burn through the cartridges I have left (I bought a spare set for the free shipping), I'll probably call it quits with this one, and snag a nice laser printer that has decent reviews.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.