Do Printer Ink Cartridge Numbers Really Matter

2010-11-17 09:23:28

Published on 2010-11-17 09:23:28

Printer ink cartridges are usually numbered according to their suitability for certain printers. But printer ink cartridges look so similar it's often hard to tell the difference – can they, then, be used interchangeably?

This is the question bothering one contributor to Comners.com. The user has two Hewlett-Packard printers, taking printer ink cartridge numbers HP92 and HP56 respectively. However, the person states, "the cartridges look identical to me".

"Can I use the same cartridge number for both HP printers? Will it even work?" Well, response from the online community was swift. "The HP92 and the HP56, if you look closely, are actually made differently," Elly explains. Chris notes that changing them will not work, as the number is integral to the functioning of the printer.

"Some printer cartridges have chips in them to tell the printer how much is left and so on. If these chips are not the same, to what the printer is expecting, it will either not function or won't work correctly." So, printer users: Do not swap cartridges!

Posted by Jamie Foster.

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