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Dunelm
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Grayscale versus Black Ink

I have a C4280 Photosmart printer. I want to make economical use of my ink cartridges when printing documents (as opposed to photographs). I generally use the fast draft option and greyscale for documents. Would I use less or more ink if I used fast draft with the black ink option?

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skippyjohnson
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Re: Grayscale versus Black Ink

I can't answer your question directly, but I found a good source of information that explains a little about ink usage.

 

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/articles/howInkIsUsed.html?cCode=us

 

You mentioned just the part about using different draft options.  This mentions that in passing, but explains some of the other ways ink is used.  If you're interested in prolonging your cartridges, I think this information is helpful.

 

 

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Dunelm
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Thank you for this. While, as you say,  it doesn't entirely answer my question I nevertheless found it helpful and interesting, particularly the section towards the end.

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Bob_Headrick
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The most economical printing would be fast draft and black ink only.  The grayscale setting uses the color cartridge to print grayscale because this provides better quality.  The quality is better with grayscale but it will use more ink.

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Dunelm
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Thanks for this, Mr Headrick.  This exactly answers my question. I don't know why it did not occur to me to ask it long before now!

 

Dr Nicholas Keegan

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junebost
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Re printer settings:  does grayscale or black take more ink?

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