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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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Re: Grayscale versus Black Ink

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!

 

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Re: Grayscale versus Black Ink

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

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Re: Grayscale versus Black Ink

I print only in black and have terrible page yields from the 564 and 564 XL cartridges. I got 54 pages and 71 pages from a 564 and 160 from a 564XL. I see a lot of folks complaining about the page yields from these cartridges. I have a 4620 HP printer. Is it the printer or the cartridge? I feel disappointed that I will have to purchase a new printer when this one is only 2 yrs old because the ink costs with such low page yields are astonomical!! No one at HP seems interested.

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