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11-08-2012 10:00 PM
what is your best HP printer that will work with only one cartridge (black) and will print me around 2000 pages (b/w) with just one cartridge? I need something bellow 200$ for the printer and it's color will cost around 20-30$. Any idea, expert?
11-09-2012 08:53 AM
I hope this helps.
12-28-2012 01:57 PM
Even set to print in grayscale (black ink), the printer will still use a small amount of color under the black to ensure a long lasting printout. Also, the unit will still require the color cartridges to be present and have available ink to function.
Hope this helps.
05-07-2013 11:16 PM
How do I print using only Black Ink on an HP Photosmart 3210 All-in-one printer when there is one color cartridge empty? It is now saying two are expired. I only have one empty color cartridge. One of the expired cartridges is NEW and FULL and the other is about 1/3 full and is as old as the other cartridges that are not expired. All I want to do is print 12 pages in black ink, immediately. Why is ther no work around on this? The black ink is full and not expired. HP this needs a fix ASAP. Never had problems like this with your other HP printers, they may have starting smoking but they printed in just black when you wanted them to. What if I want to use this printer as BLACK ink only? Are there dummie cartridges?
PLEASE HELP FAST! VERY FRUSTRATED!
05-15-2013 10:47 AM
03-21-2014 01:49 PM - edited 03-21-2014 02:02 PM
My message to HP, Canon and all the other scamsters who design printers so that I can't simply use black ink for black and white documents, so you can continue to leech my wallet for color I don't need: I have long stopped buying your printers. I can walk to my local UPS, Office Depot, or Fedex store and use their's whenever I need documents. The very idea of mixing expensive color cartridges to make "black" for simple documents that DON'T require color or photo quality is idiotic. Good riddance. One less sheep for you to fleece.
03-21-2014 02:05 PM - edited 03-21-2014 02:13 PM
"The reason for this is because when you print in black the HP unit will pull color into the printout for print quality reasons. The printer doesn't look for a huge amount of ink during the printout, but when you're completely out of ink this issue will appear.
There is only so much you can do to "enhance the quality" of a B&W document that doesn't require photo or graphics qualities. Your explanation is ludicrous, and a response that I'd expect to hear from someone who works for HP. I suppose I'd be spewing this too if I wanted to preserve my job there. Again, this is why I will never buy another printer from you or your competitors again and will outsource my document printing to services such as Fedex or Office Depot. After talking to others who've been in the business that I'm starting at these places, I realize that I'm not alone on this.
04-19-2014 10:00 AM
I would not have bought this printer either had I known I couldn't print with the black cartridge only. A very important detail left out of the sale. I don't print in color very often, and so the color cartridges expire or dry up and then have to be bought new all over again, while printing with the black only would be fine. I'm certainly inclined to believe this:
"It's a money-extracting greedy motive on the part of Hewlett Packard to make your printer non-functional if only one of the cartridges is empty."
Buyer beware, HP is up to some tricky stuff.