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Tutor
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Officejet Pro 8500A Premium - can't this printer work without color cartridges?

I've used very little color printing since getting this printer, yet every so often, it interrupts a B&W print job, to tell me to replace a color cartridge, and it refuses to continue until I do! This is stressful when I'm trying to print a B&W job that my client needs!

 

But say I even didn't want to print in color anymore and just wanted it to work only in B&W. isn't this printer capable of that?

 

And is it using color every time it prints B&W documents for me, even though I have the defaults set to ONLY print B&W?

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Provost
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Re: Officejet Pro 8500A Premium - can't this printer work without color cartridges?

Hi,

 

Please read the following article:

 

   http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/articles/us/en/InkUseage.html

 

Printers need inks to work, w/o ink they will stop even during the warming up process.

 

Regards.

BH
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Re: Officejet Pro 8500A Premium - can't this printer work without color cartridges?

So it appears that these printers are designed to use up colors, even when the user is printing ONLY B&W, and will not work without constantly buying color inks. I see. It must be very profitable for HP anyway, but not so much for the user.

 

I suppose I should look for a B&W only inkjet next time...

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Re: Officejet Pro 8500A Premium - can't this printer work without color cartridges?

Hi,

 

Not just HP, it's the technology. I only have 3 IIC printers for testing in my house: one HP, one Canon and one Epson, they are all the same.

 

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BH
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