HP Instant Ink review of printer benefits

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The most frustrating problem for all printer owners is probably when the last ink cartridge runs out during the middle of a project. Luckily not long ago a new service called HP Instant Ink was started and we are going to take a look at this, and review the benefits it will bring to you.

For those who are not aware, Instant Ink is an ink replacement service which aims to save you money on ink costs. HP offer 3 different packages on monthly payment plans, the tariff is based on the amount of pages you print opposed to the amount of cartridges you consume. Included in the subscription cost are the new ink cartridges, recycling and shipping.

HP will monitor your printing usage and will quickly ship you out new ink when you are getting low. If you do not use all of your allocated pages each month you can roll the remainder over and use them on the next month. If you print more pages than allocated, the extras will be charged to your subscription at HP’s normal rate, which seems better than having service stop until your next monthly allocation.


We will quickly run through the 3 different tariffs now which start at $2.99 per month and allows 50 printed pages. You can roll over up to the same amount if you do not use them and an extra fee of $1 is charged for 15 additional pages. Tariff 2 costs $4.99 to print 100 pages all of which can be rolled over and with a $1 extra allowing for 20 extra pages.

The largest package is priced at $9.99 giving 300 pages to print or roll over with the extra $1 yielding 25 extra pages. The Instant Ink service does not charge any annual fee and you can cancel or swap subscriptions free of charge. The cartridges HP send you however will only work in the printer that you have enrolled on to the service.

As we look back now we can see some very advantageous benefits here for HP printer owners. You will never get caught without ink with the convenient home shipping, the price plan is very affordable and is cheaper than the cost of most cartridges you would buy from the store, you can use as much ink as you want and not worry as the price is based on printed pages not ink usage, the list goes on.

It is also worth noting that the charge for colored ink, black and white or even printing a photo is all the same. All you have to worry about is how many pages you are printing! We would recommend this service to any of our readers who work a lot from the office or at home and get through a lot of printing and ink, in the long run it appears that a lot of money will be saved and makes the whole process very easy.

What are your thoughts on HP’s Instant Ink service? If you have subscribed then leave us a comment telling us how you have found it so far.

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  • hat

    rip off!

  • frustrated printer

    I bought a wireless printer so I wouldn’t have to go to my printer every time I print. But with the service I have to push the “connect” button each and every time I print something. I can’t figure out how to get rid of this service. I am about to buy another printer and I would never ever ever sign up for this program if I could do it over. It is so irritating to have to connect with every document I print!

    • Adam

      What type of printer do you have?

  • FMR

    I was thinking of getting this and could not figure out how HP would know number of pages I Print. So…having a printer in a central location for all family to use may not be as convenient as I think since, if I understand correctly, the printers that have this program have a “connect” button that must be hit before printing. So we have to be at the printer to print, if I understand correctly. that means the print of the go feature is useless with this program. Bummer..if it sounds too good to be true…

    • Adam

      I got some information from my local store. Your printer would need to stay connect to a wireless internet at all times. Once you are running LOW on ink, the system triggers an alert to HP and sends out the ink as needed and will arrive via UPS before you are completely out of ink. Currently, you can only use this service on one of 5 printers that are currently on the market and specially equipped to handle this program.

      • BD

        I do not pres any button when I print. The information automatically uploads to HP. I have a wireless always on Internet connection.

    • BD

      You do not need to press any button. It is automatic once you enroll the printer.

  • BD

    The cartridges last a lot longer than what I buy in the store. We spend about $70 every other month on ink at the store. With this service the savings is quite impressive.

  • Thomrob

    I am on my first month of the service and I am considering whether or not to stay on the program. The issue I’ve run into is that I have received a large number of incomplete prints which still count towards your number of pages printed. It’s almost as if the printer turns itself off mid print. Not sure if it has to do with the “connected” issue that was described below. It is extremely frustrating.

  • hydrannt

    What a scam…. I’ve just printed over 2000 pages for a course I am teaching. With their “frequent use” plan, I would get 300 pages for $10 and then pay $1 for every additional 25 pages. In my case, that would be another $68. I’ve done all this printing and still have a ton of ink in my cartridges purchased from Costco…

    Note the fine print… the savings are based on the cost of other printers’ ink, not HP’s already efficient cartridges. SCAM SCAM SCAM. It does not cost $720 to print 3600 pages on my printer