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HP Instant Ink review of printer benefits

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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Written by Matt Tran

Matt has a passion for technology, gaming and social media, whether its using it or writing about it. He joins the Product Reviews team having graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2013, after completing an honours degree in Building Surveying. Matt will mostly keep you in the loop on gaming, tech and gadget news.

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