Sunday, January 15, 2006

Hewlett Packard Arseholes

Just tried printing some photos on a new printer/copier/scanner which I picked up for a song at a big office supply joint.

Alas, the low, low price was too good to be true. Apparently you have to use HP's "tabbed" photo paper if you want a borderless photo print. (It has a little tab on the end which you tear off to get a full sized print.) If you use normal 4x6 inch paper it conveniently leaves a white strip on one side, after croppping the photo automatically, which does not resemble the WYSIWYG version you are supposedly about to receive. There is no way around this white stripe along the side other than using their highly expensive paper.


The HP "tabbed" paper is 20 bucks for twenty pieces of paper which is roughly 1/4 the price of the printer. I bought 100 sheets of 4 x 6 inch photo paper by a German company for under ten bucks. The HP inkjets cost around $50 or more than half the cost of a printer. I can pick up a refill kit for $25 on e-bay.


I'm a cheapskate, I'll be refilling the sucker myself and continue using the 4 x 6 paper (100 sheets for $10) cropping off the white bits with a sharp knife and steel ruler.

Moff ponders the "How do you get rich?" deal, I'd say take some Ripping you off 101 classes from HP.


  • ACK! I work for HP. What model did you get? You can't refill any cartridges if you plan on doing photos. The tabbed paper is hella cheep here. You can get 100 sheets for 11 US dollars.

    By Blogger tetricus, at 3:12 am  

  • Whoops! I got a PSC 1410 which is cool for letters but no good on the photo front. Just have to get them printed at one of those automatic booths.

    I'm also noticing the ink gets "sticky".

    By Blogger Johnno, at 8:16 am  

  • oh the 1410 is shit mate... Yeah the one down side with HP is the Vivera ink is NOT waterproof.. or even water resistent.. actually humidity is probably bad for it too..

    I have a PS 8250 and a PS 3210.. a bit cheaper per print and a lot faster.

    By Anonymous Angry Sicilian, at 9:52 am  

  • Muahaha! All HP Printers I had could not print on the last cm or so. That's why the tab is for. And you forgot to mention that those nice cartidges number 21 and 22 are physically identical to number 56 and 57. Difference? The latter one have nearly 4x more ink in them. Oh, and of course the PSC1410 will refuse the latter, "bigger" ones ... but an older PSC1110 happily accept them all (21, 22, 56 and 57)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:57 am  

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