Is HP Instant Ink really beneficial?
As soon as HP announced the launch of its Envy, Officejet and LaserJet printers, it also announced the Instant Ink technology program that can be availed with their printers. So what is this Instant Ink program all about? A printer manual or even HP’s website is going to tell you all the information you need, so we’re not going to harp on that. But we are going to go over some hard facts to better analyze the pros and cons of the Instant Ink program.
Straight up, HP Instant Ink is a monthly subscription program for ink or cartridge supplies to be delivered to your doorstep in the event that you run out of it. There are three plans to choose from and HP claims that they get one subscriber every minute and have over 500,000 subscriptions as of now. There are 3 plans to choose from, depending on the printing frequency. If you are an infrequent user, there is a $2.99 plan that covers 50 pages in a month, a $4.99 plan for 100 pages for more frequent users and a $9.99 plan for 300 pages a month for regular users. With every extra print you take from the printer, there will be a small additional charge. This is a good thing when looked at. If you don’t use all up the stipulated amount of prints for a particular month, you have the option of carrying over your remaining prints to the next month. You will still not be able to carry forward more pages than the subscription you signed up for, obviously. Also, if you underestimated your print needs and end up printing a lot more than what you signed up for, you can still print for a nominal additional fee. Either which ways, you get your money’s worth. In fact, if you cared enough to check on the Internet, there will be a lot of people claiming that replacing the printer itself is less expensive than replacing ink cartridges.
The subscription covers printing texts, images, and photos. Some HP printers even come with a free subscription for 3 months. You could try using it with your printer and if the subscription wins your heart, get the real deal. The nice thing about having an Instant Ink subscription is that you’ll know beforehand if you are running out of ink and the supply reaches your mailbox before you even ask. Printers and ink are often overlooked, it is quite annoying to get an ink alert just when you need a print. Instant Ink helps keep your printer prepared.
But, in order for the program to work, your printer must be connected to the Internet, Only then will the Instant Ink software be able to keep a track of the pages you have printed. If you carry out offline print jobs, there will be no record of it in the software and it will not be able to predict the ink level requirement properly.
The real question is whether the Instant Ink program is really useful. It depends on what kind of a printer user you are. If you are the kind of person that prints a lot of photos and high-quality texts, the Instant Ink feature may come in handy. If you were to purchase cartridges outside of the Instant Ink program with such extensive printing needs, it will most likely burn a hole in your pocket. The Instant Ink program will maintain a fixed price, no matter how high the quality of the document.
So should you go for it? Absolutely! If you compare using Instant Ink with using regular cartridges, it proves to be a cost-effective solution. Although, on the flip side, you will have to have a keen eye on what you print. Even the smallest dot printed on a page is counted as a full print, so if you’re careless, you may end up losing prints.
All in all, HP has come up with this program, especially for their most loyal and frequent users. If you are one too, sign up right now. If you are not, the program features give you enough reason to!