Review: Inside The HP 74 (CB335W) Black Inkjet Print Cartridge (Cracked Open)

Cracked open – the HP 74 (CB335WN) inkjet print cartridge.

This is an older cartridge from Hewlett Packard, and it sheds some light on the multiple cartridge strategy HP (and all the other printer manufacturers) are now employing in full force (same cartridges, just differing amounts of ink, and different prices).  The HP 74 black ink cartridge looks like all the other HP ink cartridges (from the outside), but what does it look like on this inside of the ink cartridge?

This cartridge contains about 5ml of ink.  However, it has the room to  take much more ink – but then HP would have to raise that $14.99 price point (like they do on the larger, and “full” HP 74XL cartridge which has three (3) times the amount of ink but only costs $20.00 street.). The HP 74 represents a mistake by HP, and one of the last times HP released a “standard” cartridge with a full sized sponge.  The larger the sponge, the more ink the cartridge can take when refilling, or when re-manufacturing.  This is not good for HP’s consumption model marketing.  In HP’s future cartridge manufacturing – if the cartridge price is lower, the cartridge can be altered internally and include a smaller sponge (see inside the newer HP 60, and HP 901 black ink cartridges and you will see what we mean).

HP hewlett packard ink cartridge cover removed to reveal the internal structure of the HP 74 black inkjet print cartridge.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: CB335W – HP 74 Black
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
HP 74 Ink Volume: 3-5ml
Page Yield: 200 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 15pl

Retail price: $14.99
Street price: $13.18

* that 200 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are always on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 75, or 75XL tri-color ink cartridge which we cracked open here.

A Refillers Dream – A New Reality:

Ink stop and cartridge world are not was well eastablished in the industry - goodbye consumer options.

This is the kind of cartridge that kept Cartridge World, and Ink Stop in business.  That is until inkstop went out of business.  This cartridge type is cheap to buy initially, however it runs out fast (40-100 pages at most).  Can be easily “over filled” reliably up to 2-3 times (maybe more, your mileage will vary)  with three times the amount of black ink the cartridge originally came with.  Better to get this cartridge refilled, or refill (400 pgs +), than to buy new (40-100 pgs).  No comparison really.

HP will fix this “problem” with the release of the HP 60, and HP 901 ink cartridges that have a smaller sponge, and space inside the cartridge blocked off – not feasible to refill.

HP is aware of the solution – working on another problem.

HP is not stupid.  We have heard rumors in the industry that the current “flagship” HP cartridge type (the HP 74 and to many otHewlett Packard HP 901, 901XL, XL Ink Cartridge Refillshers to list, but of the same design) cost HP over one Billion dollars to engineer.  The cartridge is flimsy, and designed to fail – it must not be easy to get engineers to design something to fail.  While the cartridge can be refilled, reliably, several times – great care must be given to the condition of the ink cartridge.

These cartridges must be refilled before they run out of ink – the contacts need to be kept from damage (think static discharge, dirt, and ink covering the contacts), and the print head needs to be kept clean.  These cartridge characteristics conspire against the casual refiller, and consumer demand for refill kits and refilled cartridges is low.  Garbage in = garbage out – if the cartridge is designed to fail, any additional use after the cartridge “runs dry” should be considered a bonus.

So what is under the label on the cartridge?

Cartridge design for the HP 74 black inkjet print cartridge.Pay special attention to the many holes and air-flow channels – that stuff is there for a reason.  This cartridge can be easily refilled with a bottle of ink and a simple syringe and needle.  The holes are already in the top of the cartridge.  No special tools needed to “drill” a hole in the top of the HP ink cartridge.

Three (3) barriers to simple refilling:

1: The pesky ink monitor.

Printers that use this cartridge series remember the last two cartridge serial numbers.  The cartridge can be re-used, however it will show as empty in the print monitor, and unless turned off, the user is prompted to replace the cartridge at every printing.  Very annoying when trying to print driving directions on the way out the door.

The printer “remembers” the current cartridge – plus one.  So to reset the ink monitor, three cartridges must be used. Hassle.

There are other ways around the ink monitor issue – press a series of buttons on the printer – but they vary by cartridge and by printer model number.

2: Failure of cartridge

If a cartridge is not refilled shortly *before* going empty (for this series of cartridge) the sponge can dry out, the print head can become clogged, or the contacts can get ink on them – or worse damaged.

There are just to many things that can go wrong for wide-scale acceptance.  Experienced refillers are aware of the limitations refilling presents, and take precautions.  First time refillers, or the “average consumer” might not be aware of these limitations and-or care.  A cartridge must work when called upon, and there is a price for reliability.  Sometimes the cartridge will not work period – or it fails after a short refilled life.  There are also cases of a refilled cartridge lasting “forever.”  The refilling game really is part know-how, but equal parts blind luck as no two cartridges are the same.

3: It’s messy.

There is the perception that refilling is messy, because It *can-be* if you are not sure of what you are doing. Frankly, sometimes it goes all wrong. The majority of the time it goes well, and with the savings i can buy a new pair of pants anyway.  A non-issue for committed refillers, a reason to take it to walgreens for some.

A look at the sponges tells the story:

Below we have the HP 74 black and HP 74xl black ink cartridge sponges.

See how little ink is in the HP 74 black ink cartridge when compared to the HP 74XL black inkjet print  (full of ink) cartridge.

The HP 74 black ink cartridge sponge compared to the HP 74XL black ink cartridge sponge. The 74XL sponge (and cartridge) is much larger.

For You Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to put the refilling needle.  There are five (5) holes already in the cartridge lid which are covered up by the cartridge number sticker.  As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around only three (3) of the holes. We suggest using one of those three (3) holes since they are closer to the ink exit point.  All the other two holes  are there to confuse refillers.  This cartridge will hold around 18-21ml of ink, which is a good amount for a modern ink cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 74 black inkjet printer cartridge refill hole locations.

Compatible Cartridges:

HP 74, 74XL compatible ink cartridgesCompatible cartridges are an option here. Basically a re-manufactured (compatible) cartridge is just a professionally refilled, or “refilled for you” cartridge. The will run about 30%-40% less than HP brand ink cartridges, and if you can find a quality vendor, contrary to HPs claims the work great.

These re-manufactured cartridges will get cheaper as more become available in the aftermarket. When you buy a new printer, more often than not, it will include new cartridges, and until these cartridges make their way into the 3rd party cartridge re-manufacturers the price will be high. As the supply of quality empties increases, prices will decrease (in some cases by as much as 70%) and the compatible cartridge becomes a solid choice in the cost per page battle.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

HP 74 ink cartridge contacts - hp 74 printer ink carridge print head contacts.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the cartridge (for most of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new printer.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and other discount (online) retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

HP 901 black inkjet print cartridge empty and opened up to expose internal structure of ink cartridge

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

hp 74 black ink cartridge expiration date, serial number, and upc code

There is really no reason to ever buy this cartridge.  A quick check of Amazon reveals that the 74XL  cartridge (700 pages) will run you $27.99, or about twice what the HP 74 half full cartridge (200 pages) will cost you.  Ultimately, the best advice is to avoid this cartridge (and the printers that work with it) completely – if you print more than 100-200 pages per month.

HP 74 black (CB335WN) specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3265895-3265896-3265901.html

HP 74 black (CB335W) page yield information:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=CB335W

Compatible with the following HP inkjet printers:

The HP 74 works in a bunch of printers – check out the HP 74XL black ink, a much better value.
  • Deskjet D4200 Series
  • Deskjet D4260
  • Deskjet D4268
  • OfficeJet J5700
  • OfficeJet J5725
  • OfficeJet J5730
  • OfficeJet J5735
  • OfficeJet J5740
  • OfficeJet J5750
  • OfficeJet J5780
  • OfficeJet J5783
  • OfficeJet J5785
  • OfficeJet J5788
  • OfficeJet J5790
  • Photosmart C4200 Series
  • Photosmart C4205
  • Photosmart C4210
  • Photosmart C4240
  • Photosmart C4250
  • Photosmart C4270
  • Photosmart C4272
  • Photosmart C4273
  • Photosmart C4275
  • Photosmart C4280
  • Photosmart C4283
  • PhotoSmart C4285
  • PhotoSmart C4345
  • PhotoSmart C4380
  • PhotoSmart C4580
  • PhotoSmart C4599
  • Photosmart C5200 Series
  • Photosmart C5240
  • Photosmart C5250
  • Photosmart C5280
  • PhotoSmart C5540
  • PhotoSmart C5550
  • PhotoSmart C5580
  • PhotoSmart D5345
  • Photosmart D5360
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Review: Inside The HP 75XL, 75 XL Tri-Color (Color) Inkjet Print Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A look inside the HP 75XL tri-color (color) inkjet print cartridge.

The HP 75XL tri-color (color) ink cartridge is the “full” 75 color cartridge from Hewlett Packard that works in a variety of Officejet and Photosmart  inkjet printers. HP also offers a “half-full” version of this cartridge for $20-$25, simply the HP 75.  The HP 75XL is a good cartridge for the occasional printer and the cartridge can be had for $20 for the HP brand.  If printing at your location is 50-100 pages per month (no pictures), this cartridge is probably not a bad choice.  There are many other terrible choices (HP 92, HP 93, HP 60), and for the occasional photo, or documents in the 50-100 per month range, you could do much worse.

Look for printers that use the HP 74XL, and 75XL (often paired – black, color).  A good compromise for occasional printing.

HP 75XL, 75 XL tri-color ink cartridge.

Sponges are soaked in this cartridge.

A substantial amount of ink (in inkjet printer cartridge terms) is in these cartridges.  The sponges are full of ink.  The lid was (is) stuck on tight, so evaporation should be minimal. Refilling very easy with this cartridge, holes are already in the lid – covered by the cartridge identification number sticker.

HP Hewlett Packard - 75xl tri-color (color) ink cartridge.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: (CB338WN) – HP 75XL
Ink Type: Dye based color ink
Page Yield: 750 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 5pl

Retail price: $40.99
Street price: $19.99

* that 750 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 74 black, and 74XL black inkjet print cartridge which we cracked open here.

Cartridge Contacts

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head. Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves. If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer). If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again. If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

HP 75xl tri-color ink cartridge print head contacts - keep them clean to refill your cartridge.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to fill. There are five (5) holes in the cartridge lid. As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around all five (5) of the holes. We suggest using the top most hole since it is closer to where the ink will exit the cartridge. Refill kits can be a hassle, but are worth it if you are on a tight budget and have patience.

HP 75xl color tri-color ink cartridge

HP 75xl color tri-color ink cartridge location of colors inside cartridge.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge. So that is 3 total on a single cartridge. If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason. HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges. Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

HP 75xl expiration date silk screened onto the cartridge - HP.com website says this is no big deal.

HP 75 And HP 75XL Compared:

There really is no comparison. The HP 75 black ink cartridge (on the left), or the “standard” cartridge as HP refers to it has two things wrong with it. First, the sponge is one-sixth the size as the 75 XL, and it is contained in a plastic divide to deter refillers.  Second, you can refill it, but look at what little ink the mini-sponge will take. The HP 75 “standard” cartridge will require constant attention to maintain it’s “full” status.

The HP 74 retails for $14.99, and the HP 74XL retails for around $33.99, but deals can be had on this older cartridge. If you print more than 50 pages per month, do yourself a favor and stick with the XL cartridges – they have more ink and are more re-fillable, and are a better cost per page value.

HP 74 black and HP 75XL tri-color ink cartridges compared.

HP 75xl color tri-color inkjet print cartridge compared t0 HP 74 black ink cartridge.

Tip – a better value is the HP 74XL black (21ml).  The HP 74 black ink cartridge contains a measly 5ml of ink.

Large capacity ink cartridges from HP - the HP 74XL black ink cartridge compared with the HP 75xl tri-color (color) ink cartridge.

HP 74xl (full) black ink cartridge compared to the HP 75xl tri-color ink color cartridge

Refill kits are available:

HP 75xl tri-color, color ink cartridge refill.As you can see from the images, this cartridge is very easy to refill. One negative to refilling is that the ink monitor will no longer function, so it is impossible to tell when the ink is going to run out. This is not a huge deal as the cartridge can be topped off every so often – never let a cartridge run all the way out. If the sponge can get dry, and if ink stops flowing properly the cartridge will not provide an acceptable print.

The HP 75XL cartridge is rated at 560 pages, so that equates to about 21ml of ink (7ml per color). The sponge is not all the way soaked as received from HP, however count on the cartridge taking at least 7ml of each color ink.  Refill kits are easy to use, and result in $3.00-$4.00 cartridges.

Compatible Cartridges:

HP 74, 74XL compatible ink cartridgesCompatible cartridges are an option for this cartridge. Basically a re-manufactured (compatible) cartridge is just a professionally refilled, or “refilled for you” cartridge. The will run about 30%-40% less than HP brand ink cartridges, and if you can find a quality vendor, contrary to HPs claims the work great.

These re-manufactured cartridges will get cheaper as more become available in the aftermarket. When you buy a new printer, more often than not, it will include new cartridges, and until these cartridges make their way into the 3rd party cartridge re-manufacturers the rice will be high. As the supply of quality empties increases, prices will decrease (in some cases by as much as 70%) and the compatible cartridge becomes a solid choice in the cost per page battle. Animated gif goodness.

Refilling HP ink cartridges - HP inkjet print cartridge refill locations for color HP 75xl tri-color ink carridge

The Print Head:

The printhead *will* wear out or get clogged, its just a matter of time. There is no hard data, but the accepted rule is a cartridge can be refilled 3-4 times before it needs to be replaced with a new one. A new “full” cartridge purchase is not always necessary (74XL retails for $. Empties can be had for cheap on eBay, so look there. Also check Amazon for a good selection of prices.

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the physical cartridge (for 80% of their consumer printers). This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new print head. This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion. As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon. They are actually in three places on the cartridge – the top label, the print head, and on the front facing side (expiration).

HP 75XL printhead for inkjet print cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 75XL tri-color (color) ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=CB338W

Hewlett Packard (HP) 75XL tri-color (color) inkjet print cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3266753-3266779-3266784.html

This cartridge is compatible with the following HP Deskjet, Officejet, and Photosmart inkjet printers:

Review – Opening The HP 74XL 74 XL (Full) Inkjet Print Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A look inside the HP 74XL black inkjet print cartridge.

A look inside the internal structure of an HP inkjet cartridge.  The HP 74XL cartridge is physically larger than the HP 74, or even the HP 75XL inkjet print cartridges.  It contains 21ml of ink, and is one of the best “cartridges” to use.  Cost per page printing is much improved with the HP 74XL ink cartridge from HP.  Look around for pricing – this is an older cartridge, and the $34.99 retail price can be beat.

Retail price for the HP 74XL inkjet print cartridge - black.

The HP 74XL inkjet print cartridge looks the same as the HP 96 (no XL designation but it was *the* cartridge to have not to long ago). The cartridge is physically larger than the cheaper (and about one-third the ink) HP 74 black ink cartridge, which we cracked open here.

Removing the top cover of the HP 74xl large black ink cartridge - a look at the internal structure of an inkjet printer cartridge.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: (CB336WN) – HP 74XL
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
Page Yield: 750 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 15pl

Retail price: $34.99
Street price: $19.99

* that 750 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 75, and 75XL tri-color inkjet print (color) cartridge which we cracked open here.

HP 74XL ink cartridge opened with lid off to reveal the internal structure of the cartridge.

Cartridge Contacts

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

HP 74xl black inkjet print cartridge print head contacts.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to fill.  There are seven (7) holes in the cartridge lid.  As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around all five (5) of the holes. We suggest using the top most hole since it is closer to where the ink will exit the cartridge. Refill kits can be a hassle, but are worth it if you are on a tight budget and have patience.

Refill holes for the HP 74XL black inkjet print cartridge.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

HP 74xl inkjet print cartridge expiration date on the actual cartridge itself!

HP 74 And HP 74XL Compared:

There really is no comparison.  The HP 74 black ink cartridge (on the left), or the “standard” cartridge as HP refers to it has two things wrong with it.  First, the sponge is one-sixth the size as the 74XL, and it is contained in a plastic divide to deter refillers.  Second, you can refill it, but look at what little ink the mini-sponge will take.  The HP 74 cartridge will require constant attention to maintain it’s “full” status.

The HP 74 retails for $14.99, and the HP 74XL retails for around $33.99.  If you print more than 50 pages per month, do yourself a favor and stick with the XL cartridges – they have more ink and are more re-fillable.

HP 74XL and HP 74 black ink cartridges compared.  HP 74XL is the way to go over the smaller HP 74 ink cartridge.

Refill kits are available:

Hewlett Packard HP 74, 74XL, XL Ink Cartridge Refills

As you can see from the images, this cartridge is very easy to refill. One negative to refilling is that the ink monitor will no longer function, so it is impossible to tell when the ink is going to run out. This is not a huge deal as the cartridge can be topped off every so often – never let a cartridge run all the way out. If the sponge can get dry, and if ink stops flowing properly the cartridge will not provide an acceptable print.

The HP 74XL cartridge is rated at XXX pages, so that equates to about 18ml of ink. The sponge is not all the way soaked as received from HP, however count on thee cartridge taking at least 18ml of ink. Refill kits are easy to use, and result in $3.00-$4.00 cartridges.

Compatible Cartridges:

HP 74, 74XL compatible ink cartridgesCompatible cartridges are an option for this cartridge. Basically a re-manufactured (compatible) cartridge is just a professionally refilled, or “refilled for you” cartridge. The will run about 30%-40% less than HP brand ink cartridges, and if you can find a quality vendor, contrary to HPs claims the work great.

These re-manufactured cartridges will get cheaper as more become available in the aftermarket. When you buy a new printer, more often than not, it will include new cartridges, and until these cartridges make their way into the 3rd party cartridge re-manufacturers the rice will be high. As the supply of quality empties increases, prices will decrease (in some cases by as much as 70%) and the compatible cartridge becomes a solid choice in the cost per page battle.

The Print Head:

The printhead *will* wear out or get clogged, its just a matter of time. There is no hard data, but the accepted rule is a cartridge can be refilled 3-4 times before it needs to be replaced with a new one. A new “full” cartridge purchase is not always necessary (74XL retails for $34.99. Empties can be had for cheap on eBay, so look there).  Also check Amazon for a good selection of prices.

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the physical cartridge (for 80% of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new print head.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be replaced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.

Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon. They are actually in three places on the cartridge – the top label, the print head, and on the front facing side (expiration).

HP 74xl black inkjet print cartridge, print head.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 74XL black ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=CB336W

Hewlett Packard (HP) 74XL black inkjet print cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3265895-3266274-3266279.html

This cartridge is compatible with the following HP Deskjet, Officejet, and Photosmart inkjet printers:

Review: Inside The CC641WN HP 60 XL – 60XL Black Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)

The HP 60XL Black Ink Cartridge – A “Full” Cartridge.

There are two (2) versions of the HP 60 black inkjet print cartridge.  The only difference in the two is the amount of ink they each contain, that is it  – the HP 60 black is rated at 200 pages, and the The HP 60XL is rated at 600 pages.  But which one is a better value?  Depends on how much you print. Take a look inside the HP 60, look here.

HP 60XL black retail price.

Contains hefty amount of ink:

The HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge boasts a whopping 600 printed pages estimate.  These estimates are almost always overly exaggerated.  This cartridge is also easily refilled with kits from $12.99, or compatibles (professionally refilled) can be purchased around $20-$25.  The HP original cartridge (with pigment ink) will run around $35.00 plus.  A good cartridge, and owners of printers that can use it – should.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Removing the top of the HP 60XL ink cartridge reveals the inside of the cartridge. No refill deterrent ink chambers here, this is a "full" cartridge with a complete sponge.

Specifications:

Color: Black
Part Number: (CC641WN) – HP 60XL
Ink Type: Pigment based ink
Page Yield: 600 pages*

Ink Drop Size: 13.8pl

Retail price: $34.99
Street price: $29.99

* that 600 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 60, and 60XL tri-color inkjet print (color) cartridge which we cracked open here.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

The sponge fills the entire HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge.

Cartridge Contacts

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Contacts on the cartridge - the print head is on the physical cartridge in this design.

The Print Head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the physical cartridge (for 80% of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new print head.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be repalced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.  Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon. They are actually in three places on the cartridge – the top label, the print head, and on the front facing side (expiration).

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Printhead of the HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to fill.  There are five (5) holes in the cartridge lid.  As you can see from the other images, there is black ink around all five (5) of the holes. We suggest using the top most hole since it is closer to where the ink will exit the cartridge. Refill kits can be a hassle, but are worth it if you are on a tight budget and have patience.  There is no need to drill into this cartridge to refill – the holes are already there.

No need to drill any holes in the HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridge - they are already there.

No need to drill any holes, they are already there.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

Refill this cartridge in any of the five (5) holes under the identification sticker.

Is this an embedded expiration date?

Yet another 2D UPC code on the outside front of the cartridge.  So that is 3 total on a single cartridge.  If (HP) Hewlett Packard went to the trouble of putting them on there, you can bet they are there for a reason.  HP claims there is no built-in “self-destruct” expiration date for their cartridges.  Read more about it here…

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01764161&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

Expiration date on the HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge?

Expiration date on the HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge?

HP 60 And HP 60XL Compared:

There really is no comparison.  The HP 60 cartridge (on the left), or the “value” cartridge as HP refers to it has two things wrong with it.  First, the sponge is one-sixth the size as the 60XL, and it is contained in a plastic divide to deter refillers.  Second, you can refill it, but look at what little ink the mini-sponge will take.  The HP 60 cartridge will require constant attention to maintain it’s “full” status.

The HP 60 retails for $14.99, and the HP 60XL retails for around $33.99.  If you print more than 50 pages per month, do yourself a favor and stick with the XL cartridges – they have more ink and are more re-fillable.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

The HP 60 cartridge on the left is no value, that is for sure. The sponge is one-sixth the size as the larger HP 60XL inkjet print cartridge.

Hewlett Packard HP 60 (60XL) Series Ink Cartridges Work In The Following HP Inkjet Printers
Deskjet Series Photosmart Series
DeskJet D1660

Deskjet D2500

Deskjet D2530

Deskjet D2560

Deskjet D2660

Deskjet F42

Deskjet F4200

Deskjet F4210

Deskjet F4230

Deskjet F4235

Deskjet F4240

Deskjet F4250

Deskjet F4272

Deskjet F4273

Deskjet F4274

Deskjet F4275

Deskjet F4280

DeskJet F4283

Deskjet F4288

Deskjet F4292

Deskjet F4293

DeskJet F4480

PhotoSmart C4640

PhotoSmart C4650

PhotoSmart C4680

PhotoSmart C4740

PhotoSmart C4750

PhotoSmart C4780

PhotoSmart C4795

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60XL ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/en-019/searchResults.html?cCode=us,st=cartridge,ss=60

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60XL ink cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06c/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3564563-3564739-3564756.html

Hewlett Packard HP 60XL Inkjet Print Cartridge Pricing:

HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridges.

Review: Inside The HP 60 Tri-Color (Color) CC643W Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A look inside the Hewlett Packard HP 60 CC643W tri-color (color) ink cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge Internal Structure Revealed - What is inside an HP 60 Color ink cartridge?

There is not much good about this cartridge. HP uses words like “value” and “standard” to describe their HP 60 series inkjet cartridges, but the real value is in getting rid of any printer that uses these rip-off cartridges. There are both a black and tri-color (color) cartridge available, however there are two different versions of each of those cartridges, the “standard” or half-full 60 series, and the “full” XL series.

This cartridge is the HP 60 tri-color (color) ink cartridge “standard” – half-full is more like it.  Not very environmentally friendly to design air-space into an ink cartridge.

Cover Removed:

Removal of the cover reveals a half-empty ink cartridge.  We are guessing the XL version of the cartridge is completely full?  The sponges are not entirely soaked (about half soaked), and the colors are divided into chambers within the cartridge.

The designed to be half empty HP 60 60XL inkjet cartridge.

Specifications:

* that 165 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

Often paired with the HP black ink cartridge – we blow the lid off this un-refillable? ink cartridge here.

HP 60 sponges removed ink cartridge - sponges not even all the way soaked.

For Refillers:

The HP 60 can be refilled just like any other cartridge, however it will need refilling more often do to the smaller ink content levels.  Even if you fill the cartridge completely full of ink the electronics on the cartridge doom it to “standard” yield output.  There are three colors in this cartridge – cyan (blue), magenta (red), and yellow.  Be careful where you drill baby drill – here is a layout:

What color goes where when refilling or refill of the HP 60 CC643W Ink cartridge.

Contact! – Contact!

These solder points, or contacts help make up the print head.  Printers that use these types of cartridges do not have an internal print head – rather the print head is located on the cartridges themselves.  If print quality declines to the point where the cartridge is no longer usable, simply try another cartridge (it’s like getting a new printer).  If your cartridge cannot be recognized, give the contacts a quick clean with a damp cloth, or other device and try again.  If the contacts are harmed, the cartridge may not function at all.

Electronic contacts on the cartridge - if they become damaged, the cartridge will not function.

The HP 60 tri-color (color) print head:

For printers that use this type of cartridge, the print head is physically on the cartridge (see below) – conversely, Epson printers have the print head located inside the printer, and Epson cartridges are merely ink storage devices.  These HP cartridges (HP 60, HP 92, HP 93, HP 75, HP 74, etc…) have print head electronics on the outside of the cartridge – more to damage during refilling or re-manufacturing.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

Close up shot of the HP 60 print head.

Hewlett Packard HP 60 (60XL) series ink cartridges work in the following inkjet printers
Deskjet Series Photosmart Series
DeskJet D1660

Deskjet D2500

Deskjet D2530

Deskjet D2560

Deskjet D2660

Deskjet F42

Deskjet F4200

Deskjet F4210

Deskjet F4230

Deskjet F4235

Deskjet F4240

Deskjet F4250

Deskjet F4272

Deskjet F4273

Deskjet F4274

Deskjet F4275

Deskjet F4280

DeskJet F4283

Deskjet F4288

Deskjet F4292

Deskjet F4293

DeskJet F4480

PhotoSmart C4640

PhotoSmart C4650

PhotoSmart C4680

PhotoSmart C4740

PhotoSmart C4750

PhotoSmart C4780

PhotoSmart C4795

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/us/en/DJD2500/index.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF17a/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3564563.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hewlett Packard HP 60:

HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridges.

Review: Inside The HP 60 Black CC640WN Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)

A look inside the Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 black ink cartridge – CC640W

Look here for a peek inside the HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge.

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

There is not much good about this cartridge.  HP uses words like “value” and “standard” to describe their HP 60 series inkjet cartridges, but the real value is in getting rid of any printer that use these cartridges.  These black and color cartridges are an insult.  There are two different versions of each cartridge, the “standard” or half-full 60 series, and the “full” HP 60 XL series.  The cartridge we have opened here is the HP 60 standard cartridge.

Close-up of the HP 60 black ink cartridge (hewlett packard)

Removing the cover reveals “sponge island”

Apparently HP felt the need to build in an ink containment section inside the HP 60 ink cartridge.  The sponge inside the cartridge is about the size of two sugar-cubes stacked on top of each other.  This cartridge is not even half full of ink!  Up to 80% of this cartridge is air-space.

Cartridge cover comes off the HP 60 inkjet printer cartridge ink to reveal the internal cartridge structure.

This HP 60 ink cartridge is a complete rip-off!

Inside the HP 60 black ink cartridge:

Looks like “sponge island” inside the cartridge.  The HP 60 ink cartridge could take a bunch more ink, however Hewlett Packard (HP) has designed this cartridge to start out about 80% empty – there is no (easy) way to tell the amount of ink in the sponge.  At $15.00 retail for this cartridge, heavy printing can get expensive very quickly.

HP 60 black ink cartridge standard capacity  - or half full ink cart - cover removed to reveal inside the cartridge.

Paying $10.00 to refill this cartridge? Think again. A very small area to refill. This cartridge will only accept about 5ml of ink.

Specifications:

* that 200 page estimate is from HP and based on 5% coverage (see what 5% coverage really looks like) – needless to say, manufacturer estimates are on the “high side.”

This cartridge is often paired with the HP 60 tri-color (color) cartridge which we cracked open here.

For Refillers:

Refilling is easy if you know where to drill.  There are five (5) holes in the cartridge lid, however only one goes into the sponge and ink containment section.  This cartridge is crazy.

HP 60 ink cartridge refill holes, drill baby drill right here in the middle of the HP 60 black ink cartridge.

The print head:

Unlike Epson, which makes the printhead part of the printer, Hewlett Packard (HP) puts the print head technology on the cartridge (for most of their consumer printers).  This means every time you buy a new cartridge, it’s like getting a new printer.  This is why these type of HP printers (that use this cartridge style) last forever in our opinion.  As long as the mechanics of the printer keep working it will last forever since the print head can simply be repalced by installing a new cartridge into the printer.  Not all HP printers and cartridges use this style (print head on the cartridge) of build, but a large majority of the ones you will find at Wal-Mart, Target, and other discount retailers use these cartridges.

Notice the 2D UPC code on the print head ribbon.

HP 60 black - print head close-up

The HP 60, 60XL, XL cartridges will work with the following Deskjet and Photosmart inkjet printers.

Hewlett Packard HP 60 (60XL) Series Ink Cartridges Work In The Following HP Inkjet Printers
Deskjet Series Photosmart Series
DeskJet D1660

Deskjet D2500

Deskjet D2530

Deskjet D2560

Deskjet D2660

Deskjet F42

Deskjet F4200

Deskjet F4210

Deskjet F4230

Deskjet F4235

Deskjet F4240

Deskjet F4250

Deskjet F4272

Deskjet F4273

Deskjet F4274

Deskjet F4275

Deskjet F4280

DeskJet F4283

Deskjet F4288

Deskjet F4292

Deskjet F4293

DeskJet F4480

PhotoSmart C4640

PhotoSmart C4650

PhotoSmart C4680

PhotoSmart C4740

PhotoSmart C4750

PhotoSmart C4780

PhotoSmart C4795

Compared to the HP 60XL Black Inkjet Print Cartridge:

HP 60XL, 60 XL ink cartridge opened to expose the internal structure - removal of cartridge cap - remove top of ink cartridge.

The HP 60 cartridge compared to the HP 60XL black inkjet print cartridge.

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge page estimates:

http://h10060.www1.hp.com/pageyield/us/en/DJD2500/index.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hewlett Packard (HP) 60 ink cartridge specifications:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF17a/A10-12771-64199-69422-69422-3564563.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hewlett Packard HP 60 Pricing:

HP 60, 60XL, XL ink cartridges.

Deal or No Deal? HP Photosmart C4680 $55.00 Delivered

Deal or No Deal? HP Photosmart C4680 $55.00

HP-C4680-Inkjet-Printer

HP Photosmart C4680 $55.00 Delivered

http://www.xpbargains.com/index.php/send_deal/140987

Look inside the cartridges for this printer – not recommended for heavy use.

Cartridge cover comes off the HP 60 inkjet printer cartridge ink to reveal the internal cartridge structure.

Check out the Epson Artisan 710, and 810 for heavy printing.

This is a terrible printer to select for the regular, everyday use printer.  There are many other printers out there from Epson, HP, and Canon, that have the same basic features, and use cartridges that are bigger in ink volume, and thus will provide a more favorable cost per page total.

cc641wn-60xl-black-ink-cartridge-35 dollars

This printer series uses the HP 60 cartridge series - black and color, XL and small

Cartridges for this printer come in two different sizes, full (XL) and half-full.  The physical cartridges are the same size – HP just puts more ink in the XL version of this cartridge and charges a premium for it.  This is troubling for heavy users (users who print a ream – or more – per quarter) as the cartridge yields are very low, and your effective cost per page will be very high with this printer.

Not an every day printer

This printer is NOT intended for an every-day use type printer. If you want to actually print more than 100 pages per month, skip this model, and look at other hardware options – otherwise you are going to spend a small fortune for ink.

Cartridges used:

ink-cartridge-choices-hp-60

HP 60 Series:

High capacity (full of ink)

*HP estimates, and they are wildly optimistic – in our testing HP cartridges come in at about 60% of their stated page counts.

So for a full set of full ink cartridges, you are looking at a whopping $75.98 for around 300 pages, or .25 cents per page (just for ink).

Other printers that use the HP 60 series ink cartridge include:

  • Deskjet D2500
  • Deskjet D2530
  • Deskjet D2560
  • Deskjet F42
  • Deskjet F4200
  • Deskjet F4230
  • Deskjet F4235
  • Deskjet F4240
  • Deskjet F4250
  • Deskjet F4272
  • Deskjet F4273
  • Deskjet F4274
  • Deskjet F4275
  • Deskjet F4280
  • DeskJet F4283
  • Deskjet F4288
  • Deskjet F4292
  • Deskjet F4293
  • PhotoSmart C4640
  • PhotoSmart C4650
  • PhotoSmart C4680
  • PhotoSmart C4740
  • PhotoSmart C4750
  • PhotoSmart C4780
  • PhotoSmart C4795