Inkjet printers are filthy, lying thieves reports Ars Technica, referring to a new German study. They key issue isn’t that printers eat up too much ink; it’s the fact that they are lying, reporting the cartridge empty when sometimes half the ink is still available. The study also points out how multi-color cartridges need to be replaced when only one color is out.
It gets worse: some printers (like my HP All-in-One) refuse to print even using the black cartridge, when they think the color cartridge is out.
In fact it gets a LOT worse: my HP thingie refuses to SCAN, a clearly ink-free operation when it deems the cartridge dead. (Update: not just HP, here’s an EPSON example)
“The really annoying thing about this is that all the manufacturers are aware of it but they do nothing to fix it” -says Tom Raftery.
Of course they won’t, Tom. It’s not a defect, it’s by design. The printer industry has long switched to a subscription-based model, we just don’t call it that way. Give away the printer (see stupid ad?) we’ll get you by the refills…
It’s a big scam, and there’s nothing we can do about it.