An original or genuine cartridge is one made by the printer manufacturer. For example, an original cartridge for an HP printer is one made by HP. Genuine cartridges – those that have been developed and endorsed by the printer manufacturer for a specific printer – may have the initials OEM attached to them. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.
Compatible ink cartridges
These are compatible printer cartridges which are not made by the printer manufacturer. They may be mass produced by other markets. They also work just as well as genuine ink cartridges.
Is compatible printer ink as good as original ink?
It is argued that genuine printer cartridges offer better quality printing as the inks are oil-based. While compatible printer ink cartridges can contain more ink, they are mainly water-based. Genuine ink cartridges, despite some criticism from consumers due to higher prices, do offer longevity and will not damage your printer.
Compatible cartridges come without the recognised printer manufacturer brand name. Offered at a fraction of the cost of the original, it is sought by many as a replacement for the higher priced original ink. The quality is the same and works in the same way as the original ink. An advantage is that for some compatible ink cartridge, the ink might be pigment or dye based, which dries almost immediately. On the other hand, oil-based ink which is utilised in original ink dries slower. It is a huge advantage as some occupations which constantly prints and highlights texts such as finance will tend to cause smudges due to the slow drying of the ink. These cause the text to be unreadable, which leads to a reprint, wasting precious manhours.
Pricewise, the compatible printer ink is the most value for money. A common misconception that many have about compatible ink is that it spoils the printer. However, it has been tested, and no negative results were found. Getting compatible ink as compared to genuine ink saves a lot more. One just has to count the number of ink replacement a year and substitute the price for a compatible ink cartridge to figure out the potential amount saved!