It seems that our recent post on HP’s sponges has caused quite a stir amongst our readers, judging by the comments we have received on our website and other social media sites there is mixed opinion and what seems like a valid argument for both sides. Some of you feel that the reason the sponges and cartridges have gotten smaller over the years is HP and other manufacturer’s way of delivering the same quantity and quality in a more environmentally friendly way whilst saving on manufacturing recourses and costs, whilst on the other side of the argument some of you think that you are simply being fleeced out of your hard earned cash by the leading ink cartridge companies.
Well the good news is you need to wonder no more, well at least as far as HP’s cartridges go because HP (Hewlett Packard) has been in touch to give us their OFFICIAL response and reason for the sponges and cartridges being smaller these days. What you are about to read is an official statement from HP, it is worth mentioning at this point that all manufacturers have made their cartridges smaller but to date, only HP could be bothered to respond and set the record straight.
On the subject of Nano sponges HP made the statement below:
“What you have discovered by opening up our cartridges is that over time, the design of HP printers and ink cartridges are upgraded to make them more efficient with ink and able to deliver the same number of prints with less materials. The most informative way to compare ink cartridges is the number of pages [page yield] a cartridge delivers.
As the page yield is dependent on what you print there is now an industry-accepted method of measuring cartridge value and output expectations. These are based on a set of parameters that all printer companies use to derive the pages. For more details on HP cartridge page yield and examples of test pages, please visit: www.hp.com/go/pageyield.
Coming back to issue at hand the page yield of the HP 350 ink cartridge has not changed over time.
HP specifically designs its printers, cartridges, inks and papers to work together as a printing system to provide the best quality, efficiency, reliability and value for our customers.”
So there you have it, you have heard it straight from the horse’s mouth, I personally feel that it was quite good of HP to take the time to respond but I would love to hear what the other OEM manufactures have to say on the subject as I’m sure some of our readers will too, so if you are reading this from Canon, Lexmark etc we would love to hear your view too so please contact us.