Top positive review
Good quality, real cartridges direct from Amazon, just pricey
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
I got this combo pack direct from Amazon for my HP 8740 printer. This is the first time I have had to replace the original cartridges that came with the printer, which usually are not full cartridges. I didn’t even print in color very much and the three colors all ended up being empty at the same time. This is not my first HP printer, having used a 2710 for many years, but this is the first printer I have used that separated the colors into individual cartridges. The 2710 used one color combo cartridge and a black ink cartridge. With that being said, one of my gripes is that these ink cartridges tend to be expensive, no matter bought in a combo pack or individually. In addition, one of the things with HP printers is that they tend to lock down their printers with ink cartridges that have a chip that basically forces you to use only their cartridges. It is very difficult to get third party inks to work with HP printers, the 8740 especially so. Keep that in mind when shopping for ink as off brand inks may or may not work and may mess up the printer.
I am hoping that these color ink last longer than the original cartridges. Color ink tends to not last as long, especially if you print photos or don’t use grayscale. To make it last longer, I usually select black/grayscale for most printing jobs.
When buying ink cartridges, especially with HP, make sure you get OEM and new products and not the outdated and remanufactured type. The cartridges should be in a box like the one shown, have an expiration date on both the box and the cartridges. It appears that HP is no longer sealing the cartridges in foil as mine just came in a Hp box. The boxes should have printed on them the cartridge type, color and place of manufacturer. If they come in a soiled box or one that looks like it had a hard life, comes in a plastic bag or in any other box other than HP boxes then these are likely either counterfeit or used/remanufactured/refurbished or expired cartridges. If they don't come in the original packaging either inside or out, then I would also be wary of the cartridges. And most importantly if they don't have an expiration date, you can't read the expiration date or the date is expired or close to expiring when you get them, I would return them as these are likely not new.
With any ink cartridges it is important to check the expiration date to make sure these are fresh and recently manufactured. I bought mine direct from Amazon and not a third-party seller and my combo pack had the date (April 2021) both on the HP box and on the cartridges. The printer recognized them as genuine and print just fine with no issues.
I am not so worried about this when I buy direct from Amazon but it is important to check to make sure the cartridges are real especially if you are purchasing from third party sellers. In addition to your printer validating them, along with the information above, there is also a QR code that you can scan on the cartridge as well to check to make sure this is a valid HP cartridge. If those things are lacking or the QR code is invalid, then the cartridges are not HP ink cartridges.
My biggest complaint with the HP print cartridges is the cost. I think these combo packs and the HP cartridges in general are overpriced and HP restricts you from other brands, but they do work reliably without any issues with good quality ink.