HP Instant Ink Review
One of the most heard printer related complaints is that Ink is too expensive which is true especially for users who print constantly or in bulk. You can use a lot of money replacing cartridges without a cost-saving ink strategy. If you do print in volume, then the cost-per-page is important to you than anyone else. So it’s important that we delve into low-cost ink programs like HP Instant Ink Review to figure out if it is really worth it or not.
What is HP Instant Ink?
HP Instant Ink is a subscription-based ink program introduced by HP in 2013. How it works is that you pay a monthly fee based on how many pages you print every month. Then when your printer is running low on ink, HP sends you a new cartridge at a lower cost than if you had not subscribed. That reduces the hassle of running to the store every month and cuts down on your ink costs. According to HP the different plans available are based on the number of pages your print in a month rather than the number of ink cartridges you use. HP points to potentially substantial cost savings compared with the traditional model of paying for individual ink cartridges. But we’ll deal with those a bit later.
Over the past decade, major printer manufacturers have introduced Inkjets with low running costs. As a result, they like HP have their own Instant Ink programs where they also offer considerable savings on color costs. Companies like Brother, Epson, and Canon all have similar cost-saving initiatives. Brother calls their program Brother Auto-fulfillment service – INKvestment
Who is the HP Instant Ink Review For?
The HP Instant Ink is primarily designed for home users or small offices with semi-consistent printing habits. If you rarely print, for instance, one every two months, Instant Ink might still have a plan for you (we’ll talk about this a bit later). If your printing pattern is more pronounced on some months, and not much on others, then the HP Instant Ink isn’t for you. With that in mind, for users with more than 300 pages per month, the HP Instant Ink program isn’t for you either.
So who is the HP Instant Ink really for? Well, it is best recommendable for users who print less than 300 pages per month, with a similar volume each month. Also, it’s ideal for users who such volumes and those willing to save money on their ink costs.
Is HP Instant Ink Worth it?
My first answer inclines to yes it is worth it. However, to be able to understand why it is worth it, you need to wrap your head around how it works, that is understand how subscription services work, especially the HP Instant Ink subscription plan. Also, before you can decide you should work out your monthly printer usage. That way you’ll be able to know which subscription plan is best for your type of use and how much you will be saving versus losing in the event you chose that plan.
HP points to potentially substantial cost savings compared with the traditional model of paying for individual ink cartridges. Cost per page on the Occasional (50 pages per month), Moderate (100 pages per month), and Frequent plans (up to 300 pages per month)could be as low as 6 cents, 5 cents, and 3.3 cents, respectively. As the plans don’t distinguish between black and color pages, you could save a lot of money with Instant Ink if you print mostly in color. Whether you’re printing text documents or photos, your cost per page will be the same.
For really light-duty users, there is also a free plan, which lets you print for free for the lifetime of the printer, with the caveat that if you print more than 15 pages per month, you will be charged $1 for each additional 10 pages
Likewise, you will be charged $1 per 15 extra pages on the Occasional plan, $1 per 20 pages on the Moderate plan, and $1 per 25 pages on the Frequent plan if you print more than your allotted pages. With the exception of the free plan, if you don’t use up all your pages in a month, you can rollover up to a month’s worth of pages to apply to pages in excess of your monthly allotment. With Instant Ink, you are not under contract, and you can cancel your plan or change to a different one at any time
While there are many benefits, there are also drawbacks. Let’s go through a few of these.