How does HP Instant Ink work?
How does HP instant Ink work? HP Instant Ink, a new service from HP, has been created to make printing even more affordable for students. But how does HP Instant Ink work? Well, the way it works is simple:
You sign up for an HP Instant Ink plan. You receive one or two replacement ink cartridges You print using your printer as normal When you run out of ink, you order the needed cartridge online and replace it yourself The cost of the replacement cartridge is included in your monthly bill for the plan.
The service takes a very “green” approach to printing—most of us who use printers have experienced the frustration of being on a print job only to have it canceled by an out-of-ink printer. This is not only wasteful but also frustrating and inefficient from both a cost and time perspective. HP believes that students should focus their energy more on studying than worrying about how to fix their printers before they can get back to work. With instant Ink, you’re able to easily swap out cartridges without having to wait around for them to refill or wasting time refilling them yourself.
Additionally, this service will save money because it has been structured with high ink usage in mind. The amount of ink students use will be taken into consideration when pricing plans, so you can print with ease knowing that you’re being charged a fair price for the work you do.
In addition to this unique approach of allowing instant cartridge switching, HP has also designed instant Ink cartridges that are very cost-efficient and meant to handle high-volume printing demands. This means that students who have multiple papers due on a given day won’t have an excuse to leave them unfinished because they ran out of printer ink!
HP Instant Ink is offered at 5 different price points, however, only the following 3 are available to students:
Monthly Plan for 50 pages per month – $2.99/month
Monthly Plan for 100 pages per month – $4.99/month
Monthly Plan for Unlimited pages per month – $9.99/month
The 2 other plans—a plan for 25 pages a month and a plan for 120 pages a month—are designed more specifically for light users and those who print infrequently, which is not ideal for most STEM students. These plans also cost more than what we feel will be the industry standard going forward as it enhances flexibility and convenience, therefore increasing adoption rates. For example, if you have limited printing needs—perhaps you’re simply taking one course, or you’re doing the independent study—it would be unfair to charge you the same price as someone who has an on-campus student membership and prints heavily throughout the semester.
Typical cost for replacement ink cartridges
Going forward, HP will provide replacement ink cartridges at $2/month for students who are subscribed to one of the three plans discussed above. This is designed so that students can continue buying their own high-capacity printer ink cartridges at their local stores (typically available for around $20) and simply swap them out themselves every time they run low on ink. Alternatively, they could choose to subscribe to instant ink month after month if they wish. Keep in mind that this price point includes both shipping and handling charges.
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What if I’m a heavy printer?
If you have the need to print more frequently, HP will allow you to purchase additional pages throughout the semester without penalty. These are available at $1/100 pages. This means if you printed 500 pages in one month, your total cost would be $7 for ink alone—that’s less than 2 cents per page!
As with any new service, there are limitations that come along with it. For example, there is currently no international availability of the instant Ink service. This may change over time as they monitor adoption rates, but for now, it’s only available in select countries throughout North America. However, students who are already signed up for an instant ink plan outside of their country will be able to continue their membership uninterrupted.
Another limitation is that this service cannot be used on printers that are already projected to a computer or device over WiFi. This is because the printer would need to remain connected to the internet at all times in order for it to continue working. However, there are easy workarounds with most current HP printers by using either MyPrint wireless printing or by simply connecting your printer directly to your laptop or desktop computer via USB.
It’s exciting to see how new technologies enhance existing STEM degree programs and provide even more flexibility than was originally available. If you’re interested in learning more about instant ink or signing up, click here!
Why am I seeing “Error: The parameter is incorrect” when trying to sign up online?
This is likely because you are not subscribed to the three plans discussed in this article. As mentioned before, only students who sign up for one of these three plans can take advantage of instant ink. If you’re interested in signing up, visit https://instantink.hpconnected.com/SignUpFlow to begin the process!
If after reading this you have further questions or would like more information on HP Instant Ink, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below! We will address all inquiries as soon as possible.
I would like to say HP Instant Ink is worth it, but there are a couple of things to consider before making the switch. While $2/month for all the ink you need sounds great, only some printers qualify for this deal. The more important question is: What happens when my printer runs out of ink?
If you’re on one of the subscription plans that allows text printing after your initial 100 pages, then you’ll need to buy new cartridges in advance rather than wait until your printer tells you they’re low—something most people forget to do. In fact, if you want to be frugal about it and not subscribe at all, I would highly recommend buying high-capacity cartridges from Amazon or another source so that you never have to worry about running out.
I frequently see that Cyber Monday and Black Friday new deals on printer ink cartridges, so keep an eye on those sites if you want to try and get a better bargain than the $2/month subscription model provides.
As for me, I’m sticking with my old-fashioned inkjet printer because it still works without any new cartridges as long as I remember not to print any photos. What about you? Will you subscribe to HP Instant Ink or buy your own cartridges? Comment below!
N/B Not interested? Or wondering how to cancel the HP Instant Ink program, read this step by step guide.