How to Buy the Correct HP Ink Cartridge for Your Printer

By Heidi Braley

  • Overview

    If you are so fortunate to have an HP printer installed, you will need to know how to buy and install the correct HP ink cartridge. It is quite simple if you know a few details. Even if you want to use off-brand cartridges, you still need to know the correct HP brand ink cartridge first.
    The Correct HP Ink Cartridge
    • Step 1

      Find the exact name of your printer. It should be on the front panel but, if not, there will always be an identification plate on the back with all the serial and product numbers. Write the name down on a sheet of paper. Another simple method is to look under the "Control Manager" on your computer, click "Printers," and write down the name of the current default printer listed on your computer.
    • Step 2

      Find the correct ink cartridge for your printer by going to the HP website (see Resources). Choose printers from the left-sided box of links and then choose your exact model according to what you wrote down previously. Click on the link for your printer and you should see a picture of your printer on the screen. There will be a box with several tabs, one of which is cartridges. Pick this and a window will open showing you all the different options of cartridges for your specific printer.


    • Step 3

      Choose the color you wish to get and write down the full name of the cartridge. Include the cc number that is in small print underneath the title in parenthesis. You can choose to order online or take the information you have written down to your nearest office supply store, and ask them for the proper ink cartridge for your HP printer.
    • Step 4

      Use an off-brand cartridge by taking the number you found for your proper HP ink cartridge and look at the side of the packaging. There should be a list of the different kinds of ink catridges that it is compatible with. If your number is listed, you should be able to use it in your HP printer with no problem. Just pay attention to the quality of print the off-brand cartridge produces. Many times they are cheaper because they use less ink or a slower drying ink, or maybe they are simply a refurbished HP ink cartridge. Feel confident in trying other brands if the savings are worth it to you, as there are some off-brands that might work just fine for your situation.
    • Skill: Easy

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