February 22nd, 2011
I have an HP Color LaserJet (CM 1015MFP) Printer and it’s bankrupting me. The black toner cartridges cost $100 for 2500 pages, which is reasonable. The devil-in-the-details are the three (cyan, yellow, and magenta) color cartridges, which together cost $300 for 2000 pages. (If you do the math, that’s $.04 per page for black and $ .15 per page for color).
Even if you do all your printing in black and white, the toner level in the color cartridges mysteriously, but inexorably, declines. And when the toner in the three color cartridges runs out, the printer stops printing, even if you are only using black. To restart the printer, you must buy another $ 300 pack of the three color cartridges.I called HP about this problem and their advice was to go to the printer properties dialogue box and under advanced preferences enable the option to print all text as black. I did this, but it still doesn’t prevent the printer from sucking out the $.15 per page color toner even when I am printing text in black.
I bought the printer because, even though I print mostly documents, I wanted to have the option to occasionally print in color for the kids. Big mistake! I had thought that if I did that the color cartridge would last several years. The longest a color cartridge seems to last, even if I do all my printing in black, is 6 months.
I would advise anyone reading this – and I hope there are many people who do – that HP color laser jet printers are designed to force you to use the really expensive color toner even if you don’t want to. I would never buy another one, and I urge you not to make my mistake.