8 thoughts on “HP adds “DRM” to Print Cartridges”

  1. Curious! Is this anything new? Years ago I used to save money using hypodermics to re-ink HP and not 3rd cartridges. The first time I did a successful re-ink the cartridge worked but the ink level indicators no longer worked. I found taping over certain contact points on the cartridge and swapping other cartridges into the printer remedied the quirk. On a less than successful day of re-inking and tons of wasted time, I cut a cartridge in half and found to my surprise a scrum chip. Said phooey to that and switched to dye sub printers, which have the scrums on the outside of the cartridge and dry powdered ink. Still a happy camper. Today, there are way more choices for anyone who prints very little to make other choices. Of course, I still mail out flyers, directions, manuals, brochures and letters. The rest gets published to the web.

    1. Almost forgot…The cost of printing in black–and–white with an inkjet cartridge generally ranges from 5 to 7 cents per page; laser cartridges cost between 2 and 4 cents per page, with the highest end lasers (those costing around $1000) generating black–and–white prints for less than a penny per page. Additionally, if you most print in black and white, you will run down the color cartridge as well without printing color, as most printers and CYM to produce their own black (called highlight black), thus the nice looking black they produce.

  2. Beyond the current and “future” work-arounds, I’m of the opinion that HP printer quality as declined big time since around 2003-2006 and even their higher end DeskJets, OfficeJets etc. will breakdown in 2-3 years. Feed Mechanisms, Scanner Sensors, etc.

    These days, for a consumer printer I like the Epson Workforce line. Very noisy, clunky as Epsons have always been, but very speedy and slightly better longevity. Haven’t tired Brother printers – – but as we print so few pages anymore, am hoping to get by with current HP Envy 120 and Epson Workforce 645. Everything works on the Epson, . . . the HP Envy works fine for printing, but copy and scan no longer work.

    1. I would tend to agree with you. I think this all started with the all-in-one movement. Printer, scanner, fax, etc. begs the question of which corner did they cut. I’ve never been an advocate of AIO devices and deferred to use separate devices. being the CEO and purchaser of devices for the wife, myself and grand children it has been an interesting journey. Most HP scanners died, Visioneer, but not Canon. Canon printers were good, until the heads clogged and print head replacement costs and time were ridiculous. Eventually cut over to dye-sub printers and been content to stay there. Had a Konica-Minolta that worked just fine until Win7 obsoleted it, so gave it to someone who was a die-hard XP user. Inherited and kept an HP 5L, 6L 1100, 1525 and one Dell 1720. Probably print various materials to the rate of 24-36 pages a week.

  3. The course correction was due to a “storm” of customer protests about changing the rules after the game has started. That’s what the firmware downloads would have done. But, it’s just a temporary reprieve for folks using currently owned HP hardware.

    New hardware will have the full DRM prohibitions. Let’s hope the “consumer printer business” expands to provide more competition.

    Note that since the Samsung printer division was purchased by HP, it’s possible those printers will also be subject to the same practice.


    1. DRM stands for “Digital Rights Management” or some like me prefer a more accurate description “Digital Restrictions Management”. It is all the special code that the folks behind big Music and big Movies add to DVD’s and other things to prevent the buyer from copying (ripping) or playing the DVD on unauthorized devices etc.

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