Friday, December 14, 2018

OfficeJet 3831

I bought a HP OfficeJet 3831 printer for printing stuff.

It was cheap, really cheap. This is because printer manufacturers make more out of the ink than they do on the printer!

Ergo, I have outwitted them with their plan to make me buy loads of ink. Firstly, the automatic renewal of ink, which is essentially a subscription, just doesn’t make sense to me other than I keep buying ink when they decide – not when I do. Instead, I have changed the print settings to use less ink.

I am still on the cartridges that came with the machine that were stated as being ok for a measly 9 standard pages. I have achieved this by creating my own print settings called “drafty”. This uses the least amount of ink and, although the quality is “draft” it produces a perfectly acceptable standard for me [most of my printing is invoices and letters ie not photos or anything special].

The only fly in the ointment here is the printer, suspiciously, reverts to using a higher standard every single time – even when a document is printed and a second copy is required. I have changed every setting imaginable yet it still insists on this. Ergo, every time I print I have to go into printer settings and choose my “drafty” wheeze.

Bish bosh: saving dosh.

Other points of note: I got fed up of all the weird problems with networking it and having to constantly reboot it to get it back on wireless. Instead, I connected it to my PC using the USB.  Less is more regarding the paper tray – if you put too much paper in the tray it will take several sheets at a time – how much is too much – dunno.

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