If you've ever run out of ink just when you need to print an important report or boarding pass, HP's new Instant Ink subscription service may be worth considering.
Aimed at home office users and small businesses, Instant Ink works like a mobile phone tariff, operating a pay monthly pricing model that charges you based on how many pages you print instead of by the cartridge. HP claims this offers customers savings of "up to 70 percent."
That combines with an automated cartridge replacement service. Eligible HP printers communicate when they're running low on ink via the cloud, so you should get a new cartridge delivered before you run out. You can also return your used cartridges to the manufacturer for recycling.
The monthly price plans cost £1.99 for 50 pages, £3.49 for 100 pages, and £7.99 for 300 pages. If you go over your allowance, £1 gets you an extra 15, 20, or 25 pages, respectively (it's opt-in only, so you won't get charged if you don't want to). Unused pages roll over for one month.
Given that printing isn't nearly as common as it used to be, it all strikes us as pretty decent idea as it makes printing a regular cost you can account for in your budget.
Currently, the following HP printers are eligible for Instant Ink: the ENVY 4500 series, ENVY 5530 series, and Officejet 4630 series, plus new arrivals the Officejet Pro 8610 and 8620 series.
This article originated from Lifehacker UK