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What is the HP Instant Ink Program?

Dwight Pavlovic
Modern technology has made numerous improvements to print technology, from all-in-one machines that do just about everything from a single device, to photo printers that allow you to produce beautiful physical memories at home.
But, what about the hurdles of ownership? From monitoring ink, to shopping for replacements or refills, to finding ways to recycle your cartridges, the hurdles remain.
The HP Instant Ink program changes all that with features that maximise convenience and sustainability as part of a hassle-free, money-saving ink and toner subscription service. It works with most WiFi-enabled HP printers, both inkjet and laser printers, to simplify your routine and reduce your annual ink costs.
In this article, we’ll look at how HP Instant Ink’s core features work and how the program may change the way you think about printing.

Automatically monitors ink and toner levels

Built-in ink and toner monitoring is the foundation of HP Instant Ink. With a compatible HP printer and HP cartridges, your printer actively monitors its levels as you print. That way, you don’t have to worry about discovering an empty cartridge or fading pages midway through a big report.
This automatic ink and toner-level monitoring is available on most WiFi-enabled HP printers. Compatible printers are marked as “Instant Ink ready” or “Instant Ink enabled.”

Quickly receive replacement ink cartridges

With automatic ink and toner monitoring, your HP Instant Ink-compatible printer communicates with HP to dispatch replacement cartridges before you run out. And while your subscription payments bill monthly, you won’t necessarily get monthly deliveries of ink. Since we use high-yield cartridges, you only get a shipment when you need them, so you won’t have to worry about a stockpile of cartridges sitting in a cabinet.
Not only that, your HP Instant Ink subscription doesn’t begin until you install your first Instant Ink cartridge so you can use up your existing cartridge supply before you make a single payment. It’s only when you install that starter cartridge that your subscription activates and you begin to pay for anything.
While HP Instant Ink cartridges function the same way other HP cartridges do, they provide bigger print volumes compared to standard cartridges. For printers, longer-lasting cartridges means fewer replacements to install over the lifetime of the device.

Plans based on how many pages you print

Instead of charging customers based on how much ink and toner you use, HP Instant Ink only charges based on the number of pages you print. That can translate to a big savings for any user. Power uses may end up saving even more in the long run, but every customer will enjoy reduced costs associated with shipping, shopping, replacements, refills, and recycling.
It’s also easy to tweak your account according to what work or life throws at you, with automatic rollover and affordable page add-ons. There are 5 different HP Ink subscriptions, all based on the numbers of pages you plan to print each month.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the current subscription plans available with HP Instant Ink.

Inkjet printers

  • 10 pages per month at £0.99
  • 50 pages per month at £2.99
  • 100 pages per month at £4.49
  • 300 pages per month at £9.99
  • 700 pages per month at £22.49

Laser printers

  • 50 pages per month at £1.99
  • 100 pages per month at £3.49
  • 400 pages per month at £12.99
  • 800 pages per month at £17.99
  • 1,500 pages per month at £22.99

The benefits of HP Instant Ink

The HP Ink program is designed to address the major headaches associated with printing. When it comes to workflow and office chores, it will help to streamline any routine. Here are some of the key ways that HP Instant Ink improves on the traditional setup.

1. No more need to monitor your own cartridge levels

One of the biggest advantages is built right in, since HP Instant Ink automatically monitors your printer’s ink or toner levels. This means you’ll no longer be plagued by prints that look faded as your ink gives out. But there’s so much more to the program than that.
With more and more processes shifting online, printing is typically reserved for important business, like printing forms for a doctor’s visit, printing a photo to frame, or creating an invoice. You may not do this daily, but each print is critically important. HP Instant Ink lets you stay focused on your work, instead of micromanaging your printer and supplies.

2. Cuts out shopping for new cartridges or refills

Online shopping has made buying cartridges easier over the years, but there are still times when it becomes an unnecessary hassle – especially when you run out of ink unexpectedly and it will be several days for replacements to arrive.
If you plan to buy your cartridges at a physical location, you have to consider the traffic and the time it takes out of your schedule. And what if they’re out of the cartridges you need?
Automatic monitoring saves you from all of this trouble, and guarantees your next replacement cartridge always arrives at the right time. Plus, your printer’s behind-the-scenes communication with HP factors in details like shipping time and average usage.

3. Big savings on colour prints

With plans based on printed pages and not how much ink or toner you use, HP Instant Ink offers huge potential savings for families and small businesses. Handle demanding colour prints for the same expense as printing a recipe or an email.
It’s useful beyond visual and specialist applications, too. Professionals or students who want to enrich a print report with more vibrant supporting materials don’t have to sweat the cost of packing their colour page count or adding colourful elements to black-and-white pages. It’s all right there in your subscription.

4. Rollover unused prints

Didn’t use your full page allotment this month? No problem. A lot can happen from month to month, and some seasons simply aren’t as busy as others. Just because you don’t use each page every month doesn’t mean those pages just disappear.
At the end of each month, any unused pages are credited to your rollover account.
  • For users with an ink subscription, you can rollover up to triple your monthly page limit
  • For toner subscribers, you can rollover up to twice your monthly page limit, which helps account for a larger page volume
For example, an ink subscriber at the 15 page-per-month level has up to 45 rollover pages available. For a toner subscriber with the 50 page-per-month plan, you can roll over up to 100 pages.

5. Add extra pages

But what happens during those outlier months that require a bigger print load? In this case, you can print as usual, with additional sets of pages automatically loaded to your account as the need arises.
Each set only costs an additional £1 and the exact page limit varies by your account type. For ink users with the 15 page-per-month plan, additional page sets include 10 pages; other options range from an extra 15 to 50 pages. You can see exactly what’s available through your HP Instant Ink login.

6. Easy recycling

Recycling is one of the last major links in the lifecycle of your printer cartridges, and it’s an important way to reduce your carbon footprint. Properly recycling cartridges keeps them out of your local landfills, plus it minimises the impact of every new cartridge you receive. Our goal is to create a closed-circle supply chain, so manufacturing and daily usage have fewer negative side effects on the environment.
With HP Instant Ink, recycling is as easy as packing up your spent cartridges and shipping them back for processing – all at no cost to you. When you receive a new HP ink or toner cartridge, your package includes a prepaid mailer you can set out for pickup whenever you’re ready. Whether you use an HP InkJet printer, an HP OfficeJet Pro, or an HP LaserJet, the process is the same.

7. Start or cancel your subscription anytime

With HP Instant Ink, account management is a breeze. You can start a new subscription whenever you want, from the moment your first cartridge arrives or after you use up your existing stock of cartridges. The billing cycle doesn’t begin until you install your first HP Instant Ink cartridge.
In addition to rollover and additional page sets, HP Instant Ink also allows you to modify your plan type whenever you like. If business is picking up or your family’s print habits are changing, just log in and upgrade your account type for a bigger monthly page allotment. Or, if you need to cancel your plan, you can do that easily from your HP Instant Ink account page.

Get started today

HP Instant Ink makes the task of printing and maintaining your printer supplies easier than ever. It’s a hands-off, automatic approach that also reduces the costs associated with your printing routine.
You can find more information about the specific plan types and exhaustive FAQs on the homepage for HP Instant Ink. If you’re ready to get started, you can shop from our available HP Instant Ink printers.
About the Author: Dwight Pavlovic is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Dwight is a music and technology writer based out of West Virginia.

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