Ink Cartridges act as ink tanks for inkjet printers and sometimes contain a printhead and one or more chips for printer communication and status indication.

Printers from manufacturers Lexmark, HP and Dell often have ink cartridges with an integrated printhead, while Brother, Epson and Canon ink cartridges consist of just an ink tank with some basic technology. The cost of the ink cartridge is greatly affected by the location of the printhead. By placing it in the cartridge, the cartridge price goes up since complexity is added to the manufacturing process, electronic components and wiring needs to be added.

In most cases there is one separate container for black ink and separate containers for Cyan, Magenta and Yellow ink. Versions of containers also exist where Cyan, Magenta and Yellow ink all are encased in the same ink cartridge unit. Out of these four colours all other colours in the colour spectrum can be created during the printing process.

Compatible Ink Cartridges are produced by third party manufacturers, such as Jet Tec.

The debate has been running high in the last years on whether or not compatible ink is as good as original ink. Pros and cons arguably exist for both cartridge types. We at UK Ink Supplies sincerely believe that compatible ink is the best choice for all users for all types of printing. Also, many Jet Tec ink cartridges are available with up to 100% Extra Life!

Independent research from TrustedReviews actually shows that reviewers generally prefer compatible ink over OEM Original ink.

Just remember that print quality is not just dependent on the ink quality, but also on the printer and the paper being printed on. To achieve good results, all these factors need to be accounted for.

We recommend you to buy from well known and long established ink stores such as UK Ink Supplies, that have the credibility and the product and refund policies to back you up.

Read more about Compatible Cartridges

OEM/Original Ink Cartridges are produced by the printer manufacturer themselves. A significant part of the printer makers’ profit actually comes from selling the ink and not the printer. Did you know that Inkjet Ink is probably the most expensive liquid per volume you will ever buy? It’s actually more expensive than Champagne, Perfume and Petrol and other expensive substances that come to your mind!

Read more about OEM Cartridges.

Remanufactured Ink Cartridges are produced from recycled materials. Buying this cartridge type is not only good for your wallet but also for the environment since this reduces waste and energy consumption. Read more about the environmental savings in our Remanufactured Cartridges article
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A fourth option is to buy an ink refill kit so that you can refill your empty ink cartridges yourself. Remember that empty cartridges are best refilled while they are still fresh. If they are empty and unused for too long, there is a risk that your print head (if applicable) has been clogged up.

Learn more about Inkjet based printing by reading following articles:
Inkjet Ink, the substance encased in an Ink Cartridge
Inkjet Printers, a printer technology that uses Ink Cartridges

Article by UK Ink Supplies, based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire stock an extensive range of printer ink cartridges and laser toner printer cartridges.  For more information visit the UK Ink Supplies’ website for the latest Jet Tec ink cartridges, laser toners and other digital media products for your Dell printer. Article posted 3rd February 2011.

UKInkSupplies.com is an Internet Mail Order Company based in the historic city of Lincoln, UK.  We specialise in Digital Imaging Supplies, our forte being consumables ie. ink and laser toner printer cartridges.  As our name suggests UK Ink Supplies specialises in the supply of recycled, compatible and original inkjet consumables for your printer.  We are an official Jet Tec ink cartridges retailer and stock the complete Jettec product range.