Each time that you need to purchase new ink for your HP Photosmart D5400 Inkjet Printer, you'll find yourself presented with a choice between genuine cartridges that have been manufactured and approved by HP and third-party alternatives. Although a lower initial cost of purchase can make the third-party options look attractive, in reality, there are a lot of other things that can impact the price that you pay to print each page using your HP Photosmart D5400 Inkjet Printer.
What impacts the cost of printing
As well as the cost of buying the ink it's important that you're aware of the yield rate of the cartridge (up to 750 pages for genuine D5400 cartridges), the quality of printout that it will be able to produce and any environmental protection measures, such as HP's recycling programme, that the cartridge manufacturer takes part in. You'll also want to check that there's no risk that your chosen ink will cause damage to your printer, as is often the case with third-party products. This is particularly critical as this sort of damage is rarely covered by warranty plans or service agreements.
Getting the best performance from your HP Photosmart D5400 Inkjet Printer
Like most printers, the HP Photosmart D5400 Inkjet Printer can print at faster speeds when it is set to draft mode. Unfortunately, many third-party inks produce extremely poor quality prints when used in this setting. This may mean that you'll have to use a higher quality setting that will slow down printing and use more ink on every page that the printer produces. This can mean that the cost per page printed with a third-party cartridge is actually higher than with a genuine HP product. This is why it's important to consider all the factors that impact the cost of printing with your HP Photosmart D5400 Inkjet Printer before you make a purchase.