When you're purchasing new ink and supplies for your HP Photosmart D6100 Inkjet Printer you will most likely find yourself making the choice between third-party supplies and genuine cartridges that have been manufactured and approved for use with your printer by HP. Sometimes, the third-party option can look tempting when the price of purchasing the ink is lower than the genuine HP alternative. However, you should make sure that you consider all the things that influence the cost of printing a page or photo with your HP Photosmart D6100 printer before you make a decision on what type of ink to buy.
Getting the best performance from your printer
Your HP Photosmart D6100 Inkjet Printer is capable of printing around 34 pages per minute. Like most printers, it will be able to print most quickly when it is set to draft mode. Unfortunately, many third-party cartridges produce very poor quality printouts when they are used in this mode. This may force you to select a higher quality setting in order to use them, meaning that every single document that you print will take longer and use more ink. In some cases, this can push the cost per page printed above what it would be had you opted for genuine HP ink in the first place.
Other factors to consider
As well as the question of quality, you should also consider the yield of the cartridge (the number of pages that you'll be able to print before your cartridge has to be replaced) and whether you'll have access to a recycling programme that allows you to dispose of the cartridge responsibly. Genuine cartridges for the D6100 can yield up to 1120 pages, and HP runs a programme that makes it simple for you to recycle your ink cartridges once you have finished using them.