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Print 2.4 Times More Pages with HP Original Inks

Would you believe that you actually save more using HP Original Inks than remanufactured inks being sold in ink refill stores? At a first thought, you might have the impression that you can save more with refilled inks. But actually, you don’t.

Latest findings of the ink cartridge yield and reliability study for Asia Pacific conducted by leading technical test organization, TÜV SÜD PSB, revealed that HP Original Inkjet Print Cartridges can print an average of 2.4 times more pages or 146.7% more than remanufactured and refilled ink brands in Asia Pacific.
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With regards to reliability, the study revealed that more than one in four or 25.7% of the cartridges from Asia Pacific brands of remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested were found dead on arrival (DOA – failed to print on installation, with substantial ink leakage, less than 50 pages printed, or color mix on 10 consecutive pages) or failed prematurely (less than 75% of average yield per cartridge type and brand), compared to HP Original Ink Cartridges that had no such reliability issues during testing.

Key Findings
Page yield
– On average Original HP Print Cartridges produced 146.7%, or 2.4 times more pages than cartridges refilled at the organized and unorganized refill stores.
– On average Original HP Print Cartridges produced 59.8%, or more than one and a half times the number of pages than all branded remanufactured cartridges tested.
– On average Original HP Print Cartridges produced 106.6%, or more than twice the number of pages than all remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested.

Cartridge reliability
– On average 25.7% or more than one in four remanufactured or refilled cartridges tested were either DOA or failed prematurely.
– On average 33.2% or almost one in three refilled cartridges were either DOA or failed prematurely.
– On average 12% or more than one in ten of all remanufactured cartridges tested were either DOA or failed prematurely.
– On average, 16.2% or one in six of all remanufactured and refilled cartridges were found DOA.
– None of the HP cartridges tested were DOA or failed prematurely.

Details about the study

HP commissioned TÜV SÜD PSB to conduct the study to evaluate the page yield and reliability of HP branded inkjet cartridges versus 14 brands of remanufactured or refilled cartridges from the Asia Pacific region. The 14 brands of cartridges were selected based on sales and usage in the region and sourced from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines.

For testing, HP 45a and HP 56a black ink cartridges and HP 78a and HP 57a tri-color cartridges were used on 17 HP DeskJet 5650 and 24 HP DeskJet 930C inkjet printers. HP Everyday Paper (A4) was used for all printing in this study.

To test against Original HP Inkjet Print Cartridges, 962 third-party cartridges were selected from three main categories:
1. Branded remanufactured cartridges: Cartridges that were sold under a brand name and remanufactured using expended HP cartridges or from parts procured elsewhere. Five brands were selected for the test.
2. Refilled cartridges: Expended cartridges that were taken to shops to be refilled for reuse. These cartridges were further divided into two main types:
– “Organized” refilled cartridges: Cartridges refilled at stores that had a widely recognized brand name and sold through multiple outlets. Five brands were selected for the test, and refill outlets were randomly selected.
– “Unorganized” refilled cartridges: Cartridges refilled at stores that had no widely recognized brand name. Four brands were selected for the test, and refill outlets were randomly selected.

Additional insights

While not covered by the test objectives, the study also yielded additional data that can also prove vital in weighing options between HP Original Inks and refilled or remanufactured ink cartridges:
– The study did not consider opportunity cost for the time taken to refill cartridges at the various designated refill stores. These times ranged from 1 minute to 3 hours. The average time taken was approximately 17 minutes.
– Not all cartridges could be successfully refilled: Out of the 962 units sent for refills, 14 units failed or became unusable during the refill process.
– The results do not consider the color accuracy of the remanufactured and refilled color cartridges used in the test.
– The results do not consider the longer term damage to the printer hardware caused by using refilled cartridges.
– The results do not measure the high intangible costs of urgent print jobs which may be delayed by printer damage or poor quality prints or other issues arising from using refilled cartridges.

While there are visible costs like acquisition cost and cost of prints per page, customers should also consider the hidden costs in the printing process, including increase in labor time over fixing unreliable inks, loss of productivity due to downtime, supplies wastage from reprints, frustrations brought about by poor prints, and the impact on business image.

Promoting the better option

To reward customers who patronize the use of HP Original Inks, HP introduces the Go the 2.4 Distance raffle promo.

From July 15 to December 15, 2008, each purchase of HP original ink cartridges (HP 21, HP 21B, HP 27, HP 27B, HP 22, HP 28, HP 56 and HP 57) from authorized HP retail stores entitles customers to claim a scratch card which can provide instant prizes or a special code number that can be uploaded at http://www.hp.com/ph/inkpromo. This special code number enables customers to join the second and final electronic raffle draw on February 15, 2009 where they can win prizes such as HP 2133 Mini-Note PCs, HP OfficeJet 4355 All-In-One Printers, all expense-paid trips for two in New York City with a 5D/4N stay at the Holiday Inn Manhattan, and a brand new 2008 1.6V A/T Toyota Corolla with 2.4 years of free gasoline. With HP’s Go the 2.4 Distance promo, consumers will be better informed about the better results provided by HP Original Inks.

 
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ASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards with Innovative Dark Knight Fansink and Top-Notch Components

In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced a range of self-designed version graphics cards comprising the latest EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series. These ASUS designed graphics cards will come equipped with the Dark Knight Fansink that delivers extreme cooling and low noise-levels—greatly enhancing gaming enjoyment. The inclusion of the EMI Shield, DIP Spring Chokes, LF PAK MOS, and Japan-made Solid Capacitors will allow users extreme performance and peace of mind at the same time; and furthermore, users will enjoy up to 9% performance improvements for gaming experiences with the ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP and EN9800GTX+ DK TOP.
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Extreme Cooling with Dark Knight Fansink
The ASUS designed EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series come equipped with the specially designed Dark Knight Fansink. This innovative fansink is equipped with 4 heatpipes and a large heatsink surface area; and is made of aluminum alloy to deliver extreme cooling while retaining operating levels at only 32dB—almost imperceptible in a quiet room—catering to users who require maximum cooling without excessive fan rotation noise.

Enjoy Exceptional Gaming Fun with 109% Performance
With the EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512M, gamers can expect GPU and memory clock performance boosts from 750MHz up to 815MHz and from 3.6GHz up to 3.7GHz respectively. This generates an astounding 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score of 3733 to provide an astonishing 9% improvement in terms of GPU performance for the EAH4870 DK TOP when compared to any other reference designed board**. While with the EN9800GTX+ DK TOP/HTDI/512M, gamers can expect GPU, shader, and memory clock performance boosts from 740MHz up to 775MHz, from 1836MHz up to 1950MHz, and from 2.2GHz up to 2.36GHz respectively. Such unprecedented performance upgrades help elevate the EN9800GTX+ DK TOP’s 3DMark High Preset score from 4573 to 4848—an astounding 6% improvement in terms of speed when compared to any other reference designed board**. Gamers can now truly feel the adrenaline rush of superb gaming performance—only with the ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP and EN9800GTX+ DK TOP.

Unprecedented 1GB Onboard Memory for Ultimate Graphics
Memory size is very important for performance, as even a powerful GPU can suffer from bottlenecks due to slow and insufficient video memory. The more memory installed on a video card, the more data it can store—eliminating the need to access PC RAM and providing faster graphical performance. With most current and upcoming games requiring increasingly high video memory requirements, the ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1G, with its unprecedented 1GB of built-in memory, will provide greatly enhanced performances, and allow users to fully enjoy games or movies without lag or stuttering even at very high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Ultimate Armaments
Keeping in line with ASUS’ Rock Solid promise for quality, the upcoming version of the EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series will come with several solutions to provide top quality graphic performances. With the EMI shield, 66% EMI Interference can be reduced for more stable signals. The DIP Spring Chokes can also lower temperatures by 5–10°C in comparison with traditional Toroidal Coil Chokes. Additionally, the LF PAK MOS guarantees more efficient power and less heat. On top of all this, the Japan-made Solid Capacitors can lower power loss for more stable operations even under long-term use. Therefore, users will be able to enjoy extreme performance and have peace of mind—only with ASUS EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series.

 
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