At first I was a little bit
disappointed with the result, but maybe I expected
too much from the unoriginal toner..? Probably.
Here is a comparison between (from left to right)
1) The original PDF
2) A scanned print of it (made with the original HP
3) A scanned print of the original PDF, printed with
the toner from Dol-Auctions.
Actually not bad, especially when you consider the
I don't use my cheap laser printer for images or
other documents that need best possible
contrast/colors, but if you do, stick to
the original, ridiculous expensive toner.
I'm sure it is possible to make adjustments to the
document before you print (increase contrast and
other adjustments) to make the print more like what
you see on your monitor, but I just use one of my
very expensive toner
my 15th(?) printer a couple of
years ago, a HP Color Laser Jet 2600n for apprx. 250 USD. A week later the price was
150 US, but that is how this business work :-(
mind. It has been a reliable workhorse in my
There are not many of my computer gadgets I have
bought since 1983 that has been trouble free, but
this one has. I love HP printers...and Canon
printers (and cameras)... but I hate Brother
One of my sons work in large electronic retailer chain
I therefore got 3 new color cartridges for the cost price,
which was apprx.
350 USD. My jaw dropped to the floor when I heard the
price. The cost price was very close to the retail
price. Elkjøp's profit was marginal (HP are
obviously in control of this...)
I'm quite well off, but I'm also a DIY-man, and I love to get
things cheap, even if it means working for free for
several hours.. :-)
Previously I had found a seller
(MacroEnter.com) that solved a big
ink-issue for my 44"-photoprinter.
They offered a solution to my
1000-dollar-ink-problem for a fraction of what HP
So, I searched for a solution for these expensive
toner cartridge as well. And, of course, I
The solution can be messy, and it is not
Probably difficulty level 5-7 on scale to 10.
But, if you want to try, here is how it's done:
(click on images for large versions)
Step 1-7 is just the first time. Later
refills are easier.
Refilling the cartridge can be done 3-4
EMPTYING THE CARTRIDGE
1. Make two holes in
the cartridge with the hole-maker-tool, so
you can remove the rest of the powder.
The supplier obviously don't want their
powder to be mixed with their own powder.
Maybe you get a nuclear bomb...?
The blue handle will tell you which side we
are working on now.
I assume the idea behind making two
holes is to get it as empty as
possible...when using the vacuum cleaner
Remove the plastic disk from the
hole-making-tool. Throw it away.
3. Clean the edges
around the hole with a sharp knife.
4. Pour out the
remaining powder. (If you are sharing your
house/flat with Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, I
would do this outside... or at least not in
the sun. The whole room seems to get filled
with toner dust....
5. Vacuum the
cartridge clean. Shake/tap the cartridge
6. Seal the holes with the included aluminum
tape. It's really a strong tape, with
7. Make another hole on the reverse
side.)close to the circular "bump".
Shake and empty well, including more vacuuming.
8. The bottle seems to be only half full.
Shake the bottle well and screw on the
funnel. It is not easy to empty it... and it
can get very messy.
Be aware of reactions from your Mrs.
Sherlock Holmes as the fine powder seeps out
in the kitchen....
DONT THE COLOURS WRONG!!
9. Pour powder into the cartridge. Tilt
cartridge, pour gently, and shake it. This
step can get very messy. Seal the hole with
the aluminum tape.
10. Cut away the molted plastic above the
original chip in order to remove it. (The
molted plastic is there to keep the original
chip in place)
Step 10-13 is also a one-time job
(until you have to buy new cartridges)
11. Remove the
original HP chip.
REPLACING THE CHIP
12. Insert the new chip.
DON'T GET THE COLOURS
13. Secure the new
chip. The fit for the chip was quite
loose, so I did
secure it, with a hot glue gun). This step
may be not necessary.
"Ready" in Norwegian.
Lovely! I have cheated HP...for a few
hundred dollars...! It took me 1 hr or 2.
Next time it will take me 20 minutes.
(P.s. I didn't refill the black cartridge
for now. It was just 50% empty)
on images to enlarge)
I bought this kit on EBay: "4
Toner for HP 2600n CM1015 CM1017 Q6000A Q6001A Q6002A"
for 57.00 USD (+ 20 USD shipping cost to Norway). New chips
...and this tool:
"Hole-maker-tool" (3.00 USD +
5 USD shipping cost)
I forgot to ask for a 230 volt version, so it lasted only 1
I had to buy a
standard 30w soldier pen at "Biltema"
(≈10 USD) and moved the copper tip over to this new one. No
The Ebay-seller I bought the ink and tool from calls himself
Search for that name if the links above doesn't work
anymore. He has nearly 60.000 positive feedback, and that
will certainly guarantee you a successful transaction.
I have been buying from EBay-sellers for the past 10 yrs,
and are almost 100% satisfied (just don't buy cheap,
rechargeable, unoriginal, Chinese batteries at Ebay)
HP Color Laser Jet 2600n
2 mill. units sold...? A real work horse, but the ink are
Color Laser Jet 2600n with cover open