News

HP Ruining Their Printers By Restricting Third-Party Ink Cartridges

HP have decided to prove how their printers are awful by releasing a firmware update that blocks third-party Ink.

HP Blocks Third-Party Ink

HP has restricted users from using third-party inks and rival companies’ inks in their printers through a firmware update causing the printers to fully refuse to print. Previously HP had displayed a warning message for when non-HP ink was used but users were still able to print however now they’ve gone full send with their proprietary rubbish. A representative from HP spoke to the Telegraph and explained that this change was to reduce the risk of malware attacks and stated: “Third-party cartridges that use non-HP chips or circuitry can pose risks to the hardware performance, print quality, and security.” As it turns out this change isn’t only aimed at security concerns but also the obvious that most of us assumed preventing competition. It is stated on HP’s website that they block the use of rival cartridges in order to “maintain the integrity of our printing systems, and protect our intellectual property”.

Terrible Ideas From HP

All this tells me is to never buy an HP printer so I won’t be stuck in only buying their ink rather than having the choice of cheaper options. These “security” measures which were introduced back in 2014 and were met with scrutiny straight away are probably just a terrible excuse to get people to exclusively buy their expensive ink cartridges.

What do you think of HP’s practices? Let us know in the comments.

Jakob Aylesbury

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

Avalanche Studio Founder Blames Warner Bros for Mad Max DLC Cancellation

Avalanche Studio founder Christofer Sundberg recently opened up about the challenges faced during the development…

52 mins ago

The Steam Deck boasts a game library 61% Larger Than the Nintendo Switch’s

The Steam Deck, at just over two years old, is a relative newcomer compared to…

3 hours ago

New Leaked Video of Valves New Hero Shooter

Just a few days ago, some leaks surfaced on Twitter/X about Valve's upcoming 6v6 hero…

3 hours ago

Klevv and Essencore to Showcase New Products at Computex 2024

Essencore and its consumer-focused brand KLEVV has revealed that it will be heading to Computex…

3 hours ago

Neil Druckmann on AI’s Future Role at Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog's co-president Neil Druckmann shared his vision for the future of game development, emphasizing…

7 hours ago

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090 Rumored to Feature 32GB of GDDR7 Memory

NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce RTX 5090 graphics card is rumored to come with significant upgrades, including…

7 hours ago