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HP 901 Black Ink Cartridge Review

HP 901 Black Ink Cartridge Review

This cartridge is a standard capacity unit supplied with a variety of printers and many people don’t realise there are any alternatives when it comes to buying replacements. However this cartridge contains much less ink than the HP 901XL cartridge also available for all compatible printers. In fact if you open up the cartridge (as demonstrated in the video below) the sponge inside is very small and fills less than half of the cartridge meaning even if you decide to refill the cartridge yourself it is still restricted.

How much ink is in the HP 901 Black?

This cartridge contains 4ml of black ink.

How many pages will the HP 901 Black print?

You can expect to get approximately 200 pages from this cartridge if you are printing with an average page coverage of 5%. However in reality it is likely to be less than this as 5% is a pretty light coverage for an average user.

For more on page coverage please check out our article on the subject here.

What are your thoughts on this cartridge?

As all machines that accept this cartridge will also take the HP 901XL that contains more ink it should always be more cost effective to shell out a little extra for the high capacity alternative. Those looking to save a little more should bear in mind these cartridges can be refilled and remanufactured HP 901XL cartridges are also available.

What printers is this cartridge compatible with?

HP Officejet 4500
HP Officejet 4500 Wireless
HP Officejet J4524
HP Officejet J4535
HP Officejet J4540
HP Officejet J4550
HP Officejet J4580
HP Officejet J4585
HP Officejet J4660
HP Officejet J4680
HP Officejet J4680C

If you have anything to say about this cartridge please do so in comments below.

About the author

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  1. K. Thompson

    Thanks for the advice on using an alternative cartridge. Do you know if you can use the HP 901XL in the HP Deskjet 1050A, Deskjet 1000, Deskjet 3000 and Deskjet 3050A as well?

    1. Matthew Stevenson

      Sadly not, these printers all use the HP 301 black and colour cartridges.

  2. L Smith

    Thanks for the advice on using an alternative cartridge. Do you know if you can use the HP 901XL in the HP Officejet 4500 as well?

    1. RefreshCarts

      No problem. I am happy to confirm the HP 901XL cartridges are indeed compatible with your printer and every printer that take HP 901 cartridges.

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