Ink cartridges are automatically ordered as part of a subscription to Instant Ink. Although cartridges can take up to 10 days to arrive in the mail, ink is contained well before running out. This can only be accomplished via the Internet when the printer is connected to the system. To set up your subscription account, you will need a valid email address and a valid credit or debit card on file.
With HP Instant Ink, you can pay for your prints through a subscription. Our goal is to find out whether it is cost-effective to pay for printer ink and whether the benefits justify choosing an HP printer over its competitors. Printing ink can be expensive, and changing cartridges regularly can be annoying. HP offers an alternative solution with “Instant Ink”: You pay a flat monthly fee to print a certain number of pages. But can it save you money? If you don’t like the idea of being tied to a specific printer purchase to reduce printing costs, there are other ways to save money.
The concept is called “Instant Ink” and is more or less a printable subscription model. Named after how HP shows ink to your door when it’s shipped to you just before it runs out, the idea is basically for HP to track printer usage from the cloud and work when you get a new cartridge.
We want to point out that HP Instant Ink is not applicable. There’s no need to use it since most HP printers are updated to support this technology, which only works with HP printers. Current and future owners of HP printers don’t seem to have the HP Instant Ink cartridge with their printer in the first place. Instead, HP Instant Ink is optional, and new printer owners receive a free two-month trial to start subscriptions by shipping the particular ink cartridge, which is also twice the size of a standard cartridge.