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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2007
With 18mL it should print out about 750 pages. I have no idea if the numbers I had quoted to me, though, are right. The problem is the little bar that appears whenever you print something hasn't even gone down 25% and I've had this cartridge for almost two months. Its definitely a real wallet saver for me since I'm a student in college and the nearest store selling cartridges is as far away as the nearest cartridge world, which I personally love but haven't gotten to see a lot of recently. Both would've required bus commutes, but the 74XL (which is noticeably sticks out farther than the regular 74 and weighs a whole lot more) has not failed me yet. For now I would encourage anyone lucky enough to have a printer that works with an 18mL cartridge like this to get one. And anyone in the market for a new printer should seriously consider checking to make sure there's isn't only compatible with a dinky 5mL one that will get you around 200 pages before going poof.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
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I have an HP Photosmart C4480 all-in-one printer. I've used it for years and have had absolutely no problem with ink cartridges - until now. With this "HP" 74xl from Vivamart I managed to coax one page through, but it took a couple of false starts and several pauses. After that one page, the printer stopped recognizing the cartridge all together. I put back a REAL HP cartridge and it worked perfectly. I'm surprised HP allows their logo to be used in the picture on Amazon, and if they don't allow it, I'm surprised Amazon is allowing it! If you want to try it, be prepared for the hassle of a return.

Apparently it's not possible to give no stars, so I had to give one. The product doesn't deserve it.

Update: In an effort to read other reviews on this item, I tried, but failed, to find one sold by Vivamart, the Amazon vendor from which I purchased mine. It appears you can order what looks like an HP product, but may actually be from any number of non-HP vendors. If this is true, the reviews could be from many different products, rendering them useless. I would like Amazon to explain this. I'm loath to order this type of item from Amazon now.

BTW: The cartridge itself is labeled "Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridge". It does not include "HP", but only "74xl". In case I wasn't clear above, my intention was to buy a new HP cartridge, and the Amazon page gave no indication that it was anything otherwise.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2008
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As I mentioned for the HP 75XL inkjet cartridge is the same for this one (black ink only) - get the larger size AND HP brand inks for better quality and to allow for quantity printing. The smaller cartridges just don't cut it in terms of the number of pages it can print before running out. And save by buying it through Amazon, unless you can find a local retailer with better savings - I sure couldn't and am glad I checked with Amazon right away.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2008
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It's worth purchasing the XL version of the HP 74 print cartridge, rather than the standard size. It's three times the size of the standard one, and doesn't cost three times as much.

Also, you can often find package deals including the color (75) XL cartridge and the black XL cartridge for around $60. Buying individual regular size cartridges just isn't a wise idea, considering they often cost around $30. (why buy two regulars for $60 when you can buy two XL's for the same price?)

Just make sure to buy a NEW cartridge, not a remanufactured one. Choose a seller with a high rating and low prices. I purchased a package deal recently through ANTOnline, and was amazed with how fast it came (using only regular shipping).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2010
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Original HP 74XL Black Ink Cartridge in Retail Packaging is what was advertised and what I thought I was therefore purchasing. However, when the product arrived, I was surprised to have received two cartridges that "replace" the HP 74XL wrapped in clear plastic from "Cartridge World". This is the last of my purchase from this vendor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2010
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I purposely paid a couple dollars extra to get a "retail packaged" cartridge in a box as shown in the photo for this item. I received a cartridge in plastic pouch with no box. It was mailed in a bubble wrap envelope. The cartridge works OK, and my printer recognized it as a genuine HP cartridge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2010
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Ordered this and the 75xl tricolor and ran out of ink after just a few prints. Contacted seller, got a 2nd set and the same thing happened. Not worth trying to save money if you have to deal with aggravation and time wasted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2009
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I wasn't sure the 74XL cartridge would fit my HP C4400 printer, but it works great. I purchased this on Amazon from GoFastParts for $22.39 with quick and free shipping.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2010
The description of cartridge says it can print around 750 pages. This is admittedly an estimate and there is a footnote saying actual results will vary depending on what you are printing.

I was printing up sheets to hand out at a convention. There was a small logo at the top of each (less than 1-inch by 1.5 inches), 1 page in 5 had a small picture around the same size and otherwise it was all standard text. I was printing in grayscale (no color). This cartridge lasted only around 450 pages. That's 40% less than the estimate given.

Granted, I don't have many options on my printer. It's this cartridge or the smaller one. However, if I had known I'd only get 450 pages out of this cartridge, I wouldn't have printed those documents with it, I would have gone to Kinkos (or FedEx or whatever their name is now).

Math:
- $32 cartridge prints 750 pages: approx 4cents a page
- $32 cartridge prints 450 pages: approx 7cents a page

If you only get 450 pages, then once you add the cost of paper and the extra time it takes to print on a home printer, Kinkos' 10cents a page begins to look much more attractive for big jobs. (And that doesn't even take into account if you had to pay for shipping.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this product as a replacement for my old ink cartridge in my HP C4480. At first, it seemed to be incompatible, but after looking some stuff up online, I found that turning the printer off and on again helped it at least acknowledge the cartridge's presence. The printer still doesn't register how much ink is in the cartridge, but since it's a refurbished XL, I don't have to worry about running out of ink any time soon. All in all, a little finicky at first, but hopefully worth it in the end.
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