One Year After Bricking Third-Party Ink With Update, HP Is Back on Its Bullshit
The astronomical prices printer makers charge for cartridges have long been a favorite subject of internet comedians (with more than one noting that
Last September, HP decided to push out Keurig-like DRM, preventing customers from using certain
But according to
, a new firmware update for HP
The new firmware reportedly affects printers from HP's OfficeJet 6800 series, OfficeJet Pro 6200 series, OfficeJet Pro X 450 series, OfficeJet Pro 8600 series and more. We have reached out to HP for comment and will update this article if and when we hear back.
However, not all hope is lost, as there is a way to disable the Dynamic Securty feature that prevents third-party ink cartridges from being used. If you go HP's support page here , you can find your printer model and download a different version of your printer's firmware that doesn't have issues with third-party ink. After you install the alternate firmware, you'll then want to block any new firmware from being installed to prevent this situation from happening again in the future.
Or you could say fuck it, and get a printer from another company like Canon or Epson, which feature printers with refillable reservoirs instead of ridiculous replacement cartridges.