You are working at your computer and trying to print out important documents and all at once you find you are out of ink. Years ago that would have presented a big problem. Printers used ribbons or daisy wheels to print on paper. Let's take a look at evolution of printer ink cartridges.
In 1984 ink jet printers and printer cartridges were introduced. Printing documents was now easier and so was changing printer cartridges. After years of changing ribbons, adding toner ink to reservoirs within computer.
The dot matrix method used a ribbon. The industry found new ways to make printing easier and more convenient. There is drop on demand method where ink squirts onto paper through tiny nozzles. The amount of ink dropped page is controlled by software driver that controls which nozzle fires and when.
By 1990 ink jet print cartridges was widely accepted. Printer cartridges can now print in color as well as in black and white for document. Inkjet printer cartridges can print on just about any sized paper, on fabric and on film. Ink jet printers are used in a variety of settings worldwide and is a popular choice for printing.
Each brand of printer uses a specific type of cartridge. Ink jet cartridges are given an identification number and models that can use this particular cartridge, is listed. There are a wide variety of cartridges available and you should check your printer's manual to see exactly what cartridges are available to you.
If you are trying to save money, you can purchase refill kits that allow you to fill cartridges yourself. Not everyone is a fan of these kits however, quality of printing isn't as good, and in some cases cartridges when re-installed can fail to operate.
You can get reconditioned and refilled cartridges from some retailers and sometimes from manufacturer. Compatible cartridges are cartridges that are made according to exact specs of original manufacturer. The drawback here is that not every cartridge has a compatible one.
In choosing a printer check type of cartridge it will use. You will need to determine if cartridge is appropriate for type of printing and volume of printing you will be doing. You will have to do some research and you can find much of this information on internet, through manufacturer or through stores that deal in particular printer you are looking at.