Our Testing Reveals that HP Printer Inks Do Not ‘Dry Out’


  • Set-up the HP test printers with OEM ink and standardized media.
  • Print, log, and file print samples.
  • Power-off printers and store them with installed print media in a conditioned environment (conditioning period was from 3/27/2015 to 9/25/2015).
  • After 90 and 180 days of non-use, power-on the appropriate group of printers in the conditioned environment and produce a second suite of test pages.
  • Compare printed output to the out-of-box prints and note any print anomalies.
  • If necessary, attempt to alleviate any print anomalies using recommended printer-cleaning and troubleshooting procedures.
  • Results will be considered “Pass” if print quality is restored to out-of-box standards within three (3) cleaning cycles.
  • Results will be considered “Fail” if print quality is not restored to out-of-box standards after three (3) cleaning cycles.

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HP Ink Type
HP Printer Tested/Print Head Type 90-Day Test Results 180-Day Test Results
46 Black Ink Advantage 2020hc/IPH Pass Fail
46 Color Pass Pass
61 Black Deskjet 1010/IPH Pass Fail
61 Color Pass Pass
62 Black Envy 5660/IPH Pass Pass
62 Color Pass Pass
95 Black Officejet 100 Mobile/IPH Pass Fail
98 Color Pass Fail
564 Black PhotoSmart 6520/IPH Pass Pass
564 Color Pass Pass
678 Black Ink Advantage 2545/IPH Pass Fail
678 Color Pass Pass
932 Black Officejet Pro 6700/IIC Pass Pass
933 Color Pass Pass
934 Black Officejet Pro 6830/IIC Pass Pass
935 Color Pass Pass
950 Black Officejet Pro 8610/8620/IIC Pass Pass
951 Color Pass Pass
970 Black Officejet Pro X451dw/IIC Pass Pass
971 Color Pass Pass
980 Black Officejet Pro Enterprise X555dn/IIC Pass Pass
981 Color Pass Pass

4 Responses

  1. Jason Hall says:

    I will tell you that I had an HP OfficeJet 7500A that had been powered down since March 2014 that I brought back online 2 weeks ago (Sept 2016) and the printer inks did not need to be cleaned or replaced after nearly 2.5 years of sitting in my garage. HP Original InkJet inks are bar none the best on the market.

  2. Michael says:

    I purchased a new HP OfficeJet 8710 38 days ago. I ınstalled the new color cartidges that came with the printer. I printed 2 pages with a few paragraphs of text. Today I tried to print two color half pages. The first page printed with incorrect color balance and before the second page printed, INK SUPPLY> LOW error now prevents printer from printing. I checked ink level and printer shows no color ink present

  3. Michael says:

    UPDATE: HP OfficeJet 8710. Ink did NOT dry out. Not sure why the error appeared but working fine now. Two hours later I tried again and printer now shows full ink jet and printing normally. So, I am okay with my HP.