The inkjet printer market has been a ridiculously profitable racket for HP and its ilk for decades, and manufacturers have fought tooth and nail to keep it that way.
HP launched the latest salvo in this effort earlier this month, when a six-month-old firmware update suddenly kicked in and locked out third-party ink cartridges.
stated that it will shortly issue a new firmware update that will enable users to use non-HP ink cartridges.
Or even worse, does newer firmware include obnoxious DRM that blocks 3rd party toner cartridges?
Updating the firmware should not remove any functionality, but there is always a possibility that something may go wrong during the update process.
It notes that its most recent firmware update included a security feature that prevented some untested third-party cartridges that use cloned security chips from working, even if they had previously functioned with third-party cartridges.
On September 19th, HP confirmed that the software upgrade was designed to improve printer security by blocking use of non-HP cartridges: “HP is constantly improving security for its products and customers.
Refilled cartridges with an HP security chip should still function, though this requires that the user still purchase an original set of HP cartridges at significantly higher prices.
This type of control mechanism only works well in the short-term — in the long run, third-party manufacturers have typically figured out a way around the problem.A company built on printers is seeing its sales collapse as most people don’t buy printers anymore. For the split HP, bereft of its cushy enterprise revenue, it’s downright disastrous.Unfortunately, high profile moves like this are only going to backfire in the long-term.Is there any reason NOT to update the 10 year old firmware?For example, is there a substantial chance of bricking the printer?Although only a small number of customers have been affected, one customer who has a poor experience is one too many.”As a remedy for users who were blocked from using third-party ink cartridges, HP is issuing an optional firmware update that will remove the security feature.