Yes it can be, but then they have to make their money somewhere. Actually, if you think about it, that is what Apple does with iPhones/iPads. Sells the hardware and then makes money on the back end taking a share of royalties from apps sales. Different concept, but the direction HP is heading.
Originally Posted by nimer55
Either way, I stopped buying and recommending HP printers for this very reason and began switching clients over to Kodak printers, which worked out real will price wise for the ink (about half the price of HPs), but stopped doing that also since Kodak printers had a high failure rate that I could not rely on.
HP printers are need specific and you should only buy what you need. If you are a photographer that plans to print their own photos on occasion, HP printers do produce some pretty accurate color output. Kodak was also good at this, but required too much post processing to get accurate Greens and Yellows.
I'm actually amazed, that HPs best inkjet is their cheapest allinone unit that sells for $50. It comes with two cartridges, black and color, and prints and copies almost spot on.
HP makes better printers, but the ink cartridges come in sets of 7 and cost more across the board for that quality and output. I just don't print in much of anything besides B/W and my HP LJ 4 is still kickin and producing like it always has.
Either way, I can't wait till I have an option to print from my phone via WIFI to my HP LJ 4 networked printer. Boy Howdie!!!