It is not everyone’s cup of tea to remain in printer and cartridge business. It is on the account of low revenue and knock-off cartridges that are sold very cheap. These knock off cartridges have become an easy alternative. HP has a solution for this: DRM. HP has added DRM to its all new Ink cartridges. This is not a rumor anymore.
After the controversy, HP has said announced that they would release an optional firmware update to DRM in next two weeks. HP says that only a few customers have been affected. HP aims to deploy security features in future as well.
This solution is not for you. This solution is for them. From last week, third party cartridges are not working anymore. Companies like 123kt that sells HP cartridges first noticed the change.
“The purchase of this update is to protect HP’s innovations and intellectual property,” the company tells WIRED.
HP has installed a security chip that has been installed in HP printers and cartridges. If you have used knock-off cartridges, then HP printers give warning sign that it is not compatible with this printer. Now, you cannot sell third party cartridges. You will have tough luck with knock off cartridges if you have a stock of it.
Two years ago, HP decided to split into two. Hewlett Packard concentrates on the cloud. Its partner HP Inc. deals in PC and computers.
HP Inc. has said that the revenue has dropped by 14 percent lately. Between spring and summer, the revenue dropped by 8 percent.
The best news for the consumers is that these restrictions are not going to last for a long time. This has been informed by 123 Inkt. 123Inkt has chips to tackle the HP security. This should be made available in a week or two.