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Dell Black Ink Mk990

Reviewing: Dell Black Ink Mk990  |  Rating:
janetlynn By janetlynn on
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This is the black ink for the Dell 926 Photo Printer that I reviewed previously. My color ink ran out super fast, so I am not doing a separate review on it, but will include my review here.

I feel these ink cartridges are not truly filled to the capacity that you get with other print cartridges. While printing even in the "fast draft" mode, these inks drain very fast.

When I put in two new cartridges to print out plain black text sermon notes for our Pastor, the text was doubled spaced, some words had red underlining and other words were highlighted in yellow. These pages I would print were anywhere from 9-15 pages and maybe I could get a few more in there but in no way did these inks handle the amount of printing I expected. At first when I kept needing new ink cartridges they assumed I was printing on high quality mode but I rarely do that with text documents. And these sermon notes printed clear in draft mode, but the ink just went down quickly.

There are actually two stores near me that carry this ink, otherwise Dell pops up a message window that tries to get you to purchase these online. Then you have to pay postage too? No thanks.

Black MK 990 - $16.99 at Staples; $16.97 at Wal-Mart

Color MK 991 $20.99 for standard ink and MK 995 $27.99 for photo ink at Staples; $18.54 at Wal-Mart for standard color ink

In my experiences, the ink in these cartridges goes as fast as most inks from Lexmark. The ink comes out very clear overall but I can't justify spending this much money on cartridges that drain so fast.

I really don't recommend these inks or the printer that uses them. Save your money for a laser printer and get more for your hard earned money.