I recently had a customer ask me about HP combo packs. Are they a good deal? The answer is dependent on how you use your printer. The combo packs are a better value than buying the same cartridges individually. What most buyers overlook is that they may not be comparing apples to apples. For most HP inks there are 2 versions, standard yield and high yield, a.k.a XL version. If you use your printer for color often, you will want to buy the individual XL color cartridges alongside the XL black. The reason for this is simple. The cost of the XL cartridge is approximately 30-50% more than the standard yield cartridge but the yield is up to 2.5 more prints per cartridge.
Based on the chart below you would realize a 25% savings when purchasing the individual XL version of these cartridges.
Difference per page $.0273
Percent difference 25.73%
Cost savings per 1000 pages $27.70 when purchasing XL cartridges separately.