HP Wants You To Rent Your Next Printer

For as long as they’ve been around, inkjet printers have left much to be desired. They’re difficult to keep a consistent connection and they’re always running out of ink. If you hit the print button, you need to mentally prepare for some issues. HP’s vision of the future is………well……different, to say the least. Rather than push you to buy one of their expensive, anti-consumer printers, they would rather rent it to you. Through their “All-In Plan,” if you try to cancel, you’ll wish you had bought the printer from the outset. The new subscription service lets you pay a monthly subscription fee. With it, you get your choice of three HP printers: Envy, Envy Inspire, or Office Jet Pro. With the printer, HP also sets you up with automatic ink delivery. You choose how much ink you want for the month, as well as whether you want color, black, or both. When your printer detects that you’re running low on ink, it will ping HP, which will subsequently ship you the ink. To be fair, you do get 24/7 customer support, and if something goes wrong with your printer, you can request a replacement with next-day delivery. So, what’s this going to set you back? The Envy costs $6.99 a month, Envy Inspire is $8.99 a month, and Office Jet Pro is $12.99 a month. That’s just the starting price. From there, you need to choose a monthly page allowance. Each plan comes with a default 20-page a month allowance — which is laughable — with allowances of 50 pages, 100 pages, and 300 pages for each plan. The more you need to print, the pricier it gets. Plus, if you go over your allotment, HP will charge you $1 per 10 additional pages, which is tacked on to your monthly bill. There’s a 30-day free trial. If you cancel after the trial but within 12 months from enrolling, you'll need to pay $120, $180, or $270, depending on your printer model. After 12 months and before 24 months, you'll pay $60, $90, and $135, respectively. If you cancel after the 2-year subscription, you can do so without paying, as long as you return the printer within 10 days.