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The 12 biggest technology myths

Find out the truth behind tech's tallest tales

The internet is a breeding ground for lies, half-truths, and misinformation, especially when it comes to technology. We've dug up some of the web's most notorious nuggets of conventional wisdom to see which hold up to scrutiny and which are merely urban legends.

Refilled ink cartridges will ruin your printer

Taking your printer's ink cartridge to a refill service can save you a few pounds. But because cartridges aren't designed to be reused, refilling has risks: nozzles could clog, or the ink tank could spring a leak. A good rule of thumb is to monitor the cartridge closely so you can prevent damage to it - or to your printer - if something goes awry. That way, though the cartridge or printhead might be dead, you are unlikely to cause any permanent damage to the printer itself, unless the cartridge leaked and you didn't clean it up.

Note that refills done by a third party typically come with a guarantee that covers the cartridge (which may cost anywhere from £5 to £15) - but not necessarily the printer. The Cartridge World ink refill chain, for example, guarantees to repair a faulty cartridge or credit the cost against a new cartridge, but if your printer bites the bullet, the company can only "provide advice or a qualified service technician to address any issues".

Refill companies also like to remind you that it is illegal for your printer manufacturer to void the warranty on your printer for using third-party cartridges. True enough, but warranty agreements we've seen suggest that if a re­­fill cartridge breaks your printer, you shouldn't expect a free fix. For example, the HP warranty agreement explicitly states:

"For HP printer products, the use of a non-HP ink cartridge or a refilled ink cartridge does not affect either the warranty to the customer or any HP support contract with the customer. However, if printer failure or damage is attributable to the use of a non-HP or refilled ink cartridge, HP will charge its standard time and materials charges to service the printer for the particular failure or damage."

If you're worried about leaks, pull the cartridge out of the printer occasionally to see if any excess ink is pooling near where the cartridge rests in the printer.

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