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Hp inks seem to be variable in print quality. Two cartridges (in the same batch - a twin pack of HP 344) gave consistantly poor prints - the colours were drab and lack-lustre. I have used upwards of 100 cartridges in the past few years and never had such poor quality prints. Has anyone an explanation for this?

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