Does the printer need one large cartridge as it takes 5 of them and the slot for the 5th cartdidge looks bigger.

If one cartridge runs dry can I still continue printing or need to replace it to continue.

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    Ink cartridges are available in standard & high capacity. There are 5 individual ink cartridges: magenta, cyan, yellow, photo black (for shading the colors) & black. Photo black & black are 2 distinct carts, they cannot substitute for each other. Each color cart has a symbol which matches a specific slot in the ink bay

    As for cost, the XL carts, which are higher capacity, are the better value. Although each color cart is sold individually, the color 4-pack is usually the best price; includes magenta, cyan, yellow & photo black. The black cart is sold separately from the color 4-pack

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  • Most HP Photosmart printers have five slots for ink. The four that are smaller/same size, are for (a) black photo ink, (b) magenta, (c) cyan, and (d) yellow. The fifth (large) slot is for black ink. This is a much larger slot, since most of the printing one does is black-on-white, so one will use black ink at a much higher rate.

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  • The black cartridge is bigger as it is used most often this is why one cartridge looks bigger.

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