Formerly, HP 17 was a "unique" cartridge (as ALL of HP cartridges appear to be). That is, it could not be used in place of any other cartridge. Now, HP 17 appears to be able to replace HP 23 as well as HP 41. The engineering required to produce such a cartridge has, at least for me, resulted in an HP 17 that caused my printer to malfunction. I discussed this situation with an HP representative and was mailed a new HP 17 that is functioning just fine. However, I will be very wary in the future of HP products with "expanded" functions.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend