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WHAT TONER CARTRIDGE YIELD SIZE SHOULD YOU GET?

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18 January 2013

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When you go to buy a new printer for business purposes, or for frequent printing from home (home/office), what toner cartridge yield size should you consider?Toner cartridges

Your first thought will probably be 'the bigger the yield, the more pages I can print before having to buy another toner cartridge'. And for the most part, that is true. But big is not necessarily beautiful.

Often, when you look at the printers that use higher yield cartridges, you will find that they also have faster print speeds. Even better you say. Sure, if you have money to burn.

 In the case of businesses that have a high demand for printing, such as professional printers or mail out organisations, then you will definitely get a return from your investment by by printers that use high yield with fast output.

But what is you are a business that say only has a high demand for printing at the end of the month (statements say), then you will have an expensive piece of equipment doing very little to earn its keep for the rest of the month. So what if the printer takes 4 hours rather than 1 hour to do an end-of month run. 

For instance you can buy a Lexmark X854e MFP for ONLY $17,000 with a monthly duty cycle (maximum recommended monthly usage) of 300,000 impressions. It has an output speed of 55 pages per minute and can hold 5,100 sheets. For many businesses this would be akin to using an elephant gun for shooting rats. The Lexmark cartridge for this number cruncher is the X850 at an approx. cost of $200 each, but with a massive yield of 30,000 pages, or $0.06c each page -good value if you can afford the machine.

For a majority of users, the Brother HL-4570CDW at $475 would prove attractive usage wise, with an output of 30 pages per minute, with a monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages, and a holding capacity of 250 sheets. It reviews very highly. It is an ideal printer if you have a need of printing dozens of pages a day, printing at 28 pages per minute for both black & colour. The laser toner printer cartridge for the Brother HL-4570CDW is the TN340BK with a 2,500 page yield, at approx. $80 per cartridge, or the TN340BK compatible, with a 4,000 page yield at $64 per cartridge..

So as you can see from the two different printers, its really usage which in turn effects price (for both the printer and the cartidge), that is the signifacent determiner as to what you get.

 

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