October 06, 2015

Deciding On The Toner Cartridge Yield Type

By Oney Seal

If you are using a laser printer, then you must be acquainted with the toner cartridge. A toner cartridge is the cartridge intended for the laser printer. It is the ink reservoir from where the ink flow takes place and you get the great looking printouts of your presentation. Now, as toner cartridges are a bit complex products and there are a whole lot for printer models and cartridge models available in the market, it may sometimes become hard for you to choose which toner cartridge to buy for your existing laser printer.

The Specific Parameter Called “Yield”

The cartridges carry different types of technical specifications which may be confusing at times. As a user, you need the basic information handy so that you can know exactly which model of the cartridge to use in case you run out of ink at any time. Let’s talk about the specific parameter called “yield”. When you research about the yield, you will get the information that there are in general three kinds of toner cartridges available in the market, namely the standard yield, high yield and super high yield. Now, which kind of yield is suitable for your daily operations is the point you need to decide.

The toner cartridges are costly and you certainly would not like to pay any more than required for your intended use. So, choosing the right yield model is necessary. Let’s check out how to do it.

What’s The Basic?

The basic thing that I want to tell you about the cartridge yield is that the standard yield toner cartridge will print less number of total pages than the high yield cartridges; and the high yield cartridges will print less number of total pages than the super high yield cartridges. Now, let’s understand how the printer and toner manufacturers follow the procedure and do the testing to assure that the toner cartridge is delivering the right amount of printing performance as per the yield specified.

Let’s understand with an example,

In the market, you will find  standard yield, high yield and super high yield toner cartridges ; and when you check their detailed specifications, you will find something like this. The screenshots I have provided you are of different brands, but my sole aim is to differentiate between the yield capacity of different toner cartridge models.  

Standard Yield

You can see below the specification for a standard yield toner cartridge model. The 3000 page yield depicts that you can print out 3000 pages at max before your cartridge runs out of the toner.

Standard Yield

High Yield

Below is the specification of a high yield toner cartridge that delivers a page yield of 7000 with a 5 % coverage percent.

High Yield

Super High Yield

Below is the example specification of a high yield toner cartridge that provides a page yield of 12000. This means you can take 12000 print outs at max over the lifetime of your toner cartridge.

  Super high yield

Relation Of Page Yield With The Coverage Percent

The reason I have highlighted the coverage percent along with the page yield is that these two parameters are linked. The page coverage has something to do with the square inches of printing, density and the settings of the printer while performing the printout operation. Most printer manufacturers use a standard of 5 % coverage (for black and white test pages) and 20 % coverage (for color test pages) to depict the page yield of the toner cartridges. In other words, it means the yield of the specific cartridge is tested by keeping the printer settings such that it obeys the 5 % or the 20 % coverage printing rules.

In relation to the above specifications, we can thus say that with 5 % coverage percents, the cartridges that can print up to 3000 pages come under the standard yield category and toners with capability to print more than 3000 pages but less than 10000 pages come under the high yield category. There is another category of toner cartridges that can print more than 10000 pages at 5% coverage percent. These are called the super high yield cartridges.

The page yields may vary depending upon factors such as images in the print, coverage area and other printer settings, etc. Thus the cartridge manufacturers set a fixed coverage percent and printer settings to test the page yield of the printers.

The manufacturers use this testing process as a part of the ISO/IEC standards.

There is an inverse relationship between toner yield and page coverage. The lower the page coverage, the higher will be the toner yield. On the contrary, higher page coverage leads to lower page outputs/yields of the toner cartridge.

So, Which Yield Should You Buy?

There is a good price difference between the standard yield, high yield and super high yield toner cartridges. So, to make sure you are investing the right amount of money, you have to be clear about your printing requirements. Using the cost-to-benefit analysis, you can check which kind of yield would be right for you.

If your office environment requires high volume printing, then opting for a high yield and super high yield cartridge would prove to be cost-effective in the long term. On the other hand, if your printing needs are not so frequent, you can opt for the standard yield toner cartridges.

Also, depending upon the color or black/white printing requirements, you can select the type of cartridges. The color printers require two cartridges, one for the black toner and another for the color toner. If you require black/white prints more than the color ones, you can opt for a high yield black toner cartridge and a standard yield color toner cartridge. On the other hand, if you need to print more color pages; a high yield color toner cartridge and a standard yield black toner cartridge would be suitable.

I believe the above information on “yield” of toner cartridges would help you in selecting the right cartridge model.


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