Inkjet printers use ink cartridges for printing. Ink cartridges are containers filled with either black ink or a blend of cyan, magenta, yellow and black colored ink to produce many types of colors. A single good-quality ink cartridge can print 300-400 pages. Ink cartridges are suitable for printing on all types of pages and even fabrics.
Once the ink is exhausted in the ink cartridge, you need to replace it. The sensor present in the printer detects the ink level in the cartridge and warns the user when the cartridge is low on ink or empty.
Consider the following points when looking for a new ink cartridge to replace the exhausted ink cartridge for your inkjet printer.
Check the cartridge number
Different brands’ various models of inkjet printers are designed to work with specific types of Printer Cartridges only. Thus, it is necessary to ensure that you purchase the correct kind of ink cartridge as per the model of your inkjet printer.
To this end, check the ink cartridge number that needs to be replaced. The cartridge number can be printed directly on the cartridge, or a label bearing the number can be present in the slot. The cartridge number can also be found in the owner’s manual under the replacement/device maintenance section.
The ink cartridge number can also be determined by simply knowing the printer’s model number. For example, if you are using a Brother inkjet printer, you can visit the website of Brother and find the particular model you own and get the cartridge number you require. After that, you can search for Brother ink cartridges as per the cartridge number.
Standard or High Yield
The yield of a printer cartridge is the number of pages it can print before its ink is exhausted. As per yield, ink cartridges are classified into standard and high yield. High-yield ink cartridges come in XL and XXL varieties.
The number of pages printed by XL/XXL ink cartridges is higher than standard ink cartridges. This means printing per page is lower with high yield ink cartridges even though high yield ink cartridges are priced more than standard ink cartridges.
XL/XXL ink cartridges are suitable for establishments that frequently require a high volume of prints. This is because the per-page cost of printing is minimized. On the other hand, standard ink cartridges are suitable for printers not used frequently, such as home printers.
OEM or Compatible
The brand of the printer and the ink cartridges used in it are the same. The printer brands for their models manufacture original Equipment Manufacturer ink cartridges. For example, if you opt for Brother laser printer ink cartridge for your Brother brand printer, you choose an OEM cartridge.
Compatible ink cartridges are manufactured by third-party companies which work with different models across brands. They are usually made using recycled original ink cartridges.
OEM ink cartridges provide the highest quality prints but are much more expensive than compatible ink cartridges. Compatible ink cartridges purchased from reputed suppliers provide the same quality of prints as OEM ink cartridges at lower prices.