Choosing the Best Toner and Ink Cartridges for Your Printer


Printing has been around for hundreds of years, with woodblock printing leading to the printing press, solid ink printing, and digital printing. Even though we’ve had plenty of time to decide which style of printing suits our daily needs, not all of us know how to choose the best toner and ink cartridges for our printers. Some of the information below may be of assistance with this process.

Choose a Brand

You may quickly come to learn that the ink of some brands is better than others. For example, ink from Hewlett-Packard is often seen as superior to no-name brands because it’s backed up with technological advancements and comes from a well-known name. It may take some time for you to learn which brands are better than others, but the quality of your printed products will soon determine which ones stand out from the crowd.

Determine a Size

Just as you would pay close attention to the size of the RAM on your computer, it’s essential to consider the size of the ink cartridges you buy. In most cases, the cartridge sizes are determined by your printer make and model. This information usually comes with a number, which you can match to a printer cartridge to ensure a perfect fit. You can also buy ‘XL’ cartridges that have more ink than a standard cartridge but still fit your printer.

OEM vs. Remanufactured vs. Compatible

If trying to find the perfect ink for your printer wasn’t already complicated enough, there are actually several types of ink available. At this point, you need to decide whether you opt for original equipment manufacturer (OEM), compatible, or remanufactured ink.

If you’re careful with your printer and fastidiously maintain it, OEM ink can be the ideal option. OEM ink is made by a specific printer’s manufacturer, like HP, and is a perfect match for that printer. It also comes with high page yields, a warranty or guarantee, and generally produces a higher-quality print. Generic or compatible ink, along with remanufactured ink, are often cheaper, yet their quality is not guaranteed. They may also have other drawbacks like poor yield, an incorrect fit, and high leak risk.

Consider the Page Yield

The page yield becomes quite an important consideration, especially if you will be printing a lot of documents, guides, and booklets. The higher the page yield, the less often you have to change the cartridge. Fortunately, this information is generally printed on the ink packaging, so you can compare prices and yields before you buy.

Search for a Warranty

You expect a warranty with expensive computer parts like CPUs and processors. What you may not know is that you can also receive them with high-quality ink and toner cartridges.

When you buy name brands, look out for warranty information. More often than not, they provide refunds and replacements on cartridges that aren’t fit for purpose, and even printer repairs and replacements if their cartridges lead to damage.

As tricky as it might seem to choose new ink cartridges for your printer, it can simply be a matter of looking out for particular features. The brand, page yield, cartridge type, size, and even a warranty, may all play a part in the decision-making process.