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Which Cartridge is the Right Choice for Me?

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Static Control Sep 16 2019
The three most common types of OEM cartridges found in laser and ink printers are known as introductory, standard and high yield cartridges. Their page yield refers to the number of pages a toner or ink jet cartridge prints until it is depleted. Page yield and price across the different sizes of cartridges is a factor in figuring out which solution is right for your application.

What is an introductory/starter cartridge?

Some printers when bought new include what is known as an introductory or starter cartridges. These cartridges are meant to get you printing out-of-the-box, but lack longevity due to their smaller hopper size only allowing a minimal amount of toner or ink. Introductory cartridges will not last as long as standard or high yield cartridges and are not a long-term solution for both individuals and businesses.

What are standard cartridges?

Standard cartridges are the most common in the printer market. Standard cartridges feature larger hoppers/ink reservoirs than introductory variations but smaller ones in comparison to high and extended yield cartridges. Because they are smaller and hold less toner or ink, they can be sold at a lower price but do not last for long periods of time. Standard cartridge page yields and price are often 40-50% less than high yield offerings and depending on usage, may be more cost beneficial.

What are high yield cartridges?

High yield cartridges are more expensive than their standard counterparts, but often contain over two times the page yield. They achieve this by housing more toner or ink through bigger hoppers and reservoirs. For individuals or organizations who print lots of pages, a high yield cartridge offers a lower cost-per-page but command a steeperer front price. Most printers are able to accommodate higher yield cartridges without modification as they will fit into standard cartridge slots.

How do I tell the difference between an introductory, standard and high yield cartridge?

While there are no standards that all manufacturers follow, there are indicators that can help you identify the different variations. Hewlett Packard (HP) introductory cartridges are usually identified externally by the word “Introductory” on the label as well as having significantly smaller hoppers. Check out our video illustrating the difference between an HP® 1505 Introductory and Standard Cartridge. Standard yield HP laser cartridges are typically denoted as an A cartridge (CF237A aka HP 37A) while their high yield signified by an X (CF237X aka HP 37X).

Is there anything bigger than a high yield cartridge?

Yes! One unique solution that is only available from the aftermarket is extended yield cartridges. These are cartridges that have a page yield higher than what is available from an OEM cartridge. This can be achieved through a high efficiency toner or ink, or modifications to the cartridge. These solutions are ideal for print-heavy office environments or for MPS providers.

Static Control offers a wide range of extended yield cartridges for popular engines that can be used to best lower your cost-per-page print costs. To learn more, contact us.

Which one is right for me?

Different businesses require different needs. If you rely on an outside company for managed print services (MPS) they should set you up with a solution that best fits your needs, however, calculating cost on a per-page basis versus overall usage is a good start at evaluating which solution is right for your application. 
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