High Yield Cartridges vs Low Yield

High yield cartridges are a great way to reduce the running costs of a printer. Sure, they might cost more to purchase, but with good reason.

Let me explain…

Some printers accept cartridges that come in different capacities. These cartridges might appear to be the same on the outside, but vary in the volume of printing material (ink or toner) inside them.

Some printer models use cartridges rated as standard or high yield. And some models even have three or four different yields. Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is by giving an example…

The Brother HLL6400DW mono laser printer gives you a choice of four toners with different yields:

TN3415 Toner Cartridge –> 3,000 pages

TN3425 High Yield Toner Cartridge –> 8,000 pages

TN3465 Super High Yield Toner Cartridge –> 12,000 pages

TN3475 Ultra High Yield Toner Cartridge –> 20,000 pages

At the time of writing this article, for the Brother HLL6400DW the 20,000 page cartridge is cheaper than both the 12,000 page version and the 8,000 page versions!

The point being… you need to understand what the yield of a cartridge is, and how your running costs will vary depending on the comparative options available.

Why You Should Never Choose A Printer Cartridge Purely On Purchase Price

That said, high yield cartridges usually cost more to purchase than standard yield.

High yield cartridges print more pages than low yield cartridges. So long term, they’re usually a cheaper option, even if they cost more to buy. Bottom line… with high yield cartridges you’ll be replacing the cartridges less often, and your cost per page will be lower.

Unfortunately, many big box retailers and cartridge suppliers don’t tell you that high yield cartridges will be more economical for you over the long term. Actually, the retailers make more money from the lower yield cartridges because you’ll need to come back more often. And while it’s better for their bottom line… it’s not in your best interests.

So after reading this, you won’t want to choose cartridges on price alone. Instead, look at the yield and consider the price per page before making a decision.

High Yield Cartridges Are The Most Cost-Effective Solution For Your Printer  

As a printer and cartridge specialist, Easyink goes out of its way to look after our customers. Our website helps you to quickly and easily find the right cartridge for your printer. If you need extra help we’re only a quick phone call away… we’ll usually answer the phone on the first ring.

And if you give us your printer model as you go through checkout, we’ll ensure the cartridges you receive are correct for your printer.

Unless you’re a low volume user, we recommend high yield cartridges so you can get the biggest bang for your buck… and with experienced printer technicians on our team, we understand printers and printer cartridges… and what our customers want from them.

Click here to quickly find the right cartridge to suit your printer, or phone 0800 893 797 for awesome customer support.

Chris has written 14 articles

2 thoughts on “High Yield Cartridges vs Low Yield

  1. LynnB says:

    On the subject of yield, specifically, Brother HL-L2340DW with starter toner cartridge – 500 pages before messages started, and a TN2350 ‘hi yield’ 2600 pages quoted, Are two cartridges the same with diffence ib yield down to different fill spec. ie starter only filled to 20%, or are the two toner cartridge internals different.
    Thanks for your post – good info.
    Rgds LynnB

    1. Chris says:

      Hi Lynne, in New Zealand Brother HL-L2340DW printers use either of the following Brother toner cartridges:

      1. TN2315 ~ 1200 pages @ 5% coverage.
      2. TN2345 ~ 2600 pages @ 5% coverage.

      500 pages for the starter cartridge is about what I would expect.

      Yield is determined by the amount of toner, rather than the physical size of the toner hopper.

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