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The Truth about Toner Yield

Posted by Brian Harris on Nov 21, 2023 1:02:25 PM



Many people believe page yield to be a fixed number of how many printed pages they can expect to receive before the cartridge is depleted but, unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Printer manufacturers adhere to a measurement system put in place by The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for determining page yield. This is done by putting the cartridge through a continuous print test until the ink begins to fade or is prevented from printing further on account of its low ink supply. The test is performed by completely covering 5% of each page with ink. This is the equivalent of a postage stamp.  You should expect 70% of the stated cartridge yield on average.


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Also, note that larger font sizes, images and graphics consume more ink and will greatly affect your page yield. Therefore, the manufacturer’s page yield is to be used as a general indication of how much production you’re likely to receive from your cartridge and is dependent on variables associated with the user’s printing preferences. Use page yield as a general gauge – not a firm number of how many printed pages you’ll receive before your cartridge is depleted of ink or toner.

While toner yield is a valuable metric for evaluating printer cartridges, the real challenge lies in bridging the gap between theoretical estimates and real-world usage. Managed print services emerge as a solution by offering a proactive, efficient approach to print management. By addressing toner yield discrepancies, MPS not only ensures a more accurate reflection of your printing costs but also streamlines your entire printing infrastructure for enhanced productivity and sustainability. Consider making the switch to managed print services for a more cost-effective and hassle-free printing experience.

Topics: managed print services, toner, auto toner replenishment, toner cartridge, toner coverage

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