Ink cartridges are designed to be used with a specific printer or series of printers, so using a compatible cartridge is essential. Inkjet cartridges works perfectly well with Inkjet printers and they use ink to print texts or graphics on a sheet of paper. Inkjet cartridges can use more cartridges, and the more color cartridges included in an Inkjet printer, the deeper and richer the colors are when they are printed out. Buyers should consider what type of inkjet cartridge the printer uses before buying. Often, a printer may run out of one color (for example, cyan) before all the other colors. When this happens, most printers utilize a separate CMYK cartridge for each color. With printers of this type, an empty cyan cartridge can be replaced individually without having to replace the other colors. However, other printers use cartridges that incorporate all four colors in one unit. In this case, if one color runs out, then the entire cartridge needs to be replaced, even if the other color compartments still contain ink.
ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER (OEM) CARTRIDGES: They are made specifically for the printer, made by the printer manufacturer and are the most expensive. For example, HP printers have HP inkjet cartridges that are made to work with their printers.
They are cheaper, made by third parties. Some compatible cartridges work with one model of printer while others work with a variety of printer models. In order to save money and stress, consumers should check before buying their printer whether they have the option to buy compatible cartridges.
Refurbished or Re-manufactured cartridges are the cheapest cartridges in the market - they are recycled, fixed and refilled. They are basically recycled cartridges that have been refilled with ink, and made to work like new again. However, buyers should be careful when purchasing refurbished cartridges because they can vary a great deal from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The term toner refers to the dry "ink" plastic powder used to print by printers, copiers and fax machines that use a laser printing process. Unlike the ink used in inkjet printers, which is liquid sprayed onto the page and allowed to dry, toner is put on the page then run through a heating process that melts the plastic onto the paper. Toner is a powder consisting of two parts, pigment and plastic. The pigment gives color to the text and images. It is blended into plastic so the toner will melt when put through the printer's heat fuser. As printer paper is passed through the heat fuser, the toner melts and binds to the paper to ensure no smudges or bleeding.
Anyone who owns a laser printer will eventually need to purchase a toner cartridge compatible with the device as this is paramount. Buyers should also take into consideration the following when purchasing a toner cartridge:
Generally, sealed cartridges last about 12 to 24 months while opened cartridges packages last about 3 to 6 months. Also, when choosing to buy cartridges in bulk to save money, the shelf life of the cartridge must be considered.
The quickest way to determine what kind of toner cartridge is needed is to look at the manufacturer’s part number which can be found on the printer, fax machine, copier or operations manual. If the part number is not available, try searching for the model number of the device.
COLOR TONER CARTRIDGES
They are required when printing flyers, banners and other colorful flyers. The three colors used in color cartridges are cyan, magneta and yellow. Color laser printers can quickly become an expensive purchase because users must spend more money on the different color cartridges, rather than just purchasing a black cartridge.
Toner cartridges sold by the manufacturer of the device are high quality and expensive. They are also toners compatible with the device. Buyers may also consider buying a refurbished cartridge for lower price. Third party vendors sell less quality toner cartridges at a much heaper price. It is important to note that if the toner cartridge is being used for a business, opt for an original manufacturer's cartridge to ensure high quality printouts. If the laser printer is being used for personal use or informal printouts, users may opt for a cheaper cartridge that may not produce fine detail.