When it comes to toner refills, there are quite a few choices to be made. OEM, remanufactured/refurbished and compatible toner refills all have good points and bad points. In this article, we will share some important information that will help you make the right choice for your printing situation. Read on to learn more
What Are OEM Cartridges?
OEM is the acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This is the type of cartridge that is produced by the company that produced your printer. Naturally, the manufacturer of your printer will recommend that you use these and will claim that they work better than all the rest. If you are very finicky about precise quality, this is quite true. Unfortunately, OEM cartridges are the most expensive choice due to their brand-name status.
What Are Compatible Toner Cartridges?
A compatible toner cartridge is one that is made of all new parts, but they may not be the same brand as that of your printer. Instead, the parts in compatible toner cartridges are very similar to those produced by your printer company. This type of printer cartridge is usually low cost and is generally a good option. These types of cartridges are usually readily available.
Refurbished toner cartridges are known by several names. You may hear them called recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges. These types of cartridges are recycled by a company specializing in this process.
Toner cartridge remanufacturing companies usually collect original OEM cartridges that can no longer be used. These are disassembled and used to create new products. In effect, an old cartridges is taken apart and parts that don’t work anymore are replaced with parts that do work.
This type of cartridge is very environmentally friendly and quite cost-effective. In addition to an environmental edge, remanufactured cartridges may have a performance edge over compatible cartridges because their original casings and parts are actually brand-name. Be sure to deal with a reliable and reputable refurbishing company to be sure of getting cartridges that really will work well.
What Are The Downsides?
With both remanufactured and compatible ink and toner cartridges there are some drawbacks. Many people complain that the ink quality is not as good in these as in OEM cartridges. This is because the companies that produce these cartridges do not have access to the necessary patents, ink formulas and production techniques to replicate the ink found in OEM cartridges.
Additionally, if your printer is especially sensitive, it may not work with compatible or refurbished cartridges. It may complain constantly of low ink level even when you know that you have just inserted a full cartridge
What’s The Bottom Line?
In the final analysis, your choice of printer ink cartridges will depend on the type of jobs you need to do, your budget and your personal preferences. For most people, an inexpensive ink cartridge that is dependable and produces good print quality will fill the bill. Your best bet when purchasing ink and toner cartridges is to shop around, read reviews and check the reputation of suppliers.