Introduced in the 1980s, inkjet printer quickly gained popularity. The affordability and good quality of these printer means that they have maintained their popularity, and are used on a daily basis by individuals and business all over the world. And of course, in order for your inkjet printer to function, you will need one very important accessory – the inkjet printer cartridge.
You will find inkjet printer cartridges with different capacities. That’s not to say that the cartridges are difference sizes, since you will need a standard size in order to fit the machine. However, the amount of ink contained in the cartridge can vary, and manufacturers produce standard inkjet printer cartridges that can print approximately 205 pages, and also high yield cartridges that can print around 410 pages. You will often find that price difference between the standard and the high yield inkjet printer cartridge is minimal (particularly if there is a special offer or promotion underway) so buying the high yield inkjet printer cartridge usually offers better value for money.
When you actually buy an inkjet printer, there will be one cartridge (unless otherwise specified) that comes with your printer, and this is most likely to be a standard inkjet printer cartridge, which prints around 205 pages. If you intend to use your printer a good deal, this is unlikely to last long, and it is important to consider whether to replace it with a standard or a high yield inkjet printer cartridge. Okay, you’ll save a few bucks by buying the standard cartridge, but this will run out far more quickly thus costing you more in the long run.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between the two difference cartridge packs just by a glance, so make sure that you are careful about which one you actually order or pick up. The standard inkjet printer cartridge is only filled to half of its capacity, whereas the high yield ones are completely filled with ink, hence the doubled lifespan and the higher cost. You will often notice that on high yield printer cartridge boxes there is a statement that indicates that it is suited to high volume printing. This is one of the very few ways in which you can identify which is which, other than the price or by asking the sales person.
You can get inkjet printer cartridges for a wide range of printer makes and models. Some makes for which you may need inkjet printer cartridges include: Epson, HP, Canon, Lexmark, Xerox, Compaq, Brother, Apollo, Kodak and Samsung printers. It is important to check the make and the model of your printer before you actually go ahead and make your cartridge purchase, as trying to cram the wrong cartridge into the printer could be a very costly mistake.
Unfortunately, the cost of buying a brand name cartridge these days can be costly, and those printing high volumes of paper through their printer can easily get through hundreds of dollars of inkjet print cartridges every year. However, there are other options available these days, although many inkjet printer owners are still concerned about whether these options will harm their printer, their warranty, or their pocket. The options include:
Compatible inkjet printer cartridges: These are inkjet cartridges that have been manufactured by a company other than the manufacturer of the printer. This is an economical option for those that want the peace of mind of having a brand new printer cartridge for their machine, but don’t want to pay over the odds on a brand name cartridge.
Remanufactured inkjet cartridge services: This is a great solution for those that are budget and environmentally conscious. You simply send your cartridge to an inkjet cartridge supplier, and it is refilled and returned to you. This can prove an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to renew the ink for your printer.
Inkjet printer cartridge refill kits: These provide another cost effective and environmentally friendly option to replacing the ink in your cartridge. You can refill the cartridge quickly, cheaply, can conveniently from the comfort of your own home. However, you may need a little practice, and until then it can get a little messy.
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