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What Does Cartridge Yield Mean?


Cartridge yield is the estimated amount of pages that each cartridge can print. To determine the cost per page of the printer, cartridge yield is an important factor. Most manufacturers use a 5% page coverage to determine the cartridge yield, which is approximately a typical letter printed onto an A4 page. If you print a lot of images, it is recommended to do your own calculations at a higher coverage rate.

To calculate the cost per page, simply divide the cartridge yield by the cost of the cartridge. For example, letís say you are purchasing one cartridge for £79 and the yield is 2000 pages at 5% coverage. Take £79.00 and divide that by 2000 pages and you get a cost of 4 pence per page. If you are printing at 10% page coverage then you would get half the page yield, 1000 pages costing 8 pence per page.

For many printers, the option of high-yield or high-capacity toner cartridges is available. Because these cartridges can store more toner, they last for a longer time and can print more pages. If you are doing a heavy amount of printing, high-capacity toner cartridges are ideal so that you do not have to frequently replace the toner cartridges.


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