The 5% Page Coverage Mystery: Decoded


Have you ever seen ‘5% page coverage’ on your printer cartridge and wondered what it meant? Let’s demystify this term that’s so pivotal in the printing world! Simply put, page coverage is the percentage of your page covered in ink or toner when you print. It’s a vital factor that determines how many pages one cartridge can print.

For example, if you’re printing a light text document, you’d likely get closer to the maximum page yield on your cartridge. But if you’re printing a vibrant report filled with images and dense text, you’ll print fewer pages as your page coverage is higher.

The 5% standard, which equals about 14 lines of 11 point text per page, is an industry benchmark enforced by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). It may not sound like a lot, but 5% coverage can represent a substantial chunk of text or a medium-sized image.

Being aware of this is crucial for efficient printing. If you print a lot of colourful images or dense documents, your page yield will be lower. So understanding this concept will help you plan your printing needs more accurately.

At Infotone, we’re committed to providing top-quality cartridges that offer excellent value for money. With this knowledge, you can make informed decisions, boost your printer’s efficiency and get the most from your cartridges. Please see below for examples of page coverage!