Decoding Printer Cartridge Specifications: A Buyer’s Guide

Navigating the world of printer cartridges can sometimes feel a bit like deciphering a foreign language. From ink type to yield numbers, the details are crucial, yet often confusing. We’ve created this handy guide to help you understand cartridge specifications, ensuring you get the best value for your pound.

**1. Yield Number**

Ever noticed a page number on your cartridge box? This indicates the estimated number of pages a cartridge can print, known as its ‘yield’. It’s based on standardised tests with 5% page coverage – roughly equivalent to a short paragraph. If you’re printing graphics or heavy text documents, the actual yield might be lower.

**2. Ink Type**

There are mainly two types – dye-based and pigment-based. Dye-based inks offer vibrant colours but can smudge when wet. Pigment-based inks are water-resistant and fade-resistant, making them suitable for long-lasting prints. Depending on your printing needs, one might be more suitable than the other.

**3. Compatibility**

Not all cartridges are created equal. Each printer model often requires specific cartridges. Ensure you’re buying cartridges compatible with your printer model to avoid any mishaps.

**4. Remanufactured Vs. Original**

Remanufactured cartridges are essentially new cartridges that have been cleaned, remanufactured, and print tested. They are environmentally friendly and often more affordable than original cartridges. Infotone prides itself on offering top-tier remanufactured cartridges that provide impeccable print quality, ensuring you don’t compromise on performance whilst doing your bit for the planet.

**5. Shelf Life**

Just like perishables, cartridges have a ‘best before’ date. Over time, ink can dry out or the cartridge can experience other issues. It’s advisable to use them within the recommended timeframe for optimal performance.

Shopping for cartridges needn’t be a daunting task. At Infotone, our commitment is to simplify this process for you. Our dedicated account managers are on hand to provide personalised advice, ensuring you find the perfect match for your printing needs. After all, in the competitive UK market, nothing beats a touch of personalised service.

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