When buying toner cartridges for your printer, you need to make several important decisions. Among other things, you must choose to purchase standard or high-capacity toner. There are only a couple of major differences between these two types of printer toner cartridges:
- Standard toner cartridges cost less than high-capacity units. For example, HP charges $79.99 for its standard Q2612A black toner. The high-capacity equivalent's model number is Q2612X. It costs nearly $105. Affordable generic versions of these cartridges are available.
- High-capacity toner cartridges enable the user to print more pages. The above-mentioned Q2612X cartridge yields about 3,000 pages. On the other hand, the Q2612A prints only 2,000. These are merely estimates. In general, high-capacity cartridges will print 30 percent more text and graphics.
There are a few reasons why you might choose a standard cartridge. If you're working on a tight budget, you may not be able to spend the extra money on high-capacity toner. Occasionally, a coupon or special offer will even make standard cartridges cost less per page. Standard toner is also preferable for people who don't use their printers very often. If you only print a page every day or two, a high-capacity cartridge may expire before you take advantage of its additional output. By the page, it might cost more to use. You may also want to avoid high-capacity cartridges if your printer is on its last legs. If the printer fails and cannot be repaired, you might not be able to use the remaining toner. With standard cartridges, you won't risk losing as much money.
However, high-capacity toner is the better option for most people. Although this type of toner requires a larger investment, it normally costs less per page. You won't have to order as many separate cartridges, so it also reduces shipping costs. Another advantage of this toner is that it causes less harm to the environment. An office can print the same number of documents with 20 high-capacity cartridges as it prints with 30 standard units. This substantially decreases the amount of packaging material. A final benefit of using high-capacity toner is that it saves time. Printer users don't need to stop printing and change the cartridge as frequently. This reduces the chance of accidentally damaging the printer or a cartridge. You also won't have to buy toner as often.