Modern printers store print jobs in their memories to facilitate speedier printing. Queued print jobs aren't all that you'll find in a printer's memory; a statistics file should be stored there too. Although you're not likely to require it very often, a statistics page can be extremely useful in certain situations. It quickly and easily conveys a wide array of information about a printer, which makes it easier to troubleshoot problems. Most people don't print statistics pages unless they're asked to, but it never hurts to have a basic understanding of what printer statistics pages are and how they are used.
What's Included on a Typical Printer Statistics Page?
When it comes to the statistics that are included on printer statistics pages, every machine is different. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to what's included and what isn't. At the very least, though, you can expect to find the following kinds of information:
- Information About the Printer - When you print a statistics pages, you'll find that it includes the model number and serial number of your printer. This is mostly done to ensure that the right information about the right machine is being provided, but it could also be used to prevent someone from mislabeling a printer when selling it.
- Information About the Printer's Main Components - In most cases, the printer statistics page will include information about components like ink cartridges and drums. In fact, the main reason to print a statistics page is to obtain this kind of information. The maximum yields that can be expected from each component will be included, and additional information about each component may be included as well.
- Available Toner - This is probably one of the most important pieces of information that you'll find on a printer statistics page. It shows you the percentage of toner that is left in a cartridge.
- Number of Pages Left - This doesn't refer to the number of sheets of paper that's in the printer. It refers to the estimated number of pages that it can print with the amount of toner that's available. If you're about to print a huge job and want to make sure that you have enough toner to finish it, just print out a statistics page to see how many pages it can handle. This is a good way to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Defective Ink and Toner Cartridges
There is always a chance a cartridge may be defective. When you buy a new ink or toner cartridge, you should have a good idea about how many pages you'll be able to print with it. This information is usually included on the packaging. What happens if the cartridge stops working way before it reaches that number or if it stops working entirely?
If you end up with a defective cartridge, you may want a refund or a replacement. To prevent fraud, we require proof that the cartridge was installed. We also need to see that the cartridge failed before printing the promised number of pages. The easiest way to show us this kind of proof is with a printer statistics page. If the cartridge is malfunctioning and you can't print a statistics page, don't worry. There are ways to print it to a file, which you can then email to the supplier or manufacturer.
Printing a Statistics Page
You can usually have a statistics page printed through the printer's main display. You may also be able to print one through the interface on your computer. Check your printer's owner's manual for more information.