High Yield versus Low Yield toners

Do you have a printer that can make use of  a standard-yield toner and a high-yield toner as well? If yes, then how do you make a decision on what to use for your printer? A very simple answer could be – it depends on the amount of print tasks my printer would handle. That makes sense, and perhaps the top most response that we’ll get if we do a survey using those questions. But how much do you know about these cartridge capacities?

Not all printer models, makes and types are designed to use a variety of cartridge yields. Some can only use a standard capacity, while others can use both standard and high-yield. Aside from the difference in the amount or loads of print tasks that each can handle, they also differ in price. High-yield toners are typically more expensive than low-yields, and that is considerable. You might have heard from some users that using high-yield cartridges generates lower cost-per-page, and that’s literally true. Although I can’t do the math here to prove it, let’s just differentiate these two.

If we include the initial cartridge that comes with the purchased unit, we can actually come up with four distinct capacities. Let’s name them to avoid confusion – starter yield is the one that we initially use with a new printer, then we also have the standard-yield, high-yield and extra high-yield. An example of a printer that uses two different capacities is the LaserJet MFP 375. It can either use the HP 305A toner cartridge or the HP 305X toner.

A starter cartridge is more or less filled with 1/3 toners compared to a standard-yield. Even if it’s true, you have no reasons to complain, you should rather be thankful that the unit you bought comes with an initial supply that you can use temporarily.

Standard-yield is the one that users commonly purchased as replacement. We’re not particularly sure about the range of capacity, but probably when a cartridge can deliver more than 10,000 printed pages, then you may consider it a high-yield.

High-yield cartridges are designed for high-volume printing. We can at least say that they can deliver twice the number of prints over a standard-yield. Offices and business are more frequently in need of this type of capacity. You can distinguish this particular toner through its model number. If there’s an “X” suffix, like 305X for example, then it’s a high-yield toner.

Extra high-yield or extended high-yield toners are those capable of handling more than high-volume demands in a very busy environment. They can produce three times the capacity of a standard-yield cartridge. Mostly, enterprise units are in need of these consumables.

Well if you want to save, we’re not imposing that you consider opting for higher yield cartridges, but it’s actually an ideal choice. You can double the amount of prints you can make while reducing the overall cost of printing at the same time.