If you suspect that you aren’t really getting the right amount of toner or yield out of the cartridge you are currently using, then consider these two questions:
What are the types of documents you regularly print?
As we mentioned above, the number of printouts a toner cartridge can deliver is dependent upon different factors. Remember that the percent of coverage on the printed material is the general metrics they use to measure the approximate page-yield of a cartridge. If you based your regular printing on the standard 5% coverage, then you’ll probably get an amount of printouts that can match with the rated page capacity of toner you used. But this standard is only applicable if you’re printing letters or plain text documents with not more than 1500 characters.
Let’s try to do the math here. Using the Brother TN315 toner cartridge as an example with a yield of 6000 pages. If you will use it to print documents with entirely 10% coverage, the number of prints you get out of it will then be reduced to approximately 3000 pages.
Which one am I using, a genuine or a compatible?
If in case you’re using compatible. Probably, some third party manufacturers are not refilling their products with enough or exact volumes of toner. It could be a possible reason why the item you purchase often runs out easily. But it’s not always the case. Brother printers are generally designed to work with OEM or original toners. There’s a chance that the machine can’t detect the precise volume of toners inside the cartridge.
Using genuine on the other hand, may still result to inconsistent number of printouts, as explain above. A brand manufacturer like Brother would recommend their users to always use OEMs for the reasons being:
- Brother printers can only reach its highest possible performance when used with original cartridges.
- Using compatibles will void your unit’s warranty. (This is something still arguable)
- The use of non-originals will damage your printer. (It’s a case to case basis, and may also happen when using branded supplies)