A top-performing Inkjet printer uses ink cartridges to create copies and reproductions of text and images.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Inkjet printers use ink cartridges to function, and ink cartridges excel with both black and white and color reproductions.
  • The average page yield of an ink cartridge is anywhere from 120 to 220 pages.
  • To increase your page yield, purchase a high-yield ink cartridge or lower your printer’s resolution settings.

Ink Cartridges and Page Yields

A page yield represents the approximate number of pages you can print before needing to replace the ink cartridge. These page yields have been determined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Inkjet printers are not known for impressive page yields. An average ink cartridge will be able to print anywhere from 120 to 220 pages before needing to be replaced. This cost can add up. You should know the expected lifetime of your printer if you expect the ink cartridge and page yield to be higher.

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A page yield represents the approximate number of pages you can print before needing to replace the ink cartridge.

How to Increase Page Yields With Inkjet Printers

We have assembled a number of tips and guidelines to help you increase your overall page yield as you use an inkjet printer to complete common print jobs.

High-yield Cartridges

You can easily increase your page yield by purchasing a high-capacity ink cartridge. These cartridges can double or even triple the page yield when printing with an inkjet printer. Of course, high-yield cartridges tend to be more expensive than standard-sized cartridges, which is something to consider. Additionally, not every inkjet printer can integrate with a high-yield ink cartridge, so read your printer’s instructions before making any accessory purchases.

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An average ink cartridge will be able to print anywhere from 120 to 220 pages before needing to be replaced.

Generic Ink Cartridges

Just because you have purchased an HP printer, for instance, does not mean you are automatically tied into the company’s cartridge ecosystem. Most printers can use third-party or generic ink cartridges. These cartridges tend to be much cheaper than those manufactured by well-known companies. Not every third-party cartridge manufacturer is created equal, however, so do research before buying a generic ink cartridge. Also, some printers make it frustrating to use generic cartridges, which is something to consider.

Adjust Resolution Settings

An easy way to increase your page yield is to adjust the resolution settings of your printer. Modern printers can typically function in some sort of ink-saving mode, which can easily be accessed from the menu screen. Each printer is different regarding the process of accessing the resolution settings, so you may need to conduct a Google search for your exact make and model. As a warning, you may not want to use the lowest resolution when printing important documents, such as resumes.

Stick to Black and White

Another way to increase your page yield is to simply avoid making color images. Instead, stick to monochrome or black and white prints. This should buy you a few extra dozen pages or so. On the other hand, toner cartilage will print a maximum of 4,000 pages before needing to be replaced.

Warning

Not every inkjet printer can integrate with a high-yield ink cartridge, so read your printer’s instructions before making any accessory purchases.

F.A.Q.

How long do printer ink cartridges or toner last?

Printer ink cartridges will begin to dry up after three to four weeks of not being used. Toner cartridges, on the other hand, will last for decades, as they are already dried up.


Is the high yield cartridge bigger in size?

Not usually. In order to fit into the printer cartridge slot, high-yield ink cartridges tend to be the exact physical size of standard ink cartridges. It is in the ink reservoir within the cartridge that is bigger.


How many pages will my cartridge print?

This depends on what resolution you are printing at, the size of your ink cartridge, and the overall efficiency of your printer.



STAT: Printing capability ranges from 50% more pages being printed to even double the amount of standard yield, depending on which printer model you are using. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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