Printers nowadays are equally important as the computer or laptop itself. In today’s modern world, we often find ourselves needing to print something from school paper, to work, to files and document, to posters and print ad, to just about anything. Buying your own printer nowadays is far more practical than constantly going to computer or printer shops to have your work printed. Aside from costing you less, it is also far more convenient as you can instantly print everything right after you finished your work. Having your own printer saves you time, money and effort. But the sometimes a misfortune occurs and the ink in your toner cartridge are all consumed leaving you no choice but to buy another cartridge. A toner cartridge is the most important part of the printer as this will be the one that prints your documents. This thing contains the pigment that is used by laser printers to print fine and vivid documents. It contains toner powder that is fine and dry made up of a mixture of plastic particles, carbon, and coloring materials. When it prints, it transfers the toner powder to the powder via electrostatically charged drum unit and is printed onto the paper by rollers. The result is clean, fine and vivid imprints on the paper.
There are many different cartridge types you can find being sold in the market today. Here are some of them to help you choose which ones to buy when you run out of toner for all your printing needs.
- Genuine – this is the branded one and is made specifically exactly to match by the same brand as your printer. This type of cartridge is also known as Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM because the same manufacturers of the printers are the ones that make the cartridges as well. Because you bought the cartridge from the same manufacturer there are other guarantees and advantages that you get by doing so. If any problem occurs from on your printer the manufacturer can make any replacements or any repairs if the problem is found to be due to the cartridge. But if you choose not to buy the genuine cartridge, there are also disadvantages to that as if any problems that might occur that is found to be due to the cartridge, the manufacturer has the right and the option to void the warranty.
- Compatible – this type of cartridge is also known as the generic one. Much like with medicine, this type of cartridge is unbranded and can be used with any printer. It can well match and print at just about any brand of printer but the downside to using this is that there is a threat that it can damage your printer. But with the lower cost than the genuine one, many people are willing to take the risk.
- Re-manufactured- this is like a second hand genuine cartridge as the original genuine cartridge is recycled. It is first dismantled and any found defective parts are replaced with new ones and is then refilled with toner.
These are the three types of toner cartridge you can find out there. Choose the one that you feel comfortable with and are within your budget.