04-17-2016 05:32 PM - edited 04-17-2016 05:32 PM
The printer is about 16 months old and still on its original toner cartridges. I primarily bought this printer for its double-sided scanning--I use it a LOT. Not so much for printing. I have about 1200 B&W pages and 750 color pages so far. I started getting "critical low" messages for my black cartridge at around 600 pages and my printer claims about 10% left on my color cartridges at 750 pages, so expecting those warnings shortly.
I've been ignoring the warnings as the printer is printing just fine on B&W for 600+ pages now. My concern is the cartridges are supposed to be good for 2700 pages!! Yes, "your milage may vary", but this seems a bit extreme. Is there something about either the original cartridges or the relative low usage that means this is what I should expect or am I doing something wrong to get such low cartridge life?
I got a spare B&W cartridge (the extended version) and am about to get a spare set of color ones, but would like to know if I have a bigger issue or not before spending $300 for the set.
Thanks in advance.
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04-18-2016 05:16 AM
A couple of points:
- As regards the "your milage may vary" comment: toner yield figures from (most? all?) manufacturers are based on specific ISO tests; the simpler tests (I think) assume an average coverage of just 5% of each page with toner.
- As regards "original cartridges": the data sheet seems to indicate that lower-capacity starter cartridges are supplied with the device:
04-18-2016 08:24 PM
Ah! I did miss that in the fine print. Fully understand on "reference pages" for toner life. You have to have a standard. If the expected life is 1200 pages then looks like even though I got the warnings way too early, I am getting roughly the expected life of the cartridges. Gives me confidence that all is OK and fine to order the next batch of cartridges.
Thanks for pointing that out.
04-19-2016 06:05 AM
@beals5 "... Fully understand on "reference pages" for toner life. You have to have a standard ..."
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks like that, and they get annoyed that they don't get the 'expected page yield' when they print lots of full colour / full bleed images.