Genuine Toner and Compatible Toner Comparisons
Many business owners are now turning to “Compatible” or “Remanufactured” Toner
Cartridges in an effort to save money. The modern compatible toners
are guaranteed to be equal or to exceed the quality of the Genuine
OEM Toners. There
are so many companies online nowadays offering very cheap toner cartridges
(all made in China). Be WARNED many are poor quality and some companies
are still using the old "Drill and Fill" method which basically
means a small hole is drilled in the side of the toner cartridge
and then the toner
is refilled (generally with a poor quality toner) and then
sealed, boxed and resold. If a toner appears to be too cheap then
generally it is safe to assume that it is a low grade Chinese product
which may work fine however generally they can cause all kinds of
problems. This is one of the reasons compatible and remanufactured
products have (In the past) been frowned upon by many!
Compatible Toners what exactly are they?
Most ink cartridge and toner products these days labelled "Compatible"
are really whats known as "Remanufactured". The term
Compatible is used simply to destinguish the product from a Genuine
A remanufactured Toner is simply a Genuine Toner which has been
fully reconditioned. Now the degree of reconditioning which takes
is the most crucial aspect determining the quality of the final
product. It's similar to having a Motor overhauled. Some companies
only rings and bearings while a more reputable company will rebore,
replace pistons,rings,oil pump etc... So hopefully now you will
start to understand why it is important as to who you purchase
Toner Cartridges" from.
In the beginning of refill cartridges there were
not many options. Toner and internal replacement parts were not
available, so the quality was not as high as one would like.
In recent years all that has changed. One of the most important
that should be replaced in a toner is the drum and the drum blade.
These were designed to only last the life of the toner being
If you were to reuse the original drum it would cause many print
defects such as light print, marks and several other image defects.
The drum blade would also create streaking and line type image
defects. Think of the drum blade as a windshield wiper. When
it wears out
certain areas are not being cleaned and it makes it hard to see
through the window! In the same way certain areas are not being
and you then have lines on the printed pages.
We now have access
to not only drums and blades but many other components that
wear out and need to be replaced inside the toner cartridge. When
selecting a company that refills or sells compatible toner cartridges,
would make sure that they do in fact replace the drum and drum
it will not last and you will have wasted your time and money
on something that was supposed to save you money in the first
Why Purchase Compatible Toner Cartridges?
Let me be very clear here. Unless you are buying a compatible Toner from
a reputable reseller and the toner has been made in an ISO 9001 facility by
a well known "Proffessional" company and you recieve a proper Guarantee
then and only then would I advise you to use a compatible toner. Compatible
Toners represent big cost savings and if they have been remanufactured
by a reputable company then they will ALWAYS equal and in many cases
exceed the yield of the Genuine product.
Other factors to consider are:
1. Cost - generally a compatible toner will sell for 50 - 70% Cheaper
than the Genuine OEM Toner.
2. Environmental - Why throw a used toner straight to Landfill when it
can be fully reconditioned and re-used again ?
Final thoughts on Toners
The final choice on toners is up to the individual. At "Ink Hub" almost
ALL of our "Remanufactured" toners are Print-Rite. Why? Because they
are the BEST toner cartridges on the market. Their toners have a reputation
world-wide of being the best and that is why they have become the worlds
leading seller of Remanufactured print consumables. All our Toners come
with our standard 30 Day Money Back/Replacement Guarantee!