Toner Cartridges - OEM, Compatible or Remanufactured?

If you own a laser printer, you have already taken a step in the right direction towards lower cost printing. Laser printers consistently produce prints at the lowest cost per page in the market. However, what you might not know is that laser printers can work with OEM brand toners as well as compatible and re-manufactured toners. But which one is best for YOU?

In this hub, I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each of the types of toner cartridges available, and hopefully provide you the information you need to make better informed buying decisions for your laser printer.

What is Toner?

Toner is made up of an electrically charged powder that contains pigment and plastic components that melt when the two drums constituting the fuser are heated and binds pigment on the paper. The toner does not smudge or bleed and can be used on all types of paper. Toner Wikipedia

Toner Cartridge Definitions

OEM Cartridge - An OEM Cartridge is one made by the Original Equipment Manufacturer, or OEM. If you own a Hewlett-Packard Laserjet printer, then the Hewlett-Packard brand is the OEM cartridge for your printer.

Compatible Toner Cartridge - A compatible toner cartridge is made by a 3rd party manufacturer and is made up of all new compatible parts. It is similar in quality to a OEM cartridge.

Remanufactured Toner Cartridge - A remanufactured toner cartridge is when a remanufacturer takes an original oem cartridge, disassembles it, tests and replaces any worn parts, fills it with toner and re-assembles.

There are many different levels and qualities of remanufactured toner cartridges and the terms compatible and remanufactured are often mistakenly interchanged. Some manufacturers will replace a few parts and call it compatible. Some manufacturers will drill a hole fill it with toner and call it remanufactured. Just be sure to purchase your toner cartridges from a reputable dealer that has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Advantages of Buying OEM Toner Cartridges

OEM Toners are manufactured to the highest level of precision. These toners are ideal for providing the best print quality. They have a lower fail rate and have a lower probability of leaking toner in your printer. Printer manufacturers recommend that you use their toner cartridges and claim that the printer functions will be affected by other toner cartridges. They also claim the life of the laser printer is shortened by usage of unbranded toner cartridges. If your projects demand the absolute highest quality prints you should break out your pocketbook and spring for the OEM brand toner cartridges.

Disadvantages of Buying OEM Toner

The main disadvantage of buying OEM branded toner cartridges is the high cost.While they are economical because the cost per page is low, purchasing an OEM toner might cost you anywhere from $75 - $300. The initial cost of laser printers has come down but printer makers make up their low initial profit by in the cost of consumables, mainly toner and paper.

Another problem with OEM toner cartridges is the fact that we live in an Eco conscious world and discarding toner cartridges which are not biodegradable is an environmental hazard. Buying a remanufactured toner is more enviornmentally friendly.

Compatible and Remanufactured Cartridges - The Advantages

The biggest advantage of using compatible toner cartridges is they are low cost consumables. Compatible and Remanufactured toner cartridges are available for laser printers and give good quality printing at a lower cost often half the cost of the branded cartridge.

These recycled cartridges are eco friendly and do not render the non biodegradable cartridges useless. They are easily available online and there are online trade portals that specifically sell compatible toner cartridges.

All reputable online stores offer guarantees and warranties. There are compatible toner cartridges for most brands of laser printers and give good value for money. Print quality of both compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges is right up there just under the OEM brand toners.

Compatible and Remanufactured Cartridges - The Disadvantages

One of the major disadvantage of compatible and re-manufactured toner cartridges is quality control during the manufacturing processes. These cartridges are easy to re-manufacture and can be done in your own garage. When buying them online from an auction site or a less than reputable dealer, you never really know what you're going to get. Was the cartridge completely re-manufactured, or did they just "drill and fill" it? This disadvantage can be overcome buy buying from a reputable online store with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Get references and buy from someone you can trust to back up their product.

So what do I choose?

The choice is yours. If you demand the highest quality 100% of the time, and it is within your budget, then by all means, purchase the OEM Toner cartridges for your printer.

However if replacing the toner cartridge with a compatible or remanufactured cartridge is more budget friendly, then feel confident that you can get nearly the same quailty, do something good for the environment and save a little money at the same time. OEM Brands are grand, but buying toner cartridges that are cheap doesn't have to make you weep. Go Green and save some Green.

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inkcarts 8 years ago from Louisiana Author

Just wondering if anyone had any comments? Maybe some constructive criticism?

Thanks!L.A.


capnbob 8 years ago

I have been thinking about getting a laser printer. Your article about toners, oem toners, and remanufactured has been very informative and will greatly assist me in my decision.


cotton0821 8 years ago

Buying cartridges has always been confusing for me, to say the least. I understand the terms and pros and cons a lot better now.


Steve 8 years ago

I do agree with your review, its accurate. I have been using OEM toner for the longest time, but recently, I have switched to refilling the OEM. That is another option that I found to be an "in between", so its not a drastic shift from OEM yet it does provide better economic sense. Usually, I can refill once before discarding the cartridge. So, that may be another option for the some, including myself.

Good luck


Khaled 8 years ago

I am wondering if any of you guys have heard about Inkrite Laser Toner Cartridge or used it?


JenE4 7 years ago

Refilled toner cartridges are like going to have the oil changed in your car and asking that they leave a quart in there! Refills have a higher incidence of leakage, the page yield is SUBSTANTIALLY lower, even with the first round of refills. Basically, a hole is drilled and fresh toner is 'blown" into the cartridge shell and the hole is plugged. The cost is dramatically less, but there is no real savings. You go from 6000 pages for approx $70 for a Premium Compatible remanufactured unit (compared to an exact OEM for more $), to about 3000 pages for around $40. Do the math. It saves, sort of, but not on cost of operation in the big picture. Sorry. Don't buy refills!!!! Waste of money!!


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Adam9000 7 years ago

Useful hub, thanks for the info :)


John 6 years ago

Just replaced my drum and toner for my Brother printer with Rosewill parts at NewEgg.com instead of OEM. Office Depot wanted $263 for OEM! Amazon.com wanted $158 for OEM. I got the Rosewill parts replacing the DR510 and TN540 for a whopping $85. I've only made 100 prints so far but from the 1st one on they're great - no streaking, smudging..etc. It just goes to show what a rip off OEM parts are now. If the Rosewill gives me problems I will chime back in. Right now I am really glad I didn't take the OEM bait.


Cheap printer cartridges 6 years ago

Buying OEM cartridges is the right option if you wants to operate your machinery properly as these are the most compatible ones. Also only original cartridges are the one which are not going to cause any wear and tear to parts .You can get these OEM cartridges from factory outlets(retail stores)and if you are looking for cost effective solution you can get cartridges from online stores at affordable price.


ThomasN 6 years ago

I tried buying two Rosewill compatible toners for my HP 2100TN printers and I can say that their performance was disappointing. When printing pages with small fonts, it wasn't sharp (smooth) at all. Furthermore, the toner left quite a bit of ink residue inside the printer, and it makes weird humming noises each time after printing large volume of pages. You can buy OEM toners at online discount stores and it doesn't come out that much more than 3rd party brands.


Delia from LA 5 years ago

ThomasN, that maybe your experience with Rosewill. But not everyones also the Rosewill compatibe can be gotten for $25 delivered while the HP OEM C4096A (I manage and office with a bunch of 2200d ht use the same cartridge as the 2100TN) is never less than $120 delivered (that is a 5 to 1 ratio). How is that not much more?

The article and almost everyone seems to somewhat assume that OEM is ALWAYS the best quality and never fails. But this is a FALSE assumption. OEM do fail. And their quality, reliabilty, and page yield may also be poor. No one can assure perfection with 100% of their products. All they can do is give you a warranty for those that do not work (BTW, HP OEM toner warranty SUCKS!)

I have used Rosewill and they were OK but I did get some inconsistent cartridges so I stop using them for outside work but for internal stuff they were great. But other 3rd party (like Verbatim and Xerox) they reproduce images just as good (or better) than HP. And they are HALF the price. But what will Xerox know is not like they invented the ... oh wait, they did invented it. Are they perfect, no but when I had to return a cartridge I was not ask by a guy in India to give him my credit card so he can tell me that they refuse to honor their warranty. (Check out the HP forums, they have tons of these stories of warranty horrors).

I would say (at least with black and white toner printers) avoid OEM if you can, OEM does not mean reliable, better warranty or better image. But they do mean the highest price per page.

Finally i do not like articles that bundle all types and manufacturers together. Yes, there are some manufacturers that do it in the garage, but most are done overseas (usually China) and these factories make them sometimes for multiple vendors. In addition, just because some of the competition sucks it does not mean all the competition suck. That is WORST than stereo typing since you are bundling even other (not part of the stereo type) in the mix. Hey if you are not from New Jersey you do not know English very well, because the majority of the people not from New Jersey does not speak English well. Yeah, that is an unreasonable statement just like the entire paragraph under Disavantages for Compatible and Remanufactured cartridges.


HP CE250A Toner Cartridge 5 years ago

Excellent post, knowing toner cartridges original equipment manufacturer, compatible or re-manufactured. Nice information on there pros and cons.


HP 92275A Toner Cartridge 5 years ago

Informative article, nice reference for knowing toner cartridges original equipment manufacturer, compatible or re-manufactured. Nice information on there pros and cons


CANTEK INDUSTRIES LIMITED 5 years ago

Nice content, and we are trying to do best to manufacutrer and provide the compatible toner cartridges. And we are looking for importers and distributors in the USA for our compatible toner cartridges and printer consumables.


CANTEK INDUSTRIES LIMITED 5 years ago

Nice content, and we are trying to do best to manufacutrer and provide the compatible toner cartridges. And we are looking for importers and distributors in the USA for our compatible toner cartridges and printer consumables.


Alric 4 years ago

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Alric 4 years ago

Want wholesalers, importors?distributors and vendors for printer consumables.

Business relationships on ink cartridges, ink, toner cartridges, toner,ribbon and printing paper, etc.

Dear Sir,

We are so lucky to know your info, so we would like to avail this opportunity to establish win-win and long-term business relationships with you.

Shenzhen Inteljet Digital Tech. Co., Ltd, a No.1 professional manufacturer of printer consumables, adopts advanced equipments and exquisite technology, employs many veteran technicists, which guarantee the best quality and ensure the best service. We are a sole supplier of ICBC, we have many agents in lots of cities of China, and enjoy excellent reputations worldwide. Please visit our website www.inteljet.com/en for more details.

Fortunately, We know you are interested in printer consumables. Therefore, we do yearn for establishing business relationships with you from now on. I bet our cooperation can bring you more benefits and enable your business more brilliant. You can’t miss this chance!

PLS add my MSN sales04@inteljet.com or Skype inteljet-sales04, where we can negotiate business issues more conveniently.

Time is money, just contact me immediately if necessary.

Your earlier reply will be highly appreciated.

Best wishes,

Yours faithfully,

Alric

Shenzhen Inteljet Digital Tech. Co., Ltd

Add: 3F, Jiangnan Industrial Mansion, Bantian , Buji Town ,Shenzhen ,China

Tel: 0086 0755 28778094 Fax: 0086 0755 28778090

Oversea Salesman: Alric Email: sales04@inteljet.com

Website: www.inteljet.com/en ICQ: archepy99138@tom.com

MSN: sales04@inteljet.com SKYPE: inteljet-sales04

QQ: 191753718 Google talk: archepy991@gmail.com


Epson Print Head 4 years ago

No problem Jody. I make sure that the coupon works by checking on it regularly. Glad that I helped you save a few dollars off your purchase on Simplyink.


Rakesh 4 years ago

Remanufactured toner cartridges are of gives same quality & yield quantity as OEM cartridges.I am using super cartridges (brand name of remanufacturing cartirdges), it is giving me very best result & saving my monty too.


Rakesh 4 years ago

Remanufactured toner cartridges gives same quality & yield quantity as OEM cartridges.I am using super cartridges (brand name of remanufacturing cartirdges), it is giving me very best result & saving my money too.


Mohim Khan 4 years ago

any one can mention top ten adventage for compitible toner.


NOT EXPERT 4 years ago

Alric: Any one also put their company brand so good, whatsoever,

Can you put yur product result, for us to see, OEM vs YOUR PRODUCT...

Then we see the densivity, lightness, Photoprint many many more kind of brenchmark can name No.1 and leading...

Any one also can put them no 1, just show the result will safe you mouthful of words.


NOT EXERT 4 years ago

inteljet.com: your company webside even not post up...

I cannot reach...


Jennifer 3 years ago

I go here http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA1... for compatitble cartridge. Good prices,almost the same in quantiy. and shipping is free on toner cartridges


Laser Tek 3 years ago

Mohim Khan: There's no such thing for that actually. Compatible toners are really depending on your printer's model. Basically, each model has its compatible toner so how could it be rate. Get it?

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