The Estimated Page
Yield is Based on OEM
(Original Equipment Manufacturer)
often worry about the yield of their cartridges. They often mistakenly
try to track yield by time. The amount of time it takes for a cartridge
to go empty is a bad indicator of yield. The cited yield for ink and
toner cartridges is given at 5% coverage. This is usually not a lot of
print on a page. Typically only a short memo is at 5% coverage. If you
are printing letters, using legal size paper, printing photos, web pages
or doing any kind of graphics your coverage will vary greatly. This will
cause the yield to drop greatly.
There are two ways to properly check for yield. First is to utilize any
page count your printer has. Refer the user's manual for instructions.
The other way is to count reams or boxes of paper you have used with
each cartridge. Both of these methods will tell you how many pages per
cartridge you are using.
Both methods give you a raw number. You should also take into account
your typical print coverage. If you only do memos then you should reach
the manufacturer's stated yield specifications. If you write full page
letters or print graphics your yield will be considerably less. When
printing text and full page graphics a 4000 page yield cartridge will
run out of toner in around 800 pages.