As there are a number of different types of printers, you will also find that there are many different ink cartridges. You need to know how they differ from each other and how you can select the cartridge that will give you the best output for the job you have.
You need to first make sure that the ink cartridge you’re buying is compatible with the printer you have. To ensure maximum compatibility, you can go for Original Equipment Manufacturer cartridges. These will be manufactured from the same company that makes the printing device. You can get a higher degree of reliability as well as a high quality output from this cartridge. You can also look for third party manufactures when you buy printer ink cartridges. You may find some great deals and the cartridges will offer satisfactory performance. There are refurbished or remanufactured ink cartridges as well. This is a more environmentally friendly option. They are used cartridges that come with new parts. This is sometimes confused with refill cartridges. Refilling only refers to refilling the ink in the cartridge. You have to see whether your printing needs require colour cartridges or black and white cartridges. Make sure that you consider the print head as well.
One of the main considerations when you buy ink cartridges is whether the printer is compatible with the cartridge. For example, you may be looking to buy laser cartridges. For a laser printer, you will need to use toner instead of an ink cartridge. Ink cartridges are used for inkjet printers. You have to understand the different between ink and toner. Toner is a powder while ink is a liquid. Laser printers are preferred in most office environments as they are much faster and more efficient than the inkjet printers. Inkjet printers are used for different applications such as photo printing and graphic design where there is more attention to detail. You can have a wider colour spectrum if you’re using a colour ink cartridge that will be very useful for designers. But you will have to incur higher expenses with these kind of printers as you will need to replace the cartridges much more frequently. You can either buy one black cartridge and a colour cartridge if you have a two cartridge system in the printer or a cartridge that incorporates all the colours. The latter option while it offers some simplicity can be more expensive as you will need to replace the whole cartridge if one colour expired. Naturally, you will find that the black cartridge lasts a longer time than the colour cartridges. So in the case of a two cartridge system printer, you will still need to replace the colour cartridge more frequently. See this post to find out more details.