The Difference Between OEM and Compatible Toners

Posted by printerbullet 08/11/2014 0 Comment(s) Printer Guide,

If you are the proud owner of a laser printer, you may 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 and your printer?

In this blog, I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each of the types of toner etc. on the market, and provide you with the details and information you need to make a more informed buying decisions for your laser printer.


Toner Cartridge Definitions

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

Remanufactured Toner Cartridge – A remanufactured toner cartridge is when a manufacturer 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 in the cartridge, fill it with toner and call it remanufactured. Just be sure to purchase your toner cartridges from a reputable dealer such as Samson that has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Compatible Toner Cartridge – A compatible toner cartridge is made by a third party manufacturer and is made up of all new compatible parts. It has a similar quality to an OEM cartridge.



Advantages of Buying OEM Toner Cartridges

OEM Toners are manufactured to the highest quality and level of precision. These toners are ideal for providing the best print quality. They have a much lower fail rate and have a lower probability of leaking toner into your printer.

This is why the printer manufacturers recommend that you use their toner cartridges as they claim that the printer functions will be affected by other toner cartridges. They also suggest that the life of the laser printer is shortened by usage of unbranded toner cartridges.

If your work and printing demands the absolute highest quality prints you bite the bullet and pay for the OEM brand toner cartridges.


Disadvantages of Buying OEM Toner

The main disadvantage of buying OEM branded toner cartridges is the relatively high cost. While they are economical because the cost per page is low, purchasing an OEM toner might cost you anywhere from RM200 to RM600. The initial cost of laser printers has come down but printer makers make up their low initial profit by in the cost of consumables.

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 environmentally friendly.



Advantages of buying Compatible

The biggest advantage of using compatible toner cartridges is they are a lower cost consumable. Compatible toner cartridges are available for laser printers and give good quality printing at a lower cost – sometimes even half the cost of the branded cartridge. They are now easy to find and buy online at Printer Bullet Store. There are compatible toner cartridges for most brands of laser printers and give good value for money. Print quality of both compatible toner cartridges is almost as good as the OEM brand toners.


So which should you choose?

The choice is yours. If you demand the highest quality 100% of the time, and it is within your but if going with a compatible toner cartridge is more environmentally and cost friendly, then feel confident that you can get nearly the same quality. That way you are helping the environment and saving money each time.