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What Are the Different Types of Ink Cartridges?

What Are the Different Types of Ink Cartridges?

Posted By: John Published: 30/12/2015 Times Read: 132 Comments: 0
Take one look at our range of compatible ink cartridges, and the sheer volume could be enough to put you off. That’s why, when you’re shopping for a new cartridge, it’s important to shop around and know exactly what you’re looking for.

Printer cartridges come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, and there are literally hundreds to choose from. Each cartridge is different and will perform specific print tasks differently. Toner cartridges, for example, can only be used with laser printers, and offer better results when printing text. Ink cartridges, compatible with inkjet printers, are generally more affordable, and offer better colour prints.

Then, there are single and combined colour cartridges; starter and high capacity cartridges; pigment vs. dye-based inks; OEM or compatible cartridges – you get the picture.
To help you navigate the often perplexing world of the printer cartridge, we’ve come up with a need-to-know guide that’ll help you make an informed buying decision when purchasing your next printer cartridges.

Toner or Ink? It Depends on your Printer

Though toner cartridges are generally considered to produce higher quality prints than ink cartridges, you won’t be able to able to use them if you don’t have the right type of printer. Toner cartridges are used in laser printing, given that they contain a dry powder rather than liquid ink. Standard ink cartridges on the other hand, are used predominantly in inkjet printing. To find out more about the variances between these cartridges, check out our in-depth guide to the differences between ink and toner cartridges, here.

Single and Combined Colour Ink Cartridges

Most cartridges are available as either a single or combined unit and in many cases black is supplied as a single cartridge, whilst colours are combined. This configuration is handy for those who predominantly print black and white documents, as it means you can change the black cartridge without touching the colour. Most household printers use magenta, yellow and cyan to produce the complete colour spectrum and in some cases, these colours must be purchased separately.

Starter and High Capacity Cartridges

When you buy a new printer, chances are it’ll come with a small quantity of ink. These cartridges are known as starter cartridges, and are intended to help you start printing right out the box. High capacity cartridges on the other hand are great for those producing a high volume of prints, as they tend to be more cost effective than a standard sized cartridge. Be careful though, as high-capacity cartridges are not compatible with all printers – double check that your printer accepts high-capacity cartridges before you buy.

Dye-Based vs Pigment-Based Ink Cartridges

Own an inkjet printer? You have two options of the type of cartridge you use: Dye-Based or Pigment-Based. Though some people might not have a preference, these two ink cartridges do offer different results.

In pigment-based cartridges, colour is created using particles suspended in liquid. This makes pigment-based inks less susceptible to water damage and better for printing on to paper. Dye-based inks draw their colour from a dissolved substance, so they can run when exposed to water. Generally, pigment-based inks are considered better than dye-based inks; offering brighter, richer colours that last longer.

Compatible Cartridges vs OEM Cartridges

Cartridges distributed by a printer manufacturer are known as OEM cartridges, and tend to cost considerably more than compatible cartridges. Compatible cartridges are produced by a third party, and offer great print results for half the price of an equivalent OEM cartridge.

At Printhead, we have a range of high-quality ink and toner cartridges that are compatible with a number of printer manufacturers, including Hewlett Packard, Epson and Brother. If you have any queries or concerns regarding our compatible ink cartridges, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.


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