The Differences Between OEM, Remanufactured and Compatible Toner Cartridges

September 20, 2012 No Comments

toner cartridgesLaser printers are the most common type of printer used in business and working environments. It is also found in school facilities, public libraries and dormitories where there is a need to print large volume of documents and papers. Another thing that makes laser printers popular in the market is that they consistently produce prints at the lowest price in the market. Although, consumers may doubt buying a laser printer unit in the first place since its price may cost them, these printers offer a much lower on-going cost compared to inkjet printers. This is because laser printers used laser toner cartridges as a printer consumable which has a higher page-yield compared to the inkjet cartridges used by ink printers.

However, what users may not know is that these laser printers can not only work with OEM toner cartridges, but also with remanufactured and compatible toner cartridges. So what are the differences between the three?

  • OEM toner cartridges - are also known as original equipment manufacturers cartridges, hence the term, these toner cartridges are manufactured by the printer company as well. They’re the same toner cartridges installed the moment you buy your laser printers. If for example, you own a Hewlett-Packard laser printer at home then the HP laser toner cartridge is the brand cartridge for your printer.
  • Remanufactured toner cartridges - are basically used or empty OEM cartridges that are refurbished, cleaned, reassembled and refilled with new quality toners to be re-packed and re-sale to the market. In the remanufacturing process, key parts including the corona wires assembly, roller and drum are inspected and checked for any dents or damage. Any worn parts that are found in the cartridge are then replaced with new ones. These remanufactured toner cartridges also undergoes quality-test to make sure they will work perfectly with your laser printers.
  • Compatible toner cartridges - are the toner cartridges manufactured by third-party companies and are entirely made of new parts. These compatible toner cartridges provide the same print quality and print capacity as OEM toner cartridges but come at a lower price. Choosing compatible toner cartridges is typically the most cost-efficient way of printing.

To learn more about the differences between OEM, remanufactured and compatible toner cartridges, here is a video from TonerBoss describing the three types of cartridges:

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