Explaining TAA Compliance

If you’ve ever glanced at some of LINKYO’s product overviews, you may have noticed a prominent banner labeled TAA-Compliant.  That then begs the question: What does “TAA-compliant” mean? For starters, TAA is short for Trade Agreement Act — a federal act that’s about…well, trade agreement. With that out of the way, let’s have a quick history lesson: The US Congress and Pres. Jimmy Carter put this particular Trade Agreement Act into law in the tumultuous year of 1979.  (There were, in fact, precursors to the ‘79 law.)  The laws require that bulk products bought by federal agencies from foreign companies have some degree of production done in the United States. The minimum purchase standard is around $193,000, but some countries can work around the standard if they have a special trade agreement.  If you really want to look at the complicated details, you can check out the official guide at: http://goo.gl/M2dLiN. Pertaining to us, LINKYO is an American company that manages and distributes in the USA.  It is, therefore, proudly compliant with the TAA. So whenever you see “TAA-Compliant” logo on any of LINKYO’s product pages, take comfort in knowing that you have an item made in or assembled in the...

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Understanding Page Yields

If you’ve ever felt confused by the countless types toner cartridges — standard, starter, jumbo — you’re not alone. Cartridge manufacturers don’t do all that good of a job explaining them. And what about page yields? Why is that the number always varies? We’ll break it down for you. First, let’s cover toner. A toner cartridge is what you use on a laserjet printer. Toner is a fine powder that sticks to a lasered pattern that’s been reflected onto a page (via a rotating cylinder). Yes, that was a long sentence, but it summarized a complex process. There are three types of toner cartridges: Starter Standard High-Yield A starter cartridge is included when you buy a printer, but usually yields fewer pages than a standard cartridge you buy separately. A standard cartridge may yield 2,600 pages, but starter for the same model of printer may just yield 1,500. A high-yield cartridge, also known as extended or jumbo yield, is just that: it yields a high number of pages. Using a high-yield toner cartridge will typically save you money, since you’ll have the print output of two to three standard cartridges in one. This also means environmental savings, as fewer cartridges mean less carbon dioxide (CO2) pumped into the atmosphere and less plastic waste in our landfills. Second, how do we determine a cartridge’s page yields? Most serious manufacturers, including Linkyo, base their yield estimates on standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The standard is set at 5% page coverage. Industry estimates find that the average amount of black-and-white printed text/images occupy just 5% of a page–hence the standard. But what does 5% page coverage look like? This IS 5%. This is LESS than 5%. This is MORE than 5% coverage. Multiple factors can affect your toner cartridge’s yields: Climate Resolution Color Age Cooler temperatures and lower resolutions will increase print yields. Older age, infrequent use, images, and color will decrease your yields. Shaking an almost-empty cartridge, will help loosen toner powder and give you a few added pages. Concentrating printing tasks into a single job instead of dispersing them into separate jobs will also save you on...

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Why Compatible Ink & Toner Cartridges Doesn’t Void Your Printer Warranty

A question that comes up again and again is whether or not using a LINKYO ink/toner cartridge (or any third-party cartridge, for that matter) will void a printer’s factory warranty. The answer is NO. Using third-party ink and toner cartridges–including those from LINKYO–has no effect on your printer’s warranty. Many consumers believe that their printer can only use ink and toner from the original manufacturer. Wrong. That would be like IKEA requiring a buyer to use IKEA-branded tools to assemble IKEA-branded furniture. A more fitting example might be Dell requiring you to use a Dell-branded mouse or USB thumb-drive on one of its computers. It is federally required that a manufacturer preserve its warranty regardless of whether or not the owner uses first- or third-party peripherals with the warrantied item. This is thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, a federal law authored by Sen. Warren Magnuson and Rep. John Moss that set a national standard for product warranties. The Magnuson-Moss law prohibits a manufacturer from putting out a “tie-in” provision–meaning that a manufacturer can’t void an owner’s warranty just because he or she used a properly functioning component made by another company. You can find a thorough explanation on the law at: http://goo.gl/y3eODt. But what about the different types of ink and toner cartridges? There are three you should take note of: Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Compatible Remanufactured An OEM cartridge comes directly from the printer’s manufacturer (i.e. Brother, Canon, Epson, HP). A compatible cartridge is one manufactured by a different company (such as LINKYO), but fully usable for a particular model of printer. A remanufactured cartridge is one that has been re-purposed for continued use on a particular model of printer. As a retailer, LINKYO offers all three types of ink and toner cartridges. All three work fine with their assigned printer models. We’re always glad to clear things...

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Comparing OEM Toner with Compatible or Generic

Prices being what they are for genuine OEM toner versus compatible or generic cartridges, it is not surprising that many people want to know if they can trust the cheap clones and what the differences are. Some of the questions people have about these low-cost products include: What are compatible toner cartridges and are they the same as generics? There are so many; are they all the same? Will they damage my printer or void its warranty? Do they produce good quality print outs? First of all, compatible toners are manufactured by many third-party companies in many countries. They are all new cartridges (not refills or remanufactured) that are meant to fit into the same printers as the OEM cartridges. Some companies do produce what many people refer to as generic toner cartridges. Those are typically in a plain box and don’t have a brand name associated with them. Since there is no brand name to protect, you might expect that these will be more susceptible to quality issues. That is not always true though. It really depends what company produced them since approaches to generating profit varies. For example, some want to be the cheapest and others want a reputation for quality. But if they are generic, how can a consumer know one from the other?  Well, unless you are in the toner cartridge business, you probably can’t tell. In fact, some generics sold by the some retailers are swapped from one to the other manufacturer based on availability, cost, and other factors. So, no, compatible toner cartridges are not all the same. If getting consistent and reliable results matter to you more than getting the cheapest price, you will want to look to a name brand compatible instead. Brands typically take ownership of the quality level of the product, often down to the level of specifying what components and toner powder are used for their particular models. They do this of course because they are building and protecting a brand image based on some set of values they offer their customers. I posted an article in October 2012, answering the question, “Are compatible toners OK?” I noted there that compatible toner cartridges usually have some differences in their design and manufacturing so as to avoid violating copyrights or patents held by the original printer manufacturer. This accounts for some of the major differences among compatibles, since each must come up with their own way of getting around the legal issues. Concerns about voiding the printer warranty is largely unfounded, as discussed in my post about that question here. Essentially, the U.S. Congress made sure in 1975 that manufacturers of many types of products don’t have a stranglehold on needed supplies. Furthermore, actual damage to printers by generic or compatible toner cartridges is very rare and often caused by the user themselves. I’ve heard from many people who claim they will only use OEM toner because the compatible or generic they tried did not produce quality print-outs. One of three things probably happened in these cases: They actually received a defective product, which happens to every brand – even the big ones They happened to choose a generic that was produced by an inferior manufacturer and can’t differentiate it from the better ones since it is generic They happened to choose a brand of compatible that was designed or manufactured well enough or consistent enough Some generics are in fact good at replicating the quality of the OEM version. Reputable retailers know which ones they are and will stick with those to provide their customers  consistency. Branded compatibles may...

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How to Find Replacement Toner Cartridges That Work

Cheap toner cartridges are only a deal if they actually work and give you good quality print outs from your laser printer. Plenty of people have tried alternatives to the genuine, original manufacturer cartridges only to find that the cartridges they tried caused more trouble than it is worth. Actually, discounted toner cartridges that work well can be found if you know what to look for. I’ll give you some key indicators that will help you find the toner cartridge you are looking for at a price well below the cost of the original manufacturers cartridges. You have two choices for alternatives to the original manufacturer’s full price OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridge: Compatible – quality varies from very good to unacceptable Remanufactured – quality varies from very good to unacceptable Compatible cartridges are typically all new materials and very often have slight design variations so that they do not violate the original manufacturer’s patents, but will still fit all the printers or copiers the cartridge model is intended for. Quality variations depend on the manufacturer producing them. Remanufactured cartridges typically use a cartridge shell from the original manufacturer that has been used at least once and sent through a recycling process to be reclaimed. Various after market manufacturers remanufacture the cartridges differently, resulting in various levels of quality.  For example, some replace the drum and other worn parts while others keep the cost way down by doing little more than refilling the toner – producing a dreaded “drill-n-fill” product destined for the trash. How do you choose when shopping? Compare the cost per page Select a brand that has a good reputation Cost per page can easily be calculated and is explained in this post about calculating cost per page. You need to do this because manufacturers can produce the same cartridge with different page yields. The page yield is how many printed pages can be expected at the industry standard 5% coverage. Compare the original manufacturer’s price per page to the brand you are considering. Very often it will be less than half of the cost of an original cartridge. You will find that the reputation for a brand is typically reflected in the reviews. Good brands will have consistent reviews, but keep in mind that even the big original manufacturer brands can have occasional bad ones. Occasional defects or printer and user errors are the usual reasons for these. So don’t let a few of those deter you from trying a brand, especially if they offer a good guarantee. Try this example search for reviews As you can see, this search brings up reviews from many places on the Internet and is a gold-mine of feedback for a brand. You will soon have a feel for how reliable the brand is and if their guarantee is any good. By taking a few minutes to find alternative toner cartridges that work and people rely on, you can save significant money. While it is true that some discounted toner cartridges are not reliable, you will find that out in a hurry using these three steps so you can steer clear of the brands that have given compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges a bad reputation. So, go ahead and look for cheap toner cartridges that work to replace those expensive ones you always thought you had to buy. +Scott Roy Smith +LINKYO...

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CE505A vs CE505X – What’s the Difference?

I’ve seen quite a bit of confusion about the HP CE505A versus CE505X toner cartridges – and with good reason. Some may think of these as the HP 05A or 05X toner cartridges, but it is all about the differences between them and if they are interchangeable. To be clear, there are differences, even though some HP printers can use both toner cartridges and other printers cannot. I have double and triple checked this, even on HP’s own web site and will list the printer models below for absolute clarity. When you compare the CE505A to the CE505X, there are some major differences in terms of price, print yield and cost per page. Based on HP store pricing, here’s the breakdown between HP CE505A and CE505X. CE505A is $90.99 each and prints 2,300 pages. The cost per page is $0.0396 CE505X is $165.99 each and prints 6,500 pages. The cost per page is $0.0255 Another major difference is the printer compatibility for CE505A and CE505X. Here’s a list that explains which printer models are compatible with the HP CE505A and CE505X. Printer models compatible with the CE505A (05A): HP LaserJet P2035 Printer (CE461A) HP LaserJet P2035n Printer (CE462A) HP LaserJet P2055d Printer (CE457A) HP LaserJet P2055dn Printer (CE459A) HP LaserJet P2055x Printer (CE460A) Printer models compatible with the CE505X (05X): HP LaserJet P2055dn Printer HP LaserJet P2055x Printer HP LaserJet P2055d Printer I hope you have found this comparison of the HP CE505A VS CE505X useful and it will help you save money on toner cartridges in the...

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