What’s the Difference? Brother TN620 vs TN650 Toner

It’s something every printer owner faces: A complicated list of similar, yet teeny bit different, cartridge numbers. If you’re an owner of, say, a Brother 5340 or 8480 laser printer, you’ll find yourself in this category. Are you supposed to use the TN-620 or similarly named TN-650 toner cartridge?a The answer? Either one works–they’re interchangeable. The TN-620 is what’s called a low-yield toner cartridge, while the TN-650 is considered a high-yield cartridge. Based on the criteria (5% page coverage) set by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the TN-620 yields up to 3,000 pages and the TN-650 up to 8,000 pages–hence the use of “low” and “high.” Otherwise, the TN-620 and TN-650 are the same. They fit the same fifteen Brother printer models, use the same cartridge, and come from the same factory. SuperMediaStore retails the original Brother low-yield TN-620 for $63.97 and the high-yield TN-650 for $92.99 Here’s where LINKYO comes in. LINKYO offers its own brand of TN-620 and TN-650 toner cartridges that are fully compatible with Brother printers without voiding your printer’s warranty. LINKYO’s toner cartridges match Brother’s in page yield, image clarity, and durability. So what’s the difference? Price. LINKYO offers you identical quality and quantity, but for a fraction less. Just see the price difference: original Brother TN-620 retails for $64, but LINKYO sells its own cartridge for just $26–almost 40% off the price. That’s only half the picture. LINKYO will upgrade any customer’s TN-620 cartridge to a TN-650 for free. Compare LINKYO’s TN-650 to Brother’s and you save over 70%. OEM-level quality and quantity for ⅓ the cost–all with FREE SHIPPING and an extensive two-year money-back guarantee. To make a great deal even better, use LINKYO’s coupon code LY13BG and get an extra 10% off. No ifs, ands, or buts–$25.99 for a high-yield TN-650 toner cartridge with free shipping and an added 10% off. It doesn’t get any better. No Banner to display +LINKYO...

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What’s the Difference? Brother TN330 vs TN360 Toner

You may have been wondering about the Brother TN330 vs TN360 toner cartridges mentioned in the manual after realizing the starter cartridge that came with your new Brother printer only yields about 1,000 pages. Making the right choice can save you money once you understand the differences outlined below. To be sure, those starter cartridges have a maddeningly reduced output compared to the standard cartridges. Brother is not the only manufacturer to do this since they all want to get you into the flow of cartridge replacement quickly and keep the initial cost of the printer down without the disappointment that comes when the box doesn’t include everything to get started. Even so, Brother is among the few that offer varying models of cartridges like the TN330 or TN360 for their printers – mainly to play to two crowds: The first group are those who want to find the lowest cost replacement to get them past the current lack of toner; The other group are those who are willing to pay more for a cartridge that needs to be replaced less often. Of course, all of this presumes that the new Brother printer user is convinced they need only the Brother brand name toner to maintain print quality or to protect their printer warranty. So, for those who do check the manual, the question then comes to whether the TN330 is sufficient or should they go to a TN360 and are these completely interchangeable? What’s more, can you get quality print output with cartridges made by other companies to fit these Brother printers? The first thing to acknowledge is that printer manufacturers follow an ISOIEC Standard for toner page yield at 5% coverage.   We explain this in our post about page yield.  This actually allows the common user to compare the number of pages they should get from different toner cartridges and from different manufacturers. As for many Brother printer models that use TN330 or TN360 toner cartridges, the starter cartridge yields about 1,000 pages. This assumes you are printing a relatively standard text-based document. A Brother TN330 cartridge is rated to give 1,500 pages at that same 5% coverage. On the other hand, a TN360 toner cartridge will produce 2,600 – almost twice as much. So, let’s say in the course of a year you print through two cases of paper at 10 reams each. That is 10,000 pages. If you were using TN330 cartridges, you would burn thorough 6.66 of them. Suppose instead you bought TN360 toner cartridges because they are completely interchangeable, but you get more toner in these ones. That would be about 3.865 cartridges. Sure, that is fewer cartridges, but does that translate to saving money? As of this writing, at office supply stores, an original Brother TN330 is about $50 and you would have used  about $330 (6.66 X $50) in toner. Had you spent about $70 for an OEM Brother TN360, you would have expended about $270.55 (3.865 X $70) to do the same amount of printing. Is saving about $60 worth it to you? What is more, according to industry estimates, each cartridge is responsible for the consumption of 5-9 pounds of virgin materials and resources. So, by reducing the sheer number of cartridges needed for printing a given number of pages, you can shrink your impact on the limited resources of the earth. Therefore, it could save you money to use a TN360. In fact, many aftermarket manufacturers, like LINKYO, provide a Brother TN360 compatible toner cartridge as a free upgrade to TN330 orders because it doesn’t make sense...

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Can Brother TN450 Compatible Toner Save You Money?

No Banner to display We all want to get more from our printers while paying less. Is there such a thing in the cluttered world of inks and toners? Sure, and the Brother TN450 toner cartridge is a great example…while its identical cousin, the TN420, is…less so. But why? As you can probably tell from the image above, both cartridges are appear to be virtually the same–except that one is a low-yield cartridge, while the other is high-yield. The Brother TN420 and TN450 are interchangeable and compatible with the same Brother laser printers Here’s a chart of those printers: Compatible Brother Printer Models   HL-2130 HL-2132 HL-2220 HL-2230 HL-2240 HL-2240D HL-2242D HL-2250DN HL-2270DW HL-2280DW     Intellifax 2840 Intellifax 2940 DCP-7060D DCP-7065DN MFC-7240 MFC-7360N MFC-7460DN MFC-7860DW The Brother TN420 yields fewer pages than the TN450. The TN420 yields up to 1,200 pages at a price of $44.99 (as currently listed on the OEM’s online store). The TN450, by comparison, yields up to 2,600 pages. at an OEM-listed price of $68.49. If you break down the numbers, the TN420 will cost you 4¢, while the TN450 will run you only 3¢. No matter what way you look at it, the TN450 is the better value. Another way of looking at the TN450’s advantage is through environmental savings. The fewer cartridges you use, the less oil being spent on manufacturing (it takes three quarts to make one cartridge) and the less CO2 being spewed into Earth’s atmosphere. The TN450 is the more efficient solution–plain and simple. LINKYO offers its own brand of TN450 toner cartridges for much less than competitors. Our TN450 retails for only $29.99! That’s less than half of what Brother charges for its brand of TN450!   Brother TN420 Brother TN450 LINKYO TN450 $44.99 $68.49 $19.99 1,200 pgs. 2,600 pgs. 2,600 pgs.   Rest assured that LINKYO’s toner cartridges don’t sacrifice quality for price–our products go through exhaustive testing in order to match or surpass OEM. Check out customer reviews from LINKYO’s website or from those on other pages. With LINKYO’s compatible TN450 toner cartridge, you get the greatest value–for a fraction of the price of OEM! Best of all–LINKYO’s cartridges come with a two-year money-back guarantee! For even better savings, use our coupon code LY13BG for an additional 10% off your purchase! +LINKYO...

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What is Hard to Find Quality Color Printer Toner?

You may find through trial and error that not all color toner printer cartridges use the same quality of ink particles. The truth is that the size of the toner particles has been an ongoing problem within the industry. Here’s a bit of the science behind this issue with color toner. The smaller the dust-like toner particles, the less likely they are to clog the print heads.  At 8 microns, the particles are less than half of the size in circumference of a single strand of your hair. A cartridge using 8 micron toner provides 600 DPI print resolution. The 600 DPI refers to the diameter of the laser beam capable of producing 600 dots per inch. The color printer toner particles consist of plastic resins, coloring pigments and other ingredients, which must, at a low heat, be melted into liquid. When delivered to the paper by the cartridge’s electrostatic drum unit,  the particles are then sort of squashed into a solid and fused to the paper as this liquid makes contact. The resins give toner the ability to go from fine powder to plastic solid. As you can imagine, the problems your color toner cartridges might have will really be magnified when they clog the print heads or leak. This is especially true with color more so than black as the tolerances are finer, meaning there’s more chance of breaking the seal and leaking. If you do have a toner particle spill, wipe up with a damp cloth. A household vacuum will not be best for this cleanup due to electrostatic electricity. The real key to getting the best color printing available is in the quality of the printer or copier that you are using. You need to know the internal color depth resolution capabilities of your printer or copier. Older models provide 18-bit color depth compared to the newer standard model printers or copiers that offer 24-bit on the internal color depth resolution chart. The higher the bit count on the color depth chart, the better the quality of your color copies. For instance, using the internal color depth resolution scale, 1-bit is the equivalent of black and white printing. The best inks available will mean nothing if the quality of the printer is not up to par. The more color cartridges that your printer uses, the better resolution and crispness of color. Most laser printers use either one or four toner cartridges. The printers that use just one toner cartridge are monochrome (black only). The printers that use four cartridges typically have black, cyan, magenta and yellow. That being said, the print quality is also realized by the quality of the toner cartridges that you are using. They are not all created equal, as you have undoubtedly experienced. And remember, you do not have to use OEM toner cartridges to get the best quality. There are a number of really good remanufactured or compatible toner cartridges that provide excellent color quality such as LINKYO brand. When you replace your used up toner cartridges, be sure to thoroughly shake the new replacement toner cartridge. A simple step such as this can keep the powdered toner from clumping inside the toner cartridge, giving you a much more even distribution of toner eliminating poor print quality. The problems that you are having with the color quality of your printing or copying may not be related to the toner cartridges at all, but more of a problem with how the printer or copier has been maintained, which may involve cleaning. Learn more about this by reading “How to Clean your Laser...

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Why are New Drums Important on Remanufactured Toner?

In the bad ol’ days of remanufactured toner cartridges, the so called “drill-and-fill” cartridges gave remanufactured toners a bad rap. Instead of replacing any of the parts, as many do today, the drill-and-fill guys would simply drill into the casing, squirt in the toner and send it off to market without regard for parts that may have become unusable and worn, such as toner drums. One of the most important components in use on a remanufactured toner cartridge is a new drum unit. The electrostatically charged drum unit transfers the toner particles to the paper where they are fused by heated rollers during printing. Due to the toner drums’ vital role in the complex orchestration of printing, most top remanufacturers always replace the toner drums in cartridges because doing so is essential in maintaining the same quality of an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) toner cartridge. Because a toner drum is one of the first parts to fail in a remanufactured toner cartridge  due to wear, you will want to make sure that the brands that you are buying replace the drums. When the drums go kaput, they can dump toner throughout your printer or copier. A failing drum unit will also dramatically reduce the quality of your print or copy job, and eventually the unit can become unusable. Companies that remanufacture toner cartridges without replacing the drums, are not looking out for the consumer’s best interest. You can bet those companies do not guarantee their products either, as replacement and cleanup for failed remanufactured toner cartridges can be costly. The top remanufacturers will typically replace all of the worn parts, including the drum units. They open the used OEM cartridge and inspect all of the inner components looking for wear and possible failure if used further. They clean all of the parts and only reuse what they can to maintain the quality of an OEM toner cartridge. Because the drum unit uses seals that could leak when old or worn, the drum units should always be replaced. This points out a big difference between a remanufactured and compatible toner cartridges. The compatible cartridge is essentially a copy of the OEM with all new parts. The manufacturer must make minute changes, such as with the casing shape, in order to keep from infringing on the OEM cartridge patent rights. This may cause the cartridge to fit differently, although many work just fine even so. Also compatible cartridges use very low cost parts to keep the pricing down. The advantage in reusing the OEM casing such as the remanufactured toner cartridges do, is that you can be assured that it will fit into your printer or copier just like a new one from the manufacturer out of the box. Before selecting a brand, read the reviews to see what others who have tried the cartridges think. Websites for magazines like PC World publish reviews, as does CNET. Online stores such as SuperMediaStore.com encourage customers to post unbiased reviews. Reviews are posted on the individual product pages. Or if you already have a supplier you trust, check brand specific reviews at its site. One top brand that has been proven to be reliable and cost effective is LINKYO, and  when you purchase remanufactured toner cartridges from LINKYO, you can rest assured the toner drums have been replaced with new ones. +Scott Roy Smith +LINKYO...

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Are ISO Certifications Important for Printer Toner?

What is ISO and why do companies such as LINKYO adhere to its standards for toner cartridges like the Brother TN450 compatible and value being recognized for doing so? And just as importantly, what do ISO certifications mean to the purchaser of toner cartridges? Each toner cartridge, like this Brother TN450 Compatible, is tested to LINKYO’s high standards, ensuring they meet ISO 14001 and 19001 certifications. ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization. ISO provides certification in areas such as Quality Management to businesses, including toner manufacturers, that meet its criteria. Its publication, “ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems – Requirements” is a hefty 30 pages plus supplemental material that is available in many countries. Additionally, ISO 14000 environmental standards with requirements throughout the supply chain are also honored worldwide. A company can also earn ISO certification for following the map that ISO 14000 sets forth for an effective environmental management system. Doing so can help the toner manufacturer to: Reduce waste, and therefore waste management costs. Increase savings in the consumption of energy and materials. Decrease distribution costs. Improve the company’s image in the eyes of regulators, customers and the general public. Not all ISO standards and certifications – food safety management, for example – apply to toner manufacturing. And not all ISO standards are certifiable; for example, ISO 26000:2010 – Social responsibility provides guidelines instead of requirements, and therefore ISO doesn’t certify for this. However, the guidelines can help a business because, after all no business is an island. Following ISO guidelines for social responsibility can help the business function better in its social and environmental setting and thus improve its bottom line. So getting back to the Quality Management ISO certification. The aforementioned document details requirements for toner manufactures that want to meet the standards of ISO, standards that are designed to help ensure these businesses meet the needs of their customers and shareholders. More than 1 million companies and organizations worldwide are independently certified, according to Wikipedia’s article on ISO. This makes ISO 9001, as a management tool, one of the most widely used in the world today. Businesses that have met the standard set forth by ISO 9001 have raised the bar and are looked on very favorably within the business community. Many companies concerned with quality refuse to do business with a manufacturer that is not ISO-certified. This is especially important for companies operating in countries such as China that are already under the consumer microscope. Recognizing a good opportunity for better PR, China has had more organizations certified by ISO 9001 than other country in the world. The last reported count for China was 257,076 in 2009. In contrast, theUnited Stateshad 28,935  businesses certified by ISO 9001 in 2009. ISO helps create the benchmark in any industry because it covers all or nearly all phases of the supply process from raw source materials through to the delivery of the final product. So how does this relate to toner manufacturing? We have determined that ISO certification is a useful way to assess the standardization of manufacturing procedures as a management system. However, it does not lend itself to being a quality award. It simply records the procedure in which a product is made not the quality of the product it represents. The fact that a company has achieved the ISO certification speaks to how well a business is running, given that the business must document its entire supply process. Not an easy task at all. It logically follows a toner manufacturer that earned ISO certification would not  use substandard materials in their products or take shortcuts in the manufacturing...

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