High / low / standard capacity ink cartridges

  totty102 12:59 12 Dec 2004

Bought a new printer (lexmark) and am faced with these new terms. Can someone explain what it means please? Is there a difference in price and quality?

  Dorsai 13:21 12 Dec 2004

the difference is in the amount of ink in the cartridge. The more ink, the higher the price.

Low= a small amount of ink.

Standard= a normal amount of ink.

High= Lots of ink.

In theory, if you get a low cart with 1 unit of ink, a standard with 2 units, and a high with 3 units, the prices should not be £1, £2, £3, but more like £1, £1.75, £2.25. So you would be better off buying the larger carts. 3x as much ink, 2.25x the price.

But you have to know how much ink is in the cart, before you could actually work it out.

Not all carts actually say how much ink in cc's, (they just say, high, low or standard) so you could end up paying £10 for a low capacity, versus £20 for a high capacity, and the high capacity holds 1.5x as much ink, but costs 2x the price. Not a good deal.

  spuds 13:59 12 Dec 2004

The other thing to look for is the cartridge number, sometimes you may see something like 'e' as part of the reference number, this usually implies that it is economy [low] capacity.

I use a number of printers, including the thirsty Lexmark range. Using compatibles is a great cost saver, and I would recommend this saving route. One company that I have just started to use with good results click here who supply both compatibles and originals at good to fair prices, delivery usually 1-2 days if item in stock.

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