These simple hacks not only increase the lifespan and yield of the toner cartridge, they will extended just about every major component in a printer.
It is estimated that office printers can represent as much as 7 percent of your total office budget. To make the most of each toner cartridge, Metrofuser has put together a few tips for increasing toner lifespan and decreasing overall costs.
For All HP Printers and MFP Multi Function Deceives
Image Size and Use
Eliminate or reduce the size of graphics and complex hi res artwork.
Some printer manufactures do not want users to know this but you can set the printer to light mode or econo mode. This will drastically reduce the amount of toner that is being used.
Reduce or change DPI (dots per inch) from the default to 600 or even 300.
Shake The Toner Cartridge Side to Side
HP printer cartridges utilize toner in powdered form. Over time, toner can clump up and become unevenly distributed, leading to wasted toner. To extend the life of your HP toner cartridge, remove the cartridge from the printer, and shake to redistribute the toner then reinstall.
Turn on Toner Saving Mode
To do this go to your HP your print settings, Depending on the laser printer model you can, change print mode to
These modes use less toner by reducing the density. If content matters more than print quality; these modes are acceptable for working with intra-office documents.
Keep a backup toner cartridge but ignore the low toner cartridge warning. Run the cartridge dry before replacing.
Design using a look and feel that is toner cartridge friendly.
Eliminate solid color and gray color text boxes.
If you have to use them try highlighting the borders instead.
Use a light gray to fill boxes.
3 Font Resizing Tips
Reduce the font size to 10-12.
Change the typeface from “Bold” to normal.
You can get more documents printed from less toner by switching your font. Stick with fonts that are well-known for how little ink they require, including Times New Roman, Arial, and Helvetica.
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Purchase only high yield toner cartridges (X)
A high yield cartridge contains more toner and can print out more pages than a standard cartridge. They utilize a over-sized toner hopper and have double the amount of print yield . Page yield is a common printer term that refers to how many pages that cartridge can produce at 5% page coverage.
Store unused HP toner cartridges properly to extend their life.
Keep the cartridges sealed in the original packaging until you need to use them. Stock toner cartridges in an upright position in a cool dry indoor place.
FIFO First in First Out
Use the older toner cartridges first.