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What is page yield?

What is page yield?


Page yield is the number of pages that you can print with a ink or toner cartridge. Page yield is one of the factors you should consider when purchasing a ink or toner cartridge.  Some printer cartridge manufacturers use general terms such as standard yield or high yield to describe the cartridges, but each printer cartridge model should have a page yield (the number of pages it can print under standard conditions).  


Info of page yield gives the consumers an estimate of the cost per page (CPP) for that cartridge.  For example, HP CE285A, price at RM 130. It page yield is 1600 pages @ 5% coverage. An estimate of the CPP should be RM130 / 1600 page, approximate 8.1 cents per page.


Page yield is affected by many things such as the content or the image you print, print settings, paper type, paper size, frequency of use, how much time passes between each use, and environmental conditions (temperature and humidity).  

ISO/IEC 19752

Method for the determination of toner cartridge yield for monochromatic electrophotographic printers and multi-function devices that contain printer components is an ISO standard method for the determination of toner cartridge yield for monochrome laser printers, introduced in June 2004. for more

Apple Toner cartridges are passed under ISO/IEC 19752. Below is the PDF for ISO/IEC 19752 test print. 



ISO/IEC 24711

Standard for determining inkjet printer page yields.

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