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Inkjet Printer Cartridges

Before you shop around for Inkjet cartridges, it is vital to know exactly what your options are, and what other cartridges are available on the market, as well as whether or not they are compatible with your printer.

Cartridges are designed to fit a specific type and model of printer (or at least a range of printers). These cartridges are typically available in combined colours or single colours. An Inkjet cartridge is a type of cartridge used only in inkjet printers, while toner cartridges are used in laser printers. Let’s take a look today at the options of Inkjet cartridges available for purchase:

Starter and high capacity inkjet printer cartridges

A starter cartridge is a small unit that is usually supplied with a new printer and simply intended to get you up and running with your printer. On the other hand, a high capacity ink cartridge contains more ink than your standard inkjet printer cartridge. Many people opt for this as with the high capacity cartridge, the per-page cost is cheaper than purchasing a standard sized cartridge. Keep in mind that not all printers can fit a high capacity cartridge though.

Single and combined colour inkjet printer cartridges

You can opt to buy a cartridge that offers just one colour or a combined unit that offers a full spectrum of colours. High-end printers can typically print up to 8 different colours. If you are running a home printer or small office printer, your unit will probably use a cartridge that will print the colours across the spectrum by combining yellow, magenta, cyan and black.

Pigment based and dye based printer inks

Pigment based inks are typically used for paper print. You will notice that the ink seems to stay on the surface of the paper. The type of pigment used by the manufacturer will affect the hue, saturation and vibrancy of the end result.

Dye based inks are different in that the ink actually soaks into the paper. This type of ink isn’t as effective as pigment-based ink, but is stronger. You may notice some bleeding when using this ink and if you expose your printed document to the sun / light, you can expect it to fade.

Now that you know a little more about the types of cartridges that are available for your inkjet printer, you can shop wisely! If you are looking for advice on what cartridge to purchase for your particular model of printer, or access to the best online printer cartridge options, get in touch with us today!

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