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Read the Results of this Real World Test Before Buying
on 30 July 2014
I bought these cartridges for my newly purchased Brother machine to replace the starter cartridge it came with. The cartridges are rated by the seller as delivering 2600 printed pages at 5% yield, which you might interpret to mean that a page of typical text that might have 5% ink coverage would deliver 2600 sheets. However, you'd be completely wrong!
In a 'real world' print run, I actually got less than 1000 pages out of each - considerably less than the '2600' pages claimed. To make things worse, unlike the original Brother cartridge, these have no mechanism for stopping your print run when the toner runs low, and as this printer outputs the printed paper image upside down, you won't see it happening when it does. Due to a high capacity tray and rapid print speed, the Brother printer can easily print 180 sheets in just a few minutes - lots of potential wasted paper without any warning!
When I queried these really poor results with the seller, Ciber Direct, I got the following response:
"The quoted yield is on the listing, the problem is that the 5% coverage is very arbitrary as it depends on so many variables, it's not really possible to give an accurate yield so I think that "they" just picked a figure out of the air. As I'm sure you appreciate we have to quote the same figure as everyone else does because apart from anything else, if we said that "it's 2,600 but it's actually based on these 10 factors and you might get less" when everyone else says it's 2,600 dead on we may not sell very many of them."
An interesting admission from the seller that the yield figure is inflated for sales purposes, but perhaps they should also consider that the Brother starter cartridge supplied with the machine is also rated at '5% yield' and actually delivered 685 of the 700 pages it was rated for. It then shut down to protect the print quality of my job. No complaints there.
If, like me you think you're looking to buy these in the expectation that you are going to get 5,200 printed pages (or somewhere near it) for £26 - thats 0.5p per page - you may find that in real world usage, you'll get much less than half that output. I found that the true cost was not 0.5p per printed page, but actually 1.3p per printed page. To put it another way, I would have to have spent £67 on Ciber Direct toner to get the page volume they are claiming for this £26 pack. In that light - these are very poor value for money.
I hope this review helps you make a better informed decision about the quality of the product on offer, accuracy of the listing and the honesty of the seller.