Buy new, compatible, or replacement toner cartridge?

abreezeAugust 3, 2012

This is my first toner purchase for a laser printer (Brother HL-2280dw). Since it has given me the "toner is low" warning, I'm pondering what type of cartridge (TN450) to buy. Which do you buy for your laser printers? Do you prefer buying the new, original brand or have you had success with either a compatible or a replacement cartridge? I would greatly appreciate your recommendations. Thank you.

abreeze

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zep516

Hi abreeze,

I also have a brother and getting the "low warning." I don't stray from original brand and would recommend sticking with it.

I found yours on Amazon for a good price too! That's where I'll be getting mine soon.

Joe

Here is a link that might be useful: TN450

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 11:46PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I have never had that happen yet since I don't print much but I would probably stick with the original brand listed in my manual.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:01AM
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mikie_gw

I read to take out the toner cartridge and shake it up when the low toner warning starts... Then its good to go a while longer.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 9:37AM
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llaatt22

Usually a good idea to stick with the replacement item specified by the manufacturer of the printer. At least until the warranty is finished.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 9:42AM
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DA_Mccoy

If your toner cartridge is anything like our networked copying machine (copy/printer) before you shake the cartridge put it in a plastic bag and close it.

DA

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 10:45AM
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SnidelyWhiplash

"Usually a good idea to stick with the replacement item specified by the manufacturer of the printer. At least until the warranty is finished."

Have you read on a warranty card that use of a third party cartridge voids the warranty?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:37PM
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bob414

I used a HP Laserjet 6 for many years - until I decided I needed a networked printer so I could print from my laptop without leaving my desktop on all the time. Compatible toner cartridges were much cheaper than the HP cartridges and I used them with no problems. I have the same Brother printer you have now and don't see enough difference in what Amazon sells the Brother cartridges for and compatible ones to make me consider using the compatibles in it. I find that I have quite a while before I run out of toner after the warning first shows up.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:37PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

by the way hidden in the book for my brother I found this info
if the color toner reaches end of life choosing mono will allow you to keep printing as long as black toner is available.
this is on teh print preferences pop up

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 4:46PM
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abreeze

Thanks to all who shared. It was very helpful...

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 9:23PM
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abreeze

I followed Joe's link and bought the TN450 from Amazon. Some of the reviewers expressed disappointment in the product, but I took a chance and ordered it. It arrived in a brand new Brother TN450 box and appears authentic. I installed it this morning, and it's working fine.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:37PM
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emma

My HP printer's ink cartridge lasts a long time after the warning. I stick with HP's cartridges. When I was at Office Max I asked a customer if he had tried their replacement for HP. He said he had bought two of theirs and had to bring both back for a refund. It would only save me $10 off of $50. Wasn't worth it to me. One printer I bought had a lot of color cartridges instead of just one. When one was empty the printer wouldn't work at all. I got rid of it because I could not find a way to print in black. The next printed wouldn't print in black either or so I thought. Finally a clerk told me they should all print in black, just keep looking for the option. It was well hidden but I found it. Black ink only was under gray scale or something like that.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 12:37AM
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DA_Mccoy

I tried aftermarkets for my HPs without success.

Personally I believe the greatest tool for extending cartridge life is user discipline. If a user establishes firm usage protocols focused on what's necessary and what's not, and sticks with them cartridges go much farther. Off the top of my head, i.e.,

Is the print necessary?
Does it have to be in color?
Can it be in greyscale?
Does it have to be the whole page? (use of utilities such as SnipIt and SureShot)
Does a photo's settings have to be "best"?

DA

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 10:14AM
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owbist

DA this is a 20 month old thread. Obviously someone had spammed here and it got removed.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 10:18AM
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SnidelyWhiplash

Indeed, an antique thread resurrected. A number of misdirected answers, the OP was talking about a Brother monochromatic (ie black/gray) laser printer.

Most laser toner cartridges are good for thousands of copies. Third party compatible toner cartridges bought from a reliable source (Staples, Office Max, etc) are excellent and cheap.

A home/non business user who prints things frivolously is unlikely to have to spend much money on replacement toner cartridges. I've suggested before, I think it's much cheaper and easier to make the occasionally required color copies/prints/photos at Fed Ex or drug stores than to struggle with color ink jets at home. Or, for someone who frequently makes a small number of color pages, have a laser for daily use and restrict the color printer to color pages. All this equipment is cheap, it's the ink jet cartridges that are ridiculously expensive.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 12:03PM
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DA_Mccoy

Duh! Thanks!

I saw Emma's post and the 27 in the date. I thought it was yesterday. Way too many hours at work, and not enough sleep. I was out to the wee hours of the morning this time.

DA

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 1:02PM
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