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Should you choose branded cartridges or reconditioned cartridges?Bruneau

When it comes to printer cartridges, a difference is firstly made between inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges. The difference between the two systems is greater than is generally assumed. In the first type the ink is sprayed, while with toner cartridges powder is applied electro-magnetically.

In offices, the difference between branded cartridges and recycled cartridges is usually much more important. Heated discussions are often held about the choice between completely new cartridges and “compatible” cartridges. The latter are reconditioned cartridges, i.e. cartridges that are refilled, repaired and checked. Are these cartridges really reliable?

The answer to this question is two-fold. For high quality printing, the preference is mostly to use new cartridges. If you use brands that are not so well known, you may find yourself with quality problems. These cartridges are often (but not always) less reliable and small differences in colour can arise between different cartridges.

Reconditioning involves more than just filling up a cartridge. The cartridge in question is completely dismantled, cleaned and tested for quality. Of course, any damaged parts of the cartridge are replaced. For environmentally-aware companies, ecological arguments may be a reason for choosing reconditioned cartridges. Less harmful chemical products are used in “patching up” old cartridges than in producing new ones.

Reconditioning involves more than just filling up a cartridge. The cartridge in question is completely dismantled, cleaned and tested for quality. Of course, any damaged parts of the cartridge are replaced. For environmentally-aware companies, ecological arguments may be a reason for choosing reconditioned cartridges. Less harmful chemical products are used in “patching up” old cartridges than in producing new ones.