When printer manufacturers say ‘X cartridge has a page yield of X pages’, how is it worked out? Nearly every cartridge manufacturer (including Canon, HP, Epson and Lexmark) uses an arbitary figure of 5% coverage per page. So how much is that? It’s around one page of normal text with a 2cm margin. That’s why you usually get less pages from a cartridge.

If you add bold text, headings, graphics or photos to a page, your page yield is going to decrease. If you are printing full colour photos on an A4 page you are definitely not going to get anywhere near the stated page yield from your cartridges!

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