Different Types of Printer Cartridges You Can Purchase for Your Printer

If you are looking for reliable printer cartridges, you will probably need to learn a bit more about the different types of cartridges available on the market. Finding them is not difficult, but you need to know which you would prefer, and what the pros and cons of these are in order to make a more informed decision. There is a lot of printing jargon that you may not understand, and here, we provide more information on the different types you can choose from.


OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) Products

These are the most commonly purchased options, because people figure it just makes sense to get an HP cartridge if you have an HP printer. While this is true, there are other options that may work as well. OEM cartridges are created specifically for certain printers by the manufacturer, which means that the fit of the cartridge will be perfect, and the quality of the printing is likely to be very good.

Often, manufacturers insist on only OEM cartridges to be used in their printers, and warranties will fall away once another type of cartridge is used. OEM options are, however, quite expensive, and there are cheaper options that you can choose from, but if you need superb print quality, OEM is the only way to go. They also tend to last longer than other types.

Compatible Generic or Third-Party Printer Cartridges

These are third-party manufacturers that are not affiliated with any particular brand, and manufacture cartridges that are generic. These are usually suitable for a whole range of printers regardless of the brand, and are significantly cheaper than OEM variations. If you do not need superb print quality and you are on a budget, generic options may be the answer. However, because they are not designed to work with any particular printer, they may not fit snugly and vibrate during operation, which may damage other components. Low-quality generic options may also not connect properly inside the printer and leave blotches or stripes across the page.

Remanufactured Variations

Used cartridges are picked up by companies, overhauled, cleaned, and refilled. They are often fitted with new parts, and ink pigments are introduced to fill up the cartridge cavity. This is an even cheaper option than a generic cartridge, because the cartridge does not have to be built up from scratch. Remember, however, that the ink pigments used in these are often inferior, and prints do not come out as clearly as when using OEM cartridges. They may also run out of ink fairly quickly, and prints may fade over time. If you are not too fussy about the quality or longevity of your prints, these could be a good option. They are also more environmentally friendly because they are essentially re-used.


Some cartridge suppliers will take in used ones and simply refill them with ink. These are also environmentally friendly because they are recycled and a lot cheaper than other options. The printing quality is not great, however. The ink pigments may also be lower quality pigments. The risk of it leaking into your printer is also much greater.

If you have more questions about the different printing consumables on the market and which would be better for you, please contact our team at Cartridge Hyper, and we will provide you with all the information and products you need!

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