Ink Cartridges for Brother Printers

Different printers take different sizes and shapes of ink cartridges, and cartridges for one manufacturer’s designs are typically not compatible with another company’s printers. These ink cartridges allow you to refill a Brother printer.

Original Cartridges

Ink cartridges do not last forever, and so replacement cartridges are a necessity for inkjet printer users. Brother produces black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges and sells them both individually and in combination packs. According to their own specifications, a black cartridge contains enough ink to print 500 pages while the colour cartridges can manage 400. Purchasing Brother’s own ink cartridges ensures that they will be compatible with your printer and manufactured under the company’s own quality standards. Using Brother ink cartridges in Brother printers is also the only way to ensure that your printer is covered under warranty if it breaks down. Original Brother printer ink cartridges can be identified by their unique security labels. These include three factors that can be used for authentication: a unique data matrix code, an identification number and a security hologram.

Compatible Ink Cartridges

Brother is not the only company that sells ink for Brother printers. Compatible ink cartridges for Brother printers can come from a variety of sources. Compatible ink cartridges are those that are built by third-party manufacturers to fit Brother printers. Printer companies like Brother often sell the printer at a low price in order to drive sales of comparatively expensive ink cartridges, and so third-party manufacturers can be significantly cheaper. Remanufactured ink cartridges split the difference between compatible and OEM cartridges. These cartridges are made by taking an empty OEM ink cartridge, refurbishing it and filling it with fresh ink. In this case, the body of the cartridge is identical to the original, but the quality of the ink can differ.

Laser Cartridges

As well as inkjet printers, Brother manufactures a range of monochrome laser and colour laser and LED printers and multi-function centres. Unlike inkjet printers, these printers do not require ink to print. Instead, they apply plastic toner powder to the paper that is then melted on using either a laser or an array of LED lights. Just like ink, toner is used up over time, and so toner cartridges will eventually need to be replaced. While it lasts longer than printer ink, toner also has a limited shelf life. Brother sells a range of colour and monochrome toners to fit their laser and LED printers.