How much does printing a page actually cost?

When purchasing printer inks and cartridges, the first thing to consider is how much each page will cost. The terms page yield, duty cycle, and page coverage may appear in product descriptions, but what do they mean and why do they matter?

Ink Toners

The maximum number of pages you can print with one ink cartridge or toner is called page yield (also known as duty cycle). Because not all pages will print with the same quantity of ink, calculating the precise page yield on an ink cartridge can be difficult.

To address this problem, the Office of Fair Trading mandated that the product description of ink cartridges include a measurement of ‘page coverage,’ which provides buyers with a general idea of how many pages they can print. Page yields for ink and toner cartridges may also be calculated using the Industry Standard (ISO) test with 5% coverage on each page. People sometimes get confused when it says 5%. When it says 5% its talking about 5% of the page.