Any maintenance free gadget would definitely be a great buy. Just place it in one corner, forget about it and then the device just reactivates when needed. Such is the story behind the Canon ImageClass MF4690 multifunction monochrome laser printer. Along with its replacement Canon 104 toner cartridge that operates on single cartridge technology, the printer and cartridge tandem is classified as virtually maintenance-free. But then again, this set up comes at a cost that most users aren’t even aware of.
Single Cartridge System
The Canon 104 toner cartridge is designed as a single compact accessory since it combines the toner cartridge and Organic Photoreceptor or OPC Drum into one peripheral. This not only makes the unit easy to replace while saving the user warehousing space; but also guarantees the delivery of stunning image quality, retention and almost maintenance-free operation with toner in close proximity to the OPC drum. Besides with the single cartridge system, print turnout for the Canon ImageClass MF4690 multifunction is really fast at 21 pages per minute (ppm) and at resolutions of up to 1,200 dpi x 600 dots per inch (dpi) resolution, which is necessary for a printer with networking capability.
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Drum Outlasts Toner Supply
However, the OEM Canon 104 toner cartridge is not really friendly to the wallet. For one, the $95 price tag and limited 2,000 page coverage do not translate to a decent cost per page ratio. Plus the drum and toner have different print coverage ratings €“ Only 2,000 pages for toner while the drum is good for over 10,000 pages. Toner supply will therefore dry out first while the drum stays operational much longer so that it becomes wholly impractical to discard the drum and toner cartridge entirely.
Solution: Refill the Cartridge
Many Canon ImageClass MF4690 multifunction printer users have now adopted the practice of refilling cartridges with a fresh load of toner to extend the cartridge€™s serviceable life and maximize the drum€™s expansive print coverage as well. Toner cartridge components can survive 3 toner refills to increase its effective capacity to 8,000 pages (based on 5% coverage). Now that is reasonably closer to the drum€™s print capacity. Apart from that, toner refill kits for Canon 104 toner cartridges are really affordable since it will only cost the user $10 per refill; to generate substantial savings in toner expenses of around 90%.
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Next time the maintenance free Canon ImageClass MF 4690 multifunction laser printer runs out of toner, consider the toner refill kit before thinking of a replacement toner cartridge.”