Description of Problem 100000000392
My machine is using up too much ink. Why?
Description of Solution 200000000445
strongly recommends that customers do not use generic ink or refill their
Brother ink cartridges. Using non-Brother supplies may affect the hardware
performance, print quality and machine reliability since the ink formulation in
genuine Brother ink cartridges prevent smearing and clogging of the print
head. The Brother limited warranty does not apply to any problem that was
caused by the use of unauthorized third party ink and/or cartridges.
Service Life of the ink cartridges are the following:
Black Cartridge - Approximately 500 pages at 5% coverage
Cartridges - Approximately 400 pages at 5% coverage
above figures are based upon or depend upon the following:
printing at a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi in normal mode after installing a
new ink cartridge
number of pages printed
automatic, print head assembly cleaning (Your machine will clean the print
head assembly periodically. This process will use a small amount of
remaining in the cartridge identified as 'empty' (It is necessary to leave a
small amount of ink in the ink cartridge to prevent air from drying out and
damaging the print head assembly)
amount of ink your machine uses can vary depending on different factors.
The first factor is what you print. Brother ink cartridges are rated at 5% page
coverage, which is the standard by which most companies measure their ink
cartridge life. Of course, if you print at more than 5% page coverage,
then the life of the ink cartridge will be reduced. For example: A person who
prints photographs and complex graphics will use ink much faster than a person
who normally prints documents with text only.
factor is the number of times the machine needs to clean the print head
nozzles. Every time the machine does a cleaning, a small amount of ink is
used. Whether you are using the colors a great deal or very little, the
unit must clean all the nozzles on the print head regularly to achieve optimum
print quality. This is why even low usage of the color cartridges causes a loss
of ink. Lack of use leads to ink drying in the jets and ultimately, poor
print quality. In order to keep the print quality at its best, the machine
will continue to clean the nozzles as needed. This process is common to
all inkjet machines.
another factor pertains to color units connected to a computer as a PC printer.
Since these machines offer full color print, the default setting of the print
driver is color. As a result, the colors are mixed in the appropriate amounts to
produce the selected color. Even a document containing nothing but black text
will combine all 3 colors to produce black. Changing your printing preferences
from Color to Mono or Gray Scale when printing documents with only black text or
images will allow the machine to use only the black cartridge when printing the
color black, and will help avoid unnecessary color ink consumption.
positive aspect of the Brother ink jet machines is that Brother took into
account that ink does get used and has designed machines with an ink jet
technology that will save consumers money. Many other manufacturers
incorporate the print head and ink cartridges into a one-piece assembly. Even if
only one color is empty, the customer is required replace not only the print
head itself, but ALL colors contained in the cartridge as well. This usually
leads to a more expensive ink cartridge. Brother, however, manufactures
the print head and cartridges as separate consumables. With Brother's
Print head and Ink Cartridge technology, you replace only the empty ink
cartridge, thus reducing your cost per page.