One of the biggest issues modern office managers face on a regular basis is the conundrum of office supplies expenditure. As economic experts continue to express uncertainty about the state of the financial world in the months and years ahead, pressure is on for IT decision makers to cut overheads.
When it comes to printing networks, the idea of reducing expenditure on consumables such as toner is extremely attractive, and can often lead offices to take their chances with third-party toner suppliers.
However, does using third-party toner cartridges actually save your business money? Or is it a false economy?
Although on the face of it third-party toner cartridges might seem to cost less, they can actually cause a range of quality issues for your prints. As genuine Samsung toner is optimized specifically for use with Samsung printers, it allows you to make the most of the unique Rendering Engine for Clean Page (ReCP) technology, providing you with crisp details and accurate color expression – minus blurry patterns.
ReCP-enabled prints make even the tiniest sections of printed text both clear and legible. However, you can only maximize the effect of this technology when you use it in conjunction with authentic Samsung toner.
Third-party toners, meanwhile, often have quality inconsistencies that can leave smudges on prints and cause unsightly toner flaking – all meaning you may have to reprint your materials over and over until they come out presentable.
Healthy, Smooth and Environmentally Sound
Printing raises a range of environmental issues, but users of genuine Samsung toner will be pleased to hear that this product is green, as certified by TÜV Rheinland. A globally recognized German inspection service that tests the safety of a range of products, TÜV Rheinland aims to protect people and the environment against toxicity and other hazards through its stringent product tests.
The organization’s Harmful Substances Emission Test is notably thorough. Samsung toner is the first toner to pass these tests and attain TÜV Rheinland certification, a trusted seal of approval.
Third-party toners, meanwhile, lack clear safety standards and also run the risk of putting users in harm’s way health-wise. TÜV Rheinland tests also proved that some third party toners contain carcinogen levels of up to 6.3 times above toner safety standard requirements.
What is more, using third-party toner can be risky from a purely financial standpoint. If the cartridge causes hardware damage, your warranty will not cover repairs to your printer.
And in addition to the health and safety risks involved, using third-party toner cartridges can cause excessive noise – less than ideal when working in offices where staff are trying their hardest to concentrate on the day’s work.
Risk of Failure
Statistics released by researchers Buyers Laboratory Inc reveal that a staggering 47 percent of third-party toners fail, and require reprints as a result of toner leakage. Genuine Samsung toner cartridges, meanwhile, had no such issues in the same test conditions.
In addition, third-party toners are often devoid of key lubrication materials, so can cause paper jams. These, in turn can bring about paper burning, fuser errors and printer engine damage, as well as causing potential memory chip issues. Tests have proved that third-party toner usage increases printer failure rates by a massive 42 percent.
Genuine toner also produces a much bigger print yield than third-party cartridges according to Buyers Laboratory tests, which also show that genuine Samsung toner is 28 percent more cost-efficient, provides better print yields with improved print quality and also protects your device.
Totting up the Buyers Laboratory research in the genuine versus third-party debate makes for some very interesting reading indeed. The company found that if you assume that a Samsung genuine toner cartridge costs US$100, the hidden costs of a third-party cartridge, which include repair costs, reprint overheads and lower yield rates, would actually work out at US$125.
Although it may be tempting for some office managers to cut corners and go with a cheaper third-party toner solution, scientists’ research appears to be conclusive – not all short cuts save you money in the long-run. When it comes to toner, there is nothing quite like the real thing.
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