There are three main types of toner cartridges:
- Genuine OEM toner cartridges
- Compatible toner cartridges (generic)
- Remanufactured/refilled toner cartridges
Each type of toner cartridge carries different strengths and weaknesses.
Before we dive into the specific strengths and weaknesses of each type of toner cartridge, the following is a brief description of genuine OEM, compatible, and remanufactured toner cartridges:
Genuine OEM Toner
Genuine OEM cartridges are manufactured by the original brand manufacturer of the printer they are being used for.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.
For example, genuine Brother toners are manufactured by Brother and genuine Canon toners are manufactured by Canon.
Genuine toners are designed specifically for the printer model they are used for and the paper type used by that printer model and are original and brand new.
Compatible Toner Cartridges
Compatible toner cartridges are toners manufactured by a third-party manufacturer.
Compatible toners are also referred to as generic toners. Compatible toners have no affiliation with the original manufacturer of the printer.