Is it worth buying XL ink cartridges?
- They hold more ink meaning you will have to replace them less often
- The cost per fluid ounce is actually lower than standard ink cartridges, so your cost per printed page is lower
- The environmental impact is slightly better
Here is a quick example to illustrate the cost savings of using XL toner cartridges.
The HP 87X (which is a high yield or XL version of the HP 87A) has a page yield of 18,000 pages, while the HP 87A has a page yield of just 9,800 pages. Based on Castle Ink's current pricing, which is $74.95 for the HP 87A and $85.95 for the HP 87X, the per page cost of the standard yield toner cartridge is almost double that of the XL version!
It works out to be $.0047 per page for the XL (so about half of one cent per page) and $.0085 per page for the standard (so almost 1 center per page). That's a pretty big cost difference and a great reason to always purchase the XL version of a toner or ink cartridge if your printer is compatible.