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Windows 7: Brother Printer and Non-Brother Branded Ink Cartridges ?

22 Aug 2015   #1
Robert11

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Brother Printer and Non-Brother Branded Ink Cartridges ?

Hi,

Hope this is the correct Forum for Printer questions.
Is it ?

Have a 5 yr old Brother printer (HL-2140) which uses a TN-360 ink Cartridge.

A Brother branded "high yield" TN-360 goes for about $ 50. Wow.

I see that Amazon carries several other non Brother, but supposedly compatible
TN-360 cartridges by mfg. names I've never heard of.

Much, much cheaper.
Am willing to try one, but am very uncertain which of the brands to go with.

Anyone have any experience with non Brother labeled "compatible" cartridges ?
Any good ?
Which Brand should I try, perhaps ?

Note: It's almost worth buying a brand new Brother printer instead !

Thought on ?

Thanks,
Bob


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22 Aug 2015   #2
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Hi, again:

You will likely find that the answer to this question falls into 2 major camps:
  • Only use OEM, branded ink from the printer manufacturer (or a trusted, high-volume, reputable seller), OR
  • It's perfectly fine to use knockoff, refurb, non-branded
I don't know anything about Brother, as I have been using HP printers/all-in-ones since the days of the printing press.

No matter which brand, in the printer industry, the ink/toner is how the manufacturer makes its money, not on the hardware.

There are many factors in the risk:benefit calculation, such as budget, volume of printing needs, need for optimal performance, etc.

My own personal experience for relatively heavy home/home office use is that it is not worth skimping on the cost of discounted ink/toner.
  • There can be serious quality issues with the cheap stuff (even branded, refurbished ones).
  • And there can be quality issues even when buying "new" OEM ink/toner from 3rd-party sites or even brick and mortar big box stores (the items may be legit, but they are stale).
  • If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
HP has a terrific ink/toner program -- 2 or 3 mouse clicks and I have the products on my doorstep 1 or 2 business days later, with free shipping. The price is highly competitive, and the ink/toner is always fresh and high-quality. This works very well for me.



Your mileage may vary, of course....


Cheers, MM


P.S. Did you resolve the other issue reported HERE??? If so, it helps us (and other forum visitors/users) if you would please mark the thread as "Mark as Solved" using the green button. Thanks!


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23 Aug 2015   #3
Robert11

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
From OP: Gfreen Button ?

Hi,

Thanks for all the help; all set now (I think)

Regarding: " P.S. Did you resolve the other issue reported HERE??? If so, it helps us (and other forum visitors/users) if you would please mark the thread as "Mark as Solved" using the green button. Thanks!"

Again, will blame it on old age now. I find I miss a lot of these nuances now.

But, I don't see any green button, or where to mark as solved.

Certainly want to do my part in keeping the Forum effective.
Have had so much really good advice over the years, which is most appreciated.

But, where is the Green Button, etc. ?

Regards,
Bob
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23 Aug 2015   #4
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert11 View Post
Hi,
But, I don't see any green button, or where to mark as solved.
But, where is the Green Button, etc. ?
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page/message composition area when you are viewing a thread that you have started, there are 2 green buttons.

When you have resolved the issue about which you have posted, it greatly helps everyone using and viewing the forum if you could please click on EITHER of those buttons with your computer mouse.

That will mark the thread as "Solved" with a large, green checkmark.
It's a good idea to do that for all of the resolved threads/topics that one starts here in the forum.
Only the person who starts the topic/thread has the option to mark a thread as "Solved".

(Some internet fora do not use this feature, but it's good to use it, when it is available.)

Thanks,

MM


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24 Aug 2015   #5
xips

 
 

I've been using brother laser printers over 5 years now. I use Rosewill toner cartridge replacements. Be advised when using certain knockoff replacements you may have to google printer reset codes for your printer to clear the replace toner cartridge messages.

I have no issues using non-proprietary consumables, especially when a Brother drum cost more than printer originally cost. Remember you get what you pay for. I gauge knockoffs by the reviews.
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