When purchasing cartridges through websites such as iCartridge.com.au, you may notice that next to each cartridge a page yield is specified. What is a page yield? It’s an estimate that is given by the manufacturer to indicate how many printed pages you are expected to get from the cartridge before it runs out of ink or toner.
The most important thing to remember is that it is only an estimate. While a cartridge may specify that it has a yield of 1,000 pages, this is by no means a guarantee that you will be able to print exactly 1,000 pages with that cartridge. While some manufacturers calculate their page yields based on 5% page coverage, some other manufacturers may calculate theirs differently and is worth researching if you’re unsure because it will give you a better indication of how long your cartridge will last with the type of printing that you are customarily known to do.
The 5% page coverage is essentially the equivalent of a full A4 page of simple text being printed. Keep in mind that if you are adding borders, images, backgrounds etc, those will use copious amounts of ink in comparison to printing regular text. If you constantly print images, to the point where 15% of the A4 paper contains printed material, your 1,000 page yield cartridges could possibly run dry after 300-400 pages. This is extremely important to keep in mind when printing photos as they use so much more ink than printing regular documents.