MFP Tips: What to Know About Page Yield


There's a lot to learn about your MFP, but one of the most important things to know is your current page yield. This can be a complicated subject, but it makes a big difference to your efficiency and budget, so sit back, relax, and get ready for a crash-course in page yields.

The Basics

"Page yield" refers to the number of pages you can print before your ink or toner cartridge runs out. It's a helpful unit of measurement because it can help you gain insight into your print habits, your budget needs, and the efficiency of your multifunction printer--but there's more to know before you can put your MFP to work for you.

  • Standard page yield is based on 5% coverage.

This throws a wrench in what might otherwise be a simple calculation. In most cases, when manufacturers refer to page yield, they're assuming that each printed page is only 5% covered--which translates to about one paragraph at the top of a page. This means that your cartridges will probably go faster than what the manufacturer says unless you print one-paragraph pages most of the time.

  • Page yield depends on multiple factors.

If you use high-quality or specialty print options, your page yield will be lower. The same is true if you print a lot of color or in high volumes--which means that page yield is most accurately determined by your own print habits.

  • Buy MFPs based on page yield.

Although it's easy to choose the cheapest machine, it's usually better to take page yield into account. Remember, a higher page yield means that you'll need to spend less money on cartridges--but that all depends on your print habits, so it's crucial to do your homework. There's always more to learn about your MFP, and we're here to help. Contact us today!