Shopping for something as specific as printer ink can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. In this article, we’ll help clear up some confusion around navigating the world of Canon cartridges.
Canon sells two distinct types of ink cartridges. Some Canon printers utilise a black and tri-colour cartridge, while others use separate ink cartridges.
Black and tri-colour cartridges
Black and tri-colour cartridges are integrated printer cartridges with a built-in printhead. The black cartridge uses only black ink, while the tri-colour has three chambers filled with cyan, magenta, and yellow ink. If you print frequently, the replacements for your cartridges may cost more than the printer itself. This is because when any colours in a cartridge start to get low, you replace the entire cartridge instead of just that colour.
Individual ink cartridges
Most individual ink cartridges use four cartridges: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. While some Canon photo printers that generate more vibrant colours might require additional colours (such as another black cartridge for photo printing), the average machine sticks to the standard set of four. Individual ink cartridges in printers are a wiser choice because they allow you to replace the cartridge as needed. That means if you run out of any colour, simply change that colour and continue printing.
Canon offers most of their cartridges in a standard yield and high yield or XL. Some printers also use extra-high yield or XXL cartridges, which are the exact same size as and are installed the same way as regular cartridges. The only difference is the amount of ink they contain.
Now that you know the basics of Canon cartridges, it’s time to start shopping for your new printer. Visit a local store today and find the perfect printer and cartridges for your needs. Happy printing!