Cartridges are typically sold in three different capacities: standard yield, high yield and extra high yield. The yield corresponds to the number of prints you are expected to get from a given cartridge. A standard yield cartridge is the most common cartridge size on the market. It yields a smaller number of prints than the high yield or extra high yield, and is sold at a cheaper price. For customers that don’t print very often, spending a bit less for a standard yield cartridge makes sense. If you know you aren’t going to use very much ink, why pay more a higher capacity cartridge? A high yield cartridge holds more ink than the standard cartridge and as a result, offers considerably more prints. High yield cartridges are more expensive but are often worth the extra money for print heavy consumers. The extra high yield option isn’t all that common, but as the name implies, it holds even more ink than the high yield. In a nutshell, there is a print capacity that fits everyone’s needs. If you print regularly, paying a little bit more for a high yield cartridge is worth it in long run because you will usually get a lot more prints than your average standard yield cartridge.
Because there is no standard naming convention for high yield cartridges, there are some variations on how printer manufacturers name their cartridges.
How HP names their cartridges:
For HP, let’s take a look at the HP 902 ink cartridge. The 902 comes in three sizes: standard, high yield, and extra high yield. Printers that use the HP 902 cartridge can use any of these cartridge sizes. HP ink cartridges usually only come in standard and high yield sizes with the high yield version having “XL” at the end of the cartridge number
- Standard Yield: HP 902, prints 300 pages
- High Yield: HP 902XL, prints 825 Pages
- Extra High Yield: HP 906XL, prints 1,500 pages
HP toner cartridges:
HP toner cartridge sizes are named a bit differently. A standard HP toner cartridge is signified by an “A” at the end of the cartridge number, the high yield version is signified by an “X” at the end of the cartridge number, and many extra high yield versions have a “Y” at the end of the cartridge number. Below are some examples:
- Standard Yield: HP 37A, prints 11,000 pages
- High Yield: HP 37X, prints 25,000 Pages
- Extra High Yield: HP 37Y, prints 41,000 pages
How Canon names their cartridges:
Canon follow the same format as HP inkjet cartridges with XL indicating a high yield cartridge and XXL for extra high yield cartridges. Let’s look at the Canon PGI-250 ink cartridge an example:
- Standard Yield: Canon PGI-250, prints 300 pages
- High Yield: Canon PGI-250XL, prints 500 Pages
- Extra High Yield: Canon PGI-255XL, prints 800 pages
Canon toner cartridges:
Canon doesn’t have the higher yield option for most of its toner cartridges but the ones that do have an “H” appended at the end of the cartridge name. A few examples of popular Canon toner cartridges without a high yield size are the Canon 128 and Canon 118. Below is a table that illustrates how Canon names its high yield toner cartridges.
- Standard Yield: Canon 131, prints 1,400 pages
- High Yield: Canon 131 H, prints 2,400 pages
How Brother names their cartridges:
Brother ink cartridges are not as easy to pin down. Some follow a similar format to HP and Canon, with XL indicating a high yield cartridge and XXL for extra high yield cartridges. While others use slightly different part numbers to differentiate between cartridge sizes. To be absolutely sure, check your printer guide for compatibility. Let’s take the Canon LC203XL ink cartridge an example:
- Standard Yield: Brother LC201 Black, prints 260 pages
- High Yield: Brother LC203XL Black, prints 550 Pages
Brother toner cartridges:
Brother toner cartridges also have different names for each cartridge size. The TN820/TN850/TN880 cartridge series is a great example. Double-check your printer’s user guide for cartridge compatibility.
- Standard Yield: Brother TN820, prints 3,000 pages
- High Yield: Brother TN850, prints 8,000 Pages
- Extra High Yield: Brother TN880, prints 12,000 pages
How Epson names their cartridges:
Epson inkjet cartridge sizes in a similar fashion as HP with XL indicating a high yield cartridge. Below is an example of how Epson names its standard and high yield cartridges.
- Standard Yield: Epson 220, prints 175 pages
- High Yield: Epson 220XL, prints 500 pages