Friday, December 2, 2011

What do You Mean by Printer Toner Page Yield at 5% Coverage?

“How many pages do I get from this toner cartridge?”
“10,000 page yield at 5% coverage.”
“What do you mean by 5% coverage?”

We get that question often here at Toner Spot. Customers are sometimes confused by this standard industry term “5% coverage.” Is it a scam? Does it mean sellers can get away by selling toners that failed to print out exact 10,000 pages?

In fact, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) created a standard measurement that helps toner cartridge manufacturers to accurately inform customers how many pages their products can print. It also helps customers to cross compare different brands and different models using this standardized reference.  

If you take an A4 sized paper and color just 5% of the area black, that will be an example of 5% page yield printing area for one page. Instead, if you use Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced; 5% page yield will be about 2 paragraphs with 2 to 3 sentences in each of them. That’s not a lot right? 

We think the same way as you do. Usually a full page printed with Times New Roman, font 12, double spaced, and multiple paragraphs is equal to about 30% to 40% page yield. That means a 10,000 page yield toner at 5% coverage actually can only give you approximately 3,500 fully printed results. However, since this standard is used by all major toner cartridge providers, at least we can learn about it and understand what we’re paying for.

Most of our customers prefer high yield toner cartridges in comparison to stand yield counterparts. High yield toners might come with slightly higher prices, however, they are usually more cost efficient on a per-page basis. Furthermore, fewer times you’ll have to worry about replacing the toner units. To save you some time and money, please see below for some of our high yield toner recommendations:

Regular Price: $359.99
Our Price: $314.99 (You save $45!!) 

PremiumCompatible Lexmark C510 High Yield Toner Set – Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta

Regular Price: $249.99
Our Price: $234.99 (You save $10!!) 

PremiumCompatible Xerox Phaser 6360 High Yield Toner Set – Black, Cyan, Yellow,Magenta

Regular Price: $289.99
Our Price: $274.99 (You save $15!!) 

Feel free to send us a message if you have other technical problems or other suggestions. We love to hear from you at and Twitter account “TonerSpot”!


  1. i pulled the waste toner out and clean it after that the printer still doesn't work and print anymore and still shows the same msg of changing the waste toner,, when i was looking for the unit image i saw the waste toner and pulled as no one say it to me after that i saw the msg of replace the toner///any ides?

    1. Dear Ghazl,

      Thank you for the message. It seems like the issue is not on your waster toner but the toner itself needs to be replaced.

      If you need further help, you can provide more details such as your printer model to our email address and we will do our best to assist you.

      If you need to purchase new cartridges, here's our current 10% off coupon code SAVEMORE at, hope this will save some printing expenses for you. Please let us know if you have other questions and thank you for visiting Toner Spot.

      Toner Spot Customer Service Team