Brother colour laser printer - which toner?


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I have a Brother "MFC-L8690 CDW" colour duplex laser printer.

Which is the best value way of using toner cartridges?

1) Buy Brother's toner cartridges only.

2) Refil cartridges myself with toner.

3) Buy cheaper, compatible toner cartridges and dispose of after toner finished.

It would be great to hear peoples' experience, particularly those who have a similar printer.


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I've always purchased compatible toner from Cartridge Direct. Never had an issue with them and not had to mess around resetting the printer when I try to refill a cartridge.

We've printed in excess of 50 000 sheets across the printers in the office and no issues whatsoever. We event reset the counters on the imaging drums and transfer belt to extend the service of the printers. Once these parts wear out we generally scrap the printers, but we've not reached this milestone on any of the Brothers yet.

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