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Brother High Yield Toner Cartridge TN450, Black
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1512 of 1542 people found the following review helpful.
Toner low? Read the manual!
Final update: April 23rd. Starter cartridge finally says it's run completely out (though it still seems to print). That's a total of about 200 pages since I first got a message. The 3-times-Go printout shows a total of 730 pages - roughly what the starter cartridge is supposed to have, and I've now installed the hi-capacity cartridge
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Update. It's now April 11th. I've printed at least another 100 pages and things are still going well. But I've discovered another feature. In addition to the 7-times-Go (described below), there's a 3-times-Go that will print a three page report showing everything you ever wanted to know about your printer, including the amount of toner actually left. (Note that I have a Brother HL-2270DW. The cartridge also fits other machines that may have a different way of getting the same info.)
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Like others I started getting a 'toner-low' message after maybe 450 or so pages. In looking for a way to trick the printer, I read the manual(!). It said to press the Go button seven times in a row to clear the toner-low lockout, and that once that was cleared the cartridge would continue to print until the toner was actually gone.
Worked like a charm. I'll update this when the thing actually runs completely out.
Understanding this, the way they do it makes sense: really early warning that you should order another cartridge - and a lockout that you can't ignore, keeping you from having a really bad day in the future.
182 of 186 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Value for Toner
My history with the HL-2270DW and the TN-450 cartridges:
Starter Cartridge - 751 pages, changed 12/27/2011
2nd Cartridge - 1,999 pages (total printer count 2,750) Changed 03/29/2012
3rd Cartridge - 2,559 pages (total printer count 5,309) Changed 07/24/2012
4th Cartridge - 2,627 pages (total printer count 7,936) Changed 11/19/2012
5th Cartridge - did not record
6th Cartridge - Approx. 2,300 pages (total printer count 12,585) Changed 08/14/2013 (DRUM IS NOW GIVING WARNING OF 0% LIFE LEFT)
DRUM UNIT REPLACED AT 14,908 PAGES 12/21/2013
7th Cartridge - 2,537 Pages (total printer count 15,122) Changed 01/03/2014
I run them until I notice a problem with the output itself, the low toner message comes on long before they actually run out. You can press the GO button 7 times in quick succession to do this.
As of now I've stopped counting page output, I think the results are reliable enough to form an opinion. My printer is still rocking on just like it did on day one!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Genuine Brother toner, not much else to say.
Since purchasing a new Brother DCP-7065DN (sorry Amazon, another vendor had it for less) to replace an older, but still functioning Brother laser printer (HL series that did not offer duplex), I knew we would need to replace the toner. The HL printer's drum was past due for replacement, but the cost was more than half the cost of this printer, so it made more sense to step up to a duplex printer and scanner combo.
Like other printer companies, Brother includes a "starter" toner cartridge that barely covers a ream of paper, so it did not last. Purchasing the higher capacity TN450 over the lower capacity TN420 is a no brainer, considering the difference in yield. I tend to avoid generic toner, never trusting it. Just look at the reviews all over the place for the generic brands. In the long term, I suspect it is cheaper to purchase Brother toner. Amazon had the best price around, considering shipping and sales tax.
The toner was easy to install, with simple written instructions and drawings (not the annoying pictographs!). It should last for a year of use in our house (my wife is a teacher, so she tends to print a lot of material for her class). If not, I will follow up.
Brother includes a return shipping label for the old toner, so save all the packaging if you wish to leave it for your postal carrier or drop at the post office. Recommended over the TN420 and generic brands!