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Best Printers to Use with Compatible Ink

Best Printers to Use with Compatible Ink

It’s no secret that most genuine brand cartridges are overpriced.  No matter what printer you decide to buy, there’s a good chance that the ink that comes with it will eventually cost more than the machine.  So how do you get reliable prints without overspending?  The solution is easy: choose compatible ink cartridges from a reputable source. You’ll get reliable print performance for a fraction of the original brand price. To help you get started, here are a few recommended printer & ink pairings based off of our top-selling printer cartridges so that you get the most value for your money.

LD Cartridge #1: Compatible Brother TN760 High Yield Black Toner Cartridge (prints 3,000 pages)

Price: $29.99* each

Our Favorite Printer: Brother® MFCL2750DW

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Why they are the perfect pair: The TN760 toner series has been a top selling item that consistently provides reliable black and white prints.  Brother sells the genuine brand for $74.99.  We sell a compatible version at less than half the price for $29.99. You’ll save even more when you buy in bulk, our 5 pack option is a great value for high volume users! Our TN760 toner works incredibly well with Brother’s MFC-L2750DW multifunction printer, which is designed for the home office or small business customers.  Print, fax and scanning options come standard and wireless connectivity makes printing from your smartphone a snap.  Use Toner Save Mode for printing less essential documents and automatic duplexing to print on both sides of the page.

LD Cartridge #2: Compatible HP 902XL High Yield Ink Series (prints 825 pages per cartridge)

Price: $8.99-$15.99 (depending on the cartridge)

Choose from the following HP 902 cartridges:
HP 902XL High Yield Black Ink (T6M14ANCIC) – $15.99
HP 902XL High Yield Cyan Ink (T6M02ANCIC) – $8.99
HP 902XL High Yield Magenta Ink (T6M06ANCIC) – $8.99
HP 902XL High Yield Yellow Ink (T6M10ANCIC) – $8.99

Our Favorite Printer: HP® OfficeJet Pro 6968

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Why they are the perfect pair: The LD brand remanufactured 902XL cartridge series are an amazing value for the price. You’ll spend over $100 for a complete set of four high yield genuine cartridges at the typical office supply store.  Our LD brand remanufactured cartridge set offer the same amount of ink for about $38.96.  The HP 902XL cartridge series include four separate inkjet cartridges: black, cyan, magenta and yellow.  You’ll get brilliant results using the HP OfficeJet Pro 6968, a versatile color inkjet machine that offers lab quality prints.  It’s touchscreen LCD display is simple to navigate, featuring colorful icons that let you easily switch between print settings.  Photos are extraordinarily vivid and offer a wide color gamut when printed on the highest quality setting.  Overall, this is a well-rounded machine that offers a lot of features for an affordable initial price point.

LD Cartridge #3: Compatible Canon PGI-280XXL / CLI-281XXL Ink Series High Yield (PGI-280XXL prints 600 pages; CLI-281XXL approx. prints 500 pages)

Price: $10.99-$11.99 each (depending on the cartridge)

Choose from the following PGI-280XXL/CLI-281XXL cartridges:
Canon PGI-280XXL Extra High Yield Pigment Black Ink – $11.99
Canon CLI-281XXL Extra High Yield Cyan Ink – 10.99
Canon CLI-281XXL Extra High Yield Magenta Ink – $10.99
Canon CLI-281XXL Extra High Yield Yellow Ink – $10.99
Canon CLI-281XXL Extra High Yield Black Ink – $10.99

Our Favorite Printer: Canon® PIXMA TR-8520

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Why they are the perfect pair: If printing photos is just as important to you as printing everyday documents, these cartridges are a great option.  Each extra high yield compatible cartridge ranges from $10.99-$11.99, depending on the color, a huge savings compared to the original Canon brand.  This series includes two different black cartridges, a PGI-280XXL black and a CLI-281XXL black.  The PGI-280XXL cartridge uses pigment based ink for printing text documents.  The CLI-281XXL black cartridge uses dye based ink for photo printing.  If you’ve got a Canon Pixma TR8520 you will need both black cartridges in order to operate the printer.  Equipped with standard all-in-one features like print, scan and fax functions, the Canon Pixma TR-8520 is a compact machine that’s designed for home and small office use. Wireless capabilities make printing from your smartphone or tablet a breeze, and an automatic duplexer offers stress-free dual sided printing.  Budding photographers will appreciate its ability to print high quality photos at a low cost.  Compatible with a variety of glossy and matte photo papers, a front and rear paper tray works with multiple paper types.

LD Cartridge #4: Compatible HP 26X Toner Series (prints 9,000 pages)

Price: $49.99*

Our Favorite Printer: HP® LaserJet Pro M402dn

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Why they are the perfect pair:

Reliably print business proposals and expense reports for your small business using the HP 26X toner series.  Our compatible toner is easy to install and you’ll get even coverage throughout the life of the cartridge.  At $49.99 apiece, you can buy four LD brand compatible cartridges for the price of one original toner sold by HP.  We also sell a five pack of toner for $199.95.  The HP LaserJet Pro M402dn printer is an excellent complement to this toner series.  A monochrome machine that’s designed for home offices and small businesses, you’ll get print  speeds of up to 40 ppm and a 900 sheet paper capacity, vital print features for any growing business.

Now that you are familiar with some of our top selling cartridges, you can buy the right printer for your office without sacrificing your ink budget.  With LD brand cartridges you are able to print as much as you need without spending more than you need to.  Make the smart choice and stick with LD brand ink!

*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices and printer brand (OEM) cartridge prices effective as of August 9, 2019 on  All products are reviewed independently. As an Amazon associate, LD Products earns from qualifying purchases through links on this page.  OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.


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  • My MX920 printer has stopped letting use other Non-Oem cartridges. I was using one brand for over a year, then an update from Canon stopped me in my tracks. I tried another supplier, but same result.

    Will you Canon PGI and CGI cartridges work in my printer?

  • I purchased an Epson XP-830 in March of last year. After about 6 months, I noticed the prices rising on the OEM 410 series cartridges. I saw the LD after-market cartridges on Amazon, and gave them a try. They’ve been a very good alternative.

    Now, due to an unsuspecting firmware update, I’m getting “cartridge not recognized” errors, and will no longer be able to use the LD cartridges. Apparently there’s no way to roll-back the firmware update.

    I’ll have to buy some OEM cartridges tomorrow, to finish up some work, but wonder which manufacturer is the best for the “non-OEM” cartridge world, as this article is from 2016. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    • Hi Al,

      I am sorry you are having trouble with those Epson 410XL ink cartridges. There is some quick troubleshooting you can do to try and get them working, usually a hard reset will do the trick: Uninstall the printer cartridges, power down the printer and unplug it from the wall. Then, plug the printer back in, power it back up and reinstall the cartridges. This should get the cartridges up and running again. If not, they are backed by a lifetime guarantee, and if you get in touch with our customer service team, we would be happy to get a replacement set out to you. You can call us at 888-321-2552 or send us an email at [email protected]. If you are still in the market for a new color inkjet printer, the HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 we mention here is a good option. The printer uses four color ink cartridges just like your Epson XP-830 and the cartridges actually offer a slightly better page yield too. Hope this helps!

  • LD generic ink cartridges for my Brother printer are the best I’ve ever used. Your customer service is very good. Most other generic manufacturers do not have any customer service. I looked around for a review site but couldn’t find one. You may offer my review if you can find one.

  • Hello,

    I’m trying to locate a new MFC-L2740DW at the price you mentioned or below, but so far I haven’t been able to. Can you tell me whether the Brother MFC-L2750DW will accept and work well with one of your LD cartridges, and if so what cartridge number and price?

    If not, I’ll keep searching for the 2740.

    Marsha Phelps

  • By the way,
    Can any of your cartridges accommodate the—

    Thank you!

    Marsha Phelps

  • Your cartridges wont work in HP inkjet printers, so I’d like a refund. and HP is the worst company in america

    • What cartridges were they, Bud?

  • HP6968 quit accepting my LD cartridges.. They worked great, but now HP has blocked them..

    • Hi Dave! This is because they updated the printer firmware for your 6968. Give us a call and we’ll replace it with cartridges with an updated chip that works on your printer. I’m sorry for this hiccup but give us a call and we’ll gladly get you some updated cartridges soon as possible.

  • I recently purchased three No. 96 cartridges for my HP6940 printer. I installed the 1st one and it worked for about a week. The next one won’t work at all. I’m afraid to open the 3rd one for fear they will dry out before I have the opportunity to use them. I have unplugged multiple times. I have disconnected from PC and uninstalled/reinstalled printer. Now what? Any way these cartridges aren’t useless to me?

    • Hello, Sue. Is there a printer error message that pops up when you try printing or does you always get an empty page when you try printing something? Does the printer alert you of an empty cartridge even when you just installed a new one? Learning more about what you’re experiencing will help us figure out what could be wrong with the cartridges or the printer.

  • No error message, just the empty cartridge idiot light on the printer. Printer does print composite with only color cartridge (also purchased from you previously) installed. When try to insert black cartridges, empty cartridge light blinks and will not print at all. It’s really aggravating to use all my color ink for primarily black text only pages though. 🙁

    • Hi Sue, it sounds like it is an issue with the printer cartridges. I would recommend cleaning the contacts on the cartridge (gold dots on the side) with a lint-free cloth and then reinstall and try to print again. If that doesn’t work you may have a faulty cartridge, which can happen from time to time. If it is faulty, we’d be happy to get replacement cartridges out to you. Please give our customer service department a call at 888-321-2552 or send us an email and we can set up a reship for you. I will leave a note on your account that you reached out to us on the blog.

  • I have two Samsung M2020 printers. Both have the firmware updated, and I can’t justify the expense of new cartridges from Samsung just because they stopped me from using generic cartridges in them. So the printers are in my trash pile. Do you sell compatible toner cartridges that will work with the “updated” firmware? If so, how much do they cost? Thanks, Rodger

  • Haven’t tried your inks yet, have bought other generics for my two HP and one Epson printers, but came to your site looking for compatible printers & inks. Why are they allowed to stop us using other inks than their own? If it’s the warranties, then they only need to cancel the warranty – I couldn’t care less about a warranty for a $30-40 printer. One HP comes out with blank sheets and the Epson has irregular bars across the pages so 2 out of 3 are not working and the other one has HP inks installed.

    • Hi Rod! They aren’t allowed to do that but perhaps manufacturers don’t want it to be easy for consumers to use compatibles on their machine. That’s only my take on it though. But IMO if the price difference is dramatic, it only makes sense to use a product that’s effective and more affordable even if there are a few hoops I may need to jump through to get it to work.

  • I have a question – my Epson AIO printer xp440 was using re manufactured ink cartridges until the Epson firmware update. Now it shows them as Epson cartridges but will not recognize them or print. My question is do you have cartridges with updated chips in 288XL. I tried to reset the printer but it didn’t work.

    • Hi Pam! I believe I can help you out on this. Please email me at [email protected].

  • I have several LD cartridges that will not work in my XP400, which I am reading is caused by firmware up dates. Can you help?

    • Absolutely! Please email me at [email protected] so I can assist you further.

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