Drum and Toner Separation vs Drum and Toner in-one, How should I choose?

Home-use laser printers mainly have two structures, one is drum and toner separation, the other is drum and toner in-one. What is the difference between them? How should we choose from them? Before we buy a laser printer, we can start with the printer cartridge to better understand what kind of printer we may need. Let’s jump in!

Drum and Toner in-one structure

The toner cartridge and drum unit in the printer are integrated and cannot be separated. Most of the consumables of Canon, HP and Samsung laser printers adopt the drum and toner in-one structure. Representative models: HP Q2612A and Canon 104, etc. Once the toner cartridge with this structure is exhausted, the whole toner cartridge shall be replaced. In fact, many of these parts still have a relatively long service life. For example, the drum core can generally support 3-5 times, and the charging roller and magnetic roller can support 5-10 times. Therefore, the drum and toner in-one structure is easy to cause waste. In order to save costs, many people refill the toner by themselves after the toner ran out, but toner refilling will have a great impact on the printing effect because of the quality of toner. As a professional toner cartridge sales enterprise, v4ink does not recommend that refilling the toner by yourself to solve the cost problem.

Drum and Toner Separation Structure

Drum and toner separation refers to the product is divided into independent drum unit and toner cartridge. Before installed into the printer, you must need to put the toner cartridge into the drum unit. The representative models are TN660 and DR630, TN760 and DR730.

As we all know, TN660 and DR630 must be used together, as well as TN760 and DR730. If only put the TN660 Toner Cartridge into the printer alone, the printer is not able to operate normally without DR630.

Why does this structure appear?

In fact, drum and toner separation structure is designed for the benefit of users and minimizing the cost of consumables.

Generally, the life of the drum unit is much longer than that of the toner cartridge. For example, the page yield of TN660 is 2600, while that of DR630 is 12000. That is, the average replacement of 4.5 toner cartridges requires a drum unit replacement. Therefore, a drum unit without damage can support multi toner cartridge successively.

The biggest advantage of drum and toner separation is that when the toner cartridge is exhausted, only the toner cartridge needs to be replaced, which makes full use of the service life of the drum unit, greatly reduces the printing cost and protects the environment.

Advantages and disadvantages of drum and toner separation and drum and toner in-one structure:

StructureDrum and toner in-oneDrum and toner separation
FeaturePhotosensitive drum, developing roller and toner box are integratedThe toner cartridge and the drum unit are two independent parts, one is the photosensitive drum, the other is the developing roller and the toner box
AdvantageCompact structure and high space utilizationThe toner cartridge and drum unit can be replaced separately to save cost
DisadvantageIf one of the parts is damaged, the whole toner cartridge needs to be replaced, and the cost is highThe service life of each component are not as good as the drum and toner in-one, and it needs to be replaced in time

How to select a suitable laser printer

After you have a preliminary understanding of the drum and toner in-one and drum and toner separation structure, you can choose the appropriate printer according to your own needs. At present, there are many kinds of laser printers on the market. The following main points must be understood before selecting a suitable laser printer:

1. When selecting a printer, you should first clarify its purpose

First of all, make it clear whether you use it at home or in the office. Print more files or pictures. Do you want a single printer or a multi-in-one printer that combines printing, copying and fax? The amount of printing used in the home may not be too large, while the amount of printing used in the office is generally very large. Small portable laser printers, such as brother MFC-L2710dw and MFC-L2700dw, can be considered for use in homes or small offices.

2. Focus on basic functions such as service cycle and printing speed

Printing speed, also known as PPM or pages per minute, may vary greatly between different laser printer models. Most budget friendly models will print at 25 to 50 pages per minute. Brother hl-l2300d is a monochrome laser printer that prints 27 pages per minute and 10000 pages per month. This machine provides low operating costs for home or office users who only need black printing. If you pursue more functions, the HP LaserJet Pro M15w compact laser printer can print up to 19 pages per minute. It is one of the fastest printers of its kind, with a monthly work cycle of 8000 pages. It is an ideal choice for families or students.

3. High comprehensive efficiency can save cost

In the calculation of printing cost, there is a formula, that is, the cost per page = Cartridge Price / Page Yield. In other words, the lower the cost of single page printing, the more cost-effective the printer is, that is, the more worth choosing. The main consumables of laser printer are drum unit and toner cartridge. Generally, the laser printer with drum and toner separation is more economical. In addition, you can save money by purchasing high-quality compatible toner cartridges. V4ink focuses on providing users with high-quality printer cartridges. Its cartridges and drums can be the same as the original products and can be perfectly compatible with your printer.It can save you 70% of the cost in long term using.

Finally, if you don’t know whether your laser printer uses drum and toner separation structure or not, please refer to the following drum and toner models (toner cartridge and drum unit must be use together). Constantly updated…

Toner ModelDrum ModelCompatible Printers
Brother TN660/TN630Brother DR630Printer DCP-L2500D/L2520DW/L2540DW;HL-L2300D/L2305W/L2315DW/L2320D/L2340DW/L2360DN/L2360DW/L2380DW/L2365DW; MFC-L2680W/L2685DW/L2700DN/L2700DW/L2705DW/L2707DW/L2720DW/L2740DW Series
Brother TN450/TN420Brother DR420Printer HL-2130/2132/2135W/2220/2230/2240/2240D/2240N/2250/2250DN/2270DW/2275DW/2280DW, MFC-7240/7360/7360N/7365DN/7460/7460DN/7460N/7860DW; DCP-7055/7055W/7060/7060D/7065DN/7057/7070DW;IntelliFax-2840/2940 Series
Brother TN760/TN730Brother DR730Printer HL-L2350DW,HL-L2390DW,HL-L2395DW,HL-L2370DW,DCP-L2550DW,MFC-L2710DW,MFC-L2730DW,MFC-L2750DW,HL-L2370DWXL,MFC-L2750DWXL Series
Brother TN360/TN330Brother DR360Printer DCP-7030, DCP-7040,DCP-7045, HL-2140, HL-2170W, MFC-7340, MFC-7345N, MFC-7440N, MFC-7840W,HL-2120,HL-2150,MFC-7320,MFC-7445,MFC-7450
Brother TN580Brother DR520Printer DCP-8060, DCP-8065DN, HL-5240, HL-5250DN, HL-5250DNT, HL-5280DW, MFC-8460N, MFC-8660DN, MFC-8670DN, MFC-8860DN, MFC-8870DW;DCP-8080DN, DCP-8085DN, HL-5340D, HL-5350DN, HL-5370DW, HL-5370DWT, MFC-8480DN, MFC-8680DN, MFC-8690DW, MFC-8890DW Series
Brother TN750/TN720Brother DR720Printer DCP-8110DN, DCP-8150DN, DCP-8155DN, HL-5440D, HL-5450DN, HL-5470DW, HL-5470DWT, HL-6180DW, HL-6180DWT, MFC-8510DN, MFC-8710DW, MFC-8810DW, MFC-8910DW, MFC-8950DW, MFC-8950DWT Series
Brother TN850/TN820Brother DR820LaserJet DCP-L5500DN/L5600DN/L5650DN, HL-L5000D/L5100DN/L5200DW/L5200DWT/L6200DW/L6200DWT/L6250DW/L6300DW/L6400DW/L6400DWT,MFC-L5700DW/L5800DW/L5850DW/L5900DW/L6700DW/L6750DW/L6800DW/L6900DW Series
HP CF230A/XHP CF232APrinter Laserjet Pro M203d/M203dn/M203dw/MFP M227fdn/M227fdw/M227sdn;imageCLASS LBP160/LBP161dn/LBP162dw,MF260/MF264dw/MF267dw/MF269dw Series
HP CF217AHP CF219APrinter Laserjet Pro M102a/M102w;MFP M130a/M130nw/M130fn/M130fw Series

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Three steps to solve the problem that the printer can’t recognize TN660

In the process of v4ink customer service staff handling customer complaints, the most common problems encountered are that the new TN660 toner cartridge cannot be recognized by the printer, the printer displays no toner cartridge or the printer displays the number of printed pages as 0, etc.

Why do these problems arise?

In fact, these problems are similar, because Brother toner cartridges has counting characteristics, if the new toner cartridge is not reset or reset is not complete, after putting it into the printer, the printer will judge the new toner cartridge as an old toner cartridge, and issue an error prompt.

v4ink TN660 compatible toner cartridges have been reset by default before delivery. However, some deflection of reset gear may occur due to collision during transportation or improper operation of individual users, which may lead to misreading of the printer.

Today, v4ink would like to teaches you a method. After you buy v4ink products, once you don’t recognize the machine, you can try it:

Step 1. To see if the reset gear of the toner cartridge like the follow picture:

Step 2. Then turn the reset gear approximately 90 degrees.

Step 3. Now, the toner cartridge have been reset successfully. And you can try again to put the TN660 toner cartridge into your printer to see if it can work properly.

This method is recognized in the industry and is safe for toner cartridges. Please feel free to try it. In addition, this method is only effective for TN450 and TN660 toner cartridges. Please do not try this method on other toner cartridges.

If it still can not work, please feel free to contact support_team@v4ink.com.

What Is the Function of A Toner Chip?

As a part of the laser printer, the presence of a toner chip is essential. Though it has small volume, the function is necessary for printing.

The function of the toner chip is simple: store printer’s information, the communication channel for printing consumables and laser printer.

Storing printer’s information which is means it can store the messages that a printer sends back to it, including the print volumes of toner cartridges, the coverage rage of toner, the type of toner cartridge and printed are information. In order for the printer to work properly, once the messages are gone, they can’t be unrecoverable.

Certainly, the recognition function determines the toner chip in different toner cartridges, different printers are not compatible. So when you plan to purchase a new toner chip, make understand what type of your laser printers, only the correct type of toner can make your cartridges take effect inside your laser printer. Certainly, when the printer determines that the toner is insufficient, the toner chip will indicates this information. Be noted: the toner chip does not have the function to control whether the printer continues to print. So when the toner chip is needed to replace? If the toner cartridge is used up, it’s time to change the equipped chip, because in the chip program, the service life of the chip is determined by the life of the toner cartridge. So if the cartridges are not used up while it’s broken up accidently, the toner chip can still be available in the same model of the cartridges.

Besides, the toner chip can identify whether the toner cartridge is OEM for the printer when you replace a new toner cartridge. If the cartridge is not original one or the counterfeit one, the printer will indicate you the printer consumables are not the genuine. If your printer toner is compatible one instead of the false one, you can ignore these indicate message, because a genuine compatible toner cartridge is sure not damaging your printer.

Whether all print cartridges come with the chips? The answer, of course, is not. many kinds of toner cartridges do not have the chip, so when the printer toner cartridges is broken but it’s not used up, you have to do zero clear operation such as Brother toner cartridges. But the situation is not like it used to be, nowadays Brother has released the new generation of TN660 toner-brother tn760 toner, the upgrade version that equipped with toner chip. In the meanwhile, the use of toner chip can greatly improve the awareness of using genuine printer consumables at the same time avoid the damage to the printer caused by fake ink cartridges.

How to disassembly Chip from the New Product tn760?

How to remove your brother tn760 toner chip from your original toner to the new toner? Here you just prepare some tools and your new brother tn760 compatible toner cartridge, do as the following procedures then the disassembly operation of brother tn760 can be so easily for you to finish in a short minutes!

tn760 compatible

The tools needed for the installation process:

A tweezers, original brother tn760 toner, new brother toner

Look for an appropriate environment when you do the following operation: take out your OEM tn760 toner from your Brother printer.

1. Firstly remove the old chip from your previous OEM toner cartridge with the preparing tweezers. Avoid excessive force in the process of clamping.

2. Secondly, transfer the old chip into the tn760 compatible toner and then press down the chip steadily by using a flat thing of the brother cartridge.

3. Thirdly, gently shake the brother cartridge 5 to 6 times from side to side to distribute the toner evenly. Then remove the orange protective toner cover from the new tn760 compatible toner cartridges.

4. Finally, install the brother tn760 compatible toner cartridge with drum together into printer. And the whole installation operations are completed. The printer can start to work normally when your Brother printer connects to the power.

If you have any questions on our new product disassembling chip operation, welcome toconsult to us, we will in the first time to provide you with the most effective solutions and the best service!

2018 New Year Celebration: Buy Additional 1-Pack Toner Only Pay Extra $0.01!

Have you made a new wish for the 2018 New Year? Have you hope to buy yourself a big house or plan to travel around the world? Or you just want to earn and save even more money for a better life? In order to make you more achieve your dreams, with less money to and enjoy better print quality and a higher quality of life, we have launched the large-scale New Year activities for you. Only pay extra cost $0.01, you can get 1 pack toner! This activity takes effect now and ends on 2018.1.31! Come to check out the rules of the buying games!

$0.01 toner cartridgesDuring the activity, you need to buy 4 packs and additional 1pack toner at the same time, then you can enjoy the big discounts by the use of the specialized code! There are four kinds of involved in this activity: tn660, tn450, ce285a, cf283a. We believe there is always a suitable product for you here!

1. Greatest value tn660 and tn450 toner

As our V4ink top and most hot-sales compatible toners, the popularity of these laser toners are self-evident. If you are our old customers, we sure you must be impressive by their stable compatibility and incredible print results. Also, the initial purpose of our superior toners is not only to allow you to enjoy the excellent printing like OEM, but also to provide the lowest price you can afford. It’s obvious to all that our compatible Brother toner always your best option for printing, regardless of page yields or printing performance. And through this activity you can afford another toner for $0.01 on the basis of purchasing our 4-pack toner at the same time.  Only costing $0.01, you can save even big from the investment on our compatible tn660 and tn450 toner!

  • The discount of Brother TN660 Toner Cartridges (4 Pack+1Pack):

5 pack tn660

( TN660 Code: V4HOT660 )


  • The discount of Brother TN450 Toner Cartridges (4 Pack+1Pack):

( TN450 Code: V4HOT450 )


2. Niche but practical, HP ce285a and HP cf283 Toner

Although our ce285a toner and compatible cf283 are not as popular as the formers, we are proud of their outstanding performance and the profound impact they have had on their customers. If you have ever used these two products, we believe you will never be disappointed. These two cartridges have been specially tested to achieve the best quality and the most reliable compatibility, and ensure to give you the same results as the originals! Buy 4 packs of our toner, and you can get a new one as long as you pay another $0.01! That way, you won’t worry about the next batch of print tasks, and our laser toner ensures that you’ll be able to output your desired results in any case. You’ll save $13.98 or more as long as you participate in the purchase of these two products.

  • The discount of HP CE285A Toner Cartridges (4 Pack+1Pack):

5 Pack ce285a toner

( CE285A Code:V4HOT285 )


  • The discount of HP CE283A Toner Cartridges (4 Pack+1Pack):

ce283a toner

( CE283A Code:V4HOT283 )


Of course, we provide you the other packs toner for buying if you don’t need to too much packs toner. Please refer to the table as following to get more details on our other pack toner cartridges.


Go ahead for picking out these practical and superior laser toners! Directly click to enter our activity page https://www.v4ink.com/happy-new-year2018 to enjoy the most money-saving New Year celebration activity! Buy more, save more, and enjoy more surprises in printing process!

The Differentiation between TN760 Toner Cartridges and DR730 Drum Units

New released dr730 by Brother is so powerful to be compatible with three kinds of brother toners: tn760, tn730 and tn770. But in daily life, most people will take it for granted that they are the same things. In fact, they are different. Such these differentiations make them have a clear division of the labors and duties, and work together to form the essential parts of the laser printer.

TN760 toner cartridges vs DR730 drum unit

1、What’s the biggest difference between tn760 and dr730?

Scientifically speaking, tn760 is a container of carbon powder that is the composition of printed materials. Without toner, the printed material is still blank and there is nothing in it. And dr730 is the house shell for tn760, which is a power device that transfers the printed information such as images to the paper. Without the drum unit, the carbon powder can’t be formed the printed shapes as you expect on printed materials. On the one hand they are independent of each other, so if either of them breaks down or is used up, you just need to change the bad individual part; on the other hand, they are both indispensable for printers for they work together to finish the printing work. Therefore, if one of them is missing, the entire print process cannot be completed.

2、Different page yields determine how often they should be replaced

In contrast, tn760 has been replaced more often than dr730, because it has fewer pages yields and is easier to be used up. A standard tn760 can print up 3000 and high-volume dr730 can full print 12000 pages in daily use. So, if you are a user who needs high-volume printing, you will obviously feel the dr730 has a much longer life than the tn770, and the dr730 is more durable than tn760. Because of the longer service and larger print capacity, the selling price of dr730 is often more expensive than the later. Of course, the lifespan of tn760 is limited. When you replace three or four carbon powders, it turns out that tn760 should be replaced.

3、Different approaches depend on different areas of responsibility

Because of their respective roles, their respective fields are different. For example, if you find that the color of the printed material has faded, that means your tn760 carbon powder will run out, and you just need to replace a new toner. As we said previously, we don’t need to replace dr760. However, if you find that there are some black lines or irregular white stripes in your printed material, you should check your dr730. If the situation gets serious, you should replace a new one immediately rather than change a new toner.

Unlike HP brand integrated printing consumables, the designs of brother and drum is separately, which can greatly reduce the later printing costs and provide great conveniences when replacement. If you are fond of this separate structure of brother printing consumables, think about tn760 and dr730, the new version with chip for the best printouts. Although tn760 and dr730 belong to different individuals, in some places they are similar: they both are vulnerable so that we should need to maintenance them in daily use and prevent them from the harm from the outsides, at the same time, make full use of them.

Working Efficiency of the Brother Cartridge and Toners

First we need to know how the image can form when being printed out. There are several ways to produce toner images on the surface of the paper. The first is the physical grinding method. The advantage of the grinding method is its low cost. However, the ground toner particles are uneven and the shapes are not uniform. It may affect the print quality. The second way is the chemical synthesis method: the use of chemical methods and the different materials form a spherical toner, fixing the image. The spherical carbon powder is of high charge, low melting point, delicate uniform and easy to print high Quality documents. This process is currently more popular other than carbon powder, which is a biological toner. And there are raw materials in the toner containing a certain percentage of bio-resin, which can save energy and oil, and improved biodegradability. This is for sure more conducive to environmental protection.

best toner

By contrast, we can easily find that the toner production process has a very big impact on print quality, and chemical synthesis of spherical toner became more closely to form a better image. As the toner is arranged irregularly, it can also affect print quality. In formal document printing, the quality requirements of users generally are higher, so we recommend the Brother toner to you.

Pay attention to the long-term average performance of your brother toners! In the past when working for the group company, some purchasing newcomers bought a low-cost cartridge, and then give the reasons justifiably, “You see, it prints out the same effects?” Come on please look at the long-term effects. At the very beginning, they all feel the same. But after some time, you will find that long-term uses do matter.

Focused on efficiency, you are very concerned about the cost of time! Printer is an office appliance, due to improper use or service life, some failure is inevitable, then the follow-up to prevent the use and maintenance is inevitable, either. Although being inevitable, we can still control and reduce its losses, including the loss of money and time costs. A call can in a short time bring the staff to troubleshoot, bringing more than just the feeling of relieving, more efficiency.

Finally, take a look at the customer review: Great toner product even better for the price. I read all the other reviews and noted that some reported the print was not as “dark”. I haven’t seen any evidence of this so far. I have changed my toner cartridge many times, using factory replacements. I felt some trepidation while installing this cartridge knowing I bought two of the V4INK cartridges for less than one of the name brand cartridges. After getting it installed and running the very first page (a full page of print mind you), I should have taken a ‘selfie’ to capture the big smile on my face. Even if the other cartridge is no good (I bought a 2-pack), I am still money ahead. I will only buy these from now on. Thank you V4INK.

Another customer review: I was skeptical at first due to the price. Printed almost 800 pages for a car show without any issues. No smearing and the color is as dark on the first page as it is on the last. No fading at all. I’ll.be buying more.