It’s estimated that the popularity of the Brother printers in general has doubled from this time last year, due to the reduction in the purchase price by large high street and online retailers. Brother decided to launch an alternative to combat Epson’s hold over the small all-in-one printer and grab a share of this lucrative market.
The LC1280XL is an interesting ink cartridge from an ink volume point of view, as it is high capacity cartridge and is designed to print large volumes of colour or black and white prints without the need to change as often as some of it’s Epson competitors.
The original brand ink volume Brother LC1280XL ink cartridge is 54.7ml whereas the non-original compatible version of the cartridge is 78ml! This is an increase of approximately 40% in ink alone and will go a long way to helping you print more documents for a fraction of the cost. While the initial purchase price of the Brother printers such as Brother MFC J6710D, Brother MFC J5910DW, Brother MFC J6510DW, Brother MFC J6710DW and Brother MFC J6910DW may be quite low, the cost of the original brand Brother LC1280 ink may cost you around €85 for a full set while you can buy a compatible version of the cartridge for as little as €1.55 each including the Vat with low cost next day delivery.
Some people may have doubts about the quality and reliability of the compatible Brother LC1280 ink cartridges but the simple truth is that they are fine for everyday general-purpose printing of documents and images. It’s fair to say that if you are wanting to produce quality photographic prints with particular attention to detail for the colour saturation then you may require the original brand Brother LC1280 ink but then you might as well opt for an Epson photo quality printer at the time you buy the printer.
The compatible LC1280XL are manufactured by a third party (not by Brother) and are tested to the same ISO standards as the original brand, so they meet the same standard that the customer would expect but without the high cost. While the Brother printers are relatively inexpensive to buy in Ireland these days the real pinch is felt when it comes to replacing the ink cartridges. The compatible version of any ink cartridge will always give better value than the original brand and has to be with considering as the cost of a ml of original brand printer ink exceeding that of a good quality champagne!