Xerox commissioned SpencerLab Digital Color Laboratory to conduct an independent evaluation of its 6360 color toner cartridges and several compatible third-party cartridges. The results were surprising in that all of the third-party cartridges performed so poorly that the tests couldn’t be completed.
Cartridges from Cartridge World, Media Sciences, and Rhinotek left toner streaks, color fluctuations, toner leaks, created paper jams, and even printer damage. The scope of the study was limited since only one printer model was tested, but it does add some weight to Xerox’s claim that their own toner cartridges are more reliable. You can read the report at www.spencerlab.com.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.