HP 148A vs 148X, Which One Should I Buy?

HP 148A vs 148X, which one should I buy? Many new printer users have the same question when ordering supplies for HP LaserJet Pro 4001, MFP 4101 series printers. Do you have the same confusion? Don’t worry, this blog will give you a detailed introduction to the similarities and differences between HP 148A (W1480A) and HP 148X (W1480X), and give you some buying advice that you can refer to. Please read on patiently.

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Compatible HP 148X Black Toner Cartridge (W1480X) – Standard Yield

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Quick Summary

HP 148X (W1480X) is more expensive than HP 148A (W1480A). But HP 148X has a lower CPP (Cost Per Page) and prints 3 times more pages than HP 148A. This means HP 148X can help you save more time and money in daily printing. So we recommend buying HP 148X (W1480X).

HP 148A vs 148X, What Are the Similarities?

Compatible with the Same Printer Models

Both HP 148A and HP 148X black toner can work perfectly in the below HP laser printers:

HP LaserJet Pro 4001n

HP LaserJet Pro 4001ne

HP LaserJet Pro 4001dn

HP LaserJet Pro 4001dne

HP LaserJet Pro 4001dw

HP LaserJet Pro 4001dwe

HP LaserJet Pro MFP 4101fdw

HP LaserJet Pro MFP 4101fdwe

HP LaserJet Pro MFP 4101fdne

HP LaserJet Pro MFP 4101fdn

Therefore, HP 148A and HP 148X toner cartridges are interchangeable. You can buy them with confidence if you have a printer listed above.

Identical Print Quality and Performance

There’s no difference in print quality and performance between the original HP 148A and HP 148X toner. They are manufactured from the same raw materials and production processes under the same production standards. So they are totally the same in terms of print quality and performance. They both produce high quality business documents with black text and professional graphics, producing impressive results.

Same Shelf Life

HP 148A/148X toner cartridges have the same shelf life, generally ranging from 24 months to 36 months. The exact length of time depends on how often it is used, how long it is printed, and how it is stored. To prolong the life of your ink toners, we recommend that you keep them in a dry, airtight environment. Keep ink cartridges sealed until you are ready to use them.

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HP 148A vs 148X, What Are the Differences?

Different Page Yields

Page yield refers to the estimated number of pages that can be printed on A4/Letter papers at 5% coverage by using the printer’s toner or ink cartridges. Learn more about HP LaserJet Page Yields. There are always two options for HP LaserJet page yields – standard yield and high yield. HP 148A/148X toner cartridges are no exception.

HP 148A is standard yield toner cartridge. The letter “A” stands for standard page yield. It can print 2,900 pages on A4/Letter papers at 5% coverage. Note that 5% coverage is the international standard for testing page yield.

HP 148X is a high yield toner cartridge. The letter “X” stands for high page yield. It prints up to 9,500 pages – 3 times more pages than HP 148A standard cartridge. Normally, HP W1480X toner will last longer than HP W1480A toner cartridge.

Different Prices

HP 148A/148X toner cartridges have different page yields, so they also have different prices. The HP 148X high yield cartridge is filled with more toner powder, and of course more expensive. In the table below you can see the prices of genuine HP toner 148A vs 148X:

 HP 148A Standard YieldHP 148X High Yield

Note: The data comes from HP’s official shopping website. Store prices may vary from period to period.

As you can see from the chart, the HP 148X black toner is $115 more expensive than the HP 148A black toner. If you want a genuine HP 148X toner cartridge, you need to pay $226.99.

Different Cost Per Page

In addition, the cost per page (CPP) is also an important reference for our selection of toner cartridges. It will determine how much you will spend on toner cartridges in the long run. Cost per page depends on page capacity and product, which can be simply calculated. And the cost per page is equal to the price of the cartridge divided by the corresponding page yield. The lower the cost per page, the more printing costs you can save. With this reference, you can figure out which product is more cost-effective. Here’s a cost-per-page comparison for original HP 148A and 148X toner cartridges:

 HP 148A Standard YieldHP 148X High Yield
Page Yield2,900 pages9,500 pages
Cost Per Page3.9 cents2.4 cents

Note: The data comes from the HP store. Prices may vary from time to time.

HP 148X high-yield toner cartridge provides about 3 times the page yield of the HP 148A standard-yield toner cartridge. But it costs only 2 times the price of HP 148A toner. Moreover, HP 148X toner has a lower cost per page than the HP 148A toner. So the HP 148X high yield toner cartridge is more economical for those printer users who have great demand for printings.

Different Weights

HP cartridges W1480A and W1480X have different weights. The high yield version is heavier than the standard yield version. The original HP W1480A toner weighs 2.35 lb and the original HP W1480X toner weighs 2.97 lb. HP 58X high yield toner cartridge contains more toner than the HP 58A standard yield black toner.

Recommendations for Purchasing the HP 148A vs 148X Toner Cartridge

After taking a deeper look at the HP 148A and HP 148X toner, you may have some preliminary ideas about them. If you’re still not sure whether to choose HP 148A or 148X, we suggest you consider the following four aspects.

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Usage Scenarios

Home or small office: If your printer is used in a home or small office, you probably don’t need to print a big volume of documents. So we think standard yield HP 148A toner cartridge is your first choice. A toner cartridge W1480A is more than enough for your high-quality prints.

Medium or large offices: In medium or large offices, the printer almost print every day, and toner has a very fast consumption. So we recommend that you purchase high yield HP 148X toner cartridges to reduce the frequency of replacing toner cartridges. A toner cartridge W1480X will be your tacit collaborating office partner.

Printing Volume

Choose the right-capacity toner cartridge to keep your printer running without degrading print quality. If you don’t need to print a lot, standard-yield HP 148A toner cartridge is a good choice. Assuming that you print 290 pages per month, it will last 10 months. High-yield ink cartridges can print more pages than standard-yield ink cartridges. So if you need to handle a lot of print jobs, high-yield HP 148X toner cartridge is the best choice. Assuming that you print 950 pages per month, it will still last 10 months.

Frequency of Replacing Toner Cartridge

HP 148A toner prints fewer pages than HP 148X. This means that you need to replace the W1480A toner cartridge more frequently while printing the same number of pages. If you are okay with that, you can buy standard-yield HP 148A. While if you want to save time on replacing toner, high-yield HP 148X is the best option.

Printing Costs and Budgets

Buying toner cartridges with a lower CPP (Cost Per Page) can effectively reduce printing costs. The high-capacity HP 148X toner has a lower cost per page. From this point of view, it’s more worth buying. However, if you have a limited budget or don’t want to spend much on a single toner, the standard-yield HP 148A is more yours.

In short, HP 148X costs lower in a long run and lasts longer than HP 148A. We recommend you buying HP 148X toner W1480X.

Compatible HP 148A/148X Toner Cartridges Help You Save More

Compatible toner cartridges cost a fraction of the original LaserJet toner cartridges and print the same number of pages with great print quality. YB Toner offers you compatible HP 148A and HP 148X toner cartridges at a low price. With the same page yield and print quality, they are terrific replacements for the original HP toner cartridge of HP 148A/148X.

Quality Not Inferior to OEM

All of our compatible ink toners are produced to strict industry standard guidelines and have the original toner quality you expect. Compatible HP 148A/X toner cartridges deliver professional-quality print jobs with high precision at high speeds, keeping productivity easy. What’s more, our products have superior stability compared to other third-party toner cartridges. These toner cartridge replacements are less prone to dull colors, blurry prints, and cluttered pages. We promise that using our HP 148A or 148X toner replacement will not void your printer warranty. You can buy our compatible HP 148A/X toner cartridges with confidence.

Same Page Yield and Excellent Compatibility

Our HP 148A/148X toner replacements are easy to install and print the same number of pages as the original HP toners. With smart IC chips, they will match your HP laser printers without error and provide accurate toner levels. They are 100% compatible with HP LaserJet Pro 4001, and MFP 4101 series printers.

Cheaper Price

Because of the low price, our compatible 148A/X toner cartridges can greatly save your printing costs. If you buy HP 148X high yield black toner replacement from YB Toner, your will save more than $100 from each original HP toner. Besides, you’ll get free shipping if you place an order over $30 on any compatible ink toner.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 2-year warranty on all orders. This provides our customers with a pleasant and risk-free shopping experience. During this period, please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or live chat for any questions. Our well-trained customer service team is always here to help.

Questions You May Care about Compatible HP 148A/148X Toner

What is the difference between original toner cartridges and compatible toner cartridges?

Original toner cartridges are printer cartridges manufactured by the original printer manufacturers. They have high print quality but also costs very high. Compatible toner cartridges are printer cartridges manufactured and sold by third-party toner cartridge suppliers. They provide the same professional quality, page yield as the original but costs much lower.

What is the function of HP 148A/148X toner chip?

HP 148A/148X toner chip is the key for your printer to recognize the toner cartridge. Also it intelligently tracks toner levels. Without the toner chip, your printer will not accept the toner cartridge. We are proud to offer complete HP 148A/X toner cartridges with IC chips at discounted prices.

Will compatible HP 148A/148X toner cartridge void my HP printer warranty?

No. Using compatible HP 148A or 148X toners will not affect your printer warranty. The MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY IMPROVEMENT ACT protects your right to use 3rd party toner cartridges.

2 thoughts on “HP 148A vs 148X, Which One Should I Buy?”

    • Hi Suki,

      We will have replacement HP 148A and 148X toner cartridges available in few months. You can subscribe to our newsletter so as to receive our notice as soon as we have them in stock. Thank you.

      YB Toner


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