hp toner chip replacement

When selecting compatible toner cartridges for your HP printer, you might come across the terms "No Chip" and "With Chip." Understanding these terms can help you make an informed decision that best suits your needs and ensures smooth printer operation.


  1. Understanding "No Chip" and "With Chip"
  2. How to Transfer Toner Cartridge Chips
  3. Printers Without Chipped Cartridges
  4. Cartridges with "No Chip" and "With Chip" Options

What Does "No Chip" and "With Chip" Mean on Compatible Toner Cartridges?

No Chip

A toner cartridge labeled as "No Chip" does not have a smart chip installed. The chip typically serves several important functions:

  • Communication with the Printer: It allows the cartridge to communicate with the printer, providing essential information such as toner levels.
  • Authentication: The chip helps verify the cartridge as compatible or genuine, which some printers require for operation.

Implications of No Chip Cartridges:

  • Cost Savings: These cartridges are generally less expensive due to the absence of the chip.
  • Manual Chip Transfer: Users may need to transfer the chip from their old cartridge to the new one.
  • Limited Monitoring: Printers may not display toner levels accurately or at all. Therefore, you need to judge whether you need to replace the toner based on the color saturation of the print. When the print appears light in color, it means you need to replace the toner cartridge.
  • Low Toner Message: Since the toner level of the reused toner cartridge chip cannot reset the toner capacity, your printer or computer will display a "Low Toner" message even though the toner cartridge is full of toner. But it will not affect the print quality. You can snooze it for the next 2 months.

With Chip

A toner cartridge labeled as "With Chip" includes the smart chip pre-installed, providing several advantages:

  • Plug-and-Play Convenience: These cartridges are ready to use immediately, with no need for additional steps.
  • Accurate Monitoring: Printers can accurately display toner levels and provide status updates.
  • Higher Compatibility: These cartridges will work seamlessly with your printer. No error messages will interrupt your printing task.

Implications of With Chip Cartridges:

  • Ease of Use: No need for manual chip transfer, ensuring a hassle-free installation.
  • Higher Cost: Due to the higher cost of the smart chip, these cartridges tend to be more expensive. 

HP Toner Chip Replacement

"No Chip" cartridges require you to transfer the chip from the old cartridge to the new one. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you transfer the chip safely and effectively:

Tools Needed

  • Chip collector designed specifically for your toner cartridge
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Cutting pliers  (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Reset the chip collector if necessary.
  2. Install the chip collector on the used OEM toner cartridge.
  3. Turn the handle of the chip collector clockwise until the chip is removed from the chip slot.
  4. Remove the chip and chip collector from the OEM toner cartridge.
  5. Remove the remaining plastic on the chip.
  6. Install the chip onto the new compatible toner cartridge. Make sure it's installed along the right direction.

The steps of transferring the chip are not difficult. Our product comes with a detailed instruction manual and the necessary tools. You can complete the transfer of the chip in 3-5 minutes.

Printers Without Chipped Cartridges

You may look for some printer models that do not require chip cartridges to get more flexible compatible toner options. But frankly speaking, it is difficult to find them now. Printer manufacturers seem to have formed a tacit agreement: all newly released printers and toner cartridges are equipped with chips.

However, there are still some Brother printers without chipped cartridges.THEY ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. They use counting gears to communicate with the printer and monitor the toner capacity. This is a list of color and monochrome laser printers:

Color Laser Printer

  • Brother HL-L8260CDW
  • Brother HL-L8360CDW
  • Brother HL-L8360CDWT
  • Brother HL-L9310CDW
  • Brother MFC-L8610CDW
  • Brother MFC-L8900CDW
  • Brother MFC-L9570CDW

The above printers use Brother TN431, TN433, TN436 and TN439 toner cartridges. These cartridges do not have chips. And the compatible toner cartridges are very affordable.

Monochrome Laser Printers

  • Brother HL-L2300D
  • Brother HL-L2305W
  • Brother HL-L2360DW
  • Brother HL-L2380DW
  • Brother DCP-L2540DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2740DW

The above printers use Brother TN630, TN660 toner cartridges and DR630 drum unit. These cartridges also do not have chips. And the compatible toner cartridges are very affordable.

Cartridges with "No Chip" and "With Chip" Options

Ready Toner offers "No Chip" and "With Chip" options for the following cartridges:

Whether you're looking for the best printing experience or the lowest printing costs, you can find the perfect solution here. Unleash your printer's possibilities with compatible toner cartridges at readytoner.com today!

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