Brother DR420 Imaging Drum Overview:
When purchasing a printer, comparing the cost of the consumables should always be a factor. Lets take a good at the DR420 imaging drum cartridge. The DR420 fits in a number of monochrome (black & white) printers and yields up to 12,000 pages under optimal conditions. Although this may seem like a lot of pages, when compared to other drums, this is just an average to low lifespan. The matching toner (Brother TN450 Toner) yields up to 2,600 pages and will get replaced 4-5 times before the DR420 requires replacing. This is a good toner to drum ratio, especially when compared to some of the bigger machines that are a 1 to 1 ratio.
Brother DR420 Pricing:
This is where the DR420 really shines. Compared to other drum models, the Brother DR420 is rather inexpensive. Some Brother Drum models cost as much as $250, so the $84.99 price is rather reasonable. The low page yield and reasonable price will appeal to the lower to moderate user that do not want to break the bank every time the drum needs replacing. The cost goes down even further if you purchase the compatible drum for only $57.99.
Sum It All Up
The Brother DR420 is a low costing drum that will fit the smaller budgets. It has a decent lifespan and a good toner to drum replacement ratio. This drum is a good fit for the average to moderate user that wants to keep a little extra change in their pockets.