MICR – New HP LaserJet Pro 4001 Printer in R&D

Thursday, August 4th, 2022 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

HP just released the new HP LaserJet Pro 4001 printer. We already have one in R&D and are testing a new formulation of MICR toner for the 4001 printer. So far it’s looking great. We hope to have a W1480A MICR toner cartridge for the LaserJet 4001 series by September 1st.

MICR Toner for HP LaserJet Pro 4001 in R&D

The 4001 series replaces the M404 series of LaserJet printers. The printers are remarkably similar and the 4001 prints at 42ppm vs. 40ppm.

HP is also offering some new variants that come with HP Plus. If you buy the HP LaserJet 4001ne (instead of the 4001n), the printer comes with HP Plus (or HP+). You’ll save $60 on the printer, but you will also be locked out of buying aftermarket toner cartridges. You do gain an additional year on your warranty and six months of HP Instant Ink. HP Instant Ink is a subscription plan for toner where you pay a monthly fee up to a certain number of pages. There are a number of tiers depending on your usage. According to HP you can save 50% by using instant ink, but your savings will depend on how close your printed pages match the Instant Ink Tier you selected.

The good news is that our New MICR toner cartridges are Genuine HP cartridges that have been modified with MICR toner, so the will work in the printers that come with HP+.

The LaserJet 4001 accepts both the W1480A and W1480X toner cartridges. The W1480A prints 2,900 pages and the W1480X high yield cartridge is rated for 9,500 pages.

W1480A MICR Toner Cartridge $175
W1480X MICR Toner Cartridge $315


New Product: HP M209dw MICR Laser Printer

Friday, July 29th, 2022 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

The HP M209dw printer has been out for over a year now. We are happy to announce we are now selling the HPM209dw with a MICR toner cartridge.

Our Take: This is an inexpensive printer up front, but the cost per page is high compared to the more expensive models. This makes a great dedicated MICR printer for small check runs from 10-100 pages. Beyond that, you are better off spending your money on the LaserJet M404n MICR Laser Printer. The M404n is faster, more durable, and less expensive to operate in the long run.

The M209dw is the least expensive, dare I say cheapest, LaserJet printer we sell for printing checks. It’s got a tiny foot print which makes it ideal if you are tight on space. If you are printing small runs of checks, this may be the printer for you.

HP M209dw MICR Laser Printer $299

We will also be selling the M209DWE variant of the printer as well. The DWE is less expensive than the DW and comes with double the warranty and HP+. HP+ is a system that gives your printer cloud based connectivity. The HP+ system can be utilized to automatically order your toner. The disadvantage is that the DWE will only allow HP OEM toner cartridges to be used. This isn’t a problem because we sell new modified HP cartridges. These cartridges will work fine as they are new HP.

Here are some more details about DWE (with HP+) vs DW.


Prices are going up in June…

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know things cost more these days. Advantage Laser Products has not been immune to recent inflation. We’ve experienced increased costs for raw materials, packaging, and transportation. In particular, the paper industry seems to be hit especially hard by the lingering effects of the COVID 19 virus. Inventory levels of quality blank paper are very low and this has been driving our costs up.

Unfortunately, this means you can look for some price hikes from us in the near future.

June 1st MICR toner cartridge prices will increase on average by 4%. You can expect prices for individual cartridges to increase by $5 to $10 each.

June 15thCheck paper prices will increase by 10-15%. To this point, we’ve been absorbing some of the increased costs. We’ve been warned that to expect more paper cost increases later in the year.

Now is a great time to stock up before the June price increases take effect. Thank you for your understanding in the trying times.


New Product: W1340A / W1340X MICR Toner for the HP LaserJet M209dw

Monday, July 5th, 2021 | HP Toner, MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

We’ve just released two new MICR toner cartridges for the HP LaserJet M209 series. The M209dw is a low volume duplex printer that prints at 30ppm. This makes a perfect dedicated printer for printing small batches of checks. If you printing any volume of checks, upgrade to the M404n MICR laser printer. The lower cost per page of the M404n MICR will pay for it’s self over time with a 50% lower cost per page.

We offer two MICR toner cartridges for the HP LaserJet M209 series – W1340A and W1340X. The W1340A prints 1,100 pages. The W1340X prints 2,400 pages. We recommend the W1340X MICR Toner Cartridge as the cost per page drops from 11.36 cents to 6.87 cents. Again this printer is good for printing a low volume of checks.

W1340A MICR Toner Cartridge – 1,100 pages
W1340X MICR Toner Cartridge – 2,400 pages

HP M209dw MICR Toner Cartridge

Note: HP offers two variants of the LaserJet M209 – M209dw and M209dwe. The dwe variant requires that you register an account with HP and sign up for HP+. With HP+, HP is attempting to bypass the middleman and sell toner directly to the end user. If you sign up HP will spam you to buy their toner via HP+ through email and on your local computer through the driver. Yes you save $40 when you buy the printer, but we still recommend buying the dw and avoid the hassle of joining HP+ and suffering through a fair bit of spam from HP. HP does add an additional year of the HP warranty and gives you six months of free toner (up to 1,500 pages per month) when you sign up for HP+. So there is a plus side to HP+.

Here’s a complete compatibility list for the W1340A and W1340X MICR toner cartridges.

  • HP LaserJet M209dw
  • HP LaserJet M209dwe
  • HP LaserJet M211d
  • HP LaserJet M211dw
  • HP LaserJet M233dw
  • HP LaserJet M233sdn
  • HP LaserJet M236dw
  • HP LaserJet M236sdn
  • HP LaserJet M236sdw
  • HP LaserJet M234sdwe
  • HP LaserJet M234sdw
  • HP LaserJet M236d
  • HP LaserJet M233sdw
  • HP LaserJet M234dwe
  • HP LaserJet M234dw
  • HP LaserJet M234dwe
  • HP LaserJet M234sdne
  • HP LaserJet M234sdn

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Printer Firmware Updates – Don’t Do it!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 | HP Toner | No Comments

Ever since the HP LaserJet 4100 was released back in 2001, HP toner cartridges have had chips on them. These chips store useful information such as pages printed and toner coverage. These chips also tell your printer that the cartridge is empty or the cartridge is not genuine HP and to stop printing. This technique was originally deployed to prevent cartridges from being recycled or remanufactured. But it didn’t take long for the aftermarket toner cartridge industry to figure out how to replace the chip with an aftermarket chip. Since then HP has been playing an elaborate game of whack-a-mole with the aftermarket toner cartridge industry attempting to block aftermarket toner cartridges.

HP’s latest salvo in the war of toner cartridges has been via firmware updates. Aftermarket chip companies develop their chip to work with current HP firmware, then HP updates the firmware and guess what? Aftermarket cartridges developed for the older firmware won’t work.

Traditionally it was a difficult process to update firmware. You had to download a utility to push it to the printer so almost nobody updated their firmware unless there was a bug that required it. Now you your driver will prompt you to update the firmware and in a click of a button your firmware is updated. Worse still, some printer manufacturers automatically update the firmware without the user even knowing about it.

If you use aftermarket or remanufactured toner cartridges, don’t upgrade your firmware or you may find yourself locked out of buying aftermarket toner cartridges. If you only use new toner cartridges, the firmware updates won’t be a problem. That is also true for our New MICR toner cartridges as we use a new HP toner cartridge and convert it to MICR. And as the chip is original, you won’t have a problem.

It’s not just HP that has chips on their toner cartridges. You’ll find them with HP, Lexmark, Brother and more.

Follow these four steps to insure that your aftermarket toner cartridges will continue to function properly in your printer.

  1. Say no to ALL firmware updates for your printer.
  2. Make sure to switch off any automatic firmware updates..
  3. Inform your colleagues that they should also say NO to ALL firmware updates.
  4. Place a label on each printer indicating for users to say no to ALL firmware updates.


New Product: HP W1470A MICR Toner for Check Printing

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

We’ve just released a New MICR Toner for the newest series of HP Enterprise LaserJet Printers. The W1470A is compatible with the HP LaserJet M610, M611, M612. The HP W1470A MICR Toner Cartridge is a New MICR toner, meaning we’ve removed the original toner from a Genuine New HP Cartridge and replaced it with MICR toner. MICR or magnetic toner is required for check printing.

At this moment, we are only selling the standard yield W1470A MICR toner and we are not offering the high yield W1470X MICR toner.

Our Part #: RCW1470ANM
Our Price: $285.00 (free ground shipping)
Page Yield: 10,500 (5% coverage)
HP Part #: W1470A or 147A

Compatibility W1470A
HP LaserJet Enterprise M610n
HP LaserJet Enterprise M610dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M611n
HP LaserJet Enterprise M611dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M612dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M634h
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M634z
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M635h
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M635fht
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M636fh
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M636z

As with the previous generation of HP enterprise printers, we recommend changing your paper type to heavy so that the paper fuses properly to the paper. To learn more about setting your paper type to heavy, watch the video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGuEaADkQ0c)

Order online or call us at 800-722-2804 and press 1.


New Product: MICR Toner for HP LaserJet M507 Series (CF289A and CF289X MICR)

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

We are finally releasing a CF289A and CF289X MICR Toner (Magnetic) for check printing. HP released this printer over a year ago, but until now, we’ve been unable to release a qualified product. Our new CF289A/X MICR toner cartridge produces perfect prints and is designed to meet both ABA and ANSI standards.

HP CF289A New MICR Toner Cartridge
HP CF289A MICR Toner Cartridge

We have both the standard yield (5,000 pages) and the high yield (10,000 pages) versions of this MICR toner cartridge.

This is a new modified toner cartridge, meaning we’ve taken a brand new HP CF289A or CF289X toner and removed the original toner and replaced it with MICR toner. Thankfully both the standard and high yield versions fit in all of the printers.

Both cartridges are available at www.advlaser.com
New Standard Yield CF289A MICR Toner Cartridge – $230 (5,000 Pages)
New High Yield CF289X MICR Toner Cartridge – $340 (10,000 Pages)

Compatibility: HP LaserJet M507n, M507dn, M507x, M528 MFP

Availability: In Stock – Ships immediately


New Product: HP CF258A & CF258X MICR Toner for the LaserJet M404 Series

Sunday, August 11th, 2019 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

August 5, 2019 – We’ve released New MICR Toner for the HP LaserJet M404n, M404dn, M404dw. Both of these cartridges are new MICR toner cartridges. These are genuine new HP cartridges where we’ve replaced the original toner with MICR (Magnetic) toner. MICR toner cartridges are filled with a proprietary magnetic toner for printing checks with laser printers. The M404 line of printers is a direct replacement for the LaserJet M402 series. Specifications for this printer are virtually identical to it’s predecessor and both printers can print up to at 40 pages per minute.

CF258A & CF258X MICR Toner now available for the new HP LaserJet M404dn

The CF258A MICR Toner Cartridge has a page yield of 3,000 pages and sells for $170.00 each.

The CF258X MICR Toner Cartridge is a high yield toner cartridge has a page yield of 10,000 pages and sells for $310 each.

If you do the math, the CF258X MICR Toner Cartridge is by far the most cost efficient. But if you only write a few checks a year, the CF258A may be your best bet.

We’ve sold hundreds of the LaserJet M402n MICR laser printers and they have been very reliable. We expect the M404n to be as reliable as it’s predecessor. At the moment we continue to sell the M402n MICR laser printer but eventually we plan to sell a LaserJet M404n MICR Laser Printer.