Canon 540-541 ink cartridges keep the ink flowing in Pixma all-in-one printers produced between 2011 and 2013. These machines take either the standard PG540 black and CL541 tri-colour cartridges or the high capacity PG540XL and CL541XL, all found on eBay. Standard cartridges are rated for about 200 pages output. The high capacity black cartridge is rated for 600 pages, although actual output varies according to the materials printed. The tri-colour cartridge is rated at 400 pages. Quality of colour output is often very good, especially for photographs, in part because the Pixma line was originally developed for photo printing and in part because of Canon's well-developed ink technology.
Genuine Canon cartridges carry a six--month performance guarantee when used in Canon printers. However, those on budgets may prefer to buy recycled ink cartridges to refill. Recycled cartridges reduce the operating cost of these low-priced printers, sometimes with a print quality trade-off. Either cartridge choice provides reasonably priced quality prints that serves the home user's needs.