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The True Cost of an Inkjet Printer If you are planning to buy a new inkjet printer, you will initially be pleasantly surprised by the choice of excellent printers at very reasonable prices available. However you will soon realize that to truly understand the cost of running the printer, you have to think about the cost of running the device, and specifically what you will pay for the cartridges. In recent years manufacturers have been practically giving printers away, while charging extortionate amounts for replacement ink cartridges, making ink one of the most expensive fluids on earth. In addition the amount of ink you actually get in a cartridge has significantly decreased. Today you get 25% of the amount of ink you got ten years ago. To make matters worse printers often "waste" ink while going through automated maintenance procedures to clean their print heads. Manufacturers also program the microchips in their devices to ensure that they will not work with refills. If you plan to spend around $100 for a printer, but will then need to spend $40 for ink cartridges, you can appreciate that factoring the cost of ink replacement is important in finding an inkjet that will allow you to print at low cost. How to Find the True Cost of Using Your Inkjet Printer Estimating the true cost of printing is far from simple. Unfortunately it is not enough to compare the prices of different manufacturer's ink cartridges, these could hold different amounts of ink and will yield different amounts of print before they need to be replaced. A generally used measure for the ink costs of running a printer is the CPP (cost per page). This is usually reported as two values, one for black and white pages, which is significantly lower, and one for color. This takes account of the cost of cartridges and their yield (how many pages can be printed from one cartridge). Of course the yield is not a fixed value, it depends on the settings for the quality of the printed page. High resolution, maximum quality settings use up more ink than 'draft' settings. Naturally manufacturers report yields for the lowest settings available on the printer, so if you print a lot of high quality photographs that you want to display, your costs will be higher. Kodak: All-In-One Hero 7.0Kodak advertises itself as having the lowest cost ink from all the other manufacturers. It claims that the cost of running its devices is 50% of that of other manufacturers. Although these claims are disputed by other companies like HP, it does appear that Kodak printers do cost less to run. The Hero 7.0 is an all-in-one inkjet, which means that it can function as a photocopier and scanner as well. However its usefulness in an office setting is limited by the fact that the main paper tray only holds 100 sheets at a time, and the slow speed of its printing. On the other hand, it can work very well as a home printer, were it especially excels at printing high quality photos. It has a separate tray for photo paper, and can be connected to your network through ethernet and wifi. It is Airprint capable, allowing easy printing from iPhones and iPads, but can also be accessed from Google cloud, and other mobile devices. It will also print directly from bridge cameras, memory cards and USB pen drives, and has a good 3.5" LCD. Kodak's reported price per page, 2.8 cents for black and white and 8.2 cents for colour is probably as low as you are going to get. AIO Printer From BrotherThe Brother MFC J825DW printer won an Editor's Choice from PC Magazine as an office-centric all in one printer that can double as a copier, scanner or a fax machine. It comes with many features which could be useful in a small office or a home office including a 20 page automatic document feed (ADF), allowing you to easily handle scanning or copying multi-page documents. The ink isn't the cheapest around, it is estimated that cost per page is 4.2 c for monochrome and 11.7 c for color. However they are not as bad as Canon or Epson printers and if you do a lot of printing the availability of cartridge multi packs can bring down the price to 3.8 c and 10.1 c for black and white and color respectively. An HP e-Printer for the Office The HP Officejet Pro 8600 is an all-in-one inkjet for people with serious printing and paper handling needs. It is targetted more at the small office, rather than the home. This is one of HP's range of e-printers, it is assigned its own email address, and documents can be printed by emailing them as PDF files. It also has wi-fi connectivity and can read directly from memory cards. The Officejet Pro 8600 is very fast for an inkjet and produces high quality prints. It comes with an automatic document feed (ADF) which can handle up to 50 pages, and can automate duplexing, so it will scan or copy double sided pages unattended. Manufacturer reported yields form its extra capacity cartridges are 2700 pages for black ink, and 1500 pages for colour. Given the price of the cartridges this works out at about 1.6 cents per monochrome page and 7.3 cents for a colour page, which is remarkably cheap for inkjet printers. This HP Officejet is a real power workhorse and has many productivity features. It has a bigger footprint than many all-in-one inkjets, and is not a budget printer. You will make significant savings over time if you need to print a lot of documents, and makes sense if you need its paper-handling abilities. However if you are looking for a home device to print the occasional photo or document, you are probably better off with a cheaper device, even if it has higher ink costs.
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#1 HP LaserJet Pro 400 MFP M425dn HP LaserJet Pro 400 MFP M425dn is a monochrome laser printer for everyday office tasks such as faxing, scan to email and network folders, copying and printing jobs. The scanner has two scanning heads so you can scan double-sided pages at once. Save energy with the HP Auto-On/Auto-Off technology. The tray has a capacity of 250 sheets. With an optional tray can be raised to 500 sheets Pros Fast printing up to 33 pages per minute. Automatic two-sided printing. Wi-Fi: print directly from your smart phone or tablet. DADF: automatic two-sided scanning / copying. HP Auto-On/Auto-Off technology saves energy. Downsides Does not print in color. Suitable for work groups or departments up to 8 people (750-3000 pages per month). Print speed black and white: 33 ppm #2 HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475DW The HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475DW is a business color laser printer, scanner, copier and fax machine with networking capabilities. The integrated duplexer and automatic document feeder (ADF) provide convenience, combined with efficiency for office use. The printer is easy to install using HP Smart Install without any CDs. The HP LaserJet Pro 400 can be accessed by any mobile device with a network connection via Wi-Fi using HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint. You can send your scans directly via email and / or save to USB / network folder. Through the 8.9-inch color touch screen you can manage all your print jobs and also have access to several online applications. Pros Network connectivity for sharing the printer with multiple users. Wi-Fi for wireless connection to send print jobs from any device with WiFi. Scan to USB, email or network folder. Integrated duplexer for automatic two-sided printing documents. Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) of 50 sheets. Includes printer cable for wired connection to laptop / PC. Downsides Capacity is 300 sheets of paper trays and expandable to 550 sheets if you purchase an additional paper tray for 250 sheets. Print speed black and white: 20 ppm #3 HP LaserJet Pro 300 Color MFP M375NW This printer combines convenience with efficiency for the home or office. With print and copy speeds of up to 19 A4 pages per minute and a 600 x 600 dpi print quality will not only increase your productivity but also the look of your documents. The printer is using HP Smart Install which is easy to install without CD and share it with multiple users. Using the 8.9-inch color touch screen you can manage all your print jobs and also have access to several online applications. Furthermore, you can easily print documents from or to a USB memory stick. You can send your scans directly via email and / or save to USB / network folder. HP's Auto-On/Auto-Off technology saves energy and money. To increase productivity, the HP LaserJet Pro 300 Color MFP M375NW also features an automatic document feeder (ADF) for 50 sheets. Pros Network connectivity for sharing the printer with multiple users within the existing network. Wi-Fi for wireless connection to send print jobs from any mobile device with network connection. Scan to USB, email or network folder. Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) 50 sheets. High capacity black toner available for 4,000 pages. Includes printer cable for wired connection to laptop / PC. Downsides No integrated duplexer for automatic two-sided printing. Printer is suitable for workgroups (up to 500-1500 pages per month). Print speed black and white:18 ppm #4 HP LaserJet Pro 200 color MFP Printer The HP LaserJet Pro 200 M276NW provides each office with a user friendly machine for color laser printing, scanning, copying and faxing. After an easy installation, this multifunction printer can be accessed from any device on the network, using both Ethernet and wireless (including smart phones and tablets). The 256 MB of memory, combined with the 750 MHz processor for fast processing of each print job makes this on the top list. Pros Multifunctional color laser printer, scanner, fax and copier in one. Network connection. Wi-Fi: wireless networking and mobile printing from Android and Apple devices with HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint. Includes a 750 MHz processor (ICM memory) for high-speed processing of large documents Scan options for e-mail and PC & from USB and scanned using the automatic document feeder (ADF). HP Smart Install: plug & play installation for immediate use. Downsides No duplex printing automatically. Print speed black and white:14 ppm #5 Samsung Xpress M2875FW The Samsung M2875FW Xpress is a fast mono laser printer, color scanner, copier and fax machine. With a print speed of 28 pages per minute and convenient features like automatic two-sided printing and skip blank pages, you are assured of an efficient printer. The Samsung Xpress M2875FW also has a network and Wi-Fi connection. This makes it possible to share with multiple users within the network and to send print jobs from any device wirelessly. Install the Easy Printer Manager, so you can manage the printer from any location. Pros Fast monochrome laser printer, color scanner, copier and fax machine. Two-sided printing, automatic skipping of blank pages. Network connection, so that you can share with multiple users. Wi-Fi connection. You can set the printer to work with the 40-sheet automatic document feeder. Downsides It is possible to print in black and white only. It is not possible to add an additional paper tray. Paper capacity of the printer is limited. Print speed black and white: 28 ppm #6 HP LaserJet Pro 100 color MFP M175nw A color laser printer perfect for the home or office. That is the HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw. With this you get the all in one solution for all your printing needs. A laser printer, copier and scanner with Wi-Fi. With a print speed up to 16 pages per minute, you never have to wait long. For copying this printer has a knack. The automatic copy optimization can improve the quality of the images to copy text. The printer has a paper tray that can accommodate 150 sheets and an output tray for 50 sheets. The recommended print volume to 950 prints per month, but HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw can print even up to 20,000 pages per month. This printer has an automatic document feeder (ADF) for 35 pages. Print speed black and white:16 ppm #7 Samsung Xpress M2070FW The Samsung M2070FW Xpress is a compact and fast monochrome laser printer, scanner, fax and copier. With a print speed of 20 pages per minute and a print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, you are always assured that you are ready to print fast with excellent quality. Using the automatic document feeder (ADF), you can scan, print or fax multiple documents. The M2070FW is suitable for printing (text) documents, reports, presentations and articles. Its compactness ensures that you can place the printer. Anywhere you like. You can send print jobs via Wi-Fi or use the NFC feature of your smart phone. This allows you to send a print job by simply keeping the Samsung Xpress M2070FW in touch with your smart phone Pros Fast monochrome laser printer, scanner, fax and copier with 20 pages per minute. Compact. Wi-Fi and LAN connection: via Samsung Mobile Print App you can easily send print jobs. NFC printing Just by pressing the WPS button, the printer connects to Wi-Fi. Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), so that you can copy, scan and fax multiple documents simultaneously Downsides Print only in black and white. It is not possible to duplex printing. Paper tray sticks out when it is loaded with paper. Print speed black and white: 20 ppm #8 Samsung Xpress C460W Samsung Xpress C460W is the all-in-one printing solution for everyday use at home or at your office. Connect it to your PC via USB or to the network through the Ethernet or Wi-Fi and your printing, scanning and copying projects can be started in a snap. In addition, it is even possible to use NFC to send print jobs. Due to its compact size, the printer can be placed virtually anywhere. Samsung has also carefully considered the user interface of this printer. The control panel is simple and intuitive. With convenient buttons as One-Touch Eco, WPS and Direct USB, working with Samsung Xpress C460W is made easy. Pros Color laser printer, scanner and copier in one. Network connection Wi-Fi: via Samsung Mobile Print App you can easily send print jobs. NFC printing. Scan to PC / USB / Application. User-friendly: simple control panel and easy replacement of the toners. Downsides The paper sticks out when paper is loaded in the tray. Fax functionality is not supported. It is not possible to print duplex automatically. Does not have an automatic document feeder (ADF). Print speed black and white: 18 ppm #9 Xerox WorkCentre 3325DNI The Xerox WorkCentre 3325DNI is one mono laser printer with which you can also scan, copy and fax. The network and Wi-Fi connection make sure that connectivity will not be an issue. With print speeds up to 35 pages per minute, you never have to wait long for your documents. The automatic duplexer and automatic document feeder makes it convenient to use and saves you lot of money on paper. In addition, the printer is equipped with other convenient features such as: scan to email, USB, FTP or PC (local / network) and the WorkCentre 3325DNI can also be expanded with an additional 520-sheet paper tray. Pros Fast monochrome laser printer with print speed up to 35 pages per minute. Scan, copy and fax with duplex automatic document feeder for 50 sheets. Network & Wi-Fi connection, so the printer can be shared with everyone on the network. Automatic two-sided printing using the integrated duplexer. Scan to e-mail/USB/FTP/PC (local / network) Save costs by using the XL-toner. Downsides The USB printer cable for connection to PC / laptop is not included. Prints only in black and white. Print speed black and white: 35 ppm #10 HP Laserjet Pro MFP M125NW This compact monochrome laser printer is suitable for the office. Despite its small size it is a hard worker. It can take up to 20 pages per minute. It can also scan both sides of a document. Thanks to the network connection and Wi-Fi capabilities, it is easy to share the printer in a network. Pros Print, scan and copy. Suitable for home or small business use. Wi-Fi network connection and wireless printing. Compact so you can place the printer anywhere Printing via smart phone or tablet through WiFi. Downsides Does not have an automatic document feeder (ADF). Duplex scanning or copying is not possible. Only black and white print. Print speed black and white: 20 ppm
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