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Best AirPrint Copiers and Printers: Compatible with iPhone and iPadInkjet Printers Can Save You Money at HomeAn all-in-one printer may be a better multifunction solution than many realize. While a laser printer may, on average, have a lower cost per page, it's typically much more expensive and out of the question for those looking for a simple solution for the occasional print job. In this post we'll take a look at 5 inexpensive all-in-one inkjet solution and talk about a few more of the pros and cons for going with an inkjet printer. I recently decided to upgrade my old printer to something with a few more options. By that I simply mean that I needed something that could copy, scan, and print when I couldn't use a digital document or wanted a quick photo. In the course of searching for the best all in one printer for my needs, I came across a technology that was much more refined than I remember it being. Unlike a few years ago you can now find inkjets that are faster, wireless, more reliable, and cheaper to use per page. Advantages and Disadvantages to Using an Inkjet PrinterAdvantages: Perfect for photos and Colored Documents Can Print on various types of paper and even some types of fabrics Refilled Cartridges and generics are less expensive Prints in Color Disadvantages Ink is water-based and can be damaged if exposed to water or fade if put in the light Cartridges occasionally need to be cleaned Tray holds less paper than laser printers Doesn't print as many copies as a laser printer Refills or Generic Print Cartridges Create Low Cost Per Page Options:Save up to 80% Vs. Cartridge Purchases: If you go out and purchase a brand new ink cartridge every time you run out, then you might start questioning why you bought an inkjet printer in the first place. Consider using an ink refill kit, going to a local refill store, or purchasing a generic model online. Generic models have typically been filled and refilled before and can be found for very inexpensive prices. Using generic ink cartridges or refilling them yourself can save you nearly 80% of your overall cost per page. Types of Inkjet HeadsThermal Design - This is the design used in most common consumer printers.It heats the ink and pushes into the page like a bubble and uses only water-based types of inks. This type of head is cheaper to produce than consumer piezo electric heads. Piezo Electric - This head type takes electricity to a crystalline inside which then releases the ink in droplets. This type of head is used more on commercial inkjet printers because it allows for more ink types and it eliminates the ink buildup sometimes found with thermally designed heads. Types of Inkjet InkDye Based Wide variety of colors Less expensive because it uses less ink in the droplets Not the best with fine details Almost no water resistance Pigment based Sits on the surface of the paper Less color options Better for fine details More expensive More water resistant Best Multifunction Inkjet Printers for the Money in 2016Under $100 - Brother MFCJ450DW Inkjet Vs. Epson C11CC87201 XP-410 Brother MFCJ450DW Any time you can purchase a printer that prints, scans, copies and even faxes for under $100 you may begin to question its reliability. However, seeing as this product was from trusted manufacturer Brother I decided to give it a chance. I was surprised at how quick it prints, up to 33ppm black and 27ppm color) and I was able to find a complete 5 pack set of the ink cartridges for under $20. The black Cartridge alone I was able to find for under $6. Other great features like double sided printing, an ink level display, automatic feeder, and a web connect option which allows you to directly scan or print from the cloud or even your cell phone. Final Thoughts: It's possible that Brother is selling this printer so cheap in the hope that you'll continuously buy expensive cartridge refills. If you stick with generics at under $20, then this is a great overall value for a home or small business. Epson C11CC87201 XP-410 Another solid option in the under $100 category is the Epson XP-410. Like the Brother model it has Wi-Fi direct so you can easily print from wherever you are and includes double-sided printing. This includes your tablet or cell phone. The Epson model also includes a 2.5" LCD touch panel looks good and the compact design works well in small offices. Final Thoughts: Compared to the Brother model above it doesn't have the speed printing or feeder tray option. If that's important to you, then go with the Brother model, if not, then you can save $20 and go with a printer that's nearly as good. Good Inkjet Printers Under $150 Canon is well-known for their popular compact and DSLR cameras. If you're looking for an option that will allow you to create unforgettable photos or posters, then I recommend going with a Canon Pixma model. Specifically the ix6520 is a great option for those specifically looking for a photo image option because of its Full HD movie print. This allows you to record video from your DSLR, play it back, and choose that perfect moment to print. Canon gives you the best overall value: For a better multifunction option, the MX712 still gives you high resolution, 9500 x 2400, quality prints and has more overall features. For Under $200 Consider the Epson Artisan 50 Color Injket Printer: If you want something that pretty much does every type of print you need in the quality you want it in, then you should definitely consider the Epson Artisan 50 for around $200. Professional Quality Photo and DVD Printing: It gives you better than lab quality photos, can make professional looking CDs and DVDs and is smear resistant. Overall inkjet printers have come a long way in the last couple of decades. Spending over $100 doesn't seem to be necessary for most homes and with readily available generic ink cartridge products printing is less expensive than ever.
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Copy machine salesThe 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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