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How to Save Money by Choosing the Right Printer

How to Save Money by Choosing the Right PrinterPrinters and ink are notorious for being expensive, but with a little research you can easily lower those costs; itís all about knowing what you need from your printer before you purchase it. There are many different printer models with many different features available on the market today, but by doing just a little bit of homework, the printer buying experience can be both rewarding and more economical than you might have imagined.

The first thing to consider is what exactly you are going to be printing. For example, if you are looking to primarily print photographs, you will want to narrow your search down to photo printers. These printers differ from typical inkjet and laser printers in that they tend to have all dye-based cartridges (as opposed to pigment-based). If you are primarily printing shipping labels, as many small business operators do, you may wish to forego the traditional inkjet and laser printer and invest in a thermal printer. Itís also important to know the difference between inkjet and laser printers. Generally speaking, laserjet printers are preferred in business settings due to their high speed and longevity, whereas inkjet printers are more popular for home use due to their lower costs and flexibility. For general home use, an inkjet printer is a versatile and sensible solution for most families. Regardless of which type of printer you choose, the next thing to consider is the cost of the ink. For more information about the difference between inkjet and laser machines:

Brand name ink is expensive; we are all aware of that. You have already made probably the best cost-saving decision you can: purchasing remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges. But when choosing a printer, you should investigate the cost of ink beforehand to get an idea of which cartridges are more affordable than others. The easiest way to accomplish this is to browse our website, searching either by potential printer model or cartridge number. It is also important to note that certain printer models are more refill and compatible-friendly; some machines will read refill cartridges as empty as soon as they are installed, but will still print just fine. It simply means that there may be a few extra clicks necessary when completing a print job. The best idea is to call us at Inksell and tell us what youíre looking for; we are glad to assist you.

Printer Model Printer Cost* Cartridge Cost
Canon Pixma MP250 $32.00 $50.90 **
Epson Stylus NX115 $39.00 $31.80 ***
HP Deskjet F4580 $49.00 $44.90 ***
* Price
** OEM Price Black + Color
*** Compatible Price Black + Color
Another important cost factor regarding ink is the printerís yield. The yield is a standardized measurement of the number of pages a particular printer will produce on a single set of cartridges. It is important to note that the yield is based on a standard of five percent coverage, which means that each printer will meet that yield if you were to only cover five percent of each page with ink. The yield gives you a good idea of the expected longevity of each set of cartridges for the printer, which can be very helpful based on the amount of printing you expect to do. With this information you can calculate the cost of owning and using a specific printer, and compare the costs of each machine you are considering. For more information on calculating a printerís cost of ownership:

Many new printers come with an astonishing array of features, not all of which may be necessary depending on your printing habits and needs. Some printers feature multiple insertion trays for paper, allowing you to print on different-sized media. Others may feature duplex printing (printing on both sides of a sheet of paper) which is a great way to save money on the cost of paper. When browsing a feature list, itís also important to note certain other important items such as the Energy Star designation and the duty cycle. Energy Star certified devices are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Always look for machines that use less electricity to save money on your electric bill. The duty cycle is a term which designates how many pages can be safely printed each month. If you are planning on doing a lot of high-volume printing, this is certainly something you will want to consider.

Though the vast array of available printer makes and models today may seem overwhelming, with a little bit of research beforehand you can easily navigate all of those options and find machines that are better suited for your printing needs. Paying close attention to the real cost of ink, energy consumption, and choosing paper saving features will go a long way towards helping you narrow down your search.