Want to have the best printer ink deal?

By: SA Perillo


Are you looking for the best printer ink deal available? If yes, this is the place for you.

The current world trend is to go digital. But we still need to print a lot of documents in our daily life. Sometimes printer inks are really costly, especially if you have gone for a cheap printer. Be it an inkjet cartridge or laser printer toners, cheap ink really matters. One must also consider printing quality (not for regular printing) and cost per page. So let us have some detailed comparison between the different options available.

Among different printers Kodak (Kodak ESP C310) provides the cheapest ink (3 cents for black & 9.5 cents for color prints). The problem is that the printer itself is not that great (speed, print quality or features).

Next come the HP (HP Photosmart 5510MFP) and Brother. Both are average considering the ink price (4.2 cents for black & 11.4 - 11.7 cents for color prints). Quality of print is better than Kodak.

If you go for Epson the situation is little different. They have different print prices for different needs. Printers meant for home use (Epson Artisan 837MFP) will cost more for black, but less for color (3.3 cents for black & 9.2 cents for color prints) than printers made for office use (Epson Work Force 845 all-in-one) and vice versa (3 cents for black & 10.2 cents for color prints). Epson also has a stylus model for home use having even higher print cost (5.8 cents for black & 15.7 cents for color prints). If you go for smaller cartridge the print cost rises to whooping 6.2 cents for black & 18 cents for color prints. So if you need a high number of prints, Epson Stylus is not for you.

Other brands like Dell, Canon (Canon Pixma MG4120) and Lexmark are all have costly standard cartridge (ranging from 6.3 - 8.9 cents for black & 13 - 29.2 cents for color prints, depending on model). The cost is always above average and at the best comparable with Epson (not Stylus). Going for high yield cartridges will save you some bucks if you want use these models.

The list of printer models has been almost never-ending and cannot be covered here. So when you are planning to buy a printer, always divide the cartridge cost with page yield and you will have the cost per page statistic. Look for whether different types of cartridges are available for the selected model (standard, high or low yield). Do the above calculation and find the one best suite your purpose and printing style. Do not buy a low yield cartridge if you print a lot or a high yield cartridge if you print less. In the first case it will cost more and in the latter case your cartridge head will go dry for not using often enough

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