Month March 2017

Month March 2017

Cost Effective Inkjet Printers

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The Inkjet Printers- Models & Cost Comparison

When it comes to printer & photocopy machines, we have never ending choices in the market. If you are a buyer of a new printer, or just want to replace your photocopy machine, the first and foremost factor you think of is its cost. In general, your printing cost is based on the purpose for which you are using the printer, how frequently you use your printer, how many people use your printer and of course, how much you are willing to spend on it later in terms of ink cartridge replacement. The mainstream printer technologies that you will see in the market include inkjet, LED, laser (quite similar to LED), and solid ink. If you are an inkjet printer user and looking for a new one or replacing the existing one, this post will serve as a useful guide.

The Inkjet Printers

Users looking for high-quality printing that mixes colors smoothly with low printing cost prefer inkjet printers. These printers give high photo and text quality and are widely used for commercial purposes like printing of invitations, brochures, flyers etc. In offices, where heavy use of the printer is expected, inkjet printers make an ideal choice.  Another reason behind this preference is that inkjet printers are compatible with most of the media. You can print on custom designed canvas, banner-size papers, iron-on transfers, or on any custom-size paper.

Latest & Most Popular Models

We have taken into an account the following inkjet printer models, which are known to print striking photos, lengthy professional reports and documents and other commercial papers, with comparatively lower cost than other models in the market.

  1. Brother MFC-J985DW

It is a high capacity and budget friendly inkjet printer, having low running cost. This model provides above average photo quality and is compatible with memory cards and USB thumb drives. However, it has a low paper capacity and below-par text and graphics. It makes the best and affordable choice for home use.

The prominent features are mentioned as follows:

Printer Cost (Average) $170-$200
Ink Cartridge Cost:
Number of Cartridges 4
Cost per page (color) 4.7 cents
Cost per page (Mono) 1 cent
Duty Cycle (Per month) 2500 pages
Input Capacity 100 pages
Rated Speed 10 ppm
Optical Resolution 1200 pixels per inch

 

  1. Canon Maxify MB2720

It is one of the most popular inkjet printers by Canon, known to deliver a great output quality overall. It has a large paper capacity and low running cost. One of its most distinct features is that it is wireless. You can connect it via Ethernet, USB or wifi. However, it doesn’t offer automatic double-sided scanning and direct wifi connectivity. It is great both for home and office use.

The prominent features are mentioned as follows:

Printer Cost (Average) $123-$150
Ink Cartridge Cost:
Number of Cartridges 4
Cost per page (color) 2.7 cents
Cost per page (Mono) 8 cent
Duty Cycle (Per month) 20000 pages
Input Capacity 500 pages
Rated Speed 15.5 ppm
Optical Resolution 600 pixels per inch

 

  1. HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile

It is a portable inkjet printer. You can connect it via USB, Wifi-Direct, and Wifi. This model has a rechargeable battery and offers high photo and text quality. If you are looking for light-weighted, high-speed professional inkjet printer, it may be the most feasible option.

The prominent features are mentioned as follows:

Printer Cost (Average) $350-$450
Ink Cartridge Cost:
Number of Cartridges 2
Cost per page (color) 15.6 cents
Cost per page (Mono) 6 cent
Duty Cycle (Per month) 500 pages
Input Capacity 50 pages
Rated Speed 10 ppm
Optical Resolution 600 pixels per inch

 

The Bottom line

The Brother MFC-J985DW is lower price inkjet printer having an extraordinary low running cost. The Maxify MB2720 delivers a winning blend of modest price, more efficient paper handling, and low running cost, while the HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile is portable and easier to use. Keep in mind that your inkjet printers’ cost is eventually based on the usage of the printer and the quality you are looking for.

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The cost of owning a new photocopier machine

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Like all other electronic products, the value of a photocopier machine depreciates fast. While a used iPhone 7 may still hold 60 percent of its value after a year, the same is not true for a photocopier machine.

More often than not, you would find it difficult to even trade in a used copier to a second-hand dealer for 10 percent of its original price. The reason is because this piece of machine requires regular maintenance to keep it working. Once the service warranty period of the photocopier expires, it becomes a cheap plastic that only takes up space in your office.

If you had read my previous blog on “buying or leasing expensive copier“, you would be surprised on how much savings you could draw by just changing your strategy to go for a used copier that comes with an extended service warranty instead. However, such practices have not been popular in our culture since we have been paying too much attention to new products. It is only until recently that used copier has gathered interest due to the economic slowdown in the recent years.

Factors That Determine The Copier's Performance

On the contrary, used copiers have always been popular among our neighbouring countries like Malaysia or Thailand. In fact, it is common to spot a used copier machine on a commercial building or even in big printing firm. Having said that,  there are many of us choose to believe in the sales talk to just buy a new copier to have a peace of mind. Though it makes a lot of sense that old stuff tends to break down more often, but the thing to look out for while searching for a used printing copier is whether it comes with a comprehensive service warranty or not.

Another popular belief is that,  if the copier machine is new, therefore it should last longer. Yes, it should unless the machine could manage your daily printing volume. Most copier machines start losing its performance begin to break down frequently on the second year because the users’ printing volume have exceeded the machine’s printing capacity. Therefore, if you are running on a tight budget, it is better to own a used yet sturdy copier that is right for your printing usage rather than to get a new but flimsy machine that couldn’t cope with your printing volume at the end of the day.

 

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