Ink-onomics: Can you save money by spending more on your printer?
Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:53 PM
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:05 PM
By the way, I would like to mourn the quality of B&W lasers we have today versus what Apple produced in the 1990's. If I compare the "graphics" quality of my BROTHER MFC-7840W which I purchase a couple years ago, to Apples 16/600PS which came out in 1994, the Apple LaserWriter wins hands down. It's no contents at all. That remains true even though my BROTHER laser has an excellent PostScript emulator in it. In comparison to the 16/600PS, the BROTHER print sucks. If the 16/600 weren't so old, I'd opt to get one of those instead. I just don't understand why its so hard to find a decent B&W PS laser printer these days, akin to the LaserWriter series. Maybe Apple needs to get back in the printer business. Everyone else is doing a very lackluster job.
For now though, despite my peeve about inferior quality to LaserWriters, laser printers are your best option right now. Inkjets were designed to drain your wallet dry.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:11 PM
The problem is we didn't print very often. Once every month or two we would go to print something. The printer was out of ink. I would think to myselff, "All the ink is brand new. I've only printed 5 pages. What gives?" then I would remember that was a month or two ago and I had not printed since then. I would go buy all new ink again, print the few pages I needed and then do the whole thing over again in another month. Needless to say this was incredibly expensive, much higher costs per page than the estimates above.
Now we don't have a printer. The iPad has allowed us to go completely paperless. Otherwise we would have a laser printer right now.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:17 AM
Not necessarily... I had an HP (I forget the model) that used 6 weird/bulky-style cartridges. I never print any particular type of document, but that printer always used yellow faster than any other color. I believe someone at Best Buy told me if I'm printing a lot of pictures, I need to buy an extra yellow (what he was told buy another customer with the same printer). After printing a couple hundred 4" x 6" pictures of random things/people, it did use twice the amount of yellow. This didn't only apply to pictures.
My Canon MX870 seems to be more even with usage. Even with the Canon, if I'd replace all at the same time, one of the colors would always run out faster than the rest. The job determines which color. It's never the same. It's enough of a difference that if it were a tricolor cartridge, there'd always be wasted ink.
The Epson WorkForce 600 I had was the worst. If one color ran out, it would completely stop printing until it was replaced. It wouldn't even allow me to print in grayscale. My former HP nor this Canon does that, allowing me to squeeze out a couple more pages before I have to replace the one that ran out.
I won't buy another printer that uses tricolor cartridges again.
This post has been edited by redgeminipa: 05 May 2012 - 04:34 AM
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:05 AM
In seeing what ink costs have been on our multifunction Canon (MX850), we could have purchased another monochrome laser. I think that's what we'll do going forward. Use the multifunction when we need color printing or some of the other functions; black and white printing on the laser.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:30 AM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:54 AM
I wish I had taken 2 when the offered them to me.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:18 PM
I find the multifunction in many printers the biggest reason for the investment. Perhaps paying more for an all-in-one that has better stats with its copier or fax would be better than focusing only on the printing.
Also, I entertain the thought that if you do a certain kind of printing instead you should invest in a specialized or better suited additional printer. If you print photos regularly (though why not use an online service like Shutterfly or a drugstore kiosk, but I digress) by a photo printer. If you do a lot of mono printing buy a cheap laser printer. I have an HP B210 all-in-one primarily for scanning and app functions (as well for the iPad's AirPrint functionality) and an HP 1012 Laserjet. The 1012 I bought with my first Mac, a graphite G3 iMac, used it to print out three chapter samples of manuscripts to send to publishers for the past ten years and have replaced the toner cartridge only twice. Graphics printed in it are horrible; it's not it's purpose. Text looks wonderful. The B210 will do photos and color as needed and gives me the functionality of updated technology, notably AirPrint (for iPad use at the house), ePrint (printing from anywhere I remember to do it) and built in apps (uploading pics to websites, card reader scanning).
In this day of paperless computing, I think this Article offers great tips for the times you need print.