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Monday, July 30, 2012

Save Money -- Compare Printers’ Cost Per Page, Not Just Purchase Price!

For many small-office and home-office users, one of the first considerations when buying a laser or inkjet printer or All-in-One (print/copy/scan/fax) is typically purchase price, then maybe color-print availability, network connectivity, WiFi connectivity, print speed and scan features. The pain may come later when toner or ink cartridges run out – often seemingly very quickly – and it’s time to repurchase them. The key to saving money and avoiding this pain is to be proactive: don’t just consider the printer or All-in-One’s purchase price, or the cost of its ink or toner cartridges, but its cost per page.

While there is a lot about cost per page written in the past, we thought it might be helpful to review it for users who are new to the concept. Cost per page is simply the cost of the ink or toner cartridge divided by the vendor’s ISO/IEC 19752 standard page yield for the cartridge. For instance, cost per page for a black ink cartridge listing at $30.99 that will be good for 1,000 pages is 3.01 ¢. For color printers, there’s typically four ink or toner cartridges required – one each for black, cyan, yellow and magenta (CYMK). Color cost per page is obtained by calculating cost per page for each black, cyan, yellow and magenta cartridge, and then adding together the cost per page for each cartridge (for instance, if cost per page for each black, cyan, magenta and yellow cartridge is 3¢, total cost per page for a color page would be 12¢).

Most inkjet printers and All-in-Ones print in color, and have permanent print heads, so that only four consumables need to be replaced – four CYMK ink cartridges. Toner-based printers (using either laser or LED-array printing technology), use only a black toner cartridge or, if they’re color printers, use black, plus cyan, yellow and magenta toner cartridges. However, waste-toner collection boxes, imaging drums and/or fusers may also have to be periodically replaced, so the cost per page for these items must also be included.

Generally, most manufacturers sell lower-priced, standard-yield ink and toner cartridges, and higher-priced ink and toner cartridges. While it might be tempting to go for the lower-priced ink or toner cartridges, the higher-priced cartridges are always a better buy because they’re good for printing more pages and their cost per page is much lower. It may just seem like only pennies’ difference, but the more you print, the more it adds up, and you could possibly save or lose thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the printer. For instance, if my color inkjet printer has a color cost per page of 7¢ while my color laser printer has a cost per page of 20¢, if I’m printing a 1,000 pages per month on my inkjet printer, my ink cartridge cost will add up to $70 per month, while my color laser printer’s cartridges will cost me $200 per month.

At the same time, just because a printer/All-in-one’s ink or toner cartridge is less expensive than a competitive printer/All-in-One’s INK OR toner cartridge doesn’t mean the lower-priced cartridge necessarily means you’re saving money – it could be just the opposite, since it depends on how many pages the cartridge is good for printing. For instance, a $20 cartridge that yields 400 pages has a cost per page of 5¢, while a $30 cartridge that yields 800 page has a cost per page of 3.7¢.

Ink Versus Laser Cost per Page
In the past, inkjet printers were designed primarily for consumers and home use; they had very low purchase price, but cost per page was high. Today though, we’re seeing a new class of inkjet printers for business use with higher purchase price but much more affordable cost per page, such as Epson’s WorkForce series, Hewlett-Packard’s Officejet series and Lexmark’s OfficeEdge All-in-Ones. In fact, cost per page can be considerably lower with these business-class inkjets versus color laser printers/All-in-Ones – for instance, 9 cents for inkjet color cost per page versus up to 26 cents for a comparable color laser printer/All-in-One. Another advantage of inkjet printing is that it’s much more simpler in design than more complicated laser technology – there are fewer moving parts with inkjet printers, which translates into the fact that inkjet printing is a more reliable technology than laser, with less chances of malfunctioning occurring, and thus less chance of service required. Another advantage of inkjet printing is that much less power is required – well over 50 percent less – versus a comparable laser unit, so you’ll be paying much less in power consumption (as much as $30 per month at 3,000 pages per month in one of our inkjet vs./laser comparative studies).

What else can you do to minimize ink and toner cartridges’ cost?
1) Because the cost of color printing is always higher than the cost of black-and-white printing, minimize color printing. For instance, avoid using it when not required, such as when printing drafts, Web pages and in-house documents. Some office-level printers and All-in-Ones also provide controls that enable administrators to disable color printing for some users, automatically shut the printer down after work hours, and disable color printing from USB flash memory drives. You can also make black-only printing (the least-expensive and longest-lasting toner or ink cartridge) the default in the print driver.
2) When considering a color inkjet printer or All-in-One, opt for ones with four separate color cartridges, not for printers that use a black ink cartridge and a single color cartridge that contains all of three cyan, magenta and yellow inks. With these all-in-one color ink cartridges, once color ink is depleted, the entire cartridge should be replaced, even though the other two colors may still be good, wasting ink.
3) Purchase the highest-yield ink or toner cartridges available. They cost more out of pocket, but cost per page will be lower than that of standard yield cartridges, saving you money in the long run. You’ll also minimize emergency trips to the office-supply store, saving you time and money.

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Original source: Review: Save Money – Compare Printers’ Cost Per Page, Not Just Purchase Price

Monday, July 09, 2012

HP Unleashes the World’s Smallest All-in-One

HP Printer Supplies
Hewlett-Packard has introduced the OfficeJet 150 Mobile All-in-One ($399.99), a portable, battery-powered All-in-One that measures approximately 3″ x 7.5″ x 14″ and weighs in at about 6.5 lbs. It includes an AC power adapter and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (print up to 500 pages on a charge). It can also be powered by any HP notebook power supply, and can connect via USB and Bluetooth wireless networking.

The name of the game may be portability, but the OfficeJet 150 Mobile gives up nothing in terms of image quality and productivity. The tests showed that image quality (particularly photos) was as good as nearly any other competitive full-size ink-jet system, and that black business-quality output was just over 6 ppm (perfectly readable/archival draft mode is considerably faster).

The Officejet 150 Mobile is the next logical step up from the previously tested printer-only OfficeJet 100 Mobile Printer with the Mobile 150′s addition of color copy and color push/pull scan a single original at a time. The Officejet Mobile 150 also has Bluetooth wireless connectivity for printing from Apple Mac, MS Windows, Linux, Blackberry, PalmOS, Windows Mobile devices, for wireless printing without being connected to a wireless network.

A “wow” factor is the folding color touch screen. It has better response than some older Officejet touch screens and makes the device remarkably easy to use.

Mobile Printing

Many vendors toss the phrase “Mobile Printing” around with abandon. Their definition of mobile printing is the ability to print either: 1) wirelessly to a WiFi printer (e.g.: Apple AirPrint); or 2) send a job as an e-mail attachment (e.g.: Epson Connect or HP ePrint). However, HPs OfficeJet Mobile 100 and 150 printer and All-in-One provide true “Mobile Printing.” That is, you can wirelessly print anywhere with Bluetooth connectivity, anytime, with no wireless network or AC power required – the device you’re printing from – whether a laptop, tablet or smartphone – just has to have Bluetooth connectivity. With the OfficeJet 150 Mobile, you can also scan to USB flash memory drives and memory cards when connected via Bluetooth.

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Source: Review and Report: HP Unleashes the World’s Smallest All-in-One (and it’s portable!)

Monday, July 02, 2012

Most Home Printer Users Print Only from PCs

Laptop and Printer
Kodak has sponsored a series of polls on the PC Advisor website. A few months back, a Kodak-sponsored poll found that home-office users favor inkjet printers over laser devices. The partners’ latest poll finds that when asked what devices they print on at home, 61% of the 77 respondents said “PC/laptop only.” PC Advisor states, “This is despite the ease with which it is now possible to print from mobile phones, tablets, indeed any web-connected device.”

Indeed, printer OEMs are focusing much of their development efforts these days on rolling out new hardware that is capable of supporting printing from mobile devices, along with various mobile printing software and apps. This is part of a concerted effort to make printing more relevant to mobile users, particularly as home printer users’ print volumes continue to dwindle. However, it seems that despite the proliferation of options, most home users in PC Advisor’s small sample have yet to take advantage of the mobile printing options at their disposal.

Still, some home printer users are using these technologies, which is good news for printer makers. PC Advisor found that 25% of respondents print from mobile devices exclusively or in combination with other devices (12% print from both PCs and tablets, 1% of respondents print from PCs and mobile phones, 1% print only from tablets, 1% print only from mobile phones, and 10% of respondents print from all of the devices—PC/laptops, tablets, and mobile phones).

On the other hand, 13% of respondents say that don’t print at all at home. PC Advisor suggests that these end users are may be deterred by other print media and “the quality of home printers, particularly when printing photos.”

In our estimation, it is not the quality of inkjet-printed photos and more likely the time-consuming nature of printing photos at home and the ease and cost advantages of ordering prints online or at retail that is deterring home photo printing. But home printing itself is dwindling in general, in large part due to the proliferation of mobile electronic devices that replace the need for hardcopy altogether.

We expect that more home users will gradually begin printing from mobile devices. But will this make up for the large volume of pages lost to electronic media or other printing options? That seems nigh impossible. Still, if home printers are to remain more relevant than buggy whips, printer vendors must continue to make printing easy and convenient to mobile gadget lovers, even as they continue to target those printing more traditionally from PCs and laptops.

What would be interesting to see is a follow-up poll on print volumes and how they have changed that asks how many pages are printed each month by each type of home printer user—those who print from laptops/PCs and those who print from a combination of devices including a mobile devices—and whether each type of home printer user’s print volumes have increased or declined compared with five years ago. If printer OEMs’ quarterly financial results are any indication, it would seem a safe bet that no matter what device home printer users choose to print from, they are printing much less than in years past.

No matter whether you print from a laptops/PCs or a mobile device, you can always get your printer supplies from Priceless Ink & Toner. Now get 25% off all eco-friendly printer supplies!

Source: Kodak-Sponsored Survey Finds Most Home Printer Users Print Only from PCs

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