Inkjet printer: Print at the best price

Inkjet printer: Print at the best price

Before being forced to telecommute, you almost never printed anything at home, not even an entry ticket to a concert. It was so much easier and faster to do it in the office on a professional machine rather than using your old inkjet printer. Especially since the latter almost always gives you the wrong leap: when it’s not the paper that gets stuck or the connection that breaks due to an aging cable, it’s the ink that runs out or the nozzles that are clogged again.

Despite these recurring problems, you hung on and persisted in making it work – even if you had to try several times while swearing – because you had to find a solution to print your children’s homework, and various administrative documents, as well as those necessary to carry out your job.

But today the cup is full because you once again have to buy a set of ink cartridges that cost as much as the price of a new printer. Still, it’s been a while since you’ve printed anything. Where’s the flaw?

Paradoxically, the less you use an inkjet printer, the more ink it uses.

Paradoxically, the less you use an inkjet printer, the more ink it uses. Why? When such a printer is not used for several days, the ink dries out and clogs the nozzles. To be able to print again, an automatic cleaning program must be carried out. However, this kind of program tends to consume a lot of ink.

What if you end up buying a new printer anyway? Before jumping on the first promotion to come in this area, first, take the time to define your profile. In fact, there exist two printing technologies on the market, each with its advantages or disadvantages.

Inkjet printer

If you need to make numerous color prints with images, or if you like to print either Photo, in this case, you will need an inkjet printer (because the more you print, the lower the price per page). But this time, opt for a model with several cartridges just to replace the exhausted color, without having to replace the whole thing.

0.01€Tank(s) printers reduce the cost of printing a page to less than a penny.

Better, prefer a tank printer. They can be filled manually with bottles available separately. Certainly, these printers are a bit more expensive (from 150 euros), but they allow you to make real savings. According to Test Achats, the price per text page of an ink tank printer is up to 100 times less than the price per page with a conventional inkjet printer.

Depending on the brands and models (eg Ecotank at Epson or MegaTank at Canon), printing per page costs less than one cent. Count 0.2 to 0.3 cents for a black and white page and 0.6 to 0.8 cents for a color page.

The Epson EcoTank ET-4750 inkjet printer with tanks (from 389 euros).

Laser

If you need to print instead mostly text and that that must go fast (between 20 to 25 pages per minute), then it is rather towards laser technology that you will have to direct your purchase.

A laser printer is more reliable and efficient than an inkjet printer because it uses toner (a powder that melts on a page at high temperature) and therefore does not require any special maintenance.

The Brother HL-L2375DW monochrome laser printer (from 170 euros).

However, she is less efficient when it comes to printing in color. This is why you should not hesitate to automatically opt for a monochrome laser printer if you don’t mind having only black and white prints. In general, it counts as 3 to 4 cents per page of printed text.

However, like inkjet printers, now there is a rechargeable monochrome laser printer: the HP Neverstop. In practice, the user must add toner packaged in a syringe to his fixed cartridge, which here also makes it possible to print a page of text for less than a penny. 

The HP Neverstop rechargeable monochrome laser printer (from 280 euros).

The only downside to this printer is that it does not manage automatic front/back (an essential function for those who also want to save paper).

Additional savings

Speaking of which, if you’re looking for tips on how to reduce your consumables budget, here are a few.

When you have the choice, prefer the purchase of an XL or XXL cartridge. They allow reducing the price per page by 20%.

Before printing, change the font if necessary and adjust the resolution.

Before printing, change the font if necessary. Some (Calibri, Century, Times New Roman) require fewer consumables than others (Arial, Tahoma, Verdana).

Also, adjust the resolution in the print settings. By default, this is – for example – set to 600 dpi (dots per inch). Switching to a resolution of 300 dpi will reduce ink or toner consumption without affecting your reading comfort.

Finally, some manufacturers – such as HP with Instant Ink or Epson with ReadyPrint – have launched ink supply plans by subscription. Do not hesitate to take a look at the different formulas offered. “This system can be advantageous if you often print in color or if a black and white print costs 0.07 or more“, according to the analysis of Test Achats.