Allinone printers not always cheapest option warns association

2010-02-24 07:55:00

Published on 2010-02-24 07:55:00

A technology association in Germany has predicted sales of all-in-one printers to rise but has warned consumers to be aware of price.

Germany's Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media has predicted sales of all-in-one printers to rise but has warned consumers it may not always be cheapest.

All-in-one printers allow businesses and home computer users the benefit of less cables, lower cost by avoiding multiple equipment purchases and they also take up less space.

But a range of experts have warned consumers to work out what is the best set-up for their needs - and aspects such as ink cartridges and toner cartridges - before making a purchase of a printer.

Dirk Lorenz, of Germany consumer protection magazine Stiftung Warentest, said: "Before spending any money, a person should consider what they need the equipment for and what they want to do with it.

"If I am going to be doing a lot of printing then it pays to spend a little more for a better printer and then to save money on ink."

A recent survey by the magazine in September showed there were huge differences in the price of printer ink when it came to printing out an A4 photo.

By Canzil Ahmed

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