Users Advised To Consider True Cost Of Inkjet Printing

2009-09-11 14:15:43

Published on 2009-09-11 14:15:43

While the cost of inkjet printers has fallen significantly over recent years, the cost of printing has stayed largely the same, with ink jet cartridges and other consumables still one of the biggest financial outlays for home and business users alike.

That is according to PC World, which looked into the issue of 'the true cost' of owning and running an inkjet printer, comparing a number of leading brands including HP, Canon, Lexmark, Brother and Kodak in a recently-conducted round of tests.

The researchers of the Canadian arm of the company found that the start ink cartridges that come with a majority of products tend to be "very low yield", meaning that "you will drain them quickly when you start printing photos or colour documents".

In addition, the research also highlighted the need for users to determine how they will use their printers, with separate colour and black ink cartridges advised for those likely to be printing a mixture of text documents and pictures.

The report noted: "If the cyan runs out, then it's the only cartridge that needs to be replaced, leaving the ink in the others to print another day.

"But all this talk about replacing ink doesn't factor in that you might not be happy with how a few images came out, leading to reprints, and even more ink being drained to attain perfection."

Earlier this month the website advised users to move away from monochrome printing now that colour printer ink cartridges are becoming increasingly affordable.

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