Printer Tip No. 4
Adding color to your prints
This tip really only applies to shoppers looking for a new printer but it’s an important one. For many homes and businesses, being able to color is a necessity but, if not, you can really save a good amount of money purchasing a monochrome printer in both initial cost and long run usage.
Purchasing a color laser-class printer can add on several hundred dollars to the initial cost of your device; a single function monochrome laser printer starts around $250 where as a single function color laser-class printer is usually priced over $400. Not to mention with a color laser-class printer, you’ll need four cartridges compared to a single black cartridge for monochrome printers.
But let’s say color is a must. Then consider your needs. If you want photo prints or have a small to medium color print volume, you can save by purchasing an all-in-one inkjet over a single function color laser class printer and get extra devices to boot.
Have a large color print volume? Then color laser-class is probably the correct device to save the most money over the long run. There are plenty of color laser-class options (both single function and MFPs) that offer color cost per page under 10 cents; you won’t find a cost per page that low when using ink.
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