Every office needs a printer, but determining which printer will best meet your needs can involve several factors. After all, it’s not as easy as just pulling one off the shelf. There’s a big difference between buying a printer for your home and one for your office. There’s more to your bottom line than the simple cost of your printer purchase. Be sure to consider the total cost of printing.
For home use, ink based printers are quite common, but consider the cost per page. Ink’s expensive, and standard ink based printers usage cost between 13 and 35 cents per page. When you’re only printing a few pages a week at home, perhaps a few family photos, that’s not so bad. But when you scale up to the usage and office printer gets, it starts to add up.
The alternative is a toner based printers. If you were just going by the price of the printer, you might balk. Toner based printers can be a lot more expensive than their ink based counterparts, but consider the per page cost. With a toner printer, you’ll spend between 3 and 5 cents a page to print. With the high volume of printing in a typical office, that will save you a lot of money.
Refills vs Compatibles vs Original Ink and Toner
When it comes to saving money for your office printing, you may think using an off-brand ‘compatible’ ink cartridge will be more cost effective. You may want to think again. There is no such thing as compatible cartridges. The manufactures of printers have their cartridges patented, making their technology unique. You’re always safest using the same brand of ink or toner as your printer. That way you are sure that your warranty won’t be voided by using an off-brand name supply.
In addition these cartridges and their components are designed to print a certain number of pages. The ink and toner supplied with the original cartridge was designed to work with that specific cartridge and printer. By exceeding the number of pages that the cartridge was designed for, or by using an off-brand ink or toner, you leave yourself vulnerable to printer problems.
Printer problems means a higher printer maintenance cost, and that’s not helping you keep a healthy budget.
If you are considering using refills, be sure to choose a reputable firm that has been providing the service for some time. Protocol Technologies will have your cartridges refilled by a firm that has been refilling printer cartridges for over twenty years.
Blog posts by Ernie Bird, Sales Manager with Protocol Technologies