Cost of Printing with Laser Toner
We are commonly asked by our customers and
others to suggest what printers they should buy to reduce to a
minimum their cost of printing. Clearly this will depend on what
they wish to use the printer for and the sort of organisation
they are. We are happy to give some feedback based on our experience.
Usually the questions (quite naturally) include whether refill
toner is available for the model and whether refilling is easy
or not - the presence of killer chips on the cartridge for instance.
However there are many other factors involved in choosing a printer
wisely to meet your requirement.
Sources of unbiased
advice and analysis a few and far between. There are some
forums where users swap experience, but these are not really either
comprehensive or often objective. We can however recommend one
objective and unbiased source of information!
Maude at CharisCo Ltd researches and publishes a raft of useful
information on the real cost of printing and cost of copying.
This is available either by paying for a subscription or, more
practically if you are just wanting to make an informed one off
decision about what model to buy, on the basis of a payment for
an individual article.
We show some of the recent articles below
with links. In our view the most useful are those which compare
a range of models in a particular price and performance range
with details of the Total Cost of Printing. Of course these figures
do not take into account the availability and cost savings you
can make by refilling the cartridges; for that you must use our
Please note that we have no commercial links with
Charisco Ltd. We offer these links because we think the information
may be useful to you!
Charisco Ltd prices for articles (subject
Prices for Pay per Read is based on the following:
Short article < 300 words £1.95
Medium article > 300 words < 1,000 words £2.95
Long article > 1,000 < 1,750 words £6.95
Major article > 1,750 words £9.95
Tables and charts are priced at 50p each.
You can see a sample article
free of charge.
single-pass colour laser printers
models from Canon, Hewlett-Packard and Xerox add to the choice
and the varied pricing strategies available to users.
(Article dated July 2007)
Four new colour laser printers launched since
the latter part of last year and into this year have, together
with several strategic adjustments in pricing and marketing, contributed
to areas of significant shift in the attractiveness of the product
line-up. Our last review of the single-pass
colour market was in November of last year, before full availability
of the Canon LBP-5300, before the launch of the Xerox Phaser 6180
in February, the Hewlett-Packard Colour LaserJet CP3505 in June
and the availability of Canon’s LBP-5360 also in June.