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Most Economical Business Printers

Most Economical Business Printers

What exactly is an economical business printer? For this article, we won’t just be taking the upfront price of a printer in consideration; but more importantly, the running cost of maintaining an office printer. Office printing costs add up quickly, especially if your business has a high print volume.  Finding a printer that meets your printing needs and budget is vital for any busy office. But with so many printer options available, it’s hard to know where to start.  In this guide, we focus on one of the most important contributors to your printer’s operating costs: the cartridge’s page yield. Page yield is the approximate number of pages that can be printed with a particular cartridge.  The manufacturer’s cited page yield is based on 5% page coverage, or a printed page where only 5% of the page has been imprinted with ink. Every cartridge is subjected to page yield testing based on this standard, giving customers a reliable way to compare competing products. If you print a lot, naturally, you will want a toner cartridge that offers a higher page yield. Not only will you get more prints out of the cartridge, it is generally a better overall value.  In the hopes of making your printer search easier, we did some research to see which business printers offer incredibly generous page yields, so you can get the most from your machine.  We will also jump into how much more you can save with compatible cartridges too.  


 Brother® HL-L6200DW – $217.68* on Amazon

Uses the following toner cartridges:

  • TN820 – This standard cartridge prints 3,000 pages.
  • TN850 – This high yield cartridge prints 8,000 pages.
  • TN880 – This super high yield cartridge prints 12,000 pages.

The Brother HL-L6200DW is a reliable monochrome printer with a low initial price point and big lifetime value. Offering super-fast print speeds of up to 48 ppm and a 520-sheet paper capacity, it is a perfect printer for any small business. Automatic duplexing lets you print on both sides of the page with the push of a button and advanced security features password protect sensitive documents. The printer’s toner cartridges are its greatest selling point, with the TN880 super high yield cartridge printing up to 12,000 pages.  The standard yield TN820 and high yield TN850 toners are also available for consumers that print less.  An original TN880 goes for $119.79, but LD Products offers a compatible version for far less at just $17.99!  Keep in mind, the drum unit is sold separately for this printer and should be replaced after the use of 3 or 4 toners.  An original Brother DR820 drum is $101.59, and the LD compatible option is only $23.99.

Xerox® VersaLink B400 – $424.35 on Amazon

Uses the following toner cartridges:

  • B400 / B405 – This extra high yield cartridge prints 24,600 pages.

Xerox’s VersaLink is a relatively new printer series with forward thinking features.  The B400 touts print speeds of up to 47 ppm and a 110,000 page monthly duty cycle.  One of the printer’s most interesting qualities is its ConnectKey® technology, which directly connects to Google Drive®, Microsoft® OneDrive® and DropBox®, giving you instant access to a number of popular print-related apps.  If your business prints in high volumes, this is a great printer to go with.  There are three toner cartridge sizes to choose from, the standard yield 106R03580 prints 5,900 pages, the high capacity 106R03582 prints 13,900 pages and the extra high capacity 106R03584 prints 24,600 pages.  Cartridge price varies depending on the toner. The price of the extra high yield is almost the same cost as the printer at $379.99.  LD Products will be selling competitively priced compatible toner cartridges very soon.  If you would like to be notified when our compatible cartridges are available, sign up with your email here.

HP® PageWide® Pro 552dw – $484.00 on Amazon

Uses the following toner cartridges:

  • HP 972A – A standard black HP 972A prints 3,500 pages; a standard color HP 972A prints 3,000 pages.
  • HP 972X – A high yield black HP 972X prints 10,000 pages; a high yield color HP 972X prints 7,000 pages.

HP PageWide printers are some of the fastest in the industry. Using a stationary printhead that scans across the entire page, the PageWide Pro 552dw can print up to 50 ppm in both black and color.  First page out speed is quick too, with pages printing as quickly as 6 seconds after warm up.  Featuring a 4.3 inch touchscreen display and wireless options for a variety of devices, including HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint, printing from anywhere is a breeze. Instead of toner cartridges, HP PageWide cartridges are pigmented inks with a substantial printing capacity.  The cartridges are sold in a standard yield, high yield and extra high yield cartridge size, ranging from 3,500 pages for the 972A standard black cartridge, up to 17,000 pages for the HP 976Y extra-high yield option. The color cartridges offer a similar range, with the standard 972A printing 3,500 pages and the extra high yield printing 10,000 pages.  Cartridge replacement may get pricey if you go through cartridges quickly.  An original HP 972A black toner sells for $69.99 and the extra-high yield version goes for $220.99.  972A color cartridges are $79.99 apiece and the extra-high yield options are $338.99.  LD compatible cartridges are considerably less expensive.  The LD brand 972A standard yield cartridges are just $59.99 each.  Higher capacity compatibles are coming soon!

Brother® HL-L9310CDW – $645.00 on Amazon

Uses the following toner cartridges:

  • TN433 – A standard size cartridge that comes in black, cyan, magenta, and yellow; prints 4,500 pages for black, and 4,000 for each color cartridge.
  • TN436 – A super high yield cartridge that comes in black, cyan, magenta, and yellow; all cartridges print 6,500 pages each.
  •  TN439 – An ultra high yield cartridge that comes in black, cyan, magenta, and yellow; all cartridges print 9,000 pages each.

Brother’s HL-L9310CDW printer is great for mid-sized work groups that need to print in black and color. Offering print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute and a monthly print volume of up to 6,000 pages, this is an ideal printing solution for small-medium sized businesses.  Advanced security features like Active Directory support regulates printer use and secure print keeps print jobs confidential with a required PIN.  Brother offers a 1-year warranty on this printer and free technical support for the life of the machine. There are a couple of toner cartridge options for the HL-L9310CDW, allowing for flexibility across teams. The printer comes with 4 super-high yield TN-436 toners, which print 6,500 pages per cartridge.  If you need even more pages per cartridge, the TN-439 ultra-high yield cartridge series is also available, which offers 9,000 pages per cartridge.  TN-439 ultra-high yield cartridges are not as easy to find unless you have a corporate account with a specific reseller.  However if you are looking to save and don’t want to worry about a corporate account, LD’s compatible version of the TN439 cartridges offer the same page yield at an incredible price. The black cartridge is just $22.99 and each color cartridge for $27.99 each; LD also sells a four pack of TN-439 toners for $99.96.

HP® LaserJet® Enterprise M606dn – $1,312.00 on Amazon

Uses the following toner cartridges:

  • HP 81A – A standard black cartridge that prints 10,500 pages.
  • HP 81X – A high yield black cartridge that prints 25,000 pages

HP’s LaserJet Enterprise M606dn printer is built for business an ideal printing option for up to 25 users. With a $1,340.00 price tag, it is a bit of a steep investment but its super high yield cartridges and advanced security features make it a worthwhile investment.  Offering print speeds of up to 65ppm and automatic two-sided printing, this is a great monochrome printer option for any busy office.  HP sells their standard 81A toner cartridge for $180.99 that prints 10,500 pages.  The high yield 81X cartridge is more expensive at $296.99 but offers more than double the page yield, printing approximately 25,000 pages.  To save money, consider purchasing LD brand compatible versions of either cartridge $43.99 and the high yield going for $47.99.


The number of pages a toner cartridge can print may vary anywhere from 2,000 to 25,000 pages or more. Knowing which laser printer models have cartridges with really high page yields can save offices with a high print volume a substantial amount of money. Now that you have a few printers to choose from, map out how much you would like to spend on printing in the long term.  Factor in the initial cost of the printer, how much you intend to print each month, the cost of replacement cartridges, and of course, the page yield of each cartridge.  Printer price and cartridge price varies across printer models and your printer bill can be very different, depending on what printer you go with.  We recommend compatible cartridges to keep your printing costs low!  If you have any questions about any of the printers listed here, or have a printer you would like to recommend, drop us a line, we would love to hear from you.

 

*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices on www.LDProducts.com and OEM cartridge and printer prices from Amazon and Staples. All prices effective as of September 28, 2017.  OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.

2 Comments

  • Hi,
    what is best fair priced color laser printer that WILL print black only if a color is low or needs to be replaced and the colors do not dry up or waste when not used?

    • Unfortunately, such printers are very hard to find if not altogether wiped out from the market. You can however try tweaking your print settings to print only in black and white. And no need to worry about the color toner drying up — that’s the good thing about toners, they have a much longer lifetime than ink. Good luck!

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