Let’s face it – owning a printer isn’t cheap. Aside from the initial payment of the printer itself, you’ll have to pay for the consumables you use throughout the printer’s life. To get an accurate view of how much a printer will really cost you, then, you’ll have to look at three important qualities: the durability of the printer, the cost per page and the price of consumables.
How much you print is also an important determining factor. Kodak says its research suggest that the average home user prints 800 pages of black text, 550 pages of color graphics, and 150 photos per year. If your personal printing practices bring you near or above these numbers, you may want to consider one of the printers on our list.
You may or may not know about Pantum – a monochrome laser printer that offers fast print speeds and incredibly low-priced consumables. High-yield cartridges for this printer deliver a solid yield of 2,300 pages; at $80 to $90 for the cartridge, this makes the cost per page about 20% lower than other printers of the same class.
Don’t worry about this printer quitting on you. The internal parts are made with steel instead of plastic, making the printer less vulnerable to high temperatures and resistant to the wear and tear of consistent usage. Additionally, this printer boasts a robust print engine that can support a monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages.
The Pantum P2010 is eco-friendly as well. It consumes minimal power when in standby and sleep modes and has low ozone emissions thanks to the use of pre-charged rollers instead of fusers.
- Brother HL-3170CDW
This printer may be more expensive than the Pantum P2010, but it does offer the benefit of color printing – something that the Pantum printer sorely lacks. This printer offers significant savings over other laser printers in its class while still offering many attractive features.
This printer boasts a monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages, so don’t be afraid to put this printer to the test. Toner for the Brother HL-3170CDW is competitively priced compared to other manufacturers and delivers an impressive yield at 2200. This printer also helps to keep your operating costs low with automatic two-sided printing, which allows you to print on both sides of a page to save money and conserve resources.
Aside from the low total cost of ownership this printer offers, it also contains some valuable features. Most noteworthy and convenient is wireless printing. With a quick and easy set up you can remotely print from any computer or mobile device.
- LD Recertified HP LaserJet 4200N
If you’re looking for an office printer, but don’t want to pay office printer prices, you can’t ask for a better value than the LD Recertified HP LaserJet 4200N. With a monthly duty cycle of 150,000 pages this printer is ideal for places of business that depend on high-volume printing. It also contains network connectivity options for individuals or small workgroups and has an embedded server for easy management of the printer’s settings.
This printer is incredibly cheap compare to the original retail value, especially when purchased from LD Products.
This printer was professionally remanufactured under strict quality control guidelines and rebuilt with mostly new parts to insure that it will operate as good as the original. Furthermore, this printer has a two year warranty – twice the typical warranty length of a brand new new printer.