Printers – How do you choose the right one ?
Will it be based on the purchase price, the features the printer offers or on the printing costs ?
Irrespective of the features the machines have and the printing costs realistically most people will always choose the cheapest printer they can find on the shelf at PC World, Tesco’s or some other large retailer, but the problem with doing so is that most people simply won’t take any notice of how much ink the required cartridges hold and how much they cost to buy new ! for example an entry level HP printer will cost around £30 to £35 from most retailers – the cartridges that come with the printer will be of a starter variety ( very low levels of ink ) and the standard cartridges that would then have to be purchased separately would cost around £30 to £40 for the pair and still only hold around 4ml of ink for the black cartridge and 4ml of ink for the Tri-colour ( bear in mind that is divided by 3 so there is only around 1 to 1.5 ml of each colour ) so the cheap printer is suddenly very expensive to actually print anything !
We always advise our customers to think about a new printer as an investment, buy wisely and you will save money, for example, in our opinion Canon printers that use individual ink cartridges are great, they may cost more to buy but the cartridges that come in the box have in the region of 100% more ink in them compared to the ones that come with the HP entry level printer, and when you compare the XL cartridges for both machines the Canon is even better still.
We stock several different printers that we think offer the best quality, cost efficiency and reliability for the user, our customer.
Models stocked include –
Multi-function (print, scan, copy) printer – with Wireless connection and the ability to print from and scan to smart phones and tablet devices – the printer uses individual ink cartridges that offer more than 4 x times the quantity of ink of some of its rivals – in our opinion this printer offers the best mix of cost effectiveness for general printing duties, whilst also being very high quality for producing photo’s. It would be ideal for a small business / office / family with children at school and college etc. or people who have no pc or laptop and want to be able to print from their smart phones / tablets.
Brother J152 W
Multi-function ( print, scan, copy ) printer – with wireless connection and the ability to print from and scan to smart phones and tablet devices – the printer is very similar to the Canon MG-5650 possibly only lacking in the photo printing so would be best suited in our opinion to small business / office situations.
Mono laser printer – as with the HL-1110 the L2300D only prints black, but it has larger capacity cartridges meaning it is cheaper to run- it is also able to print Duplex (double sided) – great for small offices and business’s with increased print demands.
So next time you need to buy a new printer and you want some sound advice on what to, and what not to buy pop in and see us and we will help you make the right decision, or if you would like any other more information on one of models listed above or a specific quote for a printer not shown please complete the contact form.