Cost Per Page

Watch out for ex­pen­sive ink car­tridges

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The Canon MG2950 is the cheap­est printer here, and its colour print­ing is quite rea­son­able at 5.3p per page. How­ever, sim­ple text print­ing is ex­pen­sive at a hefty 3.8p per page.

The low­est cost for text print­ing comes from HP’s Envy 5640 and the Of­fice­jet 5740, at around 2.4p per page – although their 8.6p for colour print­ing is a lit­tle high for prin­ters that only use four inks and is prob­a­bly in­tended to steer you to­wards HP’s ‘in­stant ink’ sub­scrip­tion scheme in­stead.

The Canon MG6650 and Ep­son XP-620 use five inks to en­hance qual­ity, which bumps them up to 2.8p per page for mono and about 8.5p for colour. Fi­nally, there’s the Ep­son XP-760, which adds a sixth ink, tak­ing its run­ning costs to 8.7p for colour. How­ever, that may well be worth it if you want top qual­ity photo prints. The XP-760 isn’t too bad for mono print­ing ei­ther, at 2.8p. Just re­mem­ber that ink costs can vary enor­mously on­line.

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