Test 4 Printing costs
Per page costs versus large capacity
All the printers in our group test are budget-friendly devices that pack in features while achieving good ratings for both quality and speed. But the cost of consumables and hence the per-page printing costs is also important, particularly for products aimed at the budget-conscious buyer. A full set of standard-capacity, manufacturer-brand ink cartridges for the Brother printer costs just under £50 from online retailers and lasts approximately 2,200 A4 pages at the standard 5% coverage of a typical office document, or 2.2p per page. The Canon printer’s cartridges cost almost £55 and print roughly 1,700 A4 pages (3.2p a page), while the Epson cartridges cost almost £40 and print 1,120 pages (3.5p a page). The Kyocera uses toner rather than ink. A full set of toner costs just over £220 but lasts about 4,800 pages, or 4.6p per page. An expensive initial outlay and slightly pricey per page costs, but if you find frequent re-ordering a pain it might be worth it.