Test 4 Print­ing costs

Per page costs ver­sus large ca­pac­ity

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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.

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