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If you are wanting to get a new printer that is reliable, suitable for your requirements, will last a long time, and that will produce good-quality prints, you must do some research before making a purchase.
It may be tempting to get a cheap printer. You may think that getting a cheap printer will mean printing costs will be low, but that is not always the case. Ink, toner, and replacement parts may be expensive and hard to find, especially if buying a secondhand printer.
That does not mean that you should buy an expensive printer. Getting a printer with a high price tag does not guarantee that it will produce high-quality prints or be suitable for your needs, and it can be costly in the long run.
Many factors should be taken into account when purchasing a printer, many of which are money-related, including budget, ink and toner costs, and page yield. Choosing the right printer can save you a lot of money. Read on to find out how.
Read the printer specifications
When considering which printer to get, make sure you think about what you need the printer to do and be sure to read the printer specification.
A lot of printers nowadays have many different functions and features. However, you should never assume that a printer will be suitable for printing wirelessly, scanning or copying documents, or printing photographs.
Go through the printer specification and check what size and type of materials it can print on, whether or not it can do double-sided or borderless printing, or has a built-in copier or scanner. Determine what is important to you and check that the printer ticks all the boxes.
You should also check whether it is an inkjet or laser printer as this can have a significant impact on suitability, print quality and speed, and long-term costs.
Consider the cost of cartridges
Before purchasing a printer, first, look up the ink or toner the printer uses and how much it will cost you to replace it. You may find that in some instances, the cost of replacing the cartridges will be around the same amount as the cost of the printer itself.
You may see that some printers are advertised as coming with an ink or toner subscription, whereby the printer recognises when it is running low and a replacement is ordered automatically based on how much you print. However, this is not always cost-effective.
You should look at whether or not a printer can take XL or high-yield cartridges. These are typically better value for money as they are the same size as standard cartridges but hold more ink and last longer.
There are also printers that do not use cartridges at all, which have refillable ink tanks instead. Although the initial cost of the printer may be higher, the ink tends to last a lot longer than cartridges and can be more cost-effective in the long run.
If you are unsure which product is best for you, speak to an expert. With over 20 years of industry experience, our team at AB Cartridges will be able to find you the perfect product.
Pick up the phone and call us on 01522 683460, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer free, unbiased advice to help you get the best products for your printing needs.