All-in-one printers are incredibly popular due to their versatility and easy to use print, scan and copy features. However, some all-in-one inkjet printers are more generous with their ink than others. Total cost of operation is important to keep in mind when looking for a new machine, especially if you plan to keep it for a number of years. In the hopes of making your printer search easier, we did some research to determine which models are the most ink efficient.
HP® OfficeJet® Pro 8710 All-in-One Printer
If you are looking to spend less than $150 the OfficeJet Pro 8710 is worth considering. HP OfficeJet Pro printers are some of the fastest color inkjet machines available according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This particular printer uses HP 952 ink cartridges. Standard yield cartridges are offered at $29.99 and print up to 1000 pages. High yield cartridges, a better option for offices that print frequently, are priced at $41.99 and print up to 2000 pages. HP currently sells the printer for $129.99.
HP OfficeJet 7612 Wide Format e-All-in-One
The HP OfficeJet 7612 is another great option and its wide format capabilities can produce prints up to 13” x 19”. It is compatible with the HP 932 black ink cartridge and HP 933 cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges. HP 932 ink cartridges offer approximately 400 pages. Original high yield HP cartridges can run as much as $34.99 for the black and $17.99 for each color*. But LD Products offers compatible high yield LD brand cartridges for just $8.99 apiece.
Epson® WorkForce® ET-4500 EcoTank® All-in-One Printer
The EcoTank series from Epson is equipped with a continuous ink tank system, which uses a proprietary inkwell design that directly connects to the printhead. The WorkForce ET-4500 is an ideal choice for your small business and can accommodate a duty cycle of 3000 pages every month. Epson sells their ink bottles for this model at $12.99 per color which means it’ll cost you $52 to get bottles for all 4 colors (black, magento, yellow, cyan). Compatible cartridges are a great affordable alternative at only $4.99 per bottle. EcoTanks are a pricier machine but may pay off in the long term if you regularly do a lot of heavy duty printing. Models start at $400.
Canon® Maxify® MB5320 Wireless Small Office All-in-One
It’s hard to beat the Maxify MB5320’s functionality and features. If you want a printer that does it all AND offers great page metrics, the Maxify MB5320 is worth looking into. Each monochrome page costs around 1.5 cents, and full-color pages total to around 7.1 cents each. The Canon MB5320 printer uses PGI-2200 cartridges which, if you buy genuine, will cost you between $32.99 to $38.99 per cartridge and print up to 1000 pages. High yield PGI-2200 cartridges (PGI-2200XL) cost $36.99 to $48.99 and print up to 1500 pages each cartridge. Compatible MB5320 printer cartridges will only cost you $9.99 to $10.99 each cartridge; a great price compared to the Canon original. Canon sells the printer for $399.
Canon Maxify MB2720 Wireless Home Office All-in-One Printer
If you like the Maxify series but don’t want to spend $399, another popular model–the Canon Maxify MB2720. It offers similar results for a cheaper sticker price. Canon MB2720 ink cartridges are slightly cheaper than the MB5320’s too. For the price of an original Canon Black PGI-1200 cartridge ($29.99), you can get almost 3 compatible high yield black PGI-1200 cartridges (PGI-1200XL) which cost only $10.99 each. Printer price: $249.99.
Brother® MFC-J985DW All-in-One Inkjet
One of the most efficient printers on the market the MFC-J985DW. The cheapest Brother printer that uses INKvestment cartridges, it produces monochrome prints for less than 1 cent per page. The Brother INKvestment use super high yield cartridges to deliver more prints for less. Original brand replacements for MFC-J985DW ink cartridges are priced at around $25 each for a black cartridge (which prints up to 2400 pages) and about $15 for color cartridges (which print up to 1200 pages). Compatible alternative replacements are far cheaper than the original cartridge price with black cartridge replacements (LC20EBK) at $7.99 each and color cartridges at $6.99 each (LC20EM, LC20EC, LC20EY). The printer itself is pretty affordable as well at around $199.99.
Ink efficient printers are out there if you know where to look. If you print regularly, read up on the specs of the printers you are considering and do a comparison of both the features and total cost of operation. No matter which printer you choose, ink efficiency is definitely a factor that’s worth considering.
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices and printer brand (OEM) cartridge prices effective as of November 1, 2016 on www.LDProducts.com. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.