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A Simple Guide to Ink

It is important to consider ink when looking for a printer, often a cheaper printer requires more expensive ink and vice-versa.

There are recent new developments that can save you money.

HP Instant Ink

Printers with this feature automatically order new ink when it is required. Efficiently delivered straight to your door this service is available on many HP Printers.

Subscribers enroll on a fixed monthly plan to determine how many pages you can print per month. Ink is automatically posted to your address when the supply runs out, the monthly payment is inclusive of postage and recycling.

Instant ink ensures that you always have ink when you need it and is excellent value for money.

Epson EcoTank

Printers feature unique ink tanks that can be refilled and topped-up as necessary using cost-effective ink bottles. Containing up to 6500 prints each these can help significantly reduce printing costs making them ideal for offices and busy homes.

For the average user, 6500 prints amounts to 2 years’ worth of ink.

Inkjet vs Laser

Inkjet printers use ink cartridges. Usually cheaper to replace than laser toner, though page yield is lower. If your printing volume is low, or you tend to print photographs or high colour images an inkjet printer will provide high quality prints in a cost effective way.

While laser toner cartridges are more costly than those of an inkjet printer, they offer a greater page yield along with faster print speeds. If you’re printing high volumes a laser or office spec inkjet printer should be on your radar.

Block vs Individual Ink

Inkjet printers either feature individual inks or block inks. Printers with individual have an individual cartridge for each other – typically single cartridge for black, cyan, magenta and yellow.

Individual inks are great if you regularly print photos or documents with single colour letterheads as you can replace most used colour when you need to.

Block ink combines the three main colours in a single unit, generally they are cheaper than buying each ink separately. A printer with block inks is a great choice if you don’t print that often.