THE BEST TONER PRINTER FOR YOUR BUSINESS
What type of toner printer is the best option for your business needs, whereby cost is an important factor, but quality is a high priority?
You are the IT manager of a large business, or the bookkeeper in a smaller business, or a mum & dad business that is quickly growing, and you have to make a decision on what is the best toner printer(s) for your business.
When setting out your requirements, it is not only the printer you should be considering, but the printer cartridges they use as well.
In the first instance, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- What quantity of printing do I require to be done, now & into the perceivable future
- Are my printing requirements in mono only or do I require colour as well and in what ratio to black
- Do I require the printer to do multi functional requirements, such as copying, facsimilies (rapidly becoming scarcer), etc
- Do I require high quality colour graphics.
By asking yourself these questions you will be arriving at a choice of what type of printer you want.
But there is another qualifying requirement you should undertake - what printer cartridges should I be using?
Yes. we all know in this situation we are talking toners, which are generally but not always best suited for businesses's heavier needs, but there are toners that are mono toners, and coloured toners. And then there is the yield capacity of the toner, whether genuine, remanufactured, or compatible.
Normally, the more printing you require, then the larger yield toners. And yes, they are normally more costly in that toner powder is the most expensive element in the whole setup. But another advantage of the higher yield toners is that they directly relate to faster printers, which in themselves can save you time & money.
So, in summary, determine your printing requirement, and then determine your cartridge yield. And then check out the supplier's printers, but before you buy, go away and look at the reviews.
ARE TONER PRINTERS BETTER THAN INKJET PRINTERS?
Why should you buy a toner printer, now that it is time to replace your faithful old inkjet?
Well there are a number of reasons to look at the toner/laser option.
Up until recently, toner printers were too expensive for the small business and home user, by a big margin, so they wern't in the race. But things have changed. For example the HP LaserJet Pro P1102 is selling at around A$130 to $150. Sure, it's only a mono (black) printer, but there are colour lasers, as per this review. There is the Dell 2150cdn. at approx. $350.
You might say though that Inkjet printers are so much cheaper, some brand models selling at $50 to $85 each. This is because the manufacturers profits are made from the sale of the ink cartridges
And then there is the improved printer speeds that laser printers give you. The former prints at a rated speed of 19 pages per minute (ppm), & the colour at 23ppm. These speeds are very fast when compared to inkjet printers which are at around 12 ppm , according to a review of Inkjet printers by PCWorld . Although there is the Brother DCP-J525W Inkjet Multifunction at 26ppm for colour & 33ppm for black - but it's output print quality does not rate well.
And print quality, particularly for text, is where toner usually lauds it over ink. However, there are exceptions such as photo prints. Inkjets still do a superior job than tonerss of blending colours smoothly. Some have special photo inks that help create subtler shadings and contours, and of course, special photo paper garners the best results. You don't have to be a photo enthusiast or a snap-happy family to want this level of quality. Visually oriented businesses such as real estate and design, or any business that wants to create photo-heavy promotional materials, should also consider an inkjet. But look carefully at inkjet printers that specialize in this area.
Aside from speed and text print quality, probably the most significant benefit from buying a laser printer is the cost of printing. The cost per page of black toner is between 3 cents and 7 cents per page, whereas the cost of inkjet is between 7 cents and 16 cents per page. Internationally, the cost of bulk ink is increasing, which doesn't auger well for inkjet cartridge prices into the future.
And finally, toner cartidges have a much better storage life, often as long or longer than the life of the printer, wheras inkjets, if in ideal conditions, cn be a problem within two years with the ink congealing.
If your budget is low in being able to afford the initial capital cost of a printer, and your printing demands are low, but regular, or you require high quality photo prints, then certainly buy an inkjet printer, otherwise I'd recommend a laser printer for either your house or small business.
NEW OKI833 COMPATIBLE LASER CARTRIDGES FOR DATA C833 & C833N PRINTERS
NEW RELEASE OF OKI833 COMPATIBLE PRINTER CARTRIDGES
High quality compatible colour print cartridges (black,cyan, magenta & yellow) have just become available at an incredibly reduced price when compared to the genuine ones, at the same 10,000 page yield, for the black & colours.
ABC Print Supplies is selling the range at $92 per cartridge.
This compares to lowest priced genuine cartridges at $149 for black and $320 for colours.
A spokesperson for ABC Print Supplies reminds users that all their products are fully guaranteed, though very rarely are their refunds owing to the manufacturing standard ensuring highest quality
HP 655A compatible laser toner printer cartridges just released - offering high quality
The HP 655A cartridges consist of the CF450A black, CF451A cyan, CF452A yellow, and CF453A magenta.
The HP655A cartridges are for use in the HP LaserJetEnterprise M652, M653, MFPM681, MFPM682.
The yields for the compatible black CF450A #655A is 12,500 pages, and for the CF451A cyan, CF452A yellow, and CF453A magenta, 10,500 pages each, same as for genuine cartridges.
HP's LaserJet Enterprise M653x prints great looking text and graphics, and ok photos, at a fast speed, but its running costs are on the high side—especially for such an expensive color laser printer.
By utilising high quality compatible CF450A black, CF451A cyan, CF452A yellow, and CF453A magenta printer cartridges, you greatly eliminate the cost problem.
A bundle of genuine black, cyan, yellow, and magenta printer cartridges offering a combined yield of 44,000 pages at a recommended retail price of $1,434.00 costs 3.26 cents per page.
For the same number of pages using the high quality compatible toner cartridges, at a retail price of $4719.00, the price reduces to 1.63 cents per page - or a saving of $715 each time you use a set of printer cartridges e.g. every 4 months amounts to an annual saving of $2,145.00 - go figure
WHY CHOOSE COMPATIBLE PRINT CARTRIDGES - A Perspective
A snap shot of an argument for the compatible printer cartridges. This is not necessarily our take on whether you should purchase compatible printer cartridges before genuine cartridges, but more a perspective of what the OEM brand distributors will do to prevent opposition to their product. Press 'Ctrl' and '+' together to zoom the brochure.
BROTHER TN2450 compatible cartridge with NO chip
What does it mean by this TN2450 compatible cartridge not having a chip?
This simply allows the customer to remove the chip from the genuine Brother TN2450 high yield which costs you approx AUS$117 on the internet or AUS$141 from large retail outlets after you have used it, and attach it to your newly purchased compatible printer cartridge which costs you $56.90 from ABC Print Supplies
And the same chip can be used repeatedly. And the generic toner comes with a guarantee to deliver the same print quality as the OEM product.
The cartridge is supplied with easy to follow operating instructions, and all you need is a screw driver and two minutes of your time - not bad for a saving of $60.
TONER CARTRIDGES OPTIMUM STORAGE
Toner cartridges are quite robust, but the components are sensitive to light, humidity, and temperature, so in order to achieve maximum performance in the way of highest quality and longest life from your toner, you should follow the following storage procedures.
Where your printer is then so too should your toner cartridges,in a controlled temperature and humidity environment. If the toner cartridge is packaged then these control conditions are not as important.
In fact, if you take a toner cartridge out of its packaging, then it is essential to cover the top opening of the cartridge with paper and store in a dark & dry environment.
For ultimate performance , the following steps should be followed:
keep the toner cartridge in its protective original package until installation
store lying on its side, not upright, with the same side facing up as if it were installed in the printer
Do not store the printer cartridges in any of the following conditions:
Temperature over 40 degrees celsius
Humidity range less than 20% or greater than 80% as it will effect the texture of the toner itself
direct sunlight or room light
a vehicle over a time period
a salty air environment unless sealed packaging
Don't touch the surface of the photo-conductive drum in the cartridge
Don't expose the toner cartridge to unnecessary shock or vibrations*
Never manually rotate he drum, especially in the reverse direction as this can cause toner spillage and even internal damage.
* although users often give the cartridge a gentle rocking motion when the printer shows the cartridge as empty display to get that little extra usage from it.
DELL IS SAYING 'BYE BYE' TO THE PRINTER MARKET
DELL D5765 Printer & Cartridges
Probably as a result of Dell's merger with EMC, the largest Data Storage supplier in the world, the OEM has stopped producing printers, with warranties on them ceasing in 2021.
Apparently, existing printers will be repaired and otherwise supported via supply of consumables including printer cartridges through to 2021.
Stuart Gilbertson, of 'Consider IT's', in his analysis, suggests that the Dell printers seem to be re-branded Xerox or Samsung printers.
Although genuine printer Cartridges will be gradually withdrawn from the market, the compatible cartridges will keep on being available, partially as a result of the withdrawal of the genuine cartridges creating extra demand from users who are not ready to throw away their printers while breakdown free.
ABC Print Supplies has been assured by its supplier of Dell compatible cartridges that there are no long term plans to curtail production.