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.
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.
BROTHER LC3319XL COMPATIBLE INK CARTRIDGES - NEW RELEASE
If you use any of the following Brother Ink Printers, then you can now benefit from real savings on the new compatible printer cartridges just released, the LC3319XL Black, Cyan , Magenta & Yellow ink.
These include the BROTHER MFC J5330DW, BROTHER MFC J5730DW, BROTHER MFC J6530DW, BROTHER MFC J6730DW, and the BROTHER MFC J6930DW.
The LC3319XL G & G compatible cartridges offer the highest quality ink, and are produced under the rigorous implementation of ISO 9001 global quality system and ISO 14001 global environment system, by the largest printer cartridge manufacturer in the world.
And if a technician from a brand name distributor should tell you that compatible printer cartridges will damage your printer, don't believe it. At least, not from G & G. Other compatible cartridges may not offer true value because the quality of their ink might be detrimental to your printer, especially where there is no quality control.
ABC Print Supplies has been in business since 2010, and have sold many thousands of compatible (& genuine) cartridges, and although we warrant to replace any printer adversely effected by compatible printer cartridge usage, we have not had one request.
The real benefit to the user, beside the quality, is the massive saving in price when compared to the genuine brand. For the high quality yield (black 3,000 pages, colours 1,500 pages - same as the genuine ones), our price is $45.80 compared to an average price of $63.74 from 3 suppliers. For the colours our price is $32.90, compared to $40.92. If you realise the difference in the sum total of cartridges with usage requiring say 3 monthly restocking, over a year, it amounts to a saving of $167.60 p.a.
Oh, and you might be wondering about the LC-3317 standard ink cartridges. The manufacturer doesn't produce them. If the high yield compatibles sell at a lower/same price than the genuine standard cartridges, then why?
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT 'G & G', IT WILL MAKE YOU MONEY
G & G Logo
G & G is low profile to the public, especially printer cartridge users, but it is part of one of the largest conglomerates in the world
So how can G & G make you money?
Simply, they make the best compatible printer cartridges in the world for quality of product. And they sell them to you at prices that make genuine cartridges so exorbitant that you are wasting money buying them.
Who are G & G? They are part of the Ninestar Corporation, which in turn is owned by the Apex Technology Co Ltd.This organisation in fact also owns Lexmark, one of the most recognized Printer brand names in the world.
Ninestar claims to be the world's largest compatibles producer, & guarantees their products, meaning in this case the G & G printer cartridges, including remanufactured cartridges, to function perfectly. They advise " All the products are manufactured under the rigorous implementation of ISO 9001 global quality system and ISO 14001 global environment system. Ninestar products enjoy a solid reputation among our resellers and customers for their highest quality and value".
At ABC Print Supplies, we endorse the reliability of the G & G printer cartridges, having supplied them since 2010 to our many customers.
So if you want to save money, then go no further for your compatibles than with us.
BUYING A NEW PRINTER TIPS
Today's printers, either inkjet or toner, offer you many features. Attributes such as wi-fi connection, high res photos, multi-function, scanning, etc are all relevant to your requirements.
However, there are more fundamental considerations you need to investigate prior to your making a decision.
Firstly, if you are wanting to buy a budget printer, then look at the cost of the printer cartridges, be they genuine or generic. Printer cartridge brands often sell printers at below cost price to attract the buyer, whereas the real profit for the manufacturer is in the repeated ordering of printer cartridges.
Investigate the cost of genuine cartridges, and weather you can obtain compatible or remanufactured printer cartridges for that particular printer. Also look carefully at the yield of any printer cartridge. One that seems expensive, might not be so if it has a high yield.
Secondly, determine whether you really need the different features such as colour printing, or photocopying etc. Often, they are nice to have, but for you really not needed.
Thirdly, determine what the real purpose of you printer is. If you are a home user, And want to print photos and have the children do drawings or download internet pictures, then colour inkjet is most likely your thing. But if you need a printer for officework such as statements, invoices emails etc, then a monochrome (black only) with a toner cartridge is probably your preference.
Keep in mind though, that choosing a printer can be as personal as buying a pair of shoes - each individual has their own particular requirements. A bush walker needs heavy duty water resistant ankle high boots. An investment adviser needs a smart set of dress shoes, etc. And for you, the important issue is to determine what those requirements are as applicable to printing needs. Good luck
WHICH ARE THE MOST POPULAR PRINTER CARTRIDGE BRANDS
There are approximately 24 major brands of printer cartridge you can buy, so which one is the most popular?
At ABC Printsupplies, we have been selling genuine, remanufactured, and compatible ink & toner cartridges since 2010. During this 7 year period, we have maintained complete records of our sales.
We have sponsored all brands equally, and with the use of Google Analytics, we have a comprehensive record of what brands consumers in Australia prefer.
Five brands stand out from the pack. These brands are Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, and Fuji Xerox. This is no reflection on the quality or pricing of other brands, whose brand names might lack the marketing strength of the forenamed suppliers.
Below are the 5 most popular brands, along with their percentage of sales when compared with each other:
Fuji Xerox 6.96%
From the above, it can be seen that HP enjoy approximately just over one third of the complete sales, remembering that these figures also include compatible and remanufactured printer cartridges, both toner & ink, as well as drum kits.
In recent times HP have increased their pricing on a number of occasions - so it remains to be seen how this will effect their portion of the market place when it comes time for their users to replace their printers