So what can be done? Even PCMagâ€˜s first suggestion is to find a printer that saves more ink! This can be measured by comparing the printerâ€™s cartridge yield in pages to the price. Our findings should help keep your ink flowing freely â€“ and keep your money flowing elsewhere. Weâ€™ve analyzed some of the most popular printers on the market now across the best brands, including last yearâ€™s winner, to find the printer that saves the most ink.
|Printer||M.S.R.P.||Cartridge Model||Cartridge Capacity||Cartridge Price (set)||Cost Per Page (cents)|
Officejet Pro 251dw
OfficeEdge Pro 5500
|$499.99||200XL A/B||1100 pgs||$80.91||3.24|
|$279.99||T664 (Bottle)||5875 pgs||$49.99||0.85|
Comparing the results, we see the printer that saves the most ink isâ€¦
|Epson Eco-Tank ET-2500 with a stunning CPP of 0.85 cents â€“ costing less than a penny per page. The ET-2500 can also copy and scan documents, although youâ€™d need to upgrade to the ET-4550 for fax and duplexing features.|
Epsonâ€™s Ecotank models skip cartridges entirely, instead using bottles of refill ink outside of the typical inkjet cartridge. Epson promises a hefty 4,000 pages per 70ml refill â€“ though each manufacturer has their own methodology for determining page yield based off of things known as ISO standards (you can find the one for page yields here). But the general consensus is that ink covers about five percent of the page â€“ keep this in mind if your prints are denser or if you print photos, as your estimated yield will vary.
But are laser jet printers more efficient than inkjet printers? Will an ink-saving printer really save me the most money? Weâ€™ve only just scratched the surface of our findings - and we havenâ€™t considered how laser jet printers compare. Discover more in our follow up article, where weâ€™ll look at finding answers â€“ while finding more ways to save.