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Things to consider when buying a new printer
Posted by Ink Oasis on 11/11/2011 to Printer Reviews

We recently had a customer ask what would be an inexpensive color printer to replace their current one. The printer that they are currently using is an Okidata color printer and they were getting tired of having to purchase a separate drum for every color toner as well as having to replace the transfer belt and fuser. We agree that there are a lot of consumables to replace in the Okidata printer but is the final cost per printed page cheaper than another printer brand. Some manufactures like HP have the drum integrated into the toner cartridge and donít have a transfer belt to replace but are they actually cheaper to operate even though there are five less consumable parts to replace. In order to determine this we had to break each consumable part down to itís per page cost then added up the total.

With the Okidata printer there are four drum cartridges, four toner cartridges, a fuser unit and a transfer belt that need to be replaced. Once we determined the cost per page (Cost/Page Yield) we found that the total cost per printed page was 12.2 cents when taking all of these items into consideration.

We then found a new comparable HP printer which only has four toner cartridges and a fuser unit to replace. Even though there were five less items to purchase the total cost per printed page was 13.5 cents.

Based on the per page cost the Okidata is actually cheaper to operate, but is it the right printer to for you? Some other factors to take into consideration are that with the Okidata in this example you have to keep track of and replace ten separate items versus five with the HP. This might not be a big deal if you do a lot of color printing or operate a printing business but if printing isnít your primary business then the HP printer might be easier to manage. Another factor to consider is product availability. While we would like to have you purchase all of your printer supplies from Ink Oasis we understand that sometimes you need a toner immediately and have to purchase them from a local office store. The local big box office stores are more likely to have toners for HP, Brother, Canon and Lexmark printers on the shelf.

Buying a new printer and comparing all the specifications can be a tiring task in and of itself but the biggest cost associated with the printer are the consumable items. We are always willing to help you with this decision so once you find a printer you like send us and email with the printer model number. We will provide you with a list of the printer cartridges that are need, their cost and if a compatible cartridge is available.

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