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Windows 7: Good ink efficient printer


26 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 
Good ink efficient printer

I was wondering if anyone knew about a good printer that is ink efficient and compatible with Windows 7 for around $50?

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26 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

I'm afraid that you're going to be stuck on this.

The cost of the printer is not dictated by the price of the printer itself but the cost to run it.

There is no such thing as cheap printer ink.

The cheapest kind of printer to run is a thermal printer but this can only do black and white, requires special paper and is not suited to hot conditions due to its nature.

The cost of the special paper and the price of the electricity to heat the paper correctly is less than buying normal paper and inkjet printer ink.

In short almost all printers under $50 will be expensive to run. Printers are expensive generally.

Oli
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26 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

The new Kodak printers claim to have made significant strides in bringing down the cost of ink, but I can't speak to this from personal experience, and you won't get one of those printers for $50.
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26 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

laser is efficient, especially if you print infrequently since you don't have the problem of clogged heads and cleaning that wastes ink.
Only drawback is the cost of the toner cart, $60-100 depending on the printer, you get a lot of prints from each one.
My carts for my HP 4500DN Color Laser are $150 each for the colors and $107 for the black.
6000 pages for the color and 9000 pages for the black.
I don't print that much so I still have 5 year old carts in there that work perfect whenever I use the printer, plus I have another set of carts for it.

This is my 4500DN that was bought new in 1999 for $2500 by my company and I bought it 5 years ago from them for $100 with the extra carts,

Text and graphic looks awesome and pictures print out decent on it.
If you plan on printing high quality photos, then you want an inkjet.
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27 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Thanks guys. So from all the information I have gathered, I have learned a few things...

1. Printers are expensive
2. Not one printer is liked by every person
3. You have to spend many to save money on printers in the long run.
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27 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
I'm afraid that you're going to be stuck on this.

The cost of the printer is not dictated by the price of the printer itself but the cost to run it.

There is no such thing as cheap printer ink.

The cheapest kind of printer to run is a thermal printer but this can only do black and white, requires special paper and is not suited to hot conditions due to its nature.

The cost of the special paper and the price of the electricity to heat the paper correctly is less than buying normal paper and inkjet printer ink.

In short almost all printers under $50 will be expensive to run. Printers are expensive generally.

Oli
Just to be sure, is this considered a thermal printer??
http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_1...&blockType=G11
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27 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I remember recently some small research was conducted and found that it was actually cheaper in some cases to buy a new printer each time your ink runs out than it is to buy new ink.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
I'm afraid that you're going to be stuck on this.

The cost of the printer is not dictated by the price of the printer itself but the cost to run it.

There is no such thing as cheap printer ink.

The cheapest kind of printer to run is a thermal printer but this can only do black and white, requires special paper and is not suited to hot conditions due to its nature.

The cost of the special paper and the price of the electricity to heat the paper correctly is less than buying normal paper and inkjet printer ink.

In short almost all printers under $50 will be expensive to run. Printers are expensive generally.

Oli
Just to be sure, is this considered a thermal printer??
http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_1...&blockType=G11
Not at all. That's an ink-jet printer, through and through.
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27 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
I remember recently some small research was conducted and found that it was actually cheaper in some cases to buy a new printer each time your ink runs out than it is to buy new ink.
Unfortunately I think the printer manufactures read the same report and most now supply a "special" first use cartridge set - one with considerably less ink that a normal set.

I'm sure they have an excuse such as this providing a longer shelf life when sold with printers, that tend to be on the shelf longer but Grrrrr
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27 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
I remember recently some small research was conducted and found that it was actually cheaper in some cases to buy a new printer each time your ink runs out than it is to buy new ink.
Unfortunately I think the printer manufactures read the same report and most now supply a "special" first use cartridge set - one with considerably less ink that a normal set.

I'm sure they have an excuse such as this providing a longer shelf life when sold with printers, that tend to be on the shelf longer but Grrrrr
That is actually the common excuse I do hear as of late.
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27 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
I remember recently some small research was conducted and found that it was actually cheaper in some cases to buy a new printer each time your ink runs out than it is to buy new ink.
Unfortunately I think the printer manufactures read the same report and most now supply a "special" first use cartridge set - one with considerably less ink that a normal set.

I'm sure they have an excuse such as this providing a longer shelf life when sold with printers, that tend to be on the shelf longer but Grrrrr
That is actually the common excuse I do hear as of late.
Yeah me too

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