When it comes to purchasing a laser or inkjet printer, one will have to determine if he/she is willing to sacrifice color for cost. The reason why I say this is because when it comes to printers, there is a difference in cost per page for a color printer vs a monochrome printer.
To illustrate this point, lets look at a typical monochrome laser printer. The Canon MF3240 4-in-1 laser printer. The black toner costs about $115 CDN and yields about 2500 pages. Now, the HP CP1215 Color laser printer’s toner costs $105 CDN and yields about 2200 pages. When you look at these two printers, the cost per page is about the same.
If one can get a laser printer that can use a high yield toner cartridge, the cost per page decreases. High yield toner cartridges have a yield of about 6000 pages. The HP HL-2040 monochrome laser printer high yield toner costs $187 CDN, but it yields about 10,000 pages.
With this in mind, one should look for a monochrome laser printer that is capable of using a high yield black toner cartridge to save costs on toner. Many monochrome laser printers can only use a regular sized toner cartridge, but there are some available that are able to use a high yield black toner cartridge. Some color lasers do have high yield toner cartridges, but the laser printers that do are often too big and/or expensive for a regular home user. Therefore, monochrome laser printers that can support a high yield toner cartridge is often the choice for many home offices.
As for the inkjets, look for an inkjet printer that can support a high yield black ink cartridge. This cartridge can last about 3 times longer than a regular sized black ink cartridge, furthermore, it will also have a lower cost per page vs a regular sized black ink cartridge. This results in more money in the printer owners pocket.
One can also look into refilled toner or inkjet cartridges sold at various shops. These are often sold much cheaper than their name brand or generic counterparts, and these will further reduce the cost per page of a printer. Unfortunately, using refilled will void the warranty if the manufacturer finds out that the user is using refilled toner or inkjet cartridges in the printer.
Unfortunately, when it comes to color, it does get quite expensive. Therefore, for those people who want a printer that is cheap to buy and refill, a monochrome laser printer that can use a high yield black toner cartridge is best. And for those who want an inkjet, one that can use a high yield black ink cartridge.
If a color laser and/or inkjet that can support a high yield black and color cartridge comes down in price enough, I may have to purchase one. Well it also has to be small and compact. I really do not want a filing cabinet sized printer in my house.