OKI laser printers are among the most populars, now situ in many offices across Ireland, known for their reliability and productivity. After the initial purchase price of the printer the next thing to consider is the running cost. Laser printers, once reserved for only the busiest office have certainly come down in price and are used by the busy home user as well as in the workplace. The biggest advantage of the OKI laser toner printer over an inkjet printer is the low overall running costs, precise text print and its wonderfully fast print speeds. The inkjet printers are however, excellent for reproducing photographic prints.
For example, the OKI C321DN is a relatively low cost colour laser unit that uses printer toner. It’s a basic level printer with no multi-functions to speak of, (available online for around €180), but is ideal for the small business or home. Of course it depends what you are looking for in a printer; if you require duplex or a faster print out speed then you may opt for a high specific laser toner printer or switch to another brand such as Xerox or Hewlett Packard. Brother’s HL 4150CDN printer is also in the same category as the Oki as an alternative but while the text print quality is superior the image reproduction can be less than satisfactory. This has nothing to do with the quality of the printer toner, purely the specification of the printer.
Laser toner printers are not just used in the office but in many homes too, across Ireland. There are basically 2 types of laser printer, colour and mono (black and white). The mono printers use a black printer toner and are mostly used for document printing in the office where colour is not required and is a fast and cost effective way to produce black and white printing.
The speed of the printer by far out performs any inkjet printer and the paper tray will also allow the printer to hold much more paper than an inkjet printer. The initial outlay for a mono printer will be considerably more than that of an inkjet printer and the toner will be more expensive than the inkjet cartridges but the advantages of speed outweigh is negatives. The most cost effective way of running a laser toner printer is to use compatible laser toner.
Most of the leading brands are available such as HP, Brother, Canon, Samsung, OKI and Epson. The savings on average with using a compatible black printer toner is typically around 40% and this can make a huge difference to an office budget for toner across a year.
The colour laser printers will use four colours of laser toner consisting of black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The advantage of the using the four colours is that you are able to replace single colours as they run out. Again, the initial purchase price of the printer will be high and there are different grades of printers from standard stand-alone basic colour printers to full blown networked photocopiers. The running costs of a colour copier will be high so special attention needs to be paid to cost of the laser toner. The compatible laser toner cartridges for the four colours should again produce savings of around 40% on average and this will produce savings that will help the printer pay for it in the coming years. Buying the lasers online is always going to get you the best deals with some online suppliers offering low cost next day delivery or even in some cases free laser toner cartridges.
Generally speaking there are no down sides to using compatible laser toner. There may be sometimes issues with the quality of the colours, for example you are trying to reproduce exact corporate colours on your logo for headed paper but for general-purpose every day printing they are fine. The compatible printer toner is widely used on a daily basis in offices, schools and just about everywhere that has a laser toner printer. Contact your online supplier to see what deals they have for you and start saving your business money.
The busier the home user or small office gets the more unaffordable the inkjet cartridge may seem to become. Although, with the trend changing towards using the compatible non-genuine version of the inkjet cartridge where the prices are a lot less than the original brand, for the busy office, the inkjet printers are simply not quick enough.
However, a good quality toner cartridge such as the HP CF280A will print up to 2700 pages @ 5% coverage (this means 5% coverage of the page and that normally means just text and not images). This black and white toner cartridge works with approximately nine HP Laserjet printers and will print 2700 pages at a rough cost of 3 cents per page when using an original brand HP toner. If you switch to a compatible version of the CF280A toner the cost will drop to around 1 cent a page!
This high-performance laser toner is also available as a high capacity cartridge CF280X. It has a page print volume of 6900 pages. The cost per page can vary but with the original brand it will cost around 1.8 cents. If you choose to buy the compatible version of the toner cartridge it should average out at around 0.5 cents per page! These savings are too great to ignore and with no problems being encountered, when it comes to compatibility with the HP printers there is really no reason to make the switch to compatibles. The quality of the print using compatible CF280A or CF280X is excellent as the toner is manufactured to the same ISO standards as the original brand.
With more and more businesses making the switch to non-genuine laser toners, the savings to be made on an ink and toner budget for a year is certainly significant. If a busy office in a solicitors’ office, school or college decides to switch to using compatible ones they will certainly see the difference at year-end with regard to how much they would have spent in previous years to what they are spending now. Laser toner printing is not just for the office, a small business operating from home or a house with several children attending school may find it useful to have a laser printer as the speed by far passes that of an inkjet one.
The added advantage of the laser toner is that it will not clog the print heads of the printer that can sometimes happen with an inkjet. The whole process of laser toner printing is completely different and seen as some as quicker and more convenient way of producing your prints.
If your printer has given up the ghost and it’s time to find a replacement it can be a bit of a minefield with so many deals on the market at the moment. Many of the big stores offer top brands such as Canon and Epson for as little as €50! These are very often all in one, copier, printer and scanners and seem to be available at unbelievable prices. They certainly are great deals but very often when it comes to replacing the ink cartridges the buyer is in for a shock as very often the cartridges costs as much as the printer! Many people have been caught out with this sales tactic by the manufacturers and are very disappointed with the running cost of due to the high cost of an ink cartridge. How do you avoid being caught out with the high priced ink cartridges? Well the answer lies in the research and contact with a reliable supplier or website.
If you are looking to change your printer at work or at home either to update or replace one that has reached end of life, it can be tricky to decide should you stay with an inkjet printer or move to laser toner. Basically, the inkjet printer uses liquid ink that is sprayed through the nozzle in the printer and uses and ink cartridge, whereas the laser toner cartridge comes filled with a dry powder substance that is referred to as toner. printer have their advantages and hopefully we can look at some of the differences here.
There are several things you should consider before choosing you printer for example do you need monochrome or colour? Will you be printing mostly black and white text or high-resolution colour images? If you need to print invoices, statements in black and white then a monochrome laser printer will suffice. Alternatively if you are printing colour images on a regular basis as part of a leaflet or publication then a colour printer would suit and possibly a laser printer if the quantities you intend to print justify the cost. The function of the printer is also important as you may need to scan or copy, an all-in-one printer is ideal for this. If you would like to print remotely you will require a wireless printer so make sure that function is available on the printer you choose.
Buying good quality compatible laser toner and ink cartridges in Cork can save you a fortune on running a printer at home or in the office. The most popular inks are available in your local ink shop in Cork but the more obscure or for those who prefer to buy in bulk, the best deals are certainly online. If you are buying locally the average savings on a compatible or remanufactured laser toner should be in the region of 40%. Continue reading