Replacing your printer can be as small or as large, any investment as you like. But, ultimately it should depend on what you need your printer to print and how much it will cost to run. The cost of running the printer means obviously the cost of the inkjet cartridges and typically how much per sheet it will cost. Firstly if you are a home user, that is to say a family with several school-attending children using the printer then the printer is in for a lot of use. Because the printer will be used to print out colour as well as black and white images then a colour inkjet printer will be sufficient. You would do well to pick an all-in-one printer that has additional features as well as being a printer/copier/scanner such as wifi or cloud-print. In fairness, most printers come wifi enabled these days but many people still prefer to connect them via the USB cable. The print speed of these printers is not that fast but considering the option is a high-speed laser toner printer, the cost would not warrant stepping up in cost for the average family.
The running costs of the printer have to be the next and some will say the most important consideration. If the cost of replacing the ink cartridge is going to cost as much as you paid for the printer, which is highly likely given the low cost of some printers on offer on the high street, then it’s time to think again. First of all check if this wonderfully inexpensive printer will accept a non-genuine brand ink cartridge, i.e. a compatible cartridge, if so what is the cost? If you can find an affordable set of compatible ink cartridges for the printer then you have hit the jackpot, but beware, not all new printers will accept the compatibles and some are so new that there is not yet a compatible cartridge available for them yet. The compatible ink cartridges are manufactured by a third-party manufacturer who has been careful enough to replicate the original brand ink cartridge without infringing on the copyright of it.
The quality of the print out from a printer using compatible ink cartridges as opposed to the genuine brand is not noticeable for general-purpose everyday printing. The only time when we think it may be an issue if you are trying to reproduce photo-quality prints that you may wish to sell or keep for many years and are concerned that the print may fade. All in all, the compatible ink cartridge should be a big consideration when purchasing your new printer and any good seller or ink especially online will give you free advice so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help.
If you are planning to buy a new printer in 2016 one brand you should certainly consider is Epson. Of course the first thing to consider when buying a new printer is whether the printer is what you require and how much can you afford to spend. The printer will have to do what you want it to do. In other words, is it for occasional home use, for a busy household with school attending children or is it for the office? If it is for the busy home user where more than one person is using the printer then it’s likely that an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier will be the best bet. Epson produce this printer and label it as a small-in-one compact printer and the latest batch of Epson Expression printers are the best sellers to date. This range of printer uses four ink cartridges, T1811 black, T1812 cyan, T1813 magenta and T1814 yellow. The beauty of the four-cartridge system is that you can replace the ink cartridges individually as they run out and not a full set of inks as was the case in other printers.
For example if we choose the Epson XP-412 as a typical all-in-one we can examine its key features. This printer has wireless printing, a colour LCD touch panel is very compact an environmentally has a small carbon footprint. The need to reduce the overall size of printers is to make the printer less of an obstacle on a desk and the size of the printer has no bearing on the performance of this excellent home printer. This neat and stylish black gloss printer houses it’s flatbed scanner under a textured lid with a typical gravity fed vertical Epson paper feed. On the bottom left there is an input for SD or memory Card sticks but unfortunately not a USB socket. A useful feature of this printer is that it supports wi-fi Direct and Airprint.
Access to the ink cartridges is under the scanner section and with the touch panel on the front it is easy to access them to insert replacement cartridges. The print speeds run approximately at almost 9 pages per minute for black and 4.5 pages per minute for colour. However, printing in draft mode will increase your pages per minute by one.
For general purpose every day printing the Epson XP-412 is perfect and compares favourably with it’s HP and Canon rivals. The over-riding factor with this print is the cost of running this printer with compatible ink cartridges. The non-original version of these printer cartridges are available online for as little as €1 each + VAT. Overall Epson’s XP-412 printer is a neat and well-designed printer that will print from most mobile devices and is definitely worth putting on your short list.
The Brother TN1050 toner is now available in compatible non-genuine form with an average printing cost of less than 2 cents per page + VAT. This cost is based on purchasing a 2 pack of toner cartridges, each cartridge prints up to 1000 A4 pages @ 5% coverage. This black toner is ideal for the office or busy home user that prints large quantities of text documents. Small office in particular will benefit from this reliable compatible TN1050 laser toner. It also has excellent print quality with consistent good solid blacks and high quality greyscale images. The compatible version of the toner will give the same results as the original brand Brother, the only noticeable difference being the cost.
The TN1050 printer toner is essentially used in the Brother printers listed below:
- Brother DCP-1510 toner cartridge
- Brother DCP-1512 toner cartridge
- Brother DCP-1610W toner cartridge
- Brother DCP-1612W toner cartridge
- Brother HL-1110 toner cartridge
- Brother HL-1112 toner cartridge
- Brother HL-1210W toner cartridge
- Brother HL-1212W toner cartridge
- Brother MFC-1810 toner cartridge
- Brother MFC-1910W toner cartridge
Initially when you change over, most likely your black cartridge first, you may get the ink status monitor showing an error with RED X over the black ink section. This will prevent your printing job taking place.
The software is detecting non-Epson cartridges and will be offering you opportunities to only use Epson ink. To resolve this issue, you can try the following actions:
- If you still have it, replace the original Epson T1811 ink cartridge in the tray
- Close the lid
- Power down the printer, leave it off power for 2 minutes
- Power up the printer
- Raise the lid on printer so you can see the ink carousel
- Press the ink button on front right (has a teardrop image)
- The ink carousel will go to an arrow pointer in the middle of the track
This pointer tells you which cartridge to replace first. Replace this one now with the compatible cartridge. Wipe the chip area inside the ink tray and on your cartridge first.
The Epson Expression XP is now unofficially the best selling non-original ink cartridge, in Ireland. Sales of the T1811 black ink cartridge in particular have rocketed as the sales of the Epson printers have hit an all time high. The initial low purchase price of the printers have made them very popular in stores such as PC World and Argos, and large volume sales has created a big demand for the compatible version of the cartridges.
The Epson Expression XP range consists the following printers:
- Epson Expression Home XP-102,
- Epson Expression Home XP-202,
- Epson Expression Home XP-20,
- Epson Expression Home XP-212,
- Epson Expression Home XP-215,
- Epson Expression Home XP-225,
- Epson Expression Home XP-30
- Epson Expression Home XP-302
- Epson Expression Home XP-305
- Epson Expression Home XP-312
- Epson Expression Home XP-315
- Epson Expression Home XP-322
- Epson Expression Home XP-325
- Epson Expression Home XP-402
- Epson Expression Home XP-405
- Epson Expression Home XP-405WH
- Epson Expression Home XP-412
- Epson Expression Home XP-415
- Epson Expression Home XP-422
- Epson Expression Home XP-425
- Epson MUFC Limited Edition
The printer uses four ink cartridges T1811 (18XL) black, T1812 (18XL) cyan, T1813 (18XL) magenta and T1814 (18XL) yellow. The Epson Expression printer is a small-in-one printer, copier and scanner and ideal for home use or a small office. The original brand are expensive at around €60 for a set of four cartridges. The non-original can be bought for as little as one euro a cartridge when bought as part of a multipack online with free delivery. This makes this range of printers one of most affordable on the market today.
In general, there are usually no issues with Epson printers accepting the non-original ink cartridges, the printer will know that it is not an original one and give a message to indicate this. But also, would give you the opportunity to click OK and proceed with the printing.
The savings to be made on the compatible Epson printer ink are massive and this will make a big difference in the budget of a busy family household with several school children who regularly print schoolwork. In addition, the savings available to a small business using the Epson XP range of printers for everyday general-purpose printing would prove a big advantage in the battle against rising costs in other areas of the business.
Epson Expression printers have had a real impact on the local market of printer ink in Dublin in recent months with the Epson expression range reportedly becoming one of the fastest-selling model of all time for Epson. This all-in-one printer copier scanner was flying off the shelves in all the main stores, pre-back to school in September and is continuing to do very well in the battle against HP and Brother.
The main appeal of this range is the versatility combined with its acceptance of low-cost non-original ink cartridges. This series of Epson printers is ideal for home use or a small office and will print full colour with four inks. Being able to replace the individual cartridges is a big plus for it and with the compatible version available online, for as little as one euro, then it has virtually no competition from its rivals at HP, Brother or Samsung.
For the home or business user, printer ink in Dublin can eat a large chunk of your budget when it comes to printing homework for school or everyday printing at work. Non-original ink cartridges may have had some bad press in the past but with the realization of the size of the non-original ink and toner cartridge market, the manufacturers have got their act together and have been producing high quality reliable generic ink for the last couple of years. The two main factors to consider when buying ink for your printer whether at home or in the office is the price and the quality. Taking a look at the price, first of all, the cost of a set of original ink cartridges can be astronomical and make the cost of your printing pretty much unaffordable. The original brand inkjet cartridges can be priced as much as 100% more expensive than their non-original counterparts.