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A common problem faced by the printer owners is facing empty ink cartridges often. The ink efficiency is a prime factor when adding to the printer costs. The high cost of ink replacements overrides the initial price of buying an inkjet printer.

There is no single way to calculate the ink efficiency of a printer. Each brand uses their own measurements to calculate it. But in general if the per-page costs is less while printing quality and fade-resistance handouts, with less replacement cycles then the printer can be considered as ink efficient.

Points to note when considering ink efficiency of printers:

Type of cartridges:
Always buy separate color cartridges. Single cartridge which holds all 3 basic colors - cyan, magenta and yellow doesn't work even if one color runs out. Buying them separately is much cheaper in the long run.

Print output:
If printing large volume of text is your deal, then opt for the monochrome laser printers. They are fast, economical, and the black toners cartridges are much cheaper to replace when empty.
Inkjet printers produce quality prints in color but the expensive cartridges put a hole in your pockets.

Refilling cartridges:
Better to refill the cartridges rather than buy the brand name ones which are expensive. But on the downside the cheap ink used may not provide the print quality you expect. Of late majority of the brands are offering XL capacity cartridges, but you can never be sure of the amount of ink in them.

Tips and points to improve the ink efficiency are:

1. For normal or light text printing, always use black or grayscale option in the printer settings.(Draft mode option). By default color is always selected.
2. Set a lower resolution of 300 dpi if print quality is not top priority in laser printers.
3. Buy the right capacity of cartridge depending on your needs. They vary from small, medium, large or XL.
4. Perform bulk printing to reduce the start/stop operation cycles. This in turn reduces the ink consumption to some extent and also your waiting time.

The best ink efficient printers of 2015 list below consists of only those models which have a per page cost of less than 3.5 cents (monochrome prints).

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HP LaserJet M553x

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn


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HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw
Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW
Brother HL-L2300D
HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw
Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW
Brother HL-L2300D
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Release Date
May 2015
Jun 2015
Oct 2015
Jul 2015
Apr 2015
Cost Per Page (Mono)
1.7 cents
3.2 cents
3.2 cents
2.7 cents
3.5 cents
Output Type
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
Monochrome
Monochrome
Platform
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Printer Type
Laser, Printer Only, Standard All-Purpose
Laser, All-In-One
Laser, Printer Only
Laser, All-In-One
Laser, Printer Only
Cost Per Page (Color)
10.9 cents
16.3 cents
16.3 cents
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
4800.0 dpi

  • The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn is fast, low-priced, and has output quality good enough to let you print your own marketing materials.


  • This is a big printer for companies with big ideas. It's fast, flexible and delivers stunning prints.


  • Once past its slow startup, the Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x offers top-tier print quality at particularly high speeds. Just don't place your desk in the immediate vicinity, as the fan is just as effective at making noise as it is at cooling the machine.


  • A good fit as a personal multifunction printer or for light-duty, shared use in a small office, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw delivers high-quality text and graphics, fast speed, and mobile printing support.


  • If you're looking for a high-quality photo printer then inkjet printers still have the edge there. However, the M277dw provides excellent text quality and business graphics, and will make a good workhorse printer for smaller offices that need to produce high quality business documents.


  • This small and efficient laser all-in-one prints well and quickly, but the cost per page and limited paper handling render this an occasional-use model.


  • The HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw color laser printer is a great fit for personal or light-duty shared use, with fast speed, high-quality output, network connectivity, and support for mobile printing.


  • There’s a lot to like about the HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw, from its smart looks to its versatile wireless connection and duplex print. We’d like to see a higher capacity paper tray – or an option for a second tray – but other than that, it’s a very good choice for anybody who needs quality black and colour laser print, without a high purchase cost.


  • Aimed at personal use or shared use in a micro office, the Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW delivers better overall output quality than most monochrome laser multifunction printers.


  • This inexpensive mono-laser all-in-one has unusually fast print speeds, plus a host of convenience features. Our only quibble is with the toner cost.


  • The Samsung Xpress M2885FW is a good printer that's fast, compact and low in toner cost, plus, it uses NFC to print documents wirelessly from smartphones and tablets. That said, we would have preferred a larger display to make the numerous functions easier to navigate through.


  • The Brother HL-L2300D's small size and excellent paper handling—with a 250-sheet tray, manual feed, and duplexer—should be at the top of your list for a personal monochrome laser printer.


  • The HL-2300D is a fast and affordable entry-level laser with low running costs.


Top 5 ink efficient printer:

  1. HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn
  2. HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
  3. HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw
  4. Samsung Multifunction Xpress M2885FW
  5. Brother HL-L2300D