28 November 2013 by

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.

Considering all the above mentioned points, we have listed out the best ink efficient printers of this year. Check them out for before consider buying them.

Brother MFC-J6920DW Color Inkjet Multi-Function Printer


1. Brother MFC-J6920DW    $180

HP Officejet Pro X576DW Color Multifunction Inkjet Printer


2. HP Officejet Pro X576DW    $299

Canon Pixma MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer


3. Canon Pixma MG7120    $89

Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One Printer


4. Epson Expression Premium XP-810    $147

Canon PIXMA PRO-100 All-In-One InkJet Printer


5. Canon PIXMA PRO-100    $354

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