What inkjet printers have the cheapest ink May 09, 2013 10:00 by Matt Bird
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Looking for a cheap printer with equally cheap ink? Excellent. We’ve taken information from over 8,000+ products we sell, calculated their running costs to give you some definitive recommendations of the cheapest printers to buy.
If you’re after anything else, as always just leave a comment and we’ll get back to you :)
The best inkjet printer with the cheapest ink…
You’ll need to focus on money saving compatible cartridges and printers that are cheap to buy up front. At the moment you have 2 standout choices.
Multipack cost per page printed: 1.04p Individual cost per page: From 1.2p
These printers are easy to find at many retailers, cheap, with brilliant photo and standard print quality. Most of them have scanning and other bonus functionality which increases the value even more.
The printers are not the fastest, and using Epson original inks will cost a small fortune, but using third party inks gives you some of the cheapest home printing around.
They’re slightly more expensive than our second recommendation below, but we believe the quality and ridiculously cheap upfront cost of the printer more than compensate for that.
Multipack cost per page printed: 0.78p Individual cost per page: From 1.0p
The new range of Brother DCP-J and MFC-J printers have had strong reviews, and couple very cheap running costs with good quality.
The print quality isn’t as high as the Epson’s above, and the printers cost slightly more to buy up front, but their running costs and reliability are top notch.
Cheap printing using only genuine cartridges…
If you’ve been burned by third party cartridges and would rather stick with the originals you’ll be looking at slightly higher costs, but you probably knew that already :-)
Top Tip: When someone says cheap ink, you invariably think of Kodak; they’re not. When you factor in a single colour cartridge that has to be replaced once one colour runs out, you can do better.
Multipack cost per page printed: 1.1p Individual cost per page: From 1.2p
These HP inks are a fantastic blend of quality and running costs, the only downside is the printers are quite expensive to purchase up front.
Otherwise, you’re looking at cheap printing costs, with professional print quality in a machine that can even handle photo prints.
(If you’ve had a bad experience with HP and want something similar, check out the Brother LC1280 XL inks for equally good value).
Your best option are printers which take the best selling HP 364 ink range.
Multipack cost per page printed: 2p Individual cost per page: From 3p
They’re reliable machines with tremendous print quality, and as long as you stick to the high capacity HP 364 inks you’ll receive decent running costs.
Literally hundreds of printer models take these cartridges, so shop around for good HP printer deals and check they take the HP 364’s before buying.
And that’s all there is to finding the cheapest inkjet printer. Countless other manufacturers will have cheap printers with attractive looking cartridges, but odds on they’ll give worse value in the long run.
We hope you find these pointers helpful, and if you have any other tips or need further help just leave a comment below :)