Is there a particular

brand of printer that has cheaper ink than the others ? We are looking to replace our HP PSC1210 as its playing up. I see alot of cheap printers for sale, but will I get stung when I go to buy the ink ? Thanks

geek_walkyluvva, Apr 24, 8:04 am

nope they all rip you - try the cheap after market inks on TM or inkvenus and the like, or buy a laser printer

geek_king1, Apr 24, 8:53 am

It depends on the model, not the printer brand.

Not all printer cartridges are created equal. If you buy a dirt cheap printer, they usually use low yield inks, and yes they're a rip off. So buy something decent that uses the high yield inks. The cost of the inks is more but you get a lot more printing out of them.

For example, the HP Officejet 6820 uses the HP 950/951 cartridges which average 2000-2500 pages per cartridge. A full set will cost you around $150, but that's pretty cheap in terms of cost per page. And you can pick the printer up for less than $200 usually.

In comparison, a lot of the cheaper HP printers use the 60/61 cartridges which cost $55 but print less than 200 pages.

The other option is stick to a Brother mono laser, cost per page is far cheaper than most inkets.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 24, 10:34 am

"buy a laser" is all well and good, but drum units are a little pricey when it comes to replacing those, was quoted between $90 and $120 for the one i need, pretty steep considering the printer cost me nothing, toner prices are slightly more reasonable though

geek_pcmaster, Apr 24, 10:51 am

The drum units should only need to be replaced every 10,000 pages or so (depending on printer). most home users wouldn't do that in years, so it's not too bad.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 24, 10:56 am

I use compatible ink from here -

Had only one faulty cartridge and his excellent support couldn't have been better, replacing the faulty one overnight.

geek_russell.s.c, Apr 24, 12:08 pm

I have a 10 year old HP laser, still runs like new.
Toner cartridge (aftermarket) is only about $20 on trademe.
Get a high yield printer and you save in the long run.
Mines rated at up to 2000 pages yield, but I have gotten about double of that at least.

I also have a all in one inkjet, but the scanner is the only thing that gets used on it lol And keep in mind, inkjet is not only expensive in ink cartridges, but also very high maintenance.

geek_rz_zone, Apr 24, 12:09 pm

How so? I've never had to maintain any ink jet I've owned

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 24, 12:28 pm

Not at the link I provided.

geek_russell.s.c, Apr 24, 5:21 pm

Thats FOUR box's of paper.
Thats a lot of printing for home usage.
Wear on the printer partly depends on regularity of printing & how much is done at any 1 time

geek_mrfxit, Jan 19, 8:59 pm

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