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Chapter 6. Printing and Faxing > Tips from the Windows Pros: Does the Green Ink...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Does the Green Ink Have You Seeing Red?

If you're shopping for or currently use one of those inexpensive color inkjet printers that are so popular these days, you might find that your pleasure over their low purchase price fades quickly when you find out how much the ink cartridges cost. It's the overall cost per page that matters, and this can range from $.05 to $.15 per page for black-and-white printing, and lots more for color. If you print, say, an average of 10 pages per day, a printer that costs $.05 per page less than a competing model will save you $180 a year. That can way more than make up for a higher initial purchase price. This same argument goes for laser printers too, by the way. There are monochrome laser printers on the market for not much more than $100 now, but the cost of the consumables—ouch!

My advice is, when you're shopping for any printer, check out online reviews and estimate your actual cost of operation before you buy. You can find reviews at www.pcmag.com, www.zdnet.com, www.consumersearch.com, www.consumerreports.com (which requires a subscription), and many other sites. An hour or two invested in research now can save you a bundle later.


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