Have you ever walked into an electronic/office supply store to be greeted by isles and isles of printers? Most people have. How can you identify the good quality from the poor quality, and how can you locate the most economic printer?
Follow these steps to make your shopping trip easier.
1. Identify the main purpose for your printer. Paperwork or high quality color printing?
If it is paperwork, you could go for a laserjet printer (either monochrome or color). If you are wanting to do some color or photos, a high quality color inkjet is for you.
2. Do require color printing? If you don't need color, definitely look at a monochrome laserjet printer. You can select features such as scanning, copying, and faxing within the laserjet family.
3. What is the cost per page?
To find this, you take the cost of the cartridges and divide them by their approximate page rating. This will give you a rough idea of what printer has an economical cartridge versus one that is not economical. Typically we say under $0.04 per print is economic for monochrome, and under $0.15 for color prints is economic (add both the black and color cartridges together and divide by the total page rating). Look at our Fuzion ink and toner cartridges to save money on your ink supplies.
4. Choose your extra functions!
Select the functions and features you want for your printer. Some models are wireless, other are not. Do you want it to work with a phone or tablet? Make sure it is Airprint ready. Do you want it to double side automatically? Look for duplexing. Keep in mind, certain features cost more than others, so keep those features in mind when you look at the price of the printer.
5. You get what you pay for.
Have you ever seen those smoking deals for printers at $49.95 at a department store? Buyer beware! These printers are often "cash cows" where the ink cartridges cost more than DOUBLE the cost of the printer. In addition, the ink that comes with any printer is only a sample. This means the starter cartridges are only 20% or so full. Don't be fooled by the cheap price tag, you may end up paying $80.00 to print only 200 pages... ($0.40 per page. WAY too much!).
If you have questions about what method of printing to choose and can't decide, contact us at anytime! We are here to help.
Please see the PDF link below on how to set-up your Canon printer for the wireless network. Make note on page 12 it mentions to use the "Standard Setup" method.
When your printer prompts you to push your WPS button on your router, press your "STOP" button once. This will bring you to the option of "Standard Setup." Press OK. It will allow you to select your network name and enter your password.
For detailed instructions please click here.
As the Canadian dollar has decreased, consumers need to be aware of how these changes will affect the prices of consumables. Genuine OEM brand name cartridges may see increases as much as 20%, where the the Certified Generic brands may see minimal increases of 8%. Looking to save money on your printing cartridges? Consider getting a quote from us including both Genuine OEM and Certified Generics.
Lexmark has announced they will no longer be producing inkjet printers, instead they intend to focus on laserjet printers and MPS (managed print services). As mentioned in one of our previous blog posts, MPS systems are not as friendly to the consumer pocket book as they are made out to be. MPS guarantee sales, whether the consumer is printing or not.
Lexmark states they will be honoring warranties and selling the consumables, however they did not publicly announce a timeline for these promises. It is assumed by many wholesalers carrying the Lexmark inkjet that they will be discontinued by summer of 2015.
To see Lexmark's official post, click the link below.
Do MPS save money? Let's investigate.
How do MPS work?
MPS are facilitated by key software applications that fall into one of the following categories:
The MPS provider requires software to be installed on the your computers to assess your printer and page-output requirements. Next, the MPS provider offers different models of printers and a cost per monochrome (black only) prints and color prints.
Once an agreement has been signed, you pay a monthly fee which covers the printer, technical support, and servicing. Afterwards, you are charged based on how many monochrome and color prints you have printed (based on the software) and for the replacement ink/toner cartridges.
What are the downsides?
Many MPS contracts hide extra costs and fees that strongly affect the overall cost of a MPS agreement.
The fine print of many MPS contacts specifies that all replacement printer ink and toner cartridges must be purchased directly from the MPS provider. There is a significant mark up on these printer cartridges compared to a regular replacement cost creating a more expensive print option for you, the customer. Included in this mark up are any parts used in repairs for the printers themselves. The MPS provider decides when to replace your ink and toner cartridges and do not typically use the full life of the cartridge. Replacing cartridges prematurely creates extra cost for you, the customer.
Most MPS providers reserve the right to replace old printers with a newer model even if the old one is still working fine. Since the MPS provider sets the price on their leasing your pricing could increase at any time. If your printer runs our of ink or toner, your printing will be interrupted until a maintenance specialist arrives. Rush servicing can result in extra cost.
Aside from the initial set up of a printer and some minor maintenance habits, most printers do not require servicing more than once per year. With an MPS agreement you are paying for a service you are not actively requiring.
Do MPS save money?
Not in particular. The cost to replace your cartridge as you require and perhaps have a printer technician service potential problems as they service is far less expensive than having a MPS agreement.
At Prairie Laser Inc. we offer free technical support/maintenance, free delivery and free empty cartridge/recycling pick up. We guarantee best price on all ink and toner cartridges to all of our corporate customers. No contract needed.
There is a constant battle when making a product choice. Four main factors influence a buyers decision:
1) Price - Is the product worth the value?
2) Quality - Will the product meet the required standards?
3) Availability - Can I get the product when I need it?
4) Impact - What environmental foot print am I leaving?
Let's apply these four factors to purchasing cartridges.
1) Price: How much will I be paying? OEM Brand cartridges are significantly more expensive than generic products. Price wise, a generic product provides the best savings.
2) Quality: Will generic provide the same quality as the OEM brand since it has reused plastics? Yes. Why such a short answer? Brand name companies such as HP, Lexmark, and more reuse their own product and continue to sell it as "OEM." See HP's chart below:
3) Availability: Can I get the product when I need it? The availability is near identical between OEM cartridges and generic cartridges. The availability of generics creates a slighter greater availability against the OEM products due to popular demand.
4) Impact: Will these products damage the environment? What are my recycling options? As mentioned under the Quality section, all brands OEM and generic recycle and reuse their products where possible. At Prairie Laser Inc. we recycle all cartridge products to help keep the environment clean.
The only one who can make the choice for product selection is you. Soak in the data so you can make an informed decision.