Printing is one of those things that many of us don’t think about too often. For that reason, we tend to rely on outdated methods of printing that cost us more in the long run. However, printing is something that most of us will need to do regularly if we’re running a business, studying, or simply wanting to print out some travel documents.
One of the main issues with printing being an afterthought is that you can often get caught out by price when you’re last-minute shopping for ink cartridges. You may even find yourself having to pay around £50 to print your dissertation at the university library if you forget to buy ink in advance. It wasn’t my finest moment, but it did make me keen to find ways to save on printing in the future.
Types of Printer Ink
Before thinking about more cost-effective ways to print, let’s quickly look at the different kinds of printing available to make sure you’re looking for the right option.
Inkjet printers are commonly found in homes around the world. They’re small enough to not be an inconvenience, don’t cost too much to buy, and print in high quality using ink cartridges.
One downfall of the inkjet printer is that is can be relatively expensive to buy replacement ink cartridges.
An alternative solution is to buy remanufactured ink cartridges. This process involves recycling an old cartridge by having it refilled with printer ink by an independent retailer. The major benefit of this is that it’s much cheaper that buying original printer cartridges but you do run the small risk of having manufacturing issues with out of date cartridge chips.
Laser printers were commonly found in offices since they’re more cost effective than inkjet printers and operate at a much higher speed. However, laser printers do suffer slightly in the quality department if you’re looking to print high quality photographs.
Nevertheless, the laser printer has managed to make its way into households as well as offices due to its higher yield and cost effectiveness. The downside with this, however, is that some laser printers are quite big and don’t fit into the home as comfortably as inkjet printers.
A good way to save money on laser printing is to opt for compatible laser toner cartridges, which serve as copies of the originals. Although much cheaper to buy you again run a small risk of having manufacturing issues that could lead to frustration. It can also be confusing to find the right replacement laser toner cartridges which makes online shopping tricky.
A newer alternative to traditional inkjet and laser printers is cartridge-free printing that is possible with an Eco Printer such as the Epson EcoTank ET-2710.
The great selling point about this printer is the fact that you’ll be saving a lot of money in the long run over standard printers.
One of the most frustrating things about buying ink cartridges for an inkjet printer is that they don’t tend to last very long. This is especially the case if you’re someone who has been buying the much more expensive original ink cartridges.
This isn’t going to be a problem with the Epson EcoTank range of printers because the first set of inks provided with the printer will net you the equivalent of approximately 88 cartridges of ink. That means less maintenance, less shopping and, importantly, less money you’ll be spending on your printing needs.
In fact, you’re looking at producing a whopping 4,500 pages in black and 7,500 pages in colour with just one set of ink. That’s going to bring savings of around 90% on your traditional ink cartridge costs with the high-performance yield formerly reserved for big laser printers.
Easier to Use
Another potential issue with cartridge printing is knowing exactly which cartridges you want to buy. There are so many printer models around that it can be difficult to know if you’re buying a set of cartridges that will even be compatible with your printer when you get them home. This can make online shopping for replacements a nightmare.
With the EcoTank, there’s no need for cartridges at all. All you must do is buy replacement ink bottles to refill your printer at home when the time comes. Note, the fact that this ink goes such a long way means that you won’t need to do this very often anyway.
Something that stood out to me instantly with the EcoTank was that the bottles are designed with ease of use in mind. The printer’s tanks are front facing which means you’ll be able to see the ink level markers easily and refill without issue when the time comes. Even better, however, is the fact that the bottles are designed in such a way that the tanks will only accept the correct ink. For those of us who tend to make mistakes in this department, that means we won’t be able to fill a black tank with coloured ink.
Compatible with Modern Technology
Ideal for busy people in the modern world, the EcoTank allows you to send documents to print wirelessly from smart devices using the Epson iPrint app. Whether you’re using a phone, tablet, or laptop, you’ll be connected with your printer and ready to print at all times. Not only that, but you’ll be able to print documents even when you’re not at home or in the office. The Epson Email Print feature allows you to send documents to print from pretty much anywhere in the world.