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Which printer?

We offer a wide variety of inkjet, wide-format and laser printers from leading manufacturers like Epson, Fuji Xerox, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Canon, Lexmark and HP. The most common question we encounter is whether to go inkjet or laser, and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.

If you're a home user interested in printing photo-quality shots from digital cameras, a professional photographer or graphic designer, or only ever print a few items a month – an inkjet printer could be the best fit for you.

Do a lot of printing?

The ongoing savings in cost per print of a laser or solid ink printer may well justify the initial price premium.

Halve your printing costs Sometimes it seems printers are only ever getting cheaper, and while that's right – there is also a very good reason. Inkjet printers are the modern day equivalent of shavers, and Epson is the new Gillette.

The initial cost of a modern inkjet printer is subsidised by the ongoing costs of the cartridges you're forced to use in it - and the technology forcing you to use genuine cartridges is getting tougher and tougher to break. How much does ink cost? If you're paying $24.95 for a cartridge with 5ml of ink in it, you're paying almost $5,000 a litre ($4,990 to be exact).

Studies by Fuji Xerox Printers have shown the cost of a $500 inkjet printer ranges between 24-25 cents per page and drops to 13-16 cents with a $2,000 colour laser printer. So if you’re printing three reams of A4 paper a month, you're looking at a total cost of ownership of $4,910 in the first year for the inkjet or $4,610 for a colour laser.

After three years of the same usage, the inkjet has cost $13,730 – compared to $9,830 for the laser. If you print more, the ongoing savings will be even more immediate. If you think your printer will be getting used more heavily, please feel free to contact us to make sure you’ve got the right fit for your usage.

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