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Which printers are the cheapest to use?

Updated April 17, 2017

Printers are a necessary part of computing for many users, but the long-term cost to use them can be expensive. Replacing ink cartridges and toner can put a sizeable dent in your personal or business budget. However, some printers are considerably cheaper to use than others. You can save significantly on ink cartridges and toner by choosing a more economical printer.

HP Photosmart D5460

The HP Photosmart D5460 prints at a speedy 11.4 pages per minute. The printer uses pigment-based ink that produces high-quality prints. The regular and high-yield inks are priced inexpensively, making this one of the most economical printers on the market. As of October 2010, the regular cyan costs roughly £6 and prints about 300 pages. The high-yield cyan prints about 750 pages and costs around £9.

Canon Pixma MP620

The Canon Pixma MP620 is one of the most adaptable printers on the market. It supports USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity. The printer prints at average speed -- about 7.6 pages per minutes. The ink costs are low when compared to most printers. This printer prints at about 4.6 cents for a black-and-white page and 12.1 cents for a colour page.

HP OfficeJet J4680 All-in-One

The HP OfficeJet J4680 not only includes printing capability, but the ability to fax, scan and copy documents. It features wireless connectivity for easy network set-up. The printer can also print at a very affordable price. Both the standard black and tricolour cartridges print at roughly 7 cents a page. The high-yield black cartridge is even more economical, printing at about 4 cents a page.

HP Color LaserJet CP2025n

The HP Color LaserJet CP2025n is adapted for use in a small business setting. The paper tray can hold a full 250 sheets. The cartridges are larger, allowing for more printing before replacement is needed. This is one of the most economical printers for business use. The 3,500-page black cartridge prints at about 3.3 cents a page. The 2,800-page colour cartridge prints at about 4 cents per colour page.

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James Garret has been a professional freelance writer since 2005, working for mostly private clients. He also has experience working in the information technology field as a troubleshooter. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in computer science at the University of Kentucky.