Low-Cost Printers, High-Price Cartridges
You do have more cost-effective options, though, than buying the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cartridges. Compatible and remanufactured printer cartridges are much cheaper than OEMs. Let’s say you need to replace the black ink cartridge on your HP OfficeJet 4620 printer. The retail price of the OEM one is $23.99 while the compatible cartridge is only $5.99. You still get the same high-quality printing results and ink level indicator that an OEM would provide.
Misleading Warranty Information
So rest assured that when you purchase a compatible or remanufactured cartridge, it will work just as well an OEM and won’t void your warranty.
Inkjet Printers vs Laser Printers
However, certain inkjet models have become much more efficient in recent years. For instance, the Epson B-510DN has ink costs as low as 4 cents per color page, color print speeds of 18 ISO ppm, and a monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages. Those specs suggest that this inkjet printer is just as economical and powerful as some laser printers.
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