Discriminating printer buyers consider the print cost per page or CPP as the most important factor in the selection and purchase of a printer unit. The upfront cost of a color inkjet printer is no longer the end all of a sale. Instead, the cost per page of printed output is now the foremost factor in the choice of a printer. CPP is measured based on the retail price of the cartridge and its print capacity or yield based on the Industry mandated 5% yield coverage.

It is worthwhile mentioning that inkjet printers are making a run for the lowest printing cost per page, a domain held by laser printers for quite some time. Here are ten color inkjets (single function and all in ones) that vie for the lowest CPP printer, based on data culled from the printer’s constant document output.  In our case, CPP was determined under the yield coverage of 30%. This is the typical yield coverage for letter documents printed in offices.

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1.Topping the list is the HP Officejet Pro K8600 color inkjet printer. Although the inkjet falls under the category of a single function printer, the printing cost per page for its output is likely the lowest in the industry at a spectacular $ 0.097 per page of print. The ink cartridges of this model surely deserve a second look.

2.Positioned in second place are the Brother Printer models MFC 6490CWMFC 6890CDWMFC 5890CN and the MFC 5895CW.  Given a cost per page of only $ 0.101 for each printed document, these all-in-one printers surely operate with cost efficient ink consumables.

3.Landing the third spot is the Canon Pixma MX760. Also an all-in-one color inkjet printer, the MX760 turns out low CPP documents at the minimal rate of $ 0.103.

4.Occupying the fourth spot are 6 Hewlett Packard all in one color printers from the OfficeJet Pro line, each delivering outputs at the prudent CPP of $ 0.108. The printer models are as follows:

·         HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus e All-in-one A910g

·         OfficeJet Pro 8500 Premier

·         HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-All-in-One Printer – A910n

·         HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One

·         HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One Printer – A910a

·         HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-One

5.At number 5 is the Epson Artisan 810. Another all-in-one printer, this Artisan model operates with a printing cost per page of only $ 0.125 for each document that comes out of its output bin.

6.Another color inkjet printer by Epson, the Artisan 835 all-in-one, makes it to sixth place but this time with a lower CPP rating of $ 0.132. Still a cost miser, I should say!

7.Positioned at number 7 is another set of HP color printers, namely the HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer - E910a; the HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer (single function); and the HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One Printer – E710n. Now users can enjoy lower CPP for wide format applications, starting at $ 0.136 for a letter size output and at 30% yield coverage.

8.Occupying the eight spot is another all-in-one printer by manufacturer Brother. The MFC 990CW presents to users the affordable printing cost per page of only $ 0.150.

9.Looks like HP never runs out of low cost per page printers.  Finding its way into number 9 are 4 HP color inkjet printer models, all designed to produce low cost outputs at the rate of $ 0.174 per page. The printer models are as follows:

·         HP Photosmart B8550 (single function) Photo Printer

·         HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One Printer – C410a

·         HP Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web All-in-One Printer – C309n

·         HP Photosmart eStation e-All-in-One Printer – C510a

10.Occupying the tail end and completing the top 10 are the Canon color inkjet printer models Pixma MX860 and Pixma MX870. Both printers turn out low CPP documents at the rate of $ 0.186 per page.

All of the 10 color printers presented practically operate under similar print resolutions. This criterion is important because printing cost per page is always at its lowest for printers with inferior print resolutions. By ranking inkjets of similar print resolutions, a comprehensive list was determined.

Print resolution dictates the printer’s ink consumption. So pick a printer that can reliably strike a good balance between print resolution and ink consumption. Why, you can even lower cost per page further with the use of compatible ink cartridges.


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