Here at Laser Printer Resource, we are often asked the question: What printer should I buy?
Generally speaking, even a home office will see savings on imaging costs with the purchase of a laser printer. Although the initial cost of printer and toner cartridges are more than those of inkjet printers, a laser printer uses ink far more efficiently than an inkjet printer. For example, one of the smallest laser printers, the HP P1006, has a toner cartridge that prints 1500 pages per cartridge, while the HP 4000 has cost-effective recycled toner cartridges available that prints 10,000 pages per cartridge.
By contrast, the HP 61 inkjet cartridge will print only 190 pages, and the larger HP 94 prints 480 pages.
Also, printers tend to break. When they break is often sadly predictable: about a year after the purchase, after the standard warranty has expired. Even worse, Laser Printer Resource usually cannot fix these printers. Not only do the manufacturers not offer the parts for printer service centers, but fixing the printer usually is not worth it. The inkjet printer usually costs about as much as a printer repair call.
So, in summary, inkjet printers tend to have higher printing costs and to be less reliable than laser printers. For a fast, reliable machine, we recommend the purchase of a laser printer.
Five ink-splattered matches in the Ring of Recycling later, we have five multinational corporations still in the competition: Brother, Hewlett Packard, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sharp. Taken to the dump are Canon, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Ricoh, and Xerox.
The survivors will now face… a death match!
Does the company take back all its used toner cartridges?
Hewlett Packard: No! Not all of its inkjet products can be recycled, according to Hewlett Packard.
Sharp: Yes, though they do warn you that you could be charged for sending non-Sharp products.
Can customers print from the website?
Hewlett Packard: Yes!
Panasonic: No! You can submit a request to the website for a replacement label.
Sharp: No! You have to order eco-boxes.
How much information do you have to give the company before you can print a label?
Brother: None! Brother requires NO INFORMATION AT ALL from its customers!
Hewlett Packard: Some: Hewlett Packard Requires your name, address, email address, and telephone number.
Panasonic: Some. Panasonic requires your name, address, and phone number.
Samsung: Some. Your name, address, email address, and telephone number are required, and THEN Samsung automatically opts you into its email marketing program unless you uncheck a box.
Sharp: Some. Your name, address, email address, phone number, and type of business are required.
Which company takes back all its used toner cartridges and provides the fastest and easist method of returning empty printing products? This company will be the winner of the Ring of Recycling, the company we recommend for best customer service in recycling. And the winner is… BROTHER!