| HP-Officejet Pro 8610
|Lowest Cost Per Print Printers
Best Printers for Lowest Cost Per Printed Page
|Epson Premium Photo XP-800
Best Printers for low cost ink and low ink usage
Best Printer for tight spaces
Bottom Line: For the lowest cost per page with very good quality, I picked the HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-On Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax.
For a smaller space, my brother picked the Epson Premium Photo XP-800 which is more expensive per page but a bit better quality and a smaller footprint. A full review with an update follows:
August 4, 2015 Update: So far I've printed about 50 pages for my two newsletters every month using about 25 pages due to the double sided feature. After the first color went dry, I bought a second set of original ink cartridges from HP then when a cartridge runs dry, I swapped out the empty one with a new one. Then I refill the empty cartridge at Costco for about $8, usually with a $2 off coupon. After over two years, I am on my second refill for two of the cartridges and two are on the first replacement, so still original HP ink. The refilled ink works great for me, I notice no difference, but I'll pay Costco or CVS to make a photo quality print if I wasn't happy enough with this printer using photo paper.
I like the printer so much I ordered the newer version for my girlfriend last year (HP Officejet Pro 8610 Wireless All-in-One) and she loves it. She is so used to conserving ink, she may never run out of ink!
So, today for about $200 for the printer and a second set of ink cartridges, you should have a printer that prints about 50 pages a month for over a year before you refill ink at $8 a pop.
October 25, 2013 Update: So far I've printed four of my newsletters and used less than half the ink in any of the four cartridges. With my old printer, I usually ran out of color ink after printing between two and three full newsletters. Since all three color inks were in a single cartridge, you had to replace all colors when you ran out of any one color.
I LOVE the quality, double sided print and ease of printing from my desktop or laptop with the wireless connection. A BONUS is I can use the sheet feeder to scan newsletters I get from the competition to PDFs and editable text.
Bottom line, for the lowest cost per page with very good quality, I picked the
Consumer Reports recommends all the printers we considered but only rated the Canon Pixma MG3220 as a "Best Buy." I didn't pick this printer because its much higher ink cost was about the same as I have now with my very good, but older printer. It also does not have a sheet feeder. I figure I will pay for my new printer in a year or two with ink savings which gives me the very nice features (wireless and sheet feed plus great software to make PDFs) as a free bonus!
Here is a comparison of printers I considered with key features highlighted.
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