I'm in a situation where we used to print a few dozen promotional fliers a month so we used the office inkjets for them. Then we got bigger and started to print a few hundred and now it's in the thousands so this is becoming increasingly exensive as you can imagine.
I know a colour laser has cheaper costs per page but I need to know how much cheaper (so we can predict when it will have paid for itself) and which printer is going to give the cheapest cost per page.
Most the statistics are for 20% coverage (5% of each base colour) but our work is all black text with red headings and a blue company logo and I have no idea what coverage percentage it is (it's a few dozen words, large type, and a logo, sometimes we also print a faint blue water mark). Can anyone suggest a way to calculate the cost per page with some accuarcy for both the HP895Cxi's we're using now and a potential laser?
So, to sum up I'm hoping for advice on two things:
A printer that's cheap to purchase up front but especially cheap in the long term, so that's low CPP, low maintenence and a large print tray so it can run unattended. Speed isn't too important, it'll beet the inkjets no doubt.
A way to calculate the CPP of that printer and compare it to our current inkjets.
BTW - I'm considering either a HP Laserjet 1500 or 2500 (not that I can work out the different merits between the two) and even then I can't find a cost comparison between HPs own Laserjets and the Deskjets we currently use.