Printer TCO

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
Anyone got any comparison tables or values for Printer TCO - Total Cost of Ownership?

considering for possible HP 5550, HP 4250 and may be a Canon 3000?

IE cost per page, running cost for power, maintenance items etc....

not urgent, but awkward.
cheers, Danny
Question by:DanCh99
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    While all of the factors that you mention do figure into TCO, as a practical matter, the consumable cost (toner or ink cost per page) overwhelms everything else, and for comparison purposes is about all that you need to look at.  Any color laser is going to be cheaper -- a lot cheaper -- than any color inkjet.  The cheapest color inkjets, by far, are the HP "Business Inkjets" with separate ink cartridges and printheads.  While good, however, they are not "top of the line" in photo print quality.

    PC Magazine / Ziff-Davis does some good TCO comparisons as part of their reviews of various printers.
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    here's one I found myself:

    but thanks for the help anyway.
    Sorry for the delay in answering this, my email notifications of post from EE has gone up the Swanee....

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