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What is the most cost effective printer I can buy?

Posted on June 27, 2014 | Posted under cost effective, ink, printer, toner | 5 Comments

A lot of people don't consider this question when buying a printer. They might find a cheap model, with all the functionality they need only to find that it is costing them a huge amount to keep it running. So what printer is a good one to buy? Well it depends.


Unfortunately there isn't really one answer on what the best printer to buy is however we can help point out the things to look for so that when you do purchase a printer, you can find one that is cost efficient for what you need.


One of the first things you should do is work out what the cost per page is for the replacement inks. The manufacturer may provide a standard yield and a high yield ink cartridge so it is worth working out what the price of the pages will be. As mentioned in a previous post, to do this you need to take the yield of that cartridge divided by the cost of the cartridge and that will give you your cost per page. It is amazing how different printers can have huge variations in the cost per page. Also do not that the higher yield cartridges are not alway a cheaper alternative! It is worth doing your homework!


Another factor to consider is the type of printing you are doing. Tests by showed that the Lexmark Z1420 gave the most cost effective text printing at 3.7 US cents per page. While the HP Photosmart D&560 produced the most cost effective photo prints at US$1.2 per page. 


The final consideration is whether there are compatible or remanufactured cartridges available for the printer that you are looking at. Compatible and remanufactured ink and toner can be a great way to print cost effectively. If bought from a reputable supplier, like ourselves, they can provide good quality print outputs and extremely cost effective prices.  


Well - there are a couple of things to consider when purchasing a cost effective printer.


Do you have any other suggestions?

Cartridge Yields 101 - What page yields mean

Posted on June 26, 2014 | Posted under ink, toner, yields | Leave a Comment

Cartridge yields are a way of calculating how many pages, on average, will be printed per cartridge, and then also how much each page costs to print. This same principle applies for ink cartridges for inkjet printers and toner cartridges for laser printers.


Generally, yield is expressed as a number of pages and often is accompanied by a reference saying at 5% coverage. So what does this mean.. 5% is used as an average as the sort of coverage you would expect when printing a page of text. But it is worth keeping in mind that if you are printing things like photos, there will be far greater coverage than 5% and for that reason you are likely to print a lot less pages per cartridge


The other occasion when the word yield tends to get used is in the description of different types of cartridges. So for example a cartridge might have a standard version, a high yield version and an extra high yield version. The theory behind this is to give high volume print users a more cost effective cartridge than one meant for low volume print users. Selecting the right cartridge for your needs is entirely based on your printing habits. If you feel that you are having to replace your cartridge frequently you could consider a higher yield cartridge.


It is always great to compare the cartridges before purchasing so it can be worth working out what the price per page is for each cartridge. To do this you take the price and divide it by the yield. As an example a $40 cartridge which had a 500 page yield would have a price per page of $0.08. 


If you have any further questions on what cartridge might be best for your printing needs, we would be more than happy to help.


Brother gives their colour laser range a shake up

Posted on June 25, 2014 | Posted under brother, laser printer, new product release, toner | Leave a Comment

Recently Brother released a new range of business colour laser printers that they are aiming to target the small to medium business market with. This printer range is aiming for small to medium companies that are printing up to 5000 pages per month. The company is hoping that it can extend it's dominance in the mono laser printer market into the colour laser market. 


The new range of printers is very much designed to work in modern day workplaces embracing the move to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) offering features such as Airprint, Google Cloud Print and iPrint&Scan. The L8000 range is made up of 6 printers that have high yield and super high yield cartridges, while the larger L9000 range is only available with super high yield cartridges.



Genuine vs Compatible vs Remanufactured. Whats it all mean?!

Posted on June 23, 2014 | Posted under compatible, genuine, ink, remanufacturered, toner | 4 Comments

We often get questions about what the difference is between genuine, compatible and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. So we though this would be a good opportunity to shed some light on what the differences in these products really mean. 


A good place to start is with some definitions of what each label actually means. Genuine ink and toner cartridges are manufactured by the manufacturer of the printer. So for example if you have an HP printer, genuine toner cartridges are those manufactured by HP. Compatible cartridges, on the other hand are cartridges manufactured by third parties to fit the printers on the market. And finally, remanufactured cartridges use empty genuine cartridges and refurbish these cartridges and then refill them, hence the name remanufactured.


One other term you may come across is OEM. OEM means "Original Equipment Manufacturer", which is basically another way to describe genuine.


So which is best for you? Well each have there benefits.


Genuine cartridges are good because as a customer you know where they are coming from. They are very reliable and have consist page yields. The downside is that the tend to be a lot more expensive. In saying that, we do our best here at TRD to deliver these products at the lowest possible prices.


Compatible and Remanufactured cartridges are great for those looking for cost savings. If you are printing a large amount then the cost savings can really add up. The down side is that because they are not manufactured by the printer brand you can sometimes be uncertain about quality. 


Fortunately for you, we have done the hard work in finding high quality compatible and remanufactured products, so you can rely on our products to deliver consistent results print after print. Due to the large number of cowboys out there looking to make a quick buck the public sometimes gets the wrong view about what a quality compatible product can look like.


If you would like some more information about what product might be best for you feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help.


Happy Shopping!


New products - Ink and Toner!

Posted on April 11, 2014 | Posted under ink, new products, toner | Leave a Comment

We have now started stocking a large range of ink and toner products.

It has been our mission for a while now to diversify into other areas which complement what we have currently been offering. We think this is the right time to start offering additional printer consumable products to our faithful customers.

We have a large range of compatible, remanufactured and genuine ink and toner products from brands including Brother, Canon, HP Kyocera and Konica Minolta, amongst others. Though the addition of ink and toner products has added around 800 products to our catalogue we will continue to add further products to our range.

If there is a specific product you are looking for, let us know and we will get it online!