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Please provide valuable suggestions regarding which type of printer can be selected for occasional use for Black & White 30 to 50 pages print monthly.

Whether should go for ink tank, ink jet, laser? All in one printer or single function? Kindly consider following points also:

# Cost of print per page
# Cost of Replacement supplies and Refilling.
# Other maintenance cost if any.

Searched previous posts regarding it but not found any post having proper info. General opinion from google search is to go with ink tank which is costing 10 to 20 paisa per print and it can refilled easily with ink bottle.

Brand and Model suggestions are also preferred.

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In my area, black and white print is Rs 2 per page.
For just 50 pages, I wouldn’t buy a printer

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Your choice is between Ink Tank and Laser.

If you are going to take prints at least once ever week, you should go for an all in on Ink Tank. It will give you the facility of color prints and scans, whenever necessary. You can go for the Wi-fi ones, they are very convenient for printing/scanning directly from mobile phones.

You can go for the Laser printers, if you will be taking prints with long intervals, and need faster prints, and are sure you wont need color or scans.

Print costs should be similar for both.

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GrabDeal wrote:

Don’t make him a scapegoat.
He said OCCASIONAL uses.
You’re suggesting him to buy a laser printer ? Seriously?

Yes. Because the toner in Laser printer does not dry up and can be used without any problem for even upto 3 years. The inkjet ink dry up or leak out even without use and he will end up either paying for inks he never used or left without ink when he really needs it. The ink may even damage the printer. His total cost of operation will be much higher in case of inkjet printers.
Occasional users should not even think of inkjet printers.

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deepsoni25 wrote:

In mumbai bro.. same in my area.. but near station shop there 0.5 Rs per page.. 😃

In my area 0.5 rs if you print both sides

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skansari72 wrote:

In my area 0.5 rs if you print both sides

Nice 👍

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GrabDeal wrote:

Don’t make him a scapegoat.
He said OCCASIONAL uses.
You’re suggesting him to buy a laser printer ? Seriously?

Yes. Because the toner in Laser printer does not dry up and can be used without any problem for even upto 3 years. The inkjet ink dry up or leak out even without use and he will end up either paying for inks he never used or left without ink when he really needs it. The ink may even damage the printer. His total cost of operation will be much higher in case of inkjet printers.
Occasional users should not even think of inkjet printers.

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desiman wrote:

2 rupees per page which city rolleyes

Same here in bengaluru, for 2rs per page

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deepsoni25 wrote:

In mumbai bro.. same in my area.. but near station shop there 0.5 Rs per page.. 😃

have the shops in mumbai started the printing service today i inquired 2-3 shops they said the printing machine is closed and not yet started

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skansari72 wrote:

In my area 0.5 rs if you print both sides

flushed 50 p aaj ke time main
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desiman wrote:
flushed 50 p aaj ke time main

Yes 50 paisa per page

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panchabhut wrote:

Yes. Because the toner in Laser printer does not dry up and can be used without any problem for even upto 3 years. The inkjet ink dry up or leak out even without use and he will end up either paying for inks he never used or left without ink when he really needs it. The ink may even damage the printer. His total cost of operation will be much higher in case of inkjet printers.
Occasional users should not even think of inkjet printers.

100% agreed ,either don’t buy a printer or buy a laser one .Cost effective in long run.

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Using Epson l210 from 7 years u can use but at least use every week to sure clog free print head or may be two times week else need ink flush u can print photoquality print but they r not waterproof can print 200 print in go . U can use market ink like prodot etc I checked working till now ok main u need good paper good ink and regular use else no benefit it’s print workhorse for home now wireless one also comes

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cocay wrote:

In my area, black and white print is Rs 2 per page.
For just 50 pages, I wouldn’t buy a printer

In my area, bw print 5rs and colour 10 sad

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My usage is also 200-500 pages per month, i have HP M1005 MFP laser printer since 2012.

No repairs till date.

Just refill the Toner in 250 from nearby market and it prints around 3000 pages in one refill.

Plus it’s Toner doesn’t have any chip.

After 2-3 refills they charge 150 additional to change the Doctor and Wiper blade inside toner.

Drum cost would be 200-300 after 4-5 refill.

If you don’t switched on the printer even for 3 months, No problem like drying or leaking will arise.

Just switch on and take printout like New printer every time.

Only Drawbacks of this printer is it doesn’t have WiFi connection capabilities. It supports only USB.

But it cost you around 13000 now.

Last thing I would like to mention here is if I sell it now, it is easily sold around 7-8 thousands.

P.s. – if you don’t require scanner then you may go for Hp 1020 plus printer, it has same printer without scanner module.

Hope it help.

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Watson wrote:

Ricoh laser printers are good value for price but keep a few things in mind:
Original toner cartridges are expensive. 1.When u refill with toner powder, u also need to replace the chip(₹100) on cartridge. Otherwise printing will look faded. Also printer will sense that u r using the old cartridge and may permanently damage ur printer firmware.
2. Replacement spares for Ricoh like roller and doctor blade are not easily available (as like HP or Canon) in printer market. These will eventually wear off and require renewal.

I never knew that prints would look faded without new chip, and indeed my prints are faded and running from pillar to post all this while. Please suggest where can I get a chip and which brand?

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If your requirement is only print then go for Epson L130 ink tank @ 7500. It’s not wireless though. You would be saving 5K just by avoiding wireless requirement.

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There are printers that have LAN capability but not wifi. If you have a normal wifi router and not mifi like Jiofi, connecting the printer by LAN cable to the router gives same utility as wifi printer. But printers with only LAN and no wifi cost less than wifi printers.

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Using Canon LBP6030B since 2016 in office, almost no maintenance cost till today. However, using fresh compatible cartridge of Levera at around 500rs everytime when existing cartridge run-out instead of refilling. Purchased for around 7k. I think single use laserjet of Canon are best.

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mas143forever wrote:

Your choice is between Ink Tank and Laser.

If you are going to take prints at least once ever week, you should go for an all in on Ink Tank. It will give you the facility of color prints and scans, whenever necessary. You can go for the Wi-fi ones, they are very convenient for printing/scanning directly from mobile phones.

You can go for the Laser printers, if you will be taking prints with long intervals, and need faster prints, and are sure you wont need color or scans.

Print costs should be similar for both.

Printing can be done through mobile phones directly using usb cable no need to waste money for wifi printers

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panchabhut wrote:

There are printers that have LAN capability but not wifi. If you have a normal wifi router and not mifi like Jiofi, connecting the printer by LAN cable to the router gives same utility as wifi printer. But printers with only LAN and no wifi cost less than wifi printers.

bhai when we can print directly through mobile phone by connecting printer usb cable to phone then why take hassle of buying wifi printer and looking for lan jugaad etc? 😳

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I had bought HP ink tank 115 for occasional usage.

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drupal wrote:

bhai when we can print directly through mobile phone by connecting printer usb cable to phone then why take hassle of buying wifi printer and looking for lan jugaad etc? 😳

you normally have one printer at home but multiple mobiles, laptops and tablets. Connecting the printer to the router (either by wifi or by LAN cable) once makes it a permanent setup and you can print any time from any of the devices without any additional effort.
for the direct usb cable “jugad” you need to make a lot of effort every time for a single print.

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panchabhut wrote:

you normally have one printer at home but multiple mobiles, laptops and tablets. Connecting the printer to the router (either by wifi or by LAN cable) once makes it a permanent setup and you can print any time from any of the devices without any additional effort.
for the direct usb cable “jugad” you need to make a lot of effort every time for a single print.

It is plug and play no jugaad lot is needed
and for LAN setup turning on modem and system is necessary
and for mobile print you need to turn on your printer only connect the phone and print

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Ink tank printers are good. Little costly but you can take color or black prints. Cost is same.. Epson is good

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My suggestion would be to either go with hp1020 or canon 2900 – both are nearly the same. But mind you these are basic laser printers and have been in the market for a long time and still sells. As someone mentioned they are easy to refill n is cheap to maintain. Doesnt have wifi or duplex features. My experience with inkjet over the years I have owned is that ink dry up/cartridge refill is bit messy and very expensive. I haven’t owned the new ink tank setup ones so can’t comment.

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drupal wrote:

It is plug and play no jugaad lot is needed
and for LAN setup turning on modem and system is necessary
and for mobile print you need to turn on your printer only connect the phone and print

What " turning on system"??? No “system” necessary. For most persons router remains on 24×7. And phone also remains connected on wifi. So even there, only turning on printer is all that is required. No need to connect to the phone also. Just switch on the printer, and print from phone.

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Better purchase any laser printer for complete peace of mind. Ink tank or inkjet printer rula dega

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panchabhut wrote:

What " turning on system"??? No “system” necessary. For most persons router remains on 24×7. And phone also remains connected on wifi. So even there, only turning on printer is all that is required. No need to connect to the phone also. Just switch on the printer, and print from phone.

Most of us don’t have any router

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