7 Ways to Save Printer Ink

July 23, 2016

4:00 pm

The very mention of replacing printer ink cartridge or toner gives many users the heebie-jeebies. Having to buy cartridges every now and then can cause… well, let’s call it “financial distress.” Even the enticing offers and discounts available on toners and printer ink cartridges online don’t help much when the printer runs out of ink more frequently than it ought to.

If you fall under the category of the aforementioned troubled-printer users and are tired of getting your toner cartridge refills, you must resort to the techniques and tricks enlisted below so as to make your precious printers print longer:

1: Select a Printer With a Low Cost per Page

People are likely to get enticed by printers that seem to cost less when it comes to sticker prices. However, a lot many of these seemingly cheap printers turn out to be more expensive in the long run. As a general rule, applicable to most printers, remember that the costlier the printer, the cheaper its ink cartridge replacement, and vice versa.

Moreover, the most economical cartridges are often pricier than their inexpensive third-party counterparts. The cheap ink cartridges need to be replaced time and again and eventually cost more than the seemingly expensive ink cartridges.

A word of caution: It is equally important to select the perfect printer paper as well to get best printing results, it is in fact a combination of the perfect paper and printer ink cartridge that results in high quality prints.

2: Select a Printer With an Automatic Duplexer

An automatic duplexer printer helps print on both sides of the paper, cutting down on not just the printer ink costs but also the total number of papers required to print any given document on an average. A lot of modern printers come equipped with the automatic duplexer mode turned on by default. However, if the need for printing single-sided documents arises, the printer settings have to be toggled.

3: Scan for Mistakes Beforehand

Before you set out to print, it is best to ensure that you have thoroughly scanned through the entire document once so as to avoid having to reprint the entire document just to correct a typo for instance or other errors of the sort. Furthermore, before actually printing a document, make sure that you are actually printing useful material and not futile portions of your document — such as the legalese at the end of a bank statement.

4: Adjust the Driver Settings of Your Printer

The software interface of any printer allows users to tweak a few select settings so as to enable the printer to print better, economically and in a manner customized specifically to cater to your requirements.

5: Perform In-House Brochure Printing

Bulk brochure printing can be performed in-house to avoid shelling out colossal chunks of money to the local print shop on a monthly basis. The highest quality printer is a worthwhile one-time investment that can overcome its costs and start reaping profits to the buyer in no time.

6: Use Ecofont

Ecofont is a font designed to print with dots. If the text being printed is legible despite having dots of ink-free space in between, then the printer is definitely printing the same amount of text as it otherwise would have using regular font, with much lesser printer ink.

7: Turn the ‘On/Off Switch’ Off

Before turning the main power off, the printer on/off button must be switched off for the printer to park and cap the cartridge, preventing it from drying out.

In addition, you could also print in black and white wherever feasible. Black ink cartridges are way cheaper than their colored counterparts. Also, it is good practice to use the print preview mode and see if the layout and everything else looks up to the mark prior to actually hitting the print button.

Image: Flickr / WOCinTech

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Ridhi Malhotra is a writer by profession. She likes reading and curating informative articles and blogs on diverse areas that provides a good read. This article gives the reader a brief insight into pumps highlights their importance for industrial use.