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How Much Does an Inkjet Printer Cost?

 
low costLow: $30-$100average costMedium: $100-$500high costHigh: $500-$3,000+
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Single-use, general-purpose inkjet printers print text, graphics and photos (ranging in size from 3.5x5 to 8.5x11 inches in most cases) on a variety of paper sizes in both black-and-white and color, at speeds measured in pages per minute (ppm). Photo inkjet printers are increasingly popular and have features dedicated to printing pictures rather than just text, while wide-format inkjet printers can handle larger paper sizes, making them more suitable to small or home office needs. Frequent, high volume document printing is better suited to laser printers (see: How Much Does a Laser Printer Cost for more information).

Typical costs:

  • Budget home inkjet printers range in price from $30 to $100. These inkjet printers are designed to handle low volume print jobs, so they offer low-capacity paper trays and generally print at black-and-white speeds of 15-25 ppm at the highest quality setting. The Epson Artisan 50[1] costs about $100, holds up to 120 sheets and prints laser-quality color text at 5 ppm and photos in about 11 seconds.
  • Photo inkjet printers are aimed at home use for printing digital photos from computers or directly from digital cameras or memory cards. Look for a maximum print resolution of 4800x1200 dpi (dots per inch) to 9600x2400 dpi and expect to pay $50 to $250. Canon PIXMA iP4700[2] costs about $85, prints directly from camera phones and other devices, and offers a maximum color print resolution of 9600x2400 dpi. It prints a borderless 4x6-inch photo in approximately 20 seconds and can print photos up to 8.5x11 inches in size.
  • Mid-level inkjet printers for a small or home office tend to offer greater paper capacity and higher print resolution. Look for Ethernet connectivity to accommodate multiple users. Expect to pay $100 to $500. Canon PIXMA iX7000[3] costs about $305, prints at a maximum color resolution of 4800x1200 dpi and holds up to 250 pages.
  • High-end inkjet printers are good for small or home offices as they offer higher volume duty cycles and can usually accommodate larger paper sizes. These inkjet printers cost from about $500 to $1,300 (or $3,000 or more for super large format, specialist printers). The Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II[4] costs about $780 and prints up to 13x19 inch poster-sized photos at a resolution of 4800x2400 dpi.
  • Mobile inkjet printers fold into a compact, portable size for on-the-go printing from devices such as PCs, PDAs, digital cameras and memory cards. Expect to pay $200 to $450. The HP Officejet H470b mobile printer weighs just 5 pounds, prints at a speed of 22 ppm in black and white, 18 ppm in color and features a lithium-ion battery that will print up to 480 pages on one charge. This mobile printer costs about $300 and offers an optional bluetooth adapter for wireless printing at a cost of about $80.
  • Additional features such as scanning, copying and faxing are found on multifunction inkjet printers, which cost $50 to $600. For more details, see How Much Does a Multifunction Inkjet printer Cost.
Related articles: Multifunction Inkjet Printer, Laser Printer, Multifunction Laser Printer

What should be included:
  • Power cord.
  • At least one color print cartridge and one black cartridge.
  • Printer driver software.
  • Most inkjet printers also include a USB cable.
Additional costs:
  • Replacement ink cartridges cost $10-$35. A replacement black cartridge will yield approximately 750 sheets, while a color cartridge will yield 400 sheets. (Generic brand or refurbished replacement ink cartridges can be found at a discount).
  • Refill kits from providers such as Inkjet Cartridges[5] offer an alternative to buying replacement ink cartridges and are capable of refilling a cartridge multiple times for a cost of about $15 to $40.
  • Photo paper costs $20 to $40 for 50 to 150 sheets. Brochure and presentation paper costs $10 to $30 depending on size and finish.
  • Print finishing lacquers cost $5 to $20 for a spray can.
  • A USB cable to connect the printer to the computer is about $10. A wireless print adapter costs $50 to $100. Duplex units are available for some models for two-sided/duplex printing; prices start at about $30.
  • Vendors that offer a wide variety of inkjet printer supplies include 123Inkjets[6] and Amazon[7] .
Discounts:
  • Sales and specials are common at electronics discount stores. One-generation-old models may be sold at a substantial discount compared to the latest model printers.
  • Manufacturers such as Epson[8] offer refurbished inkjet printers at a discount.
Shopping for an inkjet printer:
  • PCMag[9] offers a buying guide for inkjet printers.
  • Cnet[10] provides a guide to the best reviewed photo inkjet printers.
  • Compare online prices from sites such as Amazon[11] or JR.com[12] with those from national retails chains such as Best Buy[13] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=C11CA45201
  2.  www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/printers_multifunction/pixma_ip_series/pixma_ip...
  3.  www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/printers_multifunction/pixma_corporate_graphics...
  4.  shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_212755
  5.  www.inkjetcartridges.com
  6.  www.123inkjets.com
  7.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=amb_link_84564611_29?ie=UTF8&rs=172636&bbn=172636&rh=n%3A541966%2C...
  8.  www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/BuyEpson/ccProductCategory.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=-13267
  9.  www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2321486,00.asp
  10.  reviews.cnet.com/best-inkjet-printers/?tag=contentMain;contentAux
  11.  www.amazon.com/Inkjet-Printers-Office-Electronics/b?ie=UTF8&node=172646
  12.  www.jr.com/category/computers/printers/inkjet-and-photo-printers
  13.  www.bestbuy.com/site/Printers/Inkjet-Printers/abcat0511002.c?id=abcat0511002
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