Printer Advice.. 

What To Look Out For?

We often get asked about which printers we would recommend; customers are either looking to switch and save, upgrade or invest in a brand new machine if their existing printer is on its way out. However, when it comes to recommending the best buy, it ultimately comes down to your printing requirements. We’ve put together a few things you need to ask to help understand what printer would be best for you.

What Printer Is Best For Me?

Firstly, you need to look the main types of printers available:

Inkjet Printer
Laser Printer
All-in-One/Multifunctional Printer


If you are printing full colour photos/images on a regular basis, an inkjet printer may be the best option for you. Budget photo printers have advanced considerably in recent years, so you can now access a variety of models that are faster, more efficient and give you high quality prints without breaking the bank. Canon and Epson are probably the best when it comes to offering a range of photo printers to suit all budgets.


The laser printer has long been a machine found in offices all over the UK, but increasingly, with more compact models being produced, they are finding their way into the home too. Traditionally, laser toner printers have fast print speeds, a greater paper capacity and therefore can print in higher volumes. They also have lower running costs as laser toner cartridges tend to last longer than inkjets. If you print text documents on a frequent basis then a reliable mono laser printer would be the obvious choice, and Brother is a good brand to consider. In terms of printing both text and image, Samsung have a good range of single function printers to choose from, although you need to consider that your cartridge costs will be higher due to the use of both black and colour cartridges.


All-in-one or AIO machines are now more accessible for home use. Modern, multifunctional printers can print, copy, scan and fax, they’re compact and comparatively lightweight. You can choose from a range of small, affordable and smartly designed inkjet AIO’s. Alternatively you can opt for a less elegant, but often stronger print performance from a laser toner model. Multifunctional printers are more expensive than their single function equivalents, but if you need a printer that does everything, they are worth bearing in mind.


A factor that has become prevalent when consumers are buying printers is connectivity. If you want to be able to send documents and images to your printer wirelessly, you need to ensure that it has the functionality to connect to your local network. This is also the case if you are printing on-the-move; most printers will have an app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet which provides all you need to print remotely, but you must check that it has this capability.

Other Things To Consider

How Many Pages Do I Print?

All printers should specify their ‘duty cycle.’ This means that from the start, you can identify approximately how many pages you can print in a month without causing any long-lasting damage to the printer.

What Will I Be Using The Printer For?

You need to think about what you are using the printer for – will it be everyday use or customer facing? If you are not particular about producing a high quality document then you need to consider this before spending a small fortune on a printer that has all the bells and whistles.

I want to be eco-friendly, what features do I need to look out for?

Duplex printing is an important feature to look out for; printing a multi-page document on both sides means less blank pages and less paper wasted. Find out if your prospective printer has an ‘eco-mode.’ This will give the option to print using less ink or toner if you want to. A lot of manufacturers also specify average energy consumption so you can see how efficient your new machine may or may not be.

What are the ongoing cartridge costs?

These can vary dramatically, and it is an important aspect to consider because the costs associated are ongoing. If you consider a recycled option, like the ones from our ranges here at Inks&Toners4u, you could actually save up to 70% on your printing costs in comparison to OEM/original cartridges. The overall performance and quality is not affected because a recycled cartridge works in exactly the same way as an original, and an added bonus is that we offer free next day delivery on all cartridges and 100% money back guarantee so all bases are covered!

The cartridges, explained.. 

When you’re looking for a new printer, it’s very important to work out whether your business can afford to run it in the long term. It’s easy to neglect the fact that a printer is not a one-off cost, but a continuous investment due to the consumables that are needed to use it.
When buying printer ink or toner, there are a couple of things you need to know first, so you can get the most out of your money and buy the correct consumables for your device.

Ink Cartridges

When you’ve got an inkjet printer, one of the first things you must do is take a look at the advertised capacity of its ink cartridges. This will give you an indication of how many print-outs you could expect to produce before it runs out.
If you’re hoping to find the cheapest printer ink that’s compatible with your device, by taking cartridge cost and capacity into account, you can work out the cost per page, making it easier to make your decision.
It’s important to remember that the capacity on the boxes is only an estimate, which is made via industry standard ISO 247111 guidelines. Ink density is the most important factor when determining how many pages can be printed by your cartridge.
Here at Inks&Toners4u, we’d recommend using Re-Manufactured cartridges. They are far better quality than compatibles and don't come with the same failure rate the compatibles do. They are also so much more cost effective and cheaper than the original manufactured cartridges. Lastly, whilst using our Re-Manufactured cartridges, we warrant your printer too! 

Single Colour Cartridges

Many of the best printers utilise the CMYK scale, by using various tones such as Magenta, Cyan, Yellow and Black, to produce a full colour spectrum.
Some printers support single colour cartridges and necessitate that users invest in four different colours, enabling your printer to produce a full palette of colours. These cartridge types are hugely beneficial as they can reduce consumable waste which in turn makes them more cost-efficient. When a solo cartridge runs out, no ink is wasted.

Block/Tri Colour Cartridges

Printers that support block colour cartridges in most cases have the capacity to support only two cartridges, with one space being reserved for black, and the other for cyan, magenta and yellow.
The latter cartridge needs replacing when just one of the colours run out, leading to wasted ink.
On the plus side, block colour cartridges can be one of the most efficient consumables for home printers, which don’t regularly require colour prints, due to less replacements being required.

Toner Cartridges

One of the main components of laser printers is toner cartridges, which work hand in hand with the drum unit.
The cartridge contains both toner powder and colouring agents, projecting the image onto the drums, with the end result image replicated on your printer paper.

Toner value packs - Just like all everyday things, it’s better to buy in bulk!

Combination colour packs can lead to significant savings as time passes. Consumers who regularly require colour printing will benefit the most from these value packs, especially if they can utilise all cartridges in an intelligent manner and ensure to follow any storage guidelines to keep the toner at its best.

XL Cartridges

Some of the most adaptable and versatile printing models have the capacity to support XL cartridges and can ultimately reduce ink costs over time as the capacity cost is less.
From a manufacturer’s perspective, less packaging can reduce costs, helping the consumer save money over time when they invest in an XL cartridge. If you’re looking to buy toner cartridges or printer ink online but still have some questions, call our dedicated team here at Inks&Toners4u for advice.