Stop wasting money on inkjet cartridges

How much do you spend each month/quarter/year on inkjet cartridges?

£30, £50, £100, more...

And long do your inkjet cartridges work before you need to replace them?

Do you feel lik you are spending a fortune on inkjet cartridges?



It doesn't have to be this way.

We have always felt that inkjet printers are a waste of money. Yes, they are incredibly cheap given that you can buy one for around £30 but it's the high cost of the cartridges that gets to me. So let me explain how you can save money and also get a far superior product with faster print times and better quality.

Laser printers

Laserjet printers have been around for years and if you work in a corporate office it is highly likely you have them. The print quality is superior to inkjet and it also doesn't smudge!

If most of your printing is text based or graphics based then you should definitely consider buying a laserjet printer. It is generally considered that photos are best printed on an inkjet but personally if you like to print lots of photos then I think you should consider taking them to Boots, Snappy Snaps or use an online service such as Photobox.

Inkjet printers

Inkjet printers have also been around for years. They are most popular in the home market but believe they are false economy. Even though you can pick up a printer for as little as £30 you'll end up spending nearly double that getting some black and colour cartridges for it. The cartridges never seem to last very long either!

A great colour laser printer - HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw

Let take a look at the HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw Wireless Printer which is available to buy from EBuyer for only £110. It's also available at Currys for £190 with £50 cashback.

The printer comes with starter cartridges (just like inkjet printers do) but they will give you 700 pages of colour and 800 pages of black.

About 15 seconds after you click the print button on your computer the first page will come out of the printer. The text and graphics and colours will all look incredibly sharp. Next time you print something to your injet count how many seconds before it starts to print and then how long to actually print it.

And if you need to print double sided then it does this automatically!

Replacement cartridges

There's no doubt that replacement cartridges for laser printers cost a lot of money. A new black cartridge is going to cost you around £45 but will also give you around 1400 pages.

For the colour cartridges you need 3 - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow. At around £50 each this will cost £150 and give you around 1300 pages.


Reviews of the HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw

Don't take our word for it that this is a great printer. PC Magazine also rate it as excellent.

The cheapest price for the HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw

I have researched the market and Ebuyer is currently the best price at less than £110. This is over £100 cheaper than Amazon! Currys also stock it for £140 after cashback.


£159.99 with £50 cashback


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£190 with £50 cashback

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Colour laserjets with built in scanner

A lot of inkjet printers come with a built in scanner so you can scan and photocopy documents. There are colour laserjet printers with exactly the same functionality. We like the HP MFP 178nw All-in-One Wireless Laser Printer available from Currys for £199.

It comes with cartridges which will give you around 700 pages of black and 500 pages of colour. You can scan documents with high resolution.

Laserprinters are bigger

It is worth pointing out that laserprinters are much larger than inkjet printers. It's worth checking out the dimensions to make sure it will fit in the space you intend to have it.


We hope we have persuaded you that the next time your inket cartridges run out that you go and buy a laserjet printer instead. We definitely don't think you'll regret. I've already persuaded a number of my customers to do the same and they love the speed, quality of laserjet printers.


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