Canon printers can either work out to be one of the most cost effective machines on the market or one of the most expensive and as such it is important to make the right choice when purchasing a Canon machine.
There are two primary types of Canon printers, those with the printer head in the cartridge and those with the printer head in the machine.
Machines that have the printer head in the cartridge often suffer from a number of disadvantages:
These printers tend to utilise just one black and one colour cartridge. This means that if just one of the colours within the colour cartridge were to run out or become blocked then you would have to change the entire cartridge rather than just the affected colour. Due to the printer head being an integral part of the cartridge you are essentially buying a new printing mechanism every time you buy a new ink cartridge. The result is that the cartridge price is usually more expensive than if you were buying just a simple ink tank and fitting it to a static print head inside the printer. The complexity of the printer head also means that it’s not possible to create a legal compatible cartridge without infringing on copyright. The alternative is remanufacturing the old cartridges however this process is a more costly than creating a new cartridge from scratch. This results in even the third party replacement printer ink cartridges being relatively expensive.
On the other hand, cartridges that interact with a static printer head inside the actual machine itself tend to be cheaper, can be replaced individually and benefit from the option of cheaper compatibles.
Compatible cartridges for these fixed print head machines tend to be very cost effective due to the simplicity of the ink tanks and as such the low production cost. Most Canon printers now work on a basis of counting the number of pages printed by the cartridge and storing this information on to a chip embedded in to the cartridge in order to determine when the cartridge is empty. As such most compatible cartridges now also include this chip as standard. Those users who wish to reduce their printing costs will undoubtedly appreciate the choice between using the original inkjet cartridges or the compatible ink cartridges.
Unfortunately Canon Laser Printers tend to suffer from a relatively high replacement toner cartridge price compared to some alternatives available on the market. This coupled with a poor availability on many of the cheaper remanufactured toner units means potential customers would be best advised to investigate the cost per page before making a purchase.