The following rule of thumb applies to printers: the more pages a cartridge can fill with ink, the cheaper the ink price per printed page. Without a cartridge system, these costs decrease even further, but the installation of ink tanks for refilling increases the price of the device. So far, manufacturers have mainly brought refillable home devices with liquid dye inks onto the market and have equipped them rather sparsely in order not to let printer prices skyrocket. They are on average three to four times that of a cartridge printer.
For office-suitable devices, however, fast duplex printing, fax, document feeders that scan both sides and pigment inks are part of the specifications. Epson has made a start with the exemplary but expensive EcoTank ET-5800 (test). Canon is now following suit with the office mufu Maxify GX7050, which is comparably well equipped, but significantly cheaper. We also included the Brother MFC-J5945DW in the test, whose XL cartridges have a comparable range of 5000 to 6000 pages. It even prints media up to A3; It can automatically print, scan and copy on both sides, but only up to A4.
The Epson ET-5800 costs just under 1000 euros, but with the ET-5150 and ET-5170 models, the manufacturer now also has cheaper ink tank printers with the good pigment inks in its range. Unfortunately, they were not available at the time of testing at the end of May 2021. Brother and Canon also suffer from delivery problems, at the beginning of May 2021 the street price of the GX7050 was above the manufacturer’s price.
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