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Comparing Ink Options for Business Printers

Laser vs. inkjet is no longer the only consideration when it comes to cost-comparing business printers.

This story appears in the February 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Choosing a desktop printer for a smaller business used to be an easy call. For heavy users, a laser printer, which cost thousands, made sense because cost per page was just pennies. Those with lighter printing demands usually chose an inkjet imaging device, which today costs less than a good business lunch. But watch out: Some inkjet prints can run as much as a dollar per page, a recipe for losing money fast.

Well, no more. New technologies and dramatic changes in ink pricing are blurring the line between laser and inkjet printing. Here are some nuggets of value in desktop inks and imaging:

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