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Battle of the printers: Ink Tank VS Ink Cartridge

By Simon Williams
April 13, 2018

With so many different printers on the market today, the average home user has become a little perplexed in regards to which printer to buy. Ink Tank or ‘integrated bulk ink systems,’ are the latest offering from major printer suppliers. These refillable ink printers can set you back a considerable amount, but pledge to provide you with big savings on your costs per page, in comparison to ink cartridge carriers.

So, should your next investment be an ink tank printer? Is it time to steer away from cartridge alternatives? Let’s do some research and find out.

The Rookie -  Ink Tanks



Ink tanks do not contain an inbuilt print head like cartridge models, and instead utilise an integrated bulk ink system. This means that ink is supplied continuously to the printer from an ink tank within the printer itself. This negates the need for replacement ink cartridges – simply top up the tanks with ink from ink bottles.

The video below shows how easy it is to refill an ink tank.



Cost: Print costs from a refillable ink printer can be extremely low. An inbuilt continuous ink supply certainly lowers the cost of printing, particularly for high colour photos and prints.

However, as the printers themselves usually cost more than other models, it can take a while before you truly start to see the savings.

Yield: Typically, these ink tanks can churn out up 6000 to 7000 pages from a single refill, which can be considerably higher than conventional cartridges.

Quality: Having an integrated bulk ink system as a standard feature, overcomes the disadvantages of a third-party manufacturing. This means that the ink tank has been specifically formulated for the printer itself, leading to the very best print quality. You can therefore enjoy

reliable colour printing without the mess or hassle that is often associated with non-genuine refills and third-party ink tank systems.

The Veteran - Ink Cartridges



Ink cartridges are small containers with an inbuilt print head that is filled with liquid ink. They are manufactured separately to the printer, but are stored within a specialised compartment, suitable only for compatible cartridges. Whenever a cartridge runs out, it can either be replaced or refilled. The video below demonstrates the simplicity of replacing an old ink cartridge.



Cost: Genuine Original Printer Cartridges are printer cartridges that are manufactured by the same company that makes the printer. These are the highest quality of cartridge available, and are the only form of cartridge supplied by Cartridges Direct.

Yield: Most cartridges have a lower printing yield in comparison to ink tank alternatives. However, the yield of original printer cartridges are measured to an international standard. You can therefore be sure that your cartridge from Cartridges Direct, has been manufactured according to the standards for determining monochrome and color printer page yields.

Quality: Genuine Original Printer Cartridges are guaranteed to work with the printer and are tested to an international standard. They also contain a high quality of ink and compatible container, leading to flawless prints and zero mess.

And the winner is…

In the battle between tank v cartridges, there is no clear winner. In fact, which system will be more efficient and cost-effective for your printing depends entirely upon your usage.

Cartridge printers are best for the occasional user. This is because initial costs are low, and with moderate printing practices, recurring costs can remain reasonable.

For those who are constantly fetching prints or require a high volume of colour prints, tank printers can dramatically reduce your per page printing cost. While the initial cost of the printing equipment can be higher, these costs can quickly be offset for frequent users.

Before you buy, it's therefore important to consider your future printer usage. Fortunately, at Cartridges Direct, there’s something to suit all printing needs. 


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