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Continuous ink printers & now continuous toner printers. What are the benefits?

By Simon Williams
September 16, 2020

Continuous ink printers, or refillable printers as they are also known, started as a risky venture as aftermarket add-ons. Epson started to invest time in this space and introduced a proprietary model that turned a lot of heads. HP was the next to back this concept with the HP Smart Tank Plus Series of printers and MFPs, Brother and Canon also have their own continuous ink printer iterations. Recently HP have taken the concept of continuous printing to Laser Printers with the Neverstop 1000 series of mono printers and 1200 series of MFPs. So, given that the industry is showing confidence in this area, you might be wondering what is a continuous ink printer, and is a continuous ink tank printer right for your business?

If you need a refresher on what it is.a continuous ink printer is a system that distributes ink through a tube straight to the printhead, with the ink coming from larger ink bottles/tanks as opposed to printer ink cartridges. Today we are going to outline the benefits of the HP, Brother, Epson and Canon continuous ink printers.

Are the best continuous ink systems worth it?

CartridgesDirect is committed to educating our customer base on the technology that is shaping the professional landscape, which is why we stock a range of the best continuous ink systems here on our website. Whether or not the Brother continuous ink printers, or whatever model you trust, is right for you will depend on the operation of the business. Remote workers might find that the continuous ink tank printers are too much for their home office requirements. Now let's look at the benefits and see why these print giants are manufacturing these printers.

1. Lower cost per print

When it comes to debating ink tank vs ink cartridges, the discussion starts and ends with the cost per print advantage. The print tanks that are used in the best continuous ink systems hold a much higher volume of ink compared to even a high yield ink cartridge. This is a great way for larger offices to reduce their printing costs and ‘buy in bulk’ through this print system. 

Should everyone make the switch? No, only those you are using larger ink volumes to support a greater workforce.

2. Refresh vs. Replace

Unlike ink and toner cartridges, Continuous Ink and Neverstop Toner Printers and MFPs need never run out of ink or timer. They all have visible ink or toner level marks and can be topped up at any time. With no mess refreshing this can be done at any time, even during printing.

Changing printer ink cartridges might be a pain in some offices as all printing has to stop when changing old for new. Having the right printer cartridges ready to go for a replacement might be the responsibility of all or none of your employees. The tank technology means that you are not tasked with a frequent and complex cartridge replacement, but a simple user replenishment through a syringe. With an increased focus on streamline printing, we may even see future iterations of the best continuous ink systems allowing for easier replenishment still.

3. Ordering and refilling is less frequent

When you have a Continuous ink or toner printer, your tanks are going to last longer than the average printer cartridge and so the number of orders you need to place in a year would be significantly reduced. This means less time waiting on ink and less money spent on shipping to fulfil more ink orders.

4. Less risk of ordering a counterfeit ink

Counterfeit ink is an unfortunate issue in the print industry, with many falling prey to a cheap price with the strong possibility of the printer not working or even being damaged. You are less likely to find a counterfeit continuous ink printer tank on a website, with these generic products staying within the printer cartridge product area. If using Original Ink is a high priority and you want to eliminate the risk of misordering, continuous ink printers might be an option to pursue.

If you would like to learn more about the range of continuous ink tank printers available here at CartridgesDirect, find them here on our website. Alternatively, if you would like to hear more about these units from our team of print professionals, contact CartridgesDirect.