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Old Dec 15, 2004, 8:05 AM   #1
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As I am considering the HP 8450 I have some 'consumable' cost concerns.

Are there any numbers around on cost per print for the various manufacturers?

HP doesn't use seperate color cartridges so I can see where it would be a bit less efficient. But, is this dramatically so?

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Old Dec 15, 2004, 9:33 AM   #2
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Well, the printing costs with this model are likely to be about the same as the 8150. The 8450 is different in thatit has room for three cartridges, which lets it hold a tricolor cartridge and a color photo cartridge at all times, plus your choice of either a standard black cartridge for printing text or graphics, or a photo-gray cartridge as the preferred choice for photos.

Tom's Hardware Guide has a printing cost comparison on some of the popular printers here (you'll see costs for text; textwith graphics on this page; and cost for photos on the next page):

http://www20.tomshardware.com/consum...rinter-10.html

I just replaced an HP Photosmart 1215 that broke with the Canon Pixma iP4000 (taking speed and printing costs into consideration).

Steve has a review of this model here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_...on_ip4000.html

More printer reviews are here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/printers.html#reviews


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Old Dec 15, 2004, 12:31 PM   #3
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Tom's comparison is just what is was looking for. Makes the 8450 a hard choice now. Thanks!
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Old Dec 21, 2004, 8:38 PM   #4
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You might want to consider an Epson printer instead. Generic (made in USA) cartridges are available at http://www.tylermartin.com . These cartridges are at least equal to Epson brand cartridges in quality. I've went through hundreds of them. I use an Epson 1280, 925, and 820. They all require 5-color cartridges (not seperate), and the cartridges are less than 8 bucks each. These "USA" brand cartridges are made in the USA, unlike Epson's (Mexico) own brand. These cartridges are available for nearly all of Epson's printers, but other brands such as HP and Lexmark are extremely limited. That really makes the cost-per-print much lower for Epson printers. I go through 2-3 cartridges per week and can't afford to pay 25-40 bucks per cartridge on top of photo paper costs.
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