What to consider when buying new printer in Kenya

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We often get this question from our customers:

“I’m going to buy a new printer, but which model should I choose if I still need to be able to print cheaply with your ink cartridges. I do not want to spend a fortune on the expensive original printer cartridges , but I also will not have problems with firmware updates and a printer that suddenly will not accept the cheap ink cartridges “?

Here you will find good financial advice when buying a new inkjet printer.

We have 10 years of experience in selling printer inks. On this page, we try to summarize this knowledge as briefly and accurately as possible. Of course, we also have all the experiences that our more than 50,000 customers have returned with over the years. The question is very relevant, especially as printers are becoming more and more advanced with intelligent chip and firmware updates!


What type of printer should I choose?

In the market for inkjet printers today, there are three different types of technology. The first and best advice we give is which of the technologies you should NOT buy if you want to avoid paying several hundred kroner for a few ml. ink. Never buy a printer that uses 1 pc. tricolor ink cartridge and 1 pc. black ink cartridge. This type of ink cartridge is very expensive as the print head sits on the ink cartridges themselves and not in the printer. Furthermore, they contain almost no ink and must therefore be replaced constantly. Plus, you’re wasting a lot of ink! as the cartridge does not take into account whether you use a lot of blue, yellow or red color. 

Do you print e.g. pages with a lot of red color, the cartridge will quickly show “empty” and require replacement! even though it is still completely filled up with both blue and yellow color. You see it often, a great deal on a printer in the supermarket or computer store! You can buy a new printer for a few hundred kroner and then even incl. new ink cartridges. Beware! the ink cartridges that come with the printer are special “starter / setup” cartridges and they contain almost no ink. Therefore, you need to quickly spend more money than the printer cost you on buying new ink cartridges and in the long run it is just a really bad business for you.

 In particular, HP’s Deskjet and Envy series printers, as well as the cheaper Officejet series models, use the Type 301/302/303/304/62 / XL ink cartridges, as well as some of Canon’s Pixma series models that use ink cartridges type 540/541/545/546 / XL you need to be aware of. It is also not possible to buy very cheap non-original ink cartridges of these types of cartridges, as it is not possible for other companies to produce them from new ones due to div. patent rights. Therefore, all non-genuine ink cartridges on the market of the above types are already used genuine HP or Canon ink cartridges that have been cleaned and refilled with new ink. If you have already bought one of these printers, it should be mentioned that we also sell refill ink so that you can refill the original cartridges with new ink with a syringe. 

If you want to throw yourself into this then a lot of money can be saved! But refilling is not for everyone, it requires a spruce of technical ingenuity. If you have already bought one of these printers, it should be mentioned that we also sell refill ink so that you can refill the original cartridges with new ink with a syringe. If you want to throw yourself into this then a lot of money can be saved! But refilling is not for everyone, it requires a spruce of technical ingenuity.

 If you have already bought one of these printers, it should be mentioned that we also sell refill ink so that you can refill the original cartridges with new ink with a syringe. If you want to throw yourself into this then a lot of money can be saved! But refilling is not for everyone, it requires a spruce of technical ingenuity.


Do you want to print much more economically!

Then always choose a printer that uses a separate ink cartridge per color. It is much more economical as you can only replace exactly the color that has run out of ink. The printhead sits down here in the printer itself as a separate part. It is therefore not part of the ink cartridges, which makes them a lot cheaper to produce. This type of ink cartridges (tanks) also usually contains a lot more ink, and will therefore also last a lot longer. There will normally be four, five or six different cartridges / colors in a printer of this type. Most of Canon’s Pixma MG / TS and TR models as well as Epson’s Expression XP Home / Premium and Photo as well as the Workforce series and Brother’s MFC-J / DCP-J series are printers of this type with separate ink cartridges (tanks). . HP also uses this technology primarily in their high-end Officejet series, but more on that later. Ink cartridges of this type can also be produced brand new by other than the original manufacturer without breaking div. patent rights, and therefore there will almost always be a large and inexpensive selection of compatible ink cartridges for these types of printer models. 


The very latest technology can also be very economical if you print really much.

Within the last few years, a whole new type of inkjet printers has come on the market. These printers do not use ink cartridges at all, but only refill ink that you have to refill from a bottle into some fixed tanks in the printer. A tank per. color. The print head, which is located inside the printer itself, then sucks refill ink from the tanks through an ingenious hose system.

 The advantage of this new type of printer is that the tanks can hold a considerable amount of ink and that they make new ink cartridges redundant and the production of these. You will be able to achieve a really good ink economy by using this new type of printer as the refill ink is relatively inexpensive. 

The downside, however, is that these printers are a lot more expensive to purchase, and the excess ink sponge / tank is often refilled and when the print head is worn out, well then the whole printer must be discarded, as it is usually not worthwhile to replace / repair this. These new printer types include Epson’s Ecotank series, Canon’s Pixma G series, Brother’s MFC-T series and HP’s Deskjet GT series. We already have a full range of affordable refill inks for these printer models in the shop, so here you can also print with other inks than the more expensive original product.


Which printer brand should I choose?
There are four major brands of inkjet printers on the market in Denmark. Canon, Brother, Epson and HP (Hewlett Packard).If you want to be able to print with good ink economy, we would initially advise you not to choose an HP printer. HP makes some excellent printers, but all the smaller printers for private use and the home office are very expensive to operate due to their multi-chamber technology in the ink cartridges, and the non-original ink alternatives are not that much cheaper than the original HP ink cartridges unless you want to throw yourself out in refilling. Another and absolutely crucial reason for this advice is that HP is doing everything possible to ensure that the cheaper ink alternatives do not work in their printers! This with very great irritation as a result for consumers. This is especially true in their Officejet series. When you buy an HP Officejet printer, it is automatically connected to the Internet, so HP has full access to constantly send online updates of their printer software to your printer (firmware). 

Each time they send a firmware update to your printer, HP also ensures that your cheap non-genuine ink cartridges will no longer work in your printer. This is because the intelligent chip that sits on the non-original ink cartridges is made for use with the then HP firmware, and when this firmware is then updated, HP also ensures that only the original HP chip works now! Therefore, all non-genuine ink cartridges will not be accepted by the printer after the update. As a consumer, we recommend that you stay away from this practice of “forcing” you to use only the expensive original ink cartridges. You can do this by not buying an HP printer, then it may be that HP may change practices in this area !. Only after a series of printers has been on the market for approx. 
Epson also makes excellent printers and all with separate ink cartridges per. color, giving good ink economy. If you choose an Epson printer, do not buy the cheapest models, but use a little more and buy e.g. a model in the Premium XP series instead of the Home XP series. They both have better printing technology, are more reliable and are also cheaper to operate. If you print a lot of photos, then you need to choose a printer in the Photo XP series. If it is for pure office work, then a model in the Workforce series is also a good choice, but again not the completely cheap of the models, give a little more and get a significantly better printer. Furthermore, there is always a very large selection of cheap alternative ink cartridges for almost all Epson models, so you can print much cheaper than with the original Epson ink cartridge. Of the downsides of Epson printers is that almost all of their printers come with “setup” ink cartridges. 

These ink cartridges have a different chip mounted than the normal Epson ink cartridges you can buy afterwards. All cheap non-original ink cartridges are produced with a chip that should work with the normal Epson ink cartridges and not “setup” cartridges. Ie. that when you change ink cartridges for the first time, and have chosen a cheap non-original alternative then “chip confusion” can occur in the printer’s CPU, and the printer will therefore not accept the cartridges! However, this problem is easily solved by taking all “setup” cartridges out of the printer and turning it off. 

Then pull out the power plug and leave the printer for min. 1 min. then the chip memory in the CPU is cleared. Then turn on the printer again, and now just put the new cheap cartridges in the printer without mixing them with the “setup” ink cartridges. Then the printer will accept the ink cartridges without any problems.

Epson also uses firmware updates but not to the same extent as HP. As usual, they also first ask if you want to “accept” before the update is made, but always say no! otherwise your cheap ink cartridges will not work afterwards. It is only when Epson launches new models in the same printer series that they suggest firmware updates, as there is often a software extension for the new models in the series. However, there will usually soon be cheap ink cartridges with chip update available on the market which also fit the new models.

Brother are gaining more and more market share with their inkjet printers. All Brother printers also use separate ink cartridges for each color, which provides really good ink economy. There can also usually be quite a lot of ink in their ink cartridges so that they do not need to be replaced as often. Most models are also very reliable, but as with the other brands, we do not recommend buying the cheapest models, give a little more and get a much better printer. There are many really good models in the Brother DCP-J and MFC-J series. There is always a large selection of cheap ink alternatives for almost all Brother printers so that is also a big advantage. 

If you are a photo enthusiast, Brother may not be the best choice as they only have printers with four colors BK, C, M and Y, whereas both Canon and Epson have several printer models with additional color shades, especially when printing shades of gray as well as blue and red shades. As a printer for home office, small businesses and for general use, it is a really good brand. Brother also offers firmware updates, but in a completely different way than it does at HP and Epson. Updates are not downloaded online but are “built” into the printer during production. Ie. Once you have purchased cheap ink cartridges for your printer, they will continue to work as the printer is not further updated. If you buy a new model in a Brother printer series that uses exactly the same type of ink cartridges as the previous model, you may find that the same ink cartridges do not work in the new printer even though they are called exactly the same! This is because the printer is manufactured with a new firmware version that requires a chip update on the ink cartridges. 

Normally, however, it does not take long before these chip updated cartridges are available in the market so that one can also print with cheap ink cartridges in new models in a series of printers. 
Canon Printers are very popular, and for good reason. Usually a very reliable printer and with excellent print quality. Most models in the Pixma TS / TR / MG series are with separate ink cartridges per. color and thus also good ink economy. There is an extra black cartridge with pigmented ink, which provides lightfast and waterproof text printing. There are also a number of models that are particularly suitable for photo printing with six different colors in ink, among others. good gray and blue shades. The Maxify series is also very popular as an office printer and can be recommended. 

The price is usually really good on a Canon printer compared to the quality you get for the money. Of all the printers, it is probably also the brand that the cheap non-original ink cartridges perform best with. However, be aware that the color in a printed photo does not last as long as when using the original Canon ink cartridges, especially not if you have it standing in sunlight. Furthermore, there is always a very large selection of cheap ink alternatives on the market, so you can print much cheaper than with the expensive original Canon ink cartridges. 

Firmware is actually almost non-existent at Canon, and you are always asked for acceptance before updating, so that is another great advantage of Canon printers. The updates that have been have mostly not had any impact on the use of compatible affordable cartridges. However, new models have been launched in a series, where you then have to wait a few months for chip-updated cheap ink cartridges to be available on the market again. So what’s the point! many have unfortunately experienced that when a Canon printer is approx. 2-3 years old then a printhead error message arrives! which unfortunately nothing can be done about and the printer must therefore be discarded. Canon has been blamed for embedding this error in their printers, but it does not matter as we also have a lot of customers who have had their Canon printers for many more years. It can also be due to the consumption pattern you have, because if you print a lot, the printer will of course also wear out faster. 

In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions. These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges. 2-3 years old then a printhead error message arrives! which unfortunately nothing can be done about and the printer must therefore be discarded. Canon has been blamed for embedding this error in their printers, but it does not matter as we also have a lot of customers who have had their Canon printers for many more years. It can also be due to the consumption pattern you have, because if you print a lot, the printer will of course also wear out faster. In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions. 

These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges. 2-3 years old then a printhead error message arrives! which unfortunately nothing can be done about and the printer must therefore be discarded. Canon has been blamed for embedding this error in their printers, but it does not matter as we also have a lot of customers who have had their Canon printers for many more years. It can also be due to the consumption pattern you have, because if you print a lot, the printer will of course also wear out faster. In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions. These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges. Canon has been blamed for embedding this error in their printers, but it does not matter as we also have a lot of customers who have had their Canon printers for many more years.

 It can also be due to the consumption pattern you have, because if you print a lot, the printer will of course also wear out faster. In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions. These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges. Canon has been blamed for embedding this error in their printers, but it does not matter as we also have a lot of customers who have had their Canon printers for many more years. It can also be due to the consumption pattern you have, because if you print a lot, the printer will of course also wear out faster. In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions.

 These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges. for printers, of course, the printer will also wear out faster. In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions. These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges. for printers, of course, the printer will also wear out faster. In the last couple of years, we have even used a number of Canon Pixma TS5050 / TS6050 / TS8050 models to print all our package labels, orders and miscellaneous. documentation and instructions. These printers have really been used a lot and they perform perfectly with the cheap compatible ink cartridges.

Conclusion .If you want to be able to print cheaply, and be sure that you can buy cheap alternatives to the expensive original ink cartridges then we recommend that you choose either an Epson, Brother or Canon printer. For the above reasons such as high ink prices and firmware updates, we do not choose to recommend an HP printer. Always buy a model with separate ink cartridges per. color. Do not buy the cheapest mass-produced models but just spend a little more money on a slightly larger model and you get a much better printer for the money.

 If you print many photos, stick to Epson and Canon printer models with six different separate ink cartridges such as the Epson Expression XP Photo series and the Canon Pixma TS series. If you need a home office printer, we recommend the Brother MFC-J series, Epson Workforce series, The Canon Maxify series as well as the models in the Canon Pixma TR / TS series that have five separate ink cartridges, but again do not choose the cheapest mass-produced model, which here can be saved on important components in production. A really good piece of advice is not to buy a brand new printer model that has just been launched on the market.

 Instead, buy a printer model that has been on the market for approx. a year, and why so! Firstly, there will usually be a good period of time before cheap and non-original ink cartridges are developed and launched on the market for a brand new model. Thus, you may have been forced to use the expensive original ink cartridges for a good space of time. Secondly, you will avoid a lot of firmware issues as the manufacturers of the cheap ink cartridges have thus had a good period to adjust their chip technology in terms of div. updates. It’s also a good idea to find out exactly what type of ink cartridges your new printer uses before you buy it. 

Once you have it under control, see in our shop if you can get these types of ink cartridges in a cheap version. Then you are not left with a new printer where you can only buy the expensive original ink cartridges.

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