Summer usually provides deals on inkjet printers to make space for the new autumn model releases. This year there is a large list of printer price reductions and sale items.
Why are there so many printer offers at the moment? Are manufacturers struggling to sell last years models?
Not surprisingly in a cost of living crisis consumers prioritise how they spend their money. An inkjet printer may well be a useful and often necessary peripheral, but paying for food and shelter takes preference.
Factors that have previously influenced printer owners to upgrade, for example deteriorating print quality, are not prompting so many upgrades. In these cases owners may be sticking with their current model, even if it involves unblocking the print heads.
Did you know that some new print heads for older printers can be purchased for surprisingly low prices? So if you have an older printer lying around, maybe it could be brought back to life?
Certain factors can signal the end of a printers life, making a printer purchase essential. If the power supply fails (dead printer), or a Windows upgrade means that there is no longer a working driver available, then it may be time to look for a new model.
At present there are various deals available on inkjet printers…
HP DeskJet Plus 4130e All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer & Instant Ink with HP+ £40 Reduced from £70
This printer uses the HP 305 black and colour ink cartridges which have built-on print heads. In our Louth shop we sell them for £14.99 each. On-line we sell many of our Eco-Fill HP305 refill kits for these type of printers.
CANON PIXMA TS5350a All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer £49.99 Save £30
The TS5350a uses two cartridges with built-on print heads. We also offer an Eco-Fill refill kit for the Canon PG-560 and CL-561 cartridges.
EPSON WorkForce WF-2950DWF All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax £74.99. Save £24
The WF2950DWF uses 4x Epson 604 / 604XL black, cyan, magenta, and yellow ink tanks. OEM standard capacity cartridges cost under £50 a set while compatible cartridges currently cost around £25 per set. Refillable cartridges are only available with standard chips. You also require an expensive chip resetter.
Epson Expression Photo XP-55 Wi-Fi Printer, White £89.99 Save £50
HP ENVY 6432e All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax & Instant Ink with HP+. £89.99 Save £20
Just like the HP Deskjet Plus 4130e, this printer uses the HP305 cartridges. HP305 Refill Kit
HP ENVY Inspire 7224e All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer & Instant Ink with HP+. £99.99 Save £20
Uses HP303 black and colour ink cartridges. Eco-Fill HP303 Refill Kit
Scanning through some owner comments… Big and bulky. Not easy to set-up WiFi. HP control the ink use via Internet. Print from anywhere. Auto double sided printing. Excellent print quality. Gets 4/5 Stars.
Missed Opportunity - Canon Pixma TS6351a no longer on sale!
If you do not require a scanner or a copying function then I would recommend either a Canon Pixma TS705a Inkjet printer or an Epson Expression XP-55 Photo printer. Both offer very good print quality. The Canon Pixma TS705a uses 580/581 cartridges. Compatible and refillable cartridges are now available. The Epson XP-55 is an older model and uses 6x Epson 24 series ink cartridges. Compatible and Refillable cartridges are available also.
Sadly if you require a scanning/copying facility then I am struggling to find a printer that ticks all of the boxes. The search will continue!
When scrolling through owner reviews, contrasting and contradictory comments can be found. Printers with more reviews provide more of a balanced view.