Have you ever regretted buying a printer the moment your first set of ink run out? And have you asked yourself how often do you have to make a purchase decision for a printer vs how often do you have to purchase the inks for your printer? Often I’ve seen consumers buying printers just by comparing the sale prices of the printer unit. For some, they would go for one with all the necessary features they need in the printer, then compare the prices. Here are the 5 things I will consider when buying a printer, be it for home, home-office or office use.
What’s reasonable prices yet deliver quality print comparable with their elder siblings? Tested out the Canon Pixma E560 printer and I’m impressed with the quality when set to High on Photo Paper. This printer is suitable for students and even home office and comes with one of the cheapest ink refills for the Pixma printer range. Going to be posting a more detailed review on this soon. First let me print more first cos FREE ink! Lol. #mediareview #CanonSG #CanonPixma #pixma #pixmaE560 #thelovingmum
Point 1 – Print-Scan-Copy
Because there will be days where you need to make copies of your NRIC or documents for some important and urgent purpose. Having a copier at home is necessary in the modern days, because you probably would have to pay 30-50cents per copy of black-and-white print from the stores. Scanner is perhaps not that necessary these days, most of us use our phone camera as a “scanner”, but when you need to scan a proper piece of say your kids most awesome artwork, a proper scanner will be handy.
Point 2 – Wireless Connection
You want to be able to print from anywhere and from any devices, like those cute photos of your little ones taken with your phone or Canon cameras. With wireless printing on the Canon PIXMA E560, one can easily print quality 4R photos on Canon photo papers and save the trip to the photo print shop.
Point 3 – Size Matters and Duplex Function
To me, a all-in-one printer should be compact enough to fit anywhere around the house, and wouldn’t need to be shifted out when printing. You know how some printers need you to load the paper from the top or back and you got to move the printer just so the papers fit into it? Glad the Canon PIXMA E560 has got front loading trays and prints come out from the front too.
Because I do print documents a lot too, the printer needs to be able to print on both side without having to manually flip the pages. If you need such feature too, remember to get one printer that allows duplex printing.
Point 4 – How Much Are The Ink Refills?
You may have purchased a printer at a steal, but when you do your math properly, cost of some ink cartridges would have cost more than your printer unit. Like my current PIXMA printer (almost 4 years old), the refills cost $36 (colour) and $24 (black) for the standard size pack. With the exact same quality of print and resolution (you can compare them on Canon website), you pay only $24 (colour) and $20 (black) for the PIXMA E560 refills. That’s $16 cheaper for every set of refills. When my current printer inks run out, I’m may just consider getting the E560 instead, and save on refills in the long run. And because the refills are cheaper, you’ll be able to print so much more activities for your little ones and even make your own creative learning resources like what we did!
Good to know: The PIXMA E560 can print up to 800 monochrome documents at $0.02 per print on a black cartridge, and up to 300 pages for colour documents.
Point 5 – Quality of Prints
I print photos a lot with my printer, and am quite particular with the quality of prints. The Canon PIXMA E560 print out photos as good as my current PIXMA MG3570. Printing may be a couple of seconds slower, but that doesn’t really matter.
If you are considering getting a multi-purpose and value for money printer for your home or home office, you might want to consider the Canon PIXMA E560. Available only at selected Popular bookshops (see list below) and school bookshops.
Canon PIXMA E560 Retailing at $179
More information of the Canon PIXMA E560 printer
Dimensions (WxDxH): 449 x 304 x 152mm (approx.)
Print Resolution: 4800 x 1200dpi (maximum), 2pl ink droplets
Photo Print Speed: 44 seconds(borderless 4 x 6”)
Print Speed: 5.7 ipm (A4 colour) / 9.9 ipm (A4 B&W)
Key Features: High Yield Ink Cartridges (PG-89, CL-99), Wi-Fi, PIXMA Printing Solutions, Google Cloud Print
Available at these Popular Bookstores
- Bra Basah Complex
- Toa Payoh HDB Hub
- Clementi Mall
- Causeway Point
- Marine Parade
- North Point
- Jurong Point
- Junction 8