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4 EASY STEPS TO CALCULATE YOUR COST-PER-PRINT
Cost-per-print is an important factor to take into account when determining which printer to purchase. It can also be used to monitor the efficiency of your machine and supply usage. For example, if your cost-per-print trend increases over time, your office could be inefficiently using your printer or the printer is becoming less efficient. On a different note, you can also calculate cost-per-print to determine which toner cartridges produce the most cost-efficient results.
Let's get to the number crunching so you can start using and applying these calculations...
There's two ways to go about calculating your cost-per-print. The first option is to have a print provider do it during a print assessment, via print management software installed on your device. As you may have guessed, this is the more time-intensive approach because of how the data is gathered; but, the results you get are much more accurate.
The second, quicker method, is manual; here's how it's done. Please note however, this isnâ€™t a precise measurement, because there are multiple factors that can affect results. Those are discussed at the end of this article.
CALCULATING YOUR COST-PER-PRINT
#1 â€“ DETERMINE YOUR PRINTER MANUFACTURER AND MODEL NUMBER
Cost-per-print calculations vary by printer and manufacturer. So determine this information before beginning your calculation. These details can be located directly on your printer, within the manual or your computerâ€™s control panel.
#2 â€“ DETERMINE YOUR YIELD PER CARTRIDGE
Most manufacturers share their page yield figures on their website and, often, on the side of their toner cartridge packaging. Different page yield figures are provided for black-and-white and color printing, and most manufacturers run a variation of the following tests to determine these figures:
To calculate black-and-white page yields, manufacturers print a text document that uses toner to cover about 5 percent of the page over and over again until the toner cartridge is empty.
To calculate color page yields they print a document that combines text and graphics, using toner that covers about 20 percent of the page, until each cartridge empties
#3 â€“ DETERMINE THE PRICE OF EACH TONER CARTRIDGE
If you are calculating your exact cost-per-print you will need to identify the cost of the cartridges you are using. You may need assistance from accounting or purchasing to obtain these details.
If you have difficulty obtaining this information, you can use average retail prices for the toner cartridges you use. You can find these figures on print manufacturersâ€™ websites or on office supply sites.
To determine black-and-white cost-per-print you will only need the price of the black toner cartridge. For color you will need the cost of all cartridges: black, cyan, magenta and yellow.
#4 â€“ CALCULATE COST-PER PRINT
When you have gathered all of the above information, you can calculate your cost-per-print; for black-and-white cost-per-print you will divide the cost of the toner cartridge by the page yield.
A simple method to determine color cost-per-print would be to use the above calculated black-and-white cost. Additionally, assuming all color cartridges are the same price with equal page yields, you can determine the cost-per-print of one color cartridge (as done above) and multiply it by 3. Finally, add in the black-and-white cost-per-print.
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As a simple way to visualize resolution, the higher the resolution is, the smaller the pixels will be once printed. That's why you see a different size on your screen depending on the resolution when looking at the image's dimension; if the resolution is 300ppi for example, the pixels will be smaller and more concentrated. If the image is 72ppi, the pixels will be bigger once printed. It's better to not use the ruler on your display to measure the size of an image for this reason, but it's possible.
In general, in printing, you can think of resolution as dots of ink; the smaller the dots, the closer they'll be and the less they'll be visible on paper. And the smaller these dots are, the clearer the image will be. That's why the requirements for printing are higher than for web use.
But it's not entirely true that 1 pixel once converted to be used for print will be shown as 1 dot. It depends on how the rip system will encode these pixels to fit the printer's quality. For example, if you use an image at 30ppi (30 pixels-per-inch) and print it, there will more than one dot to reproduce that one pixel as seen on the screen and the printed image will look blurry. If the printer is a high resolution one (eg. uses 300dpi), it will always fill with extra dots the missing "pixels" on its grid.
As the unit for the resolution says, if you have 30 pixels-per-inch (30 ppi), they'll logically be "bigger" than a 300 pixel-per-inch (300ppi) image if printed. The printer will not create one bigger dot for each pixel, it will split that big pixel into many small dots instead (see image above) and fit as many it can according to how many line-per-inch it can print in that grid.
Digital printing looks better at 200dpi and up and the offset printing should be at least 266dpi (preferably 300dpi and more for color, and 600dpi for black and white texts). If you print on a laser printer in your office, you can go as low as 150dpi.