For small business owners and students, calculating your annual printing budget is becoming more of a necessity each year. With stresses and strains of inflation being felt in Western countries, ensuring you have your printing supplies covered should be a priority.
For those of you that already have a Dell printer and use Dell toner cartridges, you have excellent shelf-life with your toner, and it will deliver precise, crisp, consistent results throughout the year or term(s). In this article, we will explain the current status of Dell in the printing market, what availability is still there for Dell printer owners, and what to look for.
Dell has quite a unique story starting in 1984 in the PC business, which is what they are most associated with. Then off the back of global success, they ventured into the printing business in 2003. After progressing into fields such as cloud computing and data storage, Dell had become a household name, but still, today, mainly associated with their PCs and premium range of printers for both the home and offices.
A gauge of how good your Dell machine is is longevity because, in 2018, Dell stopped manufacturing new printers for the market. However, due to demand, Dell produces printer ink and toner and maintains software for the hundreds of thousands of units still in use worldwide.
So let's take a look at what to look for.
Dell has continued to upgrade their software to support its printer ranges with compatibility for Windows 10 and 11. The following Series of Dell Color LED/Laser Printers are supported on both platforms:
- S2825cdn - S3845cdn - S3840cdn - S5840cdn
- H625cdw - H825cdw
- C1660w - C1760nw - C1765nf - C1765nfw - C2660dn - C2665dnf - C3760dn - C3760n - C3765dnf - C5765dn - C7765dn
- 1230c - 1235cn - 1250c - 1320c4 - 1350cnw - 1355cn - 1355cwn
- 2130cn4 - 2135cn4 - 2145cn - 2150cdn - 2150cn - 2155cdn4 - 2155cn4
Dell Monochrome Laser Printers and Dell Inkjet printers are also supported on either or both Windows platforms.
Shopping for Good Prices
Many printer market analysts feel ink and toner prices will rise due to pressure on oil derivatives, of which ink is one. Hence, as of reading this article, now is an excellent time to consider stocking up on your Dell toner or ink cartridges. Remember, you get remarkable shelf life with Dell toner.
Shopping online is now quick and convenient. With many online outlets giving the consumer some well-needed discounts or buy two and get one free offer in 2022, that could be the best avenue to handle your printing needs.
For example, the Dell 33 and 34 series generally sell online in multipacks of five and nine.
Remanufactured Ink is No Problem
The good news for Dell printer owners is that Dell machines are so well made that they work well with remanufactured inks and toners.
Remanufactured ink is not Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) standard; it is ink made by a third party. But if you shop online at reliable stockists like Cartridge Planet in Australia, you will find their remanufactured ink comes certified with a money-back guarantee.
Many people are still unsure whether to venture away from the OEM ink as, for some lesser machines, remanufactured cartridges will clog and cover the drum on a laser printer or clog the nozzle on inkjets, but not with Dell.
Dell printers were made robust and long-lasting, so you, the consumer, have the luxury of cutting your cost with a third-party toner or ink, knowing your machine will still be operational for years.
Once you have found a reputable Dell stockist, they will understand the need to supply you with the finest quality toner or ink to ensure your machine's life.
In Australia, you will also find replacement parts for Dell machines, and a good stockist will have the following Dell colour laser options:
- Dell 1250
- Dell 1350
- Dell 1355
- Dell 331-0777 (black)
Toner and Ink Price Points
As mentioned before, if you are shopping online, there is a good chance you can get bulk discounts or even find multipacks. As recently as 2021, these OEM toners would retail around AU$350. However, if you look at using remanufactured toner, the price range is about 70 percent lower on average.
But again, it is vital to find an experienced stockist who can advise you, as the cheapest is not always the best option for a printer, especially if the range is not supported by Dell software anymore.
If you are dealing with purely online stockists who don't have the overheads associated with bricks-and-mortar operations, you will potentially find better deals online and heading into 2023; even a ten percent saving goes a long way.
2022 has been a year where businesses and students (in many cases) have gotten back to some normality. But the pricing pressures of printing still exist for anyone on a budget. So shopping smart is the message for the rest of the year, and you can't go wrong with looking online for the best deals and discounts on your Dell toner cartridges. Good luck.