Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Top 3 Eco-Friendly Printers

Earth-friendly advocacies started with recycled papers and then branched out to ecycled or remanufactured printer cartridges. Now the trend has moved a notch higher as printer manufacturers introduce eco-friendly printers to the market. Yes, you’ve read it right: printers have now also gone green in an effort to cope with the different corporate social responsibility and green campaigns in businesses.

Toner for Earth compiles a shortlist of three of the most popular eco-friendly printer models in the market today. Our criteria for choosing these printer models for this feature include other user reviews, printer specifications and if these printer models are also friendly on the pocket or not.

Topping our list is the HP DeskJet D2545. This eco-friendly desktop printer is perfect for small offices or personal use. According to HP, 83% of the printer case and body is made from recycled plastic. The black printer ink cartridges are made from 75% recycled plastic. It is also an Energy Star-certified printer which means that the HP DekJet D2545 consumes 40% less electricity when in sleep or idle mode. The HP DeskJet D2545 can print in both black and white or full color. It also has high resolutions of as much as 1200 dpi. The printer is capable of printing sizes ranging from 4 x 6 to 11x17. In terms of photos, it can print in standard 4 x 6 size to panoramic photos. The HP DeskJet D2545 is not only environment-friendly, it is also light on the pocket as it retails for only $44.99.

The second eco-friendly printer on our list is the Epson Stylus Office TX510FN. Although this model has yet to be launched formally, it has already created a buzz. According to Epson, the TX510FN will be the most eco-friendly printer model in the market. For one, 87% of its case/body and components can be recycled. It is also a certified power-saver as it only consumes about 0.25 watts of power when on standby mode. The TX510FN also prints fast, as much as 38 pages per minute with 5760 x 1440 dpi. This model is a bit more expensive as compared to its competitors, retailing for about $180.00 but the price is worth it since it comes with a 1200 x 2400 dpi scanner and a 30-page feeder. For its price and features, the TX510FN is also a multifunctional printer because it comes with a built-in color fax, Ethernet port and LED display.

Rounding up our list is the Canon PIXMA series. This series has several eco-friendly printer models known for their special features like the automatic two-sided printing which allows users to save as much as 50% of their paper supply. In particular, the MP980 model comes with white LED technology that allows the printer to consume less energy and to have zero warm-up time. Hence, it can save as much as 91% of overall energy as compared to the other printer models in the market today. The new packaging makes the MP980 22% smaller than its predecessor and is 18% more shipping-efficient. PIXMA printers are also Energy Star-qualified so they automatically go to a low-power mode when not in use. As if these features are not yet enough, there are other special functions and features that set the PIXMA series apart from other printer brands such as negative scanning, duplex scanning, has a gray ink cartridge for black and white printing, and good print resolution of 600 x 600 dpi for black and 9600 x 2400 dpi for color. Canon PIXMA printers come with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a large 3.5” LCD display. Most of the Canon printer models have rechargeable ink cartridges that users can send back to the manufacturer for recycling. They also offer bigger savings since they have a single cartridge in which the individual tanks contain different color inks. The MP980 sells for $280.00.

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