Cost Per Print Comparison of CD/DVD Disc Printers

By · Friday, August 27th, 2010

CD / DVD Disc Printers - Cost Per Print ComparisonThere are all sorts of measurements that people use to keep track of efficiency. For example, the efficiency of a car is commonly measured in the number of miles driven for each gallon of fuel consumed. This standard measurement allows different types of vehicles to be compared to each other. But how do you compare the efficiency of something like an automated disc printer? The way you do that is by analyzing the cost-per-print.

When shopping for a disc printer, many people tend to look at the cost of the unit and the cost of consumables (such as ink cartridges and thermal ribbons). But few people stop to calculate the cost-per-print, which is often the best indicator of a printer’s true efficiency. To help illustrate my point, please read the following example:

Joe is considering buying an automated CD/DVD printer. Both of the models he is looking at cost about the same, however Joe notices that a set of ink cartridges for Printer A cost $30 dollars while the cartridges for Printer B cost $45 dollars. It would seem at first that Printer A is the better deal, but is this really the case? To find the answer, we need to look at one more factor: the number of prints that each set of cartridges will produce.

Continuing with our example above, let’s say that Joe decides to examine the box for both sets of replacement ink cartridges. Printer A’s cartridges will last approximately 300 discs before they need to be replaced, while Printer B’s cartridges will last approximately 500 prints. To calculate the cost per print, we need to divide the total number of prints by the cost of the cartridges.

Printer A will cost about $0.10 cents per print ($30 dollars divided by 300 prints). Printer B on the other hand will cost about $0.09 cents per print ($45 dollars divided by 500 prints). As it turns out, Printer B is acutally the better deal of the two machines because it costs one cent less per print than Printer A.

Now that one cent may not sound like a lot, but it does add up. Let’s imagine that Joe purchases both printers and prints 1,000 discs on each one. With the same discs and the same artwork, running the job on Printer A would cost Joe about $10 dollars more than it would to run the job on Printer B.

The two printers in my example had a very small (1 cent) difference in the cost-per-print. However, the cost-per-print of inkjet CD/DVD printers varies greatly in the real world. Let’s compare the cost-per-print of some of today’s most popular disc printers:

Primera Bravo SE: 39¢ per print
Primera Bravo Pro Xi: 33¢ per print
Primera Bravo XR: 30¢ per print
Microboards G3: 23¢ per print
Microboards CX-1: 25¢ per print
Microboards MX-2: 14¢ per print
Epson DiscProducer Autoprinter: 8¢ per print
Rimage 2000i: 18¢ per print
Rimage 3400: 33¢ per print

The lesson here is that a low-cost printer may not be the most efficient type of machine, especially if you plan on printing your own CD and DVD discs in high volumes. To get the best deal, customers need to look beyond the purchase price and make sure to examine the cost-per-print of the printer.

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