Customers who have always leased or purchased black and white copiers should ask themselves if a color/black and white multi-functional Copier/Printer/Scanner may make more sense. Years ago, a color copier was several times the cost of a black-only unit. Also if you wanted to use it to print that was an additional expense.
Today, a unit that does color as well as black and white can be less than $50 a month additional in cost. They also all have print and scan capabilities. A Color Copier/Printer/Scanner costs about $1,200 more than one that only does Black & White. This runs about an additional $22 per month on a 5-year lease.
A Color Copier Saves Money
If you are using an ink jet printer or even a small laser printer to do a good amount of color output, you may save money by switching. Outputting to a copier based device that copies, prints, and scans both in black and color can be more economical. Generally, if you output 500 color prints a month or about 20 a day this makes sense.
A Color Copier Means Higher Quality
The reason for this is the high expense for color prints with an ink jet or small laser printer. Ink jet prints can cost you $0.35 per color print. Even some lasers are not much better. A color copier outputs color prints for between $0.07 to $0.10 per print. An added benefit is much better copy quality with a copier-based unit.
Additionally, copier-based units have more memory and can spool jobs quicker to save you both time and money. In many cases replacing your black only unit with a color copier makes perfect sense.