Because printing (see our Recommended Printing Method) is central to the use of the Robinson Curriculum I know a lot of you have questions as to which printer would be best. The good news is that technology is now delivering the ideal printers at a lower cost than ever before. Someone said that the power of the press is for those who own one – and have something worthwhile to print! Your computer, one of these printers, and the Robinson Curriculum give you that power.
The main factor to consider when choosing a printer is cost per page since this cost is often more than the cost of the printer in the long run. Paper costs about $20-$30 per 5000 (1/3 to 1/2 cent per sheet which is 2 pages) so this a minor cost. With the new Epson printers the cost per page can be as low as 1/5th of a cent per page. That means a a 300 page book would cost just 60 cents in ink to print. Amazing.
The ideal is a duplex printer that will print both sides of the paper at one time. A duplex printer is the closest thing you can have to your own printing press. And with prices for ink (Epson) down at 0.2 cents per page it is cheaper than buying pre-printed books. The Epson 2760 printer even comes with 2 years of ink — equivalent to about 30 ink cartridge sets of ink! The ones that best fit the bill are:
Printer – Description
|Brother HL-2340DW||$99 Brand New||2.4K* $45|
|Epson EcoTank 2760||$299 Brand New
Costco has them for
a very good price
right now (Sept 2020).
* K means 1,000 pages. A 11K ink bottle is good for 11,000 pages.