Refillable ink printers

Date Posted:21 December 2019 

The aim of this page is to help you find a good value, cheap to run printer.

Buying a desktop printer is not hard, but trying to find one that's reasonably priced and economical to run as well can be a challenge. 

And if you're planning to refill your ink cartridges or use compatible cartridges with your new printer - proceed with caution.

Not all printers can be re-filled or accept non-genuine ink!

Note: If you already bought a printer and now have problems, contact us.

There could be an easy solution.

If you're looking at buying a new printer, you might find the following tips useful...

Printer shopping tips:

Tip 1: If you're shopping for a replacement printer to refill, don't assume that a newer version will be as easy (or possible) to fill or accept same cartridges as your last printer, even if it's only a model or two newer. Things can change pretty quickly in the printer industry.

Please contact us for more information or advice.

Tip 2: If you are shopping for a business or office printer and intend to use refilled ink cartridges or  continuous ink with it, it's even more important to get the right model - or risk not being able to do any of this. 

Find couple of top value office printers here  or contact us for more info.

Tip 3: Don't buy a printer just because it's cheap or on sale (unless you know what you're doing). Buying a 'discounted' printer because it's cheaper or comes with 'bonus' ink cartridges or extended warranty or some other sweetener might seem like a great deal at the time, but could end up costing you hundreds or even thousands more in consumables, so may not be the smartest.

Tip 4: Don't accept printer advice from shop assistants.

Tip 5: Don't base your printer choice on printer reviews.

Tip 6 Read this: If you're considering buying a printer from a major retailer - think again. Buying some printers from shops like Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Domayne, Joyce Mayne and possibly other retailers will effectively lock you in to buying supplies (ink or toner)  exclusively from the same franchise.

So ... if you buy for example a Canon Pixma TS5360 printer from Officeworks, you will not be able to buy ink cartridges (PG660 & CL661) for it from your local computer shop, JB HiFi, Inkbank or anywhere else - except Officeworks. This only applies to few selected printers at time of writing, but that's likely to change. 

Note: This page is provided for your general information only and is not guaranteed to be accurate, up to date or comprehensive. 

Please contact us for more information.

Ok, let's check out some refillable printers...


Considering a genuine continuous ink printer..?

Canon Endurance CISS printer
Canon Endurance G6065 CISS printer

Continuous ink supply (CISS) printers don't use expensive ink or toner cartridges (like most printers) but come fitted with refillable ink reservoirs instead. Brilliant..!

But...genuine CISS printers from Canon, Epson, HP or Brother aren't particularly cheap and can cost as much as five times more to buy than a similar printer using regular ink cartridges. 

Sure...not having to buy ink cartridges will result in cheaper and more eco friendly printing, but so does refilling your cartridges or ink tanks. 

If you do print a lot, can afford it and have found a CISS printer you like - by all means get one, but make sure it can do everything you're likely to expect from it now and for the next few years.

Even though genuine CISS printers are pretty expensive, some are very light on features and painfully slow. Check the specs before you part with your cash ... too late complaining after.

Note: If you're looking for a well built, cheap to run office printer and considering one with a CISS, you can find a good value continuous ink printer here.


Best value multifunction printer

Canon Pixma TS5060 is a nice multifunction printer/scanner/ copier for home or micro business. If you don't want to spend much on a printer and can get by without auto-duplexing (double sided printing), it's well worth checking out!

Canon Pixma TS5060 printer

TS5060 are cheap @ around $70 yet capable of print quality usually reserved for printers costing twice as much.

TS5060 feature four colour, five individual cartridge hybrid ink system with two black and three individual colour inks. Using two different types of black ink (dye and pigment) in combination with three dye colours gives the printer great flexibility to produce superb quality colour photos, as well as laser sharp and long lasting B&W documents at respectable 12.5 ppm.

TS5060 ink cartridges are quite easy to fill, even the initial set supplied with printer. Alternatively you can upgrade to higher capacity (XL) genuine, compatible or refillable ink tanks - if you prefer refilling less often.

It is easy to disable the printer ink monitoring (for refilling) or you can invest in a chip resetter or auto-reset refillable cartridges instead.

Interested? Get one soon! TS5060 are an older model and may not be around for too much longer. Officeworks and few online shops still sell them.


Cheapest home inkjet printer..?

Canon Pixma MG2560 are a neat, entry level printer, scanner, copier for home use. If you don't print a lot and don't need wifi connectivity or LCD display, you can own a unit like this for next to nothing.

Canon Pixma MG 2560 printer

MG2560 are not the latest or the fastest model, but could well be the cheapest. Recommended retail is $45, but if you look around online, you should be able to find one for $30 or even less. That's pretty good value for a new printer.

But there's more to this Canon than the low price. MP2560 works with any OS from Windows XP to Windows 10 as well as Mac X v10.6.8 to X v10.11. This means you shouldn't have to upgrade your computer, if you run an older PC and operating system.

Note: Most new printers need at least Windows 7 or Mac X v10.10.5 these days. 

MG2560 feature four colour, two cartridge hybrid ink system and will produce laser sharp and long lasting B&W documents as well as reasonable quality photos on glossy paper (if you have plenty of time). Print 'speed' to 8ipm B&W or 4ipm colour.

MG2560 ink cartridges are pretty easy to refill, even the initial set supplied with the printer. The included cartridges are small and only suitable for low volume printing. You can upgrade to higher capacity (XL) cartridges for less frequent refilling. 

Tip: Remanufactured (reconditioned) ink cartridges are not only cheaper than new genuine ones, but can be much easier to refill as well

It is easy to disable the printer ink monitoring (for refilling) which is handy as there are no chip resetters for these cartridges available. 

Note: USB cable required - not included with printer. 


Home office fax multifunction 

Canon Pixma TR7560 are a compact multi-function printer, scanner, copier & fax, ready for home or small business work.

Canon PixmaTR 8560 printer

TR7560 are priced well @ $170 or so and packed full of useful features including auto-duplexer, 20 sheet ADF (auto document feeder), fax, two separate paper feeds (100/25 sheet), Wifi, Air print and more. 

Negatives: Paper output tray is too small for bigger print jobs. 

TR7560 use five cartridge hybrid ink system with two black and three individual colour inks. This makes for a really flexible inkjet capable of producing great photos and graphics as well as laser sharp and long lasting B&W documents at respectable 15 ppm and 10 ipm in colour.

TR7560 ink cartridges are easy to fill, even the initial set supplied with printer. Alternatively you can upgrade to higher capacity (XL or XXL) genuine or refillable ink tanks - if you prefer refilling less often.

Interested? TS6160 & TS6260 are similar, cheaper models - without ADF or fax. Other than that, same info applies.


Home photo or CD/DVD printer 

Canon Pixma TS8160 are fully featured multi-function photo printer, scanner & copier for home or small business and priced affordably somewhere around $180. This printer may be compact, but  it will do anything a printer can do - in style. If you like'll like the TS8160.

Canon PixmaTS8160 printer

TS8160 feature five colour, six cartridge hybrid ink system, capable of printing laser sharp, long lasting B&W documents as well as brilliant photos or graphics on just about any media including printable CD and DVD disks. This printer uses one more ink colour (photo blue) than most other Canon Pixma models, resulting in even higher quality colour photographs. Print speed is respectable 15ipm for B&W or 10ipm for  colour prints. 

TS8160 ink cartridges are easy to refill, even the initial set supplied with printer. The initial  cartridges are pretty small, but adequate for low volume use. You can upgrade to higher capacity  (XL or XXL) genuine cartridges for easier & less frequent refilling. 

It is easy to disable the printer ink monitoring (if refilling) which is handy as there are no chip resetters for these printers - yet.

Negatives: The ink monitoring can only be disabled with genuine Canon cartridges (not compatible or refillable) with this model.

Interested?  Pixma TS8260 and TS9160 are similar models and same info applies.


Home A3 multifunction printer 

Need bigger prints? This Canon A3 printer, scanner & copier is definitely worth a look.

Canon Pixma TS 9560 printer

TS9560 are good value A3 MFC @ $350 or so and packed full of handy features. This model specs, features and ink information pretty much mirror the TR7560 model (read above) except TS9560 supports A3 borderless printing, has a more substantial paper out tray and doesn't include fax. 

Negatives: The ink monitoring can only be disabled with genuine Canon cartridges (not compatible or refillable) with this model.

Interested? TS9565 is another model with similar features.


Epson A3 multifunction printer 

Prefer Epson printers? Check out Epson Workforce WF7710. Good value and one of the latest Epson models compatible with refillable ink cartridges.

Interested? You can find one at Officeworks and possibly other places..


Office multifunction printer?

Are you looking for a good value office printer? Find more info here or contact us.

Comments (1)

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By: on 27 December 2019
Thanks a lot for putting your thoughts on refillable ink printer. These shopping printer tips are amazing for those who are looking for new printers. Though I am here to find options to refill ink for my fuji_xerox cm405 printer as I know HP runs such program .

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