The Age-Old Printer Battle: Color vs. Black and White - Total Cost of Ownership
The day will surely come when there's no choice in printers: There will be color and color. But today, it's worth taking a fresh look at the pros and cons of color and monochrome printers. The results may surprise you.
By M. David Stone
Total Cost of Ownership Advantage: Depends Given higher initial costs for a color printer and for each color page, it seems obvious that the TCO should be higher for color models than for B&W models. But, if you include the money saved on outsourcing by printing color pages yourself, TCO can actually be cheaper for color. So don't assume color will cost more. Do the math to find out.