The Age-Old Printer Battle: Color vs. Black and White - Monthly Duty Cycle: General
Monthly Duty Cycle: General Advantage: B&W At any price point, a monochrome printer will usually have a higher maximum duty cycle--the maximum number of pages it can print per month without driving up repair costs. Fortunately, though, most color and monochrome printers have higher maximum duty cycles than most offices need. (The rule of thumb: For maximum printer lifetime, the duty cycle should be three times your actual print volume.)
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