In this day and age, as printer costs continue to rrise, small offices and companies are turning to increasingly odd methods to shave their ezpenses down. Some implement the usual office-wide strategies of double-sided printing and secure login codes to use the printer. Others try more drastic approaches, like trying to impose a paper free office, or giving every employee a flash drive to carry files. Here's a much simpler solution: change your font and save up to 31% on ink costs. Wow, really??
Arial is currently reigning as the most popular font type. A study conducted by blog. printer.com, however, deduces that it's certainly not the most economical. 10 fonts were used, printing the same text each time in a strict control. The printer habits of both home users and business users were mimicked, with the Canon Pixma MP210 and the Brother HL-2140 as representative printers, respectively.
Identical pages were printed in all 10 fonts. The documents were turned into . pdf documents and scanned by the application Apfill, which calculated the total ink coverage of each page.
The ink usage of each font was compared, and when the dust (and printers) settled, there was a clear winner. With the assumption of 25 pages/week a home user could save $20/year in ink costs just by switching to Century Gothic. Normal business use (estimated to be around 250 pages/week) would result in $80 yearly savings with the switch to Century Gothic.
A huge savings could be achieved if the businesses have more than one printer, or printer more than 250 pages per week, of course.
Now we need to now, which font is the thriftiest?? Which font had the least page coverage while remaining acceptably readable?
Taking the #1 prize is Century Gothic. Other popular fonts include Times New Roman listed at #3 and Verdana listed at #5. Out of the 10 fonts, Arial was actually ranked #6, placing it as fairly average.
Now the next time you're looking to cut ink and printing costs, try something simple: Try changing your font.
Check out the rest of the blog. printer.com article on their website, where you can see numbers and rankings for all ten of the tested fonts.
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