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InkLink

InkLink is a 'continuous ink supply system' (CISS) from Rihac. It is used instead of standard inkjet cartridges. Simply explained, the InkLink is a self-contained unit with its own cartridges fed by tubing from a large ink reservoir which sits beside your printer. The system acts like a giant cartridge by feeding ink to the printer when required and can save up to 97% over the cost of using cartridges.

Pros:

  • Massive savings on printing.  Printing is immensely expensive, as anyone running an office would know.  Even with initial cost, InkLink is roughly the price of one set of cartridges but you get at least 10 times the amount of ink.
  • If and when you need to refill the CISS, you can legitimately save an average of $1,000.  Whilst all brands and cartridges contain different amount of ink, and are all priced differently, an average cartridge these days contains less than 10mls of ink and costs around $25.  That's $2.50 for every millimeter of ink.  A bottle of the highest quality premium refill ink from Rihac costs around $14 for 100mls, so $0.14 per millimeter.  Let's put that in perspective - your $25 cartridge would cost you just $1.40 from Rihac, a 95% discount on the cartridge price.

Cons:

  • Currently, the InkLink is only compatible with Epson, Brother, Canon and HP printers
  • If your printer uses toner and not ink (which many office printers do) InkLink will not work for you
  • There is a potential warranty issue, however Rihac are very open about this on the FAQ page of their website and advise there has not yet been a manufacturer able to refuse a warranty job because of a CISS.

If you are doing a lot of printing at home, or perhaps run a home office then we recommend investigating the CISS option.

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Please note that we have trialled the majority of these products and have found them to be relatively reliable and user friendly. We have not undertaken a detailed verification and we therefore suggest that you discuss the products with your computer advisers before using the technology.

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