It’s a phrase you’ll see quite a lot on the City Ink Express website – ‘page coverage’ is a crucial consideration when you’re trying to figure out how long an ink or toner cartridge will last. But what exactly is page coverage?


That’s the question we’re aiming to answer today. Put simply, ‘page coverage’ refers to the percentage of a page that is covered in ink. 5% is the industry standard; in case you’re curious, 5% page coverage looks something like this:


5% Page Coverage


It’s a pretty sparse document, but that (roughly speaking) is what we in the printing industry use as a standard for calculating page yield. If you’re looking at a new toner cartridge on the City Ink website and it says ‘Page Yield: 2,5000 pages @ 5% coverage’, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get 2,500 pages out of it. That only applies if every page you print looks like the example above – in reality, you’ll most likely be printing far more densely-populated documents, so bear that in mind when you’re shopping for ink or toner.


Our Inkjet CISS (continuous ink supply system) and toner cartridges for laser printers are two of our most popular products. While each has its own individual benefits – which we will discuss – people often ask us which is best; in order to try and find an answer to this riddle, let’s take a look at how each performs in several critical area of printing. 



As with all electronic products, you can pay as much or as little as you choose to depending on the specifications you want. Generally an inkjet printer with a CISS system will cost you less than a laser printer upfront, especially if you need to purchase the toner on top of the cost of the printer itself. As far as everyday running costs go your CISS system will be cheaper to run too - though it is worth mentioning that toner does last a lot longer than conventional inkjet cartridges, so it’s still a sensible purchase.


Print Quality

Both printers are more than capable of producing high quality prints, but there are some differences. Laser printers fuelled by toner are able to print faster and sharper than inkjets. If you wish to print for photography purposes however, an inkjet CISS produces superior high-resolution photographs.



Because toner cartridges do not have heads which burn out or clog up, they will last a lot longer than conventional inkjet printers, though the addition of one of our CISSs will help this. Another advantage of toner is that because it is dry it won’t dry up if you should not use your printer for long periods of time. Our Inkjet CISS printers do however have a smaller carbon footprint as they have a lesser heat output and lower electricity costs than laser printers.

As you can probably tell by now, there is no straightforward to this question. What we have ciphered though is where each printer is advantageous - all you need to do is assess what exactly you want from your printer, and make your choice accordingly.


We're delighted to announce that we've recently joined the exciting world of Pinterest, and we can't quite believe we were missing out for so long! Here at City Ink Express we'd consider ourselves experts in all things printing - we offer low cost, high quality solutions for almost all of your printing needs. This means that we naturally have a keen interest in photography and beautiful images, as well as how to print them of course. We use Pinterest to pore over stunning works of photography, which we consequently pin to our specific boards and share on social media - but only if the image is truly special.


We believe our interest in photography provides us with another dimension to engage with our customers and social media followers, and we love sharing images we think are great and seeing which photography inspires others. Though we're fairly new to Pinterest, we're really excited about our new social media venture, and we're really enjoying exploring some of the stunning photography that's available through Pinterest. Here are 3 of our favourite Pinterest boards and some of the gorgeous images we've pinned ot them! Don't forget to give us a follow.


1. Inspiring Scenery

Our Inspiring Scenery board is home to this beautiful image, which simply took our breath away when we saw it. The mesmerising scenery and incredible colour scheme just stops you in your tracks - we simply had to pin and share it. This image got some great responses on our Google + page - it seems you guys love this image of West Virginia from Joseph Rossbach just as much as we do!


2. Beautiful Photography

This picture doesn't really need an explanation does it? It lives on our Beautiful Photography board for the simple reason that it is such a beautiful shot! It perfectly captures how big and powerful lions really are, you certainly wouldn't want to mess with the one pictured here would you?


3. Portraits of People

Portraits of people make up some of the most simple but effective photography ever. This shot by Rebecca Cygnus is truly magical. Though not strictly a portrait, it's an image of a person - but the setting and the pose is what really brings this picture to life. The colours and the beautiful reflection in the water are why we just had to pin this image to our Portraits of People board. 

When the time comes around to get a new printer, we imagine a lot of head-scratching goes on!


We are printing specialists, but even to us it seems like every week there is a new manufacturer on the market, and every day there is a new model out vying for our attention.


As making any kind of decision can be difficult, we suggest finding a brand that caters to your needs, and taking it from there. As such, here are 3 of the most popular printing manufacturers available, and what they can offer you:


Brother – Function Over Thrills

Brother printers are a good all-round option that offers you solid function over any gimmicks – this makes them ideal for those who just need a reliable machine to print well and not much else. Ranging from around £50 to £200+ there is plenty of scope within their range for your particular needs, and their printers even frequent ‘best buy’ lists! They may not be pioneering cutting-edge print technology but their build quality is sound.


Canon – Image Is Everything

As you may well all know, Canon is an extremely well-known imaging brands who specialise in cameras and photocopiers alike. Their printers harness this knowledge and as such make some great quality prints – this makes them an ideal device for photographers and photo enthusiasts alike. It is not just photographers that can enjoy Canon products though as they can range from £29 - £350, making them accessible for a broad spectrum of users.


Samsung – All ‘Round Quality

 Samsung is probably better known for some of its other electronic products like mobile phones and televisions, but they have also lent their skills to the printing industry and done very well.  Samsung are now the UKs 2nd biggest supplier of laser and all-in-one printers, so they must be doing something right! Ranging from around £50 – £250 you will be able to find a quality printer for your needs, and like Canon, Samsung also offer some great integration features if you have a Samsung digital camera.


Printers account for a mere fraction of Samsung’s vast product range, but don’t be fooled – just because they’re better known for mobile phones doesn’t mean that the Korean company is at all lacklustre in the printing department!

There are loads of Samsung printers on the market, and so we thought we’d help you to narrow it down a little bit. Here are a few of the best Samsung printers on the market; the best one for you will depend on what you need from it!


For high-quality colour printing...

  This model produces exceptional colour prints, especially for a laser printer. If you’re serious about the quality of your print-outs (perhaps you’re an avid photographer, for example) then this printer will be great for you.

Buy SL-C410W Toner Here



For fast bulk printing...

Samsung make a variety of good high-volume printers, and this model won BLI’s Monochrome Printer Line of the Year award in 2012. The ML-6510ND is a good one for a busy office environment, offering no-nonsense monochrome printouts at a very quick pace indeed.

Buy ML-6510ND Toner Here




For printing on a budget...

  A colour printer that, generally speaking, won’t cost you more that £100. This CLP-360 is a great choice for the home, with surprisingly good print quality considering the low cost.

Buy CLP-360 Toner Here