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MFD cost comparison and value proposition

Kevin Bennett -

Cannon Multi-Functional Device (MFD) (Value Proposition)

MFDs in the School of Engineering quad provide scanning, copying, printing, and soon fax capabilities at a compelling value.  As shown in the following table scanning and faxing is free because it does not use paper.  Copies and print jobs are charged to PTAs at $0.05 for black and white and $0.10 for color.  Note that each page with ink generates a per impression charge.

MFD cost per impression

Service function

          Black and White


Scanning and Faxing



Copy and Printing




Worth emphasizing is that for 5 or 10 cents usage of the MFD provides quality documents without incurring the cost of toner/ink cartridges, a printer, paper, or service/maintenance on the device.  While some people evaluate 5 and 10 cents as expensive for printing, the following chart demonstrates that just the cost of ink is often more expensive than the entire value proposition of the MFD.

Cost of ink per impression (cost of buying the printer, paper, and maintenance is not included)

Printer Model

    Type of Ink

         B/W Printing

         Color Printing

Average from case study




HP 3050




HP LaserJet Pro 200 M276nw




Lexmark Pro 705




Lexmark CS410dtn




Epson NX400




Brother HL-3170CDW




Brother MFC-J410W




Cartridge pricing data extracted from: http://www.qualitylogic.com/tuneup/uploads/docfiles/QualityLogic-Cost-of-Ink-Per-Page-Analysis_US_1-Jun-2012.pdf
Toner pricing from Amazon.com using manufacturer original consumables

The initial cost of these classes of device range from $200 – $2000+ and the cost of a single out of warranty service call can easily exceed $200.

Future Value Opportunities

School of Engineering IT and Facilities negotiated and priced the MFD solution to offer the best value possible.  Greater utilization of these devices could lead to reduction of per page charges as the cost is distributed to a greater audience.

Before buying a device to service printing needs, try using the MFDs.  The many features of the devices offer a robust solution to printing, copying, scanning and faxing for a low cost.  More frequently asked questions can be found in the SOEITHELP.stanford.edu knowledge base.

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