You don’t need us to tell you that printer ink can cost a lot of money. What you might not know is that your ink will go further if you swap the font you use in Word documents. You could even print over 100 more pages by changing font.
According to our expert testing, Verdana produces 10% fewer text-based prints than Arial from a set of cartridges and 44% fewer prints than your new money saving favourite, Times New Roman.
So if you’re about to churn out a report or thesis, wait. Changing your font can have a real impact on the number of prints you get from a set of cartridges.
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Finding the most frugal fonts
We compared seven popular fonts to see which produced the most copies of our letter from a set of cartridges, giving us more prints for our money.
We used 12pt (point) font size for each, but we downsized Century Gothic and Trebuchet MS to 11.5pt, because at the larger size they’d have caused our one-page letter to spill onto a second page.
Ink savers and ink guzzlers
Times New Roman went the furthest, producing 27% more pages than Arial, which worked out to an extra 114 pages on our Epson Stylus Photo PX650 printer.
By this count, 10 printed pages in Times New Roman cost around 23p in ink, compared with 33p and 36p in Arial and Times New Roman respectively.
Times New Roman, Calibri and Century Gothic were the top three when it came to efficient ink use – all three produced more than 20% more pages than Arial.