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What’s the Most Cost Effective Font to Print With?

What’s the Most Cost Effective Font to Print With?

Posted By: John Published: 30/12/2015 Times Read: 189 Comments: 0

From children in schools to professionals in the workplace, everyone who’s ever used a word processor will have adopted a typeface as their own.

So, what’s your go-to font? Do you value the trendiness of Verdana? Like the boldness of Arial Black? How about the classic style of Helvetica? No matter what your favourite font, we’re here with some bad news – your beloved Impact, Georgia or Copperplate could be costing you a fortune in extra print costs.

Yep, you heard right. That chosen typeface of yours is adding £££s to your total print overhead. How? Bold, thick fonts use more ink to reproduce on a page; draining your cartridges and ramping up your total print bill in the process.

Surprised? You’re a little late to the party. Those in the know grew wise to the additional cost of some fonts long ago, with many companies rethinking their brand typography to lower their total print overheads. According to a recent article by Ampercent, changing your font could save 30% more ink a year – a considerable saving when converted into cold, hard cash.

If you print very little, the extra cost could prove too trifling to give up on your favourite font. Print a lot however, and you could save a pretty penny when it comes to the total cost of printing.

So, what exactly are the most cost-effective fonts to print with, and how much do you stand to save should you make the switch? Let’s find out.

Century Gothic

If you’re a fan of smooth, slender and sophisticated Century Gothic, good news –this is one of the cheapest fonts to use on the planet. Thanks to its skinny, curved lettering, Century Gothic costs around £28 a year for regular domestic use and £115 a year for business.

Times New Roman

The font of choice for many a school-age writer, Times New Roman is elegance encapsulated for some and a little OTT for others. Those who favour the classic good looks of TMR will pay £30 a year for home use and £117 a year for business.


No, you won’t find Ecofont among the default fonts available in pre eminent word processors. Why? Ecofont is a specially developed font available by purchase only. The font features a series of holes, which are intended to curb ink use. Despite this, domestic users should expect to pay £28 a year, whilst businesses will pay £115.


Introduced by Microsoft during the launch of Windows 7, Calibri became the default font on Word thanks to its relaxed yet formal style. The font is favoured by many for its simplicity, and will set you back around £32 a year for standard home use and £125 for business.


Tall, classy and – more importantly – highly legible, Verdana is a bold, contemporary sans-serif typeface that’s become the default font for many companies. Though a fraction pricier – £40 a year for domestic use and £150 a year for business –Verdana can be reduced in size whilst retaining its legibility, which could help reduce its overall cost.

If you’re not overly keen on any of the fonts listed, remember: serif fonts –Calibri, Century Gothic, Times New Roman – generally work out cheaper than sans-serif fonts, as they take up less horizontal space. Not only will this reduce your total ink use, it’ll also curb paper wastage by allowing more words to be squeezed on to a single line. Win Win.

For more tips and advice on how to reduce your ink usage, don’t forget to check out the rest of the Printhead blog. Alternatively, if you’re interested in buying compatible ink cartridges from us, visit our homepage or use the drop-down menu above to select your printer from the list provided.

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