The Lexmark x3430 printer is a very** economical** printer. Simply, because no one has money to throw away on expensive ink cartridge. This printer in itself is cheap and it works really good. My daughter is in college and she has tons of papers she writes and have to print it on a daily basis. I printer recipes from the internet often, amoung other things. This printer uses one cartridge for both black and color ink and it lasts an average of 3 months. I highly recommended this printer.