Review & Giveaway: PretonSaver Ink Saver Software – 4 winners (12/9)


PretonSaver Printer Ink Saver Software

I am embarrassed by how long it has taken me to write this review and post the giveaway, but on the positive side, I have had a lot of time to try out the software!

PretonSaver is a ink saver software program that allows you to not only save money on printer ink but also help the environment because it promotes “green printing“.

If you use your printer regularly like I do to print coupons, rebates, and other documents, PretonSaver will help you save money on ink while you print to save money on other items!

My Experience
In October, I participated in a Just Between Friends (JBF) consignment sale and had to print around fifty pages of tags on card stock. My black ink cartridge had been low for about a month, but I didn’t change it because I wasn’t printing too often.

I waited until the last minute to print my tags and had no replacement ink in the house. I used this opportunity to see if PrestonSaver could help me get all the tags printed so they were still legible enough to be scanned/read at the sale.

I’m happy to report I was able to successfully print all 50 pages of tags, and I continued to use the black printer ink cartridge for another month before having to change it. While the quality wasn’t great, it was decent – especially knowing the ink cartridge was almost out of ink. I felt like I really stretched the life out of that cartridge.

Once I changed the ink cartridge, I tried the PretonSaver program again and could not tell a difference in the print quality unless I changed the savings percentage to the maximum 70% savings.

I have a bag full of ink cartridges that I need to take somewhere to recycle. I am hopeful I will no longer have such a full bag of cartridges now that I am using PretonSaver whenever I print.

The only minor annoyance I found was that each time I printed something, the box (shown above) would pop up and ask me to select a quality percentage before I could print. I thought it would be nice if I could click a ‘do not show this’ box and keep all printing at default of 35%. I just realized this option does exist, but you have to right-click on the Preton icon in the lower right corner of your browser and unclick the “Prompt before Printing” option. I would love to see this on the pop-up itself, but I understand why it is not there.

Some highlights:

– Have a document with images and text, but only want the text? Click “Print text only” to remove the images during printing.
– The default setting of 35% will generally give you the best savings/quality.
– You can adjust the slider with each document you print. The slider provides a recommended scale so you know where to set it for photos, text, email, etc. for maximum savings and quality.
Since starting to use the software in September, PretonSaver estimates that I have saved $67.51 in ink costs by using the program, with an annual savings prediction of more than $270.
– Each time I print, I see a summary in the bottom right of my screen that looks like this:

PretonSaver Printer Ink Saver Software

The features and system requirements listed on the PretonSaver Website include:

Features:

– Reduces consumable spending by up to 50%
– Easy to install and manage – start saving with just a few clicks
– Comprehensive reporting on cost and usage
– Supports Inkjet and LaserJet printers
– Color and mono, local and network printers
– Supports Windows, Win XP SP2 and up, Win Vista and Win 7

System Requirements:

– Windows® XP SP2 and up, Vista or Windows® 7
– 32 and 64 bit Operating Systems
– .NET 2 SP1 and up (relevant for Win XP)
– At least 20MB of available hard drive space
– Internet Connection

Download a free, 30-day trial (Black Friday through Cyber Sunday sale so this would only be valid on 11/28) or get a free, two week trial any other time, and test it out for yourself!

Buy It

You can buy a one year license to PretonSaver Home for $19.95 or a lifetime subscription for $34.95. They also have subscriptions for multiple computers and for office environments.

Win It

Preton gave me four, one year PretonSaver Home licenses to give away to four lucky readers!

Mandatory Entry

– Leave a comment letting me know why you want to win one of the licenses.

Optional Additional Entries:
(Completed these after the Mandatory Entry has been completed – leave one comment for each entry. Example: (+2) = 2 comments):


– Take the Preton Green Printing Quiz and let me know what your score was (+1)
– Like Preton on Facebook (+1)
– Like Craving the Savings on Facebook (+1)
Follow @SaveToner on Twitter (+1)
– Follow @CravingSavings and/or @CravingGiveaway (+1 for each)
– Follow me on Google Friend Connect (right column) (+1)
– Follow me on Networked Blogs (+1)
– Become an email subscriber or RSS subscriber (+1 for each)
– Post this giveaway on a giveaway linky (and leave the URL) (+2)
– Enter any of my other current giveaways (+1 for each giveaway entered – listed at the top right below the Search field)

Rules:
– Ends at 11:59 PM Central on Thursday, December 9, 2010. I will use Random.org to select the winner.
– The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will select a new winner.
– Open to residents worldwide.

Disclosure: I received a one year PretonSaver Home license and four to give away. All opinions are my own. The features and system requirements lists come directly from PretonSaver.com.


41 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: PretonSaver Ink Saver Software – 4 winners (12/9)”

  1. November 28th, 2010 at 3:02 am

    SLS says:

    I want to win one of theses licenses because I have hp ink that is very costly. Also, I believe the notification goes on to refill before the ink is all gone which is something I hate about HP ink. This will help me monitor my ink usage better.

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  2. November 28th, 2010 at 3:07 am

    SLS says:

    My score was 70% on the green printing quiz

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  4. November 28th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Debi Spear says:

    it would be so FAB to find a way to save on ink when printing coupons !!


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    pamela james says:

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    ACMommy says:

    I would love to win this since I try hard to keep our budget down, and my ink is hard to get on sale!


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  27. December 8th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Kimberly says:

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  28. December 9th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Kathleen says:

    I want to win one because as a full time college student, I am constantly printing reports and term papers and ink for my printer is really high. So if I can save ink, it will save money!

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  33. December 9th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    April P says:

    I would love to have this to save while I print coupons!!!


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  41. December 9th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    deanna says:

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