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HP Printers meet Web 2.0

9. December 2009 13:14 by Danielle Bernhard in photosmart, new printer, hp, hp printer ink  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I recently saw New Moon, well honestly who hasn’t? Just as we were watching the previews, anticipating this long awaited sequel, a commercial poked its nose in. This wasn’t like any other commercial, no movie theater popcorn, this commercial was for a new HP printer. Not as exciting as the upcoming New Moon, right? Wrong! This was so amazing that there were gasps heard throughout the theater. Really! I was not the only one making notes to check this printer out. This was no boring printer. Think Web 2.0 meets printing.


Introducing HP Photosmart with TouchSmart Technology - Online. If you have seen the commercial, a smart woman demonstrates how she skips past her computer, goes directly to the printer to input an address to mapquest, hit print and voila! This is the world’s first web-connected home printer, powered by touch. Just think, print movie tickets, maps, coupons and more – all without a computer. You can even install new apps from HP. This, as well as photo editing, template printing, photo uploading and more is all available from the new HP Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web All-in-one. This printer retails for $339 and utilizes HP 564 or 564XL High Capacity ink cartridges.

Clickinks Holiday Photo Contest

4. December 2009 14:36 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, photo contest, hollingsworth  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Here at Clickinks.com we are all about saving you time and money on ink, allowing you to print your beautiful photographs throughout the seasons. We know that many of you take some terrific photos, especially during this beautiful Holiday season. With that in mind we would like to invite you to participate in our first ever Facebook Photo Contest! We are giving away the following prizes:

2 amazing DSLR cameras
2 $50 Clickinks gift certificates
4 Certificates of Recognition!


How to Enter:

Visit our Clickinks Facebook Fan Page: http://bit.ly/PhotoCntst

Click on Photos, then add your favorite photo to our Fan Photos.

Get all your friends to comment on your photo!

The Contest runs until January 4th, 2010 - so don’t wait!

The Contest Details:

We are looking for the best holiday photo! There will be a 1st and second place winner as determined by Jack Hollingsworth, one of the best known stock photographers in the world, as well as a consultant and twitter notable!
There will also be another 1st and second place winner as determined by Facebook comments, so get your friends involved as they could help you win 1 of these terrific prizes.
We want you to impress us! Holiday settings are a plus, as are Clickinks Christmas trees. Use your creativity, the more you impress us, the better your shot at winning!

Behind the Scenes at HP

2. December 2009 14:52 by Danielle Bernhard in Hewlett Packard, print news, hp printer ink  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Print News: Ink Manufacturer Lets Technology Website Behind the Scenes

A recent feature on Techradar.com looks into the technology behind printing company HP’s range of ink cartridges. The story reports the technical details of HP’s manufacturing processes, and boasts some impressive statistics. For example, the reporter Dan Grabham observes that: ‘The precision needed for an inkjet nozzle to work is like dropping a grape from a 30-story building and hitting a bucket on the pavement below.’ Certainly a very precise process!


The technology website’s story marks the argument for OEM cartridges. HP’s Pat Harnett tells Techradar’s writer that ‘The physics of what happens inside a printer is quite extraordinary,’ and the article is at pains to demonstrate the technical complexity of HP’s cartridges. Though centered on a ‘manufacturing facility’ at HP’s Dublin operation, the facility resembles a mad scientist’s lab. The reader is left in no doubt of how seriously HP takes ink production.

HP’s own website outlines what it considers the benefits of its own OEM cartridges; though whether the guarantee of a quality product compensates for the inflated cost of HP’s cartridges is another matter. OEM cartridges can cost up to 86% more than non-branded ink equivalents at Clickinks.com.

Judge Rules against Lexmark in Court Case

1. December 2009 13:28 by Danielle Bernhard in print news, OEM, compatible ink, remanufactured, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Print News: Judge Rules on Lexmark Remanufactured Ink Court Case

Recently a seven year court battle between Lexmark and a North Carolina-based company that enables compatible ink cartridges reached its final ruling. In December 2002, Lexmark sued Static Control Components for infringing on a computer program contained in its ink cartridges that made the printer inoperable, if it were found to be operating through ink cartridges refilled by companies other than Lexmark itself. Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled that their circumvention of Lexmark’s chip does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, meaning that the manufacturer may continue its activities.

The case originated in part because of the Lexmark Return Program: an initiative where consumers who sent their emptied cartridges, like the Lexmark 28A, back to Lexmark, instead of third-party businesses, received a substantial discount on future purchases. Supplementing this program with consumers, Lexmark programmed their ink cartridges to become inoperable if the ink cartridge refill occurred outside Lexmark’s premises. The program undercut the remanufacturing industry, which depends on empty cartridges, and resulted in fewer Lexmark cartridges getting recycled.

Static Control Components, a business that doesn’t itself sell compatible ink cartridges, but makes microchips for the remanufacturing industry, responded to Lexmark with the production of a ‘Smartek’ program that nullifies Lexmark’s restrictions. The chip included its own version of Lexmark’s ‘Toner Loading Program’. The company began shipping its microchip in 2002.

Lexmark’s lawsuit against the company was filed on the premise that the North Carolina-company had copied its ‘Toner Loading Program,’ and had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Introduced in May 2001, this legislation was meant to protect the intellectual property of persons creating in a primarily digital medium. It is notable that Lexmark could not sue them for countermanding an initiative designed to undercut its competitors in the remanufacturing circuit, since this would violate competition laws. Lexmark’s attempts to prevent compatible ink cartridges from being produced through another manufacturers chip amounts to the same thing.

After a prolonged court battle extending not only from the Federal Court of Kentucky but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, it has now been ruled that Lexmark’s ‘Toner Loading Program’ does not amount to copyright-able property. Rather, the DMCA was meant to protect creative expression in film and music mediums and cannot be easily applied to a computer program or printer cartridge. Today’s decision amounts to a victory for the remanufacturing industry, which has enjoyed a contentious relationship with major brands while recycling ink cartridges.

Print News: Public Official Convicted of Stealing From Copiers

30. November 2009 11:39 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, xerox, larceny  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
No one ever said it was easy to stay within budget in politics. However, a local official of Middlesex, Mass. was recently convicted of employing unconventional means to increase his gains. The bostonchannel.com reports that John Buonomo, 56, ‘a career politician’ was taped accessing the copier machine to take the office revenue. He repeated this eighteen times over a three month period, in addition to stealing $102,792 from campaign buckets meant as donations.


Buonomo has twice campaigned to become Mayor of Somerville, and ‘spent years working for state and local governments.’ According to Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone: ‘This is a brazen violation of public trust,’ serving to undermine the already shaky relation between voters and their public officials. Among the list of Buonomo’s offence: larceny, the wilful misleading of interrogators, theft of public property, and personal use of campaign funds. He is expected to serve a thirty month sentence.

This is not the only case of ink-related larceny to occur this year. In April, Ayad Al-Musawi of Aloha was convinced of stealing Xerox ink sticks and selling the cartridges on Ebay. Portlandtribune.com reported that Al-Musawi was found in possession of 9946 ink sticks by police, amounting to $275,000 in value. Meanwhile, lawyers.com yesterday reported about Kelly Marie Lipinski, a 41 year old woman accused of making almost $6000 in false ink cartridge returns. It seems where the printing industry is concerned, the entrepreneurial spirit will drive people to almost anything.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals and Prizes at Clickinks.com!

24. November 2009 10:20 by Danielle Bernhard in Black Friday, Cyber Monday, coupons  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Clickinks.com is excited to offer many terrific Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for your printing and entertainment needs.


The following Coupon Codes will be valid for this exclusive event -

CYBER5: Take 5% off any item
CYBER10: Take 10% off any $50 purchase of our ink and toner cartridges
CYBER15: Take 15% off any $100 purchase of our ink and toner
CYBER17: Take 17% off any $150 purchase of our ink and toner

Free Shipping on Every Order on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Plus every order placed on Black Friday is entered into a drawing for an Apple iPhone 3GS and
Every order placed on Cyber Monday is entered into a drawing for a Toshiba 32" LCD HDTV!

Wow!  These terrific deals are good at Clickinks.com 

Wireless Printing is for you!

16. November 2009 09:11 by Danielle Bernhard in wireless printing, epson printer  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
How does wireless printing work? Will it work for me? Can I set it up myself?

Wireless printing sounds like a perfect solution for laptop users, families with multiple computers and anyone frustrated with seeing those ghastly cords everywhere.

But can you set it up? Don’t be intimidated, you can setup a wireless printer in no time!

Wi Fi: Wireless networks are becoming increasingly popular in businesses and in the home. The majority of these networks use WiFi.



The Epson WorkForce 600 Wireless All-in-one Printer, shown above, allows you to print via WiFi. In fact, there are several printers on the market that have WiFi transceivers built into them. Simply install the printer to the network so that any computer on your network can locate the printer. Once the printer and computer are both connected to your network, you can send print jobs to the printer. This is very convenient for offices and homes with multiple computers - there's no need to buy a dedicated printer for each machine if everyone can access the same one.

How: The easiest option is to connect the printer to one computer, then allow additional computers access to the network. Alternatively, you can purchase a separate wireless print server device.

Attaching the printer to a stationary computer:

From the Control Panel of the computer connected to the printer, go to Printers and Right click on the target printer then select Properties.
Select the Sharing tab. Select “Share this printer”.

From the Control Panel of any additional computers, go to My Network Places, double click the computer connected to the printer, then double click on the printer which will guide you through setup.

If you are tired of tripping over cables, having your laptop tethered to one location, or not having access to a printer, then you might want to look into wireless printing.

Clickinks Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

23. October 2009 13:13 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, pinktober, breast cancer, charity, breast cancer awareness, inks  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

At Clickinks.com, we are doing our part to help the community. As you may be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer is an undeniable crisis. Today approximately 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Clickinks supported Breast Cancer Awareness month by “Going Pink” on October 16th to raise awareness. We enjoyed coming together for a great cause.

At Click Inks we believe that no business, or person, should ignore such a devastating problem within the community. We encourage people everywhere to join together for Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October.

How To Be Sure Your Ink or Toner Is of the Upmost Quality

13. October 2009 14:08 by Danielle Bernhard in quality ink, OEM, quality toner  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
It is natural to look for discount ink and toner cartridges. Especially at this time of economical crises, it is more than practical to look for discount printer ink cartridges in on-line shops, it is a necessity.

Discount ink and toner cartridges allow you to save money printing at home while getting high quality print outs. While most discount printer ink cartridges are of good quality, there are exceptions and quality will vary, just like OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) printer ink cartridges.

Whether purchasing expensive OEM or discount ink and toner cartridges, always purchase from a well known ink or toner supplier, like Clickinks.com.

If a cartridge is old or has been stored in unsuitable temperatures, it may expire quickly.

If looking at ink levels in your printer settings, a bad cartridge may show up as an X or may be greyed out.

If one cartridge does not work, try another of the same color. If your cartridge still does not work, then you may indeed have an expired or defective ink or toner cartridge.

The Comprehensive Guide to Printer Buying

29. September 2009 13:27 by Danielle Bernhard in find printer, clickinks, new printer, printer purchase, printer buying  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The Comprehensive Guide to Printer Buying

There are 2 mainstream categories for printers: Laser and Ink jet printers.

When comparison shopping, be sure to look not only at the price of the printer, but also at the availability of affordable ink for the printer. Check a site like Clickinks.com for availability of the specific replacement cartridge. Contrary to what printer manufacturers may say, using remanufactured or compatible cartridges can not void your printer warranty (see Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act). You can estimate the cost per page for any given product. If the cartridge yield is 300 and the price of the cartridges are $30, then you will average 10¢ per page, and if you print about 200 pages a month you are looking at an average $20 per month cost.

Laser printers cost less per page to print, especially if remanufactured toner cartridges are available. Laser printers also print faster and are preferable for heavy printing, such as in a large office. They print better text quality, but inferior photo quality compared to an inkjet printer.

Inkjet printers will use less power than laser printers. Ink, unlike toner powder, can run when fresh off the printer or if it gets wet. There is a low initial cost when purchasing the printer, however printing will cost you more in the long run with the purchase of ink. Inkjet printers are good when used to print photos, and many times feature media card slots to print directly from a digital camera.

Higher resolution (more dots per inch) is a simple way to compare image quality. The standard resolution for laser printers is 600 dpi, and for ink jet is 720 dpi. 720 dpi on an ink jet is an equal, not better resolution, compared to the 600 dpi on laser printers.

If you need to print on heavy stock paper, glossy paper, smaller or larger size paper or would like duplexing (the ability to print on both sides), be sure that the printer can accommodate all of the paper sizes and types you would like to use.

Before buying a printer, check the manufacturer’s web site (i.e. Epson.com) to make sure they provide driver updates and currently offer a driver for your operating system.

No matter what printer category you choose, you will also have the additional option of an All in one (AIO) or Multifunction (MFP) printer. These AIO/MFP offer additional functions such as printer, scanner, copier and fax.

With all of this in mind, you will make an educated buying decision that you will be happy with for years to come.