The type of printer that is best for you depends greatly on how you plan to use it. Do you print documents in mass quantities? More than 3 pages a day, or more than 20 pages a week? If so, you it would be worth switching to a laser printer.
Laser printers also produce high quality text documents, although if you are printing primarily color photos you may want to stick with a good inkjet printer.
Laser printers have a higher cost initially, and use toner cartridges that are priced higher than most inkjet, however you will notice the toner cartridges have a much higher yield, which will save you time and money in the long run.
In the Recycler’s article Cost effectiveness of laser versus inkjet discussed David Connett had a good point about duplexing as well, “Some laser printers automatically print on both sides”, which is another time and money saver that you will find in laser printers over inkjet.
Laser toner cartridges can cost around $91, on average, however the laser toner cartridge is able to print 1,500 to 3,500 pages, whereas a standard inkjet cartridge may only costs $23, but only produces approximately 200 pages. Per print you are looking at a significant savings long term with a laser printer.
Should you buy a Laser Printer? If you are printing documents in high quantity, the answer is a resounding yes.
Ordering online is easy, a time saving convenience most of us have discovered by now. Ordering ink online, something you don’t have to try on or look at, is brilliant. The best part, you can stay stocked up and never have an annoying crunch time run to the store because you are out of ink. When a paper is due, or tickets need to be printed, you will be prepared. All you need is your printer model number. You can probably see that while you are ordering online.
To ensure that you place the order to suit your needs, follow these simple steps now.
Go to Clickinks.com
Type in your printer model number in the pink search bar
You will then be taken to a printer specific page, or if we need more information, we will list additional options to get you there.
On the printer page, you can verify the name of your printer model at the top. If you own this printer, your best option will be shown at the top. If you are looking for additional options, scroll down. When you find what you are looking for, click the quantity arrow above Add to cart.
Once you have selected the quantity of ink cartridges you would like to order, click Add to cart. If you need additional cartridges, continue shopping, otherwise you can proceed to view the cart & checkout.
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Hint: Coupon Code: BLOGTIPS will apply 5% off your order of our inks.
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Have you seen the new printing capability from iPhones and other iOS devices? One day I clicked forward and voila I was asked if I wanted to print the email. Why, yes I do, how exciting! Now to get a wireless printer.
In apps that support printing, such as Mail, Photos and Safari Internet, you will see the option shown to Print. Clicking the Print button brings up another dialog box of printer options, now you will select from the printers found on your wireless network.
This new printing capability, AirPrint, works with HP’s new line of e-printers. OK the new wireless printer will need to fall into this line. I have also been wanting an all-in-one with scanner, so I can print and save those old photographs. There are many options in the HP eprint line.
• HP Envy e-All-in-One series
uses #60 Ink
• HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO
(CN216A) uses #564 Ink
• HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO
(CN503A#B1H) uses #564 Ink
• HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO
(C410a) uses #564 Ink
• HP Photosmart e-AiO
(CN731A) uses #60 Ink
• HP Photosmart eStation
(C510) uses #564 Ink
• HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
uses #CE278A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Color Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP Officejet 6500A e-AiO
uses #920XL Ink
• HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
uses #920XL Ink
• HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
uses #920XL Ink
• HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
uses #940XL Ink
• HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO #940XL Ink
I decided on the Photosmart e-All-in-One printer
(Model: CN731A), because at an affordable price I was able to get wireless access and an all in one with scanner & copier, plus the HP 60
ink cartridges this printer requires come in remanufactured (better for our environment and my wallet).
Now that I have my new printer in hand I love it. It is a beautiful small, black desktop printer, was easy to set up on my wireless network, worked with Windows XP and Windows 7 and our iPhones automatically connected to it. During the printer setup process you are provided with a personal email address so anyone can email, from anywhere, to your printer.
This must be one of the most convenient printers. I print photos, emails and coupons from my phone and laptop. Anyone can email to the printer, who needs a fax? We never need to wait to print until able to physically connect to the printer.
What type of printer do you use? Feel free to discuss the pros and cons.
It is so nice to get a new computer, but often with this gift, we inherit the task of loading an old printer, which we have no longer kept the drivers for. Printer drivers allow the operating system to communicate with and run the printer. You can find any driver you need on-line, if not through your operating system.
Select your printer brand below, then you can download the correct driver for your printer model and operating system.
Perhaps one of the biggest problems with having office printers on network is making sure each computer has the correct drivers for the printers. After all, without those drivers people are left staring at their text on the monitor – unable to print the page. And when you're talking about hundreds of people accessing dozens of printers in a corporation, the problem can become epidemic.
Fortunately now Dell
is releasing a download for their newest printers that lets people forgo drivers entirely. Instead, anyone connected to the network can print instantly from any Dell-produced printer; there's no need even for printer queue names and other details. The download is called Dell Proximity Printing
and – best of all – it's available free starting June 8th. It should save office IT managers a lot of headaches.
For more information visit Dell's website. In the meantime, for Dell ink cartridges at the lowest prices, trust Clickinks.com
The device from industrial designers Hoyoung Lee et al. is a good sign for the environment.
Until recently painting a road sign was a hazardous business. The workmen risked giving themselves a terrible posture, what with leaning down to spell words out onto the tarmac surface. Rarely had bending at the knees possessed such immense value.
At worst the work left them in a permanently bent position, unfit to do anything but paint roads!
But thanks to the invention of the solar-powered road printer, now workmen can put those fears behind them. Unveiled on December 18th at EcoFriend.org, the handy (since it doesn’t need hands) device is the work of industrial designers Hoyoung Lee, Doyoung Kim, and Hongju Kim.
The road printer harbors an onboard solar panel with which it powers itself, trundling along as it jet sprays the tarmac. Road signs are pre-programmed into the printer’s memory – right now it can print such classics as the U-Turn and Stop Sign.
The road printer doesn’t even require workmen to bend down to set it going: the buttons have been designed to withstand the steel-capped toe of a boot. Workmen need only replenish the paint reservoir, from which the paint cartridge
Of course, the device needs charging – but even then workmen need only leave it sunbathing by the roadside.
The EcoFriend.org article doesn’t state if the road printer is intended for commercial use, or is just conceptual. Yet the device may yet become the No. 1 Christmas gift for workmen looking to be spared a visit to the chiropractor’s office.
For pictures of the solar-powered road printer click: here
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.
Can’t find your Printer Model listed on clickinks.com? We do have many listed in a drop down box on the left hand side, plus you can also search by printer or cartridge number.
Try it out - go to www.clickinks.com
and type in your printer model in the search box located in the upper right hand corner. The more specific you get, the fewer search terms you will receive.
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