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.
Kodak entered the printer market in '07 with a revolutionary business plan: charge slightly more for inkjet printers than other manufacturers, but charge half the price for ink cartridges.
They released the EasyShare 5300
: an inkjet with cartridges 50% cheaper than HP’s equivalent model, the PhotoSmart C5180
. They launched a full ad campaign, warning consumers that ink cartridges sold by other manufacturers cost more than crude oil.
Moreover, Kodak employed a new pigment-based dying process in their printers, which certified their images for 120 years. This contrasted favorably with the single year guaranteed by Hewlett Packard. Finally, Kodak promised they’d save consumers $110 annually.
In 2007 Kodak sold 520,000 printers. Impressive? Not really, when you consider that 61 million inkjet multifunction printers were sold that year.
Yet the Kodak
entry caused red alert at Hewlett Packard headquarters - both because Kodak aimed a stake at the heart of HP’s business model, and because Kodak targeted the most profitable consumers.
After all, Kodak’s promises of incredible savings wouldn’t mean anything to consumers for whom printers are dusty plastic boxes. It’s the printing maniacs – that 20% of inkjet consumers who purchase 80% of cartridges – with whom Kodak’s new strategy might resonate.
Since then, the two brands have been firing back and forth at each other. Kodak designed the (possibly Star Trek influenced) printandprosper.com to accompany their EasyShare
This website details the savings available with Kodak, and explains why other printer brands are soulless profit mongers. Hewlett Packard receives the worst beating from this campaign - arguably because the 63 cartridges types available from HP contrast with the 3 from Kodak.
In reply, Hewlett Packard
launched The Truth About Printing – a site targeted like a cruise missile at Kodak.
It illustrates an infinite queue of frowning Kodak consumers desperate to return their EasyShares, and promises $50 toward an HP printer. That’s the printing equivalent of removing your gloves.
More recently, this tussle has moved off the net and into the courts. Last year HP filed a complaint with the lengthily titled National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (his friends call him NAD) that Kodak’s claim to save consumers $110 annually was inaccurate.
Kodak failed even to send a representative to the complaints proceeding. Instead, they released a short press statement saying their advertising claims had already been substantiated.
NAD responded by bundling the case off to the Federal Trade Commission.
Last December, the FTC decided that Kodak could claim their $110 savings – but on a minimum of four pages printed daily.
This tweaked text recognizes that consumers must guzzle an ink minimum before Kodak’s claims become viable. Kodak has asserted this alteration to their advertising vindicates them.
On the other hand, Hewlett Packard continues firing back. They most recently quoted a Lyra Research report that 50% of consumers never reach Kodak’s savings threshold.
Who then does provide the cheapest printing
? And do Kodak’s (seemingly) lower priced cartridges compromise quality? Comparisons of Kodak and Hewlett Packard’s printers are available through Google, though they report different things.
Broadly speaking – Kodak’s EasyShares give equal quality to HP’s PhotoSmart
series, so long as Kodak photo paper is employed. This however cuts the potential savings of Kodak’s ink cartridges. By comparison, the PhotoSmarts offer a more vibrant printout – but degrade quickly.
Therefore neither brand is the undisputed champion of printing – putting to one side the minefield of ink cartridge pricing. The division between Kodak and Hewlett Packard will continue - while the consumer watches on, uncertain.
Are you sick to death of the outrageous prices HP charge for their original black ink cartridges? You might avoid paying through the nose by purchasing from a remanufactured ink
vendor. Or, if you’re hopelessly attached to the contents of the wallet, you might print documents with your own blood.
This, according to a bar chart created by Clementine at ReflectionOf.Me, is almost half the price of HP black ink # 45. All you need is an emptied ink cartridge and a blood donor pack. That woozy sensation you’re feeling as you fill the cartridge? That, dear reader, is what saving feels like - glorious, glorious savings.
Looking for details before you undertake this (admittedly drastic) procedure? HP’s black ink retails for $0.70 per mL, as opposed to $0.40 per mL for human blood. Need some liquid courage before you start? That’s no problem, because according to the bar chart, vodka retails for almost nothing. And if the whole thing goes wrong and you find yourself in the hospital – that’s okay too, because penicillin is only $0.05 per mL.
So get printing – and who knows? Before long HP might unveil its new ‘Vampire’ series.
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
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
Printing with the cost effective HP Color LaserJet 2605
There are many printers on the market today, making the printer buying process quite intimidating. A little research on the printer, and the corresponding toner cartridges, will benefit you tremendously. Hewlett Packard manufactures the HP Color LaserJet 2605
printer, which uses the HP Color LaserJet Q6000A Toner Cartridge
. This printer meets all requirements of the modern small office by combining functionality and affordability.
You will notice that the Q6000A Toner
produces fine and sharp results. The HP Color LaserJet
2605 is an amazing choice for any small office that provides top notch print speed and stunning detail.
The HP Color LaserJet 2605
is a user friendly, efficient printer that will suit the demands of any office. The installation of the Q6000A Toner
is also quick and easy.
Sometimes the costs of toner cartridges will add up quickly, outweighing the cost of the printer. When it is time to replace your toner cartridges, you will find Remanufactured Q6000A Toner
is the best solution. Original brand name (OEM
) cartridges are almost double the out of pocket cost, and impact on the environment.
The quality of printing is equal, whether using Remanufactured
cartridges, so today there is really no reason to use an OEM
cartridges are available.
Not only is a Remanufactured
toner cartridge easier on your out of pocket expenses, as I mentioned it is also a lesser impact on the environment. Remanufactured
cartridges are recycled cartridges, a green friendly way to do business.
The HP Color LaserJet 2605
with a HP Color LaserJet Q6000A Remanufactured Toner Cartridge
is a terrific solution to your office printing needs.
Inked: The history of printer ink
An ink is a liquid containing a mixture of pigments and or dyes used for coloring a surface to produce an image or text.
Ink is a compound medium composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, surfactants and other materials. The materials serve many purposes including controlling flow, thickness of the ink and the print results.
Up until the mid 1980’s, with the introduction of home computers, consumers did not have the freedom of home printing. Today in the U.S. most homes have printing, faxing and scanning options. As a result, buying a cartridge of ink is now a part of both business and consumers shopping lists, similar to buying a bottle of ink for fountain pens years ago.
The majority of ink cartridges from companies selling remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges, like Clickinks.com
, contain dye based ink. OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) cartridges may contain pigment based ink. You will get a wider range of color into dyes than into pigments. Consequently, dye based inks tend to be more vibrant than pigment based inks. However, results depend upon the overall printer design.
Some printer brands use a combination of both dye and pigmented, other printers can use either type of ink, while still others are only restricted to dye based or only restricted to pigment based.
The price of replacing printer cartridges has recently become a point of contention with consumers, especially as prices are lowered on printers. The major printer manufacturers like Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Dell, Canon, Epson and Brother, often only break even selling printers, because they plan to make a sizeable profit by selling cartridges over the life span of the printer.
One reason printers are now available at much lower prices is because, in order to continue benefiting from cartridge sales, they have installed microchips on their cartridges to interact with the printer in a way that prevents operation when the ink level is low or when the cartridge has been refilled. Many cartridges produce up to 38% more prints, even though the chip stated that the cartridge was empty.
Customers can often cut printing costs by using ink cartridge refill kits, or by purchasing new non-O.E.M./Original equipment manufacturer brands. The non-OEM equipment can include Compatible or Remanufactured ink cartridges. The replacement of OEM ink cartridges is more common in other countries, with United States starting to catch up. These less expensive alternative cartridges sometimes have more ink than the original OEM branded ink cartridges and may produce the same, better, or sometimes inferior quality, depending on a variety of factors, including the retailer chosen, and their ability to produce a quality product.
Some manufacturers like HP, Dell and Lexmark have built-in the printer head on the cartridge. This also makes the printers cheaper, but the cartridges more expensive because with every replacement you are paying for a new precision print head. Other brands, such as Epson, do not include the print head and so the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.
Empty laser toner cartridges
, inkjet cartridges
, photocopier toner bottles and drums are many times discarded, and are now piling up tons of waste in landfills. This waste is now avoidable with the use of Remanufactured products. Remanufactured printer supplies, now available from stores like Clickinks.com
, utilize a smart recycling process to recycle cartridges to like new products.
Compatible, Remanufactured and OEM cartridges can be found at www.Clickinks.com
The usage of printers, fax machines, copiers and scanners, along with printer ink and toner cartridges are prominent in most homes and offices. Many times the printer ink tends to become dry too quickly if not used often, or never produces optimum quality from the start.
You should buy the printer ink and toner from the right source in order to get the best quality results. The store you choose should carry all the popular products, such as Epson
and HP printer ink
. Many such shops are available, but they do not all sell at the best price, and they will many times be out of stock of your particular printer cartridge. The best choice for finding your printer ink and toner is Clickinks.com
. This secure online shop is trusted by more customers. Clickinks.com
offers the ink and toner for every brand printer, including Brother
and more. Clickinks.com
also supplies printer cables
, and other office supplies
. You can browse through the wide variety of ink cartridges according to the printer model or cartridge model on the website. Clickinks.com
also offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy for all the ink and toner cartridges. Just visit Clickinks.com
online and place an order for your home, or save more by placing a bulk ink order for your office. If you need support you can always call the Ink Experts at 1-800-706 INKS.