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Should I buy an Inkjet or Laser Printer?

 
 
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.   
You can also find quality remanufactured toner cartridges to easily save up to an additional 50% off those average prices, with no loss in quality to be seen.

Should you buy a Laser Printer? If you are printing documents in high quantity, the answer is a resounding yes.
 

Printer Problems

19. December 2011 09:59 by Neeru in office printer  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Whether you are using a business or a personal printer, sometimes you might run into different issues that can cause the printer to no longer function. This can be frustrating, and it can sometimes be daunting to try to determine where the problem is coming from. A variety of printer problems can occur from a simple paper jam or unclear print results, to the printer completely not working at all. If you're installing a brand new printer, it is a good idea to look for various printer problems and solutions directly from the manufacturer's website or owner's manual. Often, troubleshooting printer problems is as simple as reading the manual that comes with it. A driver might not be installed properly. First, make sure your printer's driver is installed completely and that your computer recognizes the printer. If the driver is in fact installed, try to print a test page. This usually gets the printer to "wake up" and begin the printing process. If you have a paper jam, gently open up the printer and look for the source of the problem. Never jerk, pull, or yank the paper out, but instead slowly try to get it to come out by pulling it gently and methodically.

Many times, a printer problem is related to the quality of the print job itself. If a print job comes out smeared or faded it could be a number of different things. Check your printer's ink levels and make sure they are up to par. Your printer may alert you if the ink cartridges are getting low, but not all models will do this so you may need to manually check. If the ink levels look good, try to clean the print heads. Most new printer models have a feature that allows you to select this option from the printer's main menu. It will then go through the process of cleaning the print heads, resulting in clearer printouts. When troubleshooting printer problems, make sure you are selecting options that match your own make and model to ensure you can fix the printer problem easily and safely.


The ABC's of Laser Printers

ASSEMBLY – A Laser Printer is great to have, especially in an office. Know your printer, and know what you are purchasing. Some laser printers include an all-in-one drum and toner assembly, which can be easier to use if you run a smaller office. Most large office printers will use a separate drum cartridge, which will save you in the long run.

BREAKAGE – Learn to avoid breakage by following these simple steps:

Use the correct paper for your printer, make sure that it is intended for a Laser Printer to avoid jams and achieve the best print quality.

If you hear any weird noises, stop. Look for error lights and assure the toner is inserted correctly and has clicked into place.

CARTRIDGE - When running low on toner it is common to shake the cartridge, but do not take those office aggressions out on it, a light shake with no rocking is all that is needed.

If you encounter smears or streaks on your print out, you may need to replace the drum. If you print nothing but a blank page, you may need a new toner cartridge.

If toner powder spills in your printer vacuum out or clean with a dry cloth before printing.

One last Acronym for you: R.T.M. – Read The Manual.

Should I switch to a Laser printer?

Home printers are nice to have at home, and ever so useful. Now that you are Making the Most of your Home Printer, you may be questioning the quality of your printer.

Inkjet printers are nice to have if you are printing color photos once a week. If not, you may want to look into the benefits of a laser printer.

Buy in bulk. You know to save money on groceries and paper products by buying in larger quantities, but did you know that laser toner can also save you money? You will find the laser printer, as well as the toner cartridges, at a higher initial purchase price, but once you figure in the yield of a toner cartridge versus inkjet, you will see the significant savings.

Longer lasting quality. To keep your inkjet from drying up, you need to print out all the colors once every week or so. If you are like me, daily printing is done in the office and the fun photos and useful coupons are printed as needed, which may not occur until the next holiday. Laser toner is a powder, it will not dry up and will be top quality whenever you print.

Large jobs. Not only can a laser printer wait longer until use, it is more productive at printing those large jobs when they do arise. Laser printers are recommended for offices and for anyone running heaving printing jobs.

Print Faster. In an office, or in a hurry? Laser printers print, well, at laser speed. Pardon the pun.

Quality text. While inkjets are superior for often printing photos, laser printers offer a superior text quality. You will want to look at what you print, as well as how often you print, when making the decision to switch to a Laser printer.

Printer Review: The HP OfficeJet 4500 Completes Your Home Office

23. February 2010 14:24 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, Hewlett Packard, hp, wireless printing, office printer  //  Tags:   //   Comments (2)








Does your home office suffer from a burning absence of professional quality color printing and 4 in 1 functionality? Have you sought for an integrated printer, copier, scanner and fax machine – but been put off by the massive prices of existing models? If so, the expansion of HP OfficeJet range may spark your interest.

The newly announced Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 4500 starts at $99 - making it HP’s “most affordable” all-in-one printer. 100 sheets of paper slot beneath its piano black chassis, and it prints 6 pages per minute. The recommended output per month is 3000. Meanwhile, the 1200dpi scanner includes a 20 page document feeder.

The more costly 4500 Wireless version comes with WiFi connectivity for consumers opposed to USB cables. Both versions will cut your electric bill – they’re Energy Star qualified. Finally, HP promises that printouts using ColorLok paper dry extra quickly.

Commenting in the Press Release, HP’s Vice President of Inkjet Business Solutions Hatern Mostafa said: “HP believes in the entrepreneurial spirit and strives to create products that help customers turn their ideas into reality.” Of course, this applies to people whose idea is saving space and money at their home office.

Summary

Release Date: March 2010

Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard

Features: Printer, Copier, 1200dpi Scanner, Fax machine, 20 page automatic document feeder, Wifi connectivity, Fast drying ink, Energy Star qualified.

Pages Per Minute: 6

Operating Systems: Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Ink Cartridges: Black - $14.99 (200 sheet capacity) and $31.99 (700 sheet capacity), Color - $21.99 (360 sheet capacity)

Printing with the Cost Effective HP Color LaserJet 2605

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 or OEM cartridges, so today there is really no reason to use an OEM when Remanufactured 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.