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Canon Announces New PIXMA AirPrint Printers

15. February 2012 14:48 by Danielle in apple, canon, wireless printing  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

It seems like not a day goes by that I’m not using my iphone for something other than placing an actual telephone call. Anymore, I rarely ever use it for that function. Communication via text or email is so simple. For me it is mostly used for hand held access to the internet, GPS and a good camera that slips into my pocket. Did you know you can print from most of these applications to your wireless printer? The technology and features of iPhones, and many smartphones, have become so convenient that many people are eliminating their home phone lines all together. Who needs wires to slow you down? Not me as I’m in the middle of running to do half a million different things.

It’s true that those wires served their purpose at one time. Just like that bulky parallel cable running from your PC to your printer was needed in the past. Well the times they are a-changin’ and Canon has introduced a pair of new Pixma All-In-One inkjet printers that offer AirPrint support for your various Apple devices. No more searching for cords or downloading drivers just to print and hang that candid picture you took of your co-worker when they thought no one was looking, like we did below.

Canon has pledged that, from this point forward, the majority of its Pixma printers will support AirPrint. This ensures that owners of these new devices will be able to wirelessly print photos and documents from their iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 4.2 or newer. A seamless user experience is what this technology is promising and what we all crave in our daily lives.

Back in September 2011, Canon had released the first of its printers to support AirPrint and Clickinks.com already carries those Canon Pixma ink cartridges. So when you are in the market for a new printer, you might want to take a second look at a Canon Pixma series printer, and see if you too can print directly from your iphone.

Iphone printing is now available to everyone

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.

Wifi Printing Now Available For Under $100

11. May 2010 10:02 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, cheap ink, wireless printing, epson printer  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)










Whoever first decided to incorporate Wifi connectivity into printers was onto a good thing. The technology enables multiple people to share the printer without complex networking. It's also perfect for notebook owners who can print without getting manacled by USB cables. The only downside to date has been the cost: consumers interested in printer portability had to spend more than $100 for the privilege.

Fortunately, now Epson has corrected this oversight by releasing the NX420: the first ever printer incorporating 802.11n Wifi available for $99.99. The printer also includes Scan and Copy functions, and special features such as Automatic Photo Correction and Red Eye Removal. Perhaps best of all, Epson promises the NX420 will take ink cartridges costing as little as $8.99. In other words, wireless printing suddenly became much more affordable.

The new printer isn't presently in stock at the Epson store. As soon as it becomes available though, expect to find compatible ink cartridges available at discount prices from Clickinks.com.

Save time. Print more. Go!

15. March 2010 10:20 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, productivity, save on ink, how to save ink, wireless printing  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
As we do more, print more and commit to more, productivity is of the utmost concern. The following tips can help you take advantage of your time more effectively, so you can get more done throughout the day.
  1. Do not wait around twiddling your thumbs. If it takes 10 minutes for a print job to process or your computer to boot up, do something else to fill in the gap.
  2. Need additional copies? Don’t print one at a time, when you select print choose “Number of Copies” at first click.
  3. Look at your printer’s default settings, you do not need to print every draft or document on high quality. High quality not only uses more ink, it also takes longer to print.
  4. If you are printing more than one copy of a multiple page document, check the option to Collate. This keeps each set of pages together, so you do not have to manually sort the pages later.
  5. How much time do you spend purchasing supplies? Clickinks.com makes every attempt to make ordering ink a quick process, however you will always save time by stocking up. Instead of purchasing 1 black ink cartridge now, 1 magenta cartridge next month, another black ink cartridge the following month and so on, save your self some time and money by purchasing super saver combo packs.
  6. Prepare by batching tasks. Is there something else you will need to print? Get it done while you are in print mode, especially if you are in a wireless setting where you walk else where to printer.
  7. Have something on your flash drive, memory card or phone to print? Try a direct route, often you can plug directly into your printer instead of wasting time shuffling the same file via multiple media platforms.
These tips will save you some time, maxing productivity … and who doesn’t need that!

Please share any additional time saving tips you may have with the rest of us ...

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)

Print Great Photos from Your iPhone

10. February 2010 13:49 by Danielle Bernhard in print photos, canon, hp, wireless printing, iphone, epson printer, apple  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I don’t know about you, but since getting my iPhone, and really ever since Smart phones became so “smart”, my laptop does not get the every day usage it used to see from me. I do still have to log in for a few tasks, such as printing photos.

There are some useful and creative iPhone apps that allow you to even print photos from the iPhone. There are some great, free apps that you can install to print to a Wi-Fi network enabled printer.

Looking for more fun with photos? PS Mobile redeems the lack of editing in the iPhone Camera with Photoshop style editing. Another free app, PS Mobile allows you to crop, brighten, add borders and even upload and host on Photoshop.com.

What Mobile phone apps have you found to make taking or printing photos easier?

Epson Conquers The Printer Cable With iPhone App

For years the printer cable was a tether by which the computer user was kept in spitting distance of their Epson printer. A slave were they to the length of that copper wire. But no longer. For, according to a December 14th, 2009 press release from Epson, owners of network capable Epson printers, including the Artisan 810 and Workforce 610, will be able to print their images wirelessly. The means of this freedom? Nothing less than Epson’s very own iPrint Application, for use with the iPhone.


The Epson App is available from the iTunes App store, seated alongside similar releases from rival brands. Earlier this year both Hewlett Packard and Canon enabled their customers to cast away their printer cables, so long as they own iPhones. The Apple device comes equipped with a sixth sense, meaning that it’s capable of automatically identifying printers in your network. It does this with WiFi. Yet persons seeking this printing freedom ought beware: according to a December 14th 2009 post by Ragu Magapann at TheStandard.com, the quality of images produced on the iPhone is mediocre.

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.