7 more funny printer pictures

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on February 11, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

We had such a laugh at the last lot of funny printer pictures that we shared. Here are some more.















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Should I buy a laser printer?

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on February 6, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

brotherlaserprinterToner and ink cartridges are the two main types of printer cartridge, which are used in homes and office all over the world.  But not everyone is sure whether it is best to buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer.  One of the main factors in the buying decision is the amount of printing that you do.

Most homes have an inkjet printer which takes standard ink cartridges.  These usually print anything between 100 and 1000 pages per ink cartridge (depending on the type).  To get more pages, you should always look for the high capacity inks.  These are recognisable by the cartridge code. For example HP cartridges usually have an XL code at the end, or they may have an A (such as C6656AE (high capacity) vs C6656GE (low capacity).  It can be confusing so if in doubt always do some research to see how many pages you are getting.

In contrast to inkjets, laser toner cartridges can print anything from around two thousand to forty thousand pages.  Most small laser printers are a similar size to inkjet printers and will fit comfortably on a home or office desk.  The price of laser printers has come right down and you can pick up a decent machine for less than a hundred pounds, so if you are doing a fair amount of printing at home then it may be worth investing in a laser printer.

Often, college students and small business people like to have a mono laser printer at home to print out text documents, but also have a colour inkjet for printing that requires colour. The other added benefit is that toner printing is dry immediately so there is no risk of unprofessional looking smudges.

Large companies, schools, government offices etc. usually invest in a floor standing printer which uses huge toners that can produce around forty thousand pages.  These are expensive to buy, but benefit from economies of scale as the price per page comes down even more.

So there you have it, whether you are a home user, small office or large multination company, a laser printers could save you money and help you better organise your print work.

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2 simple ways to reduce print costs – it’s not rocket science!

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on February 4, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

 2 simple ways to reduce print costs – it’s not rocket science!

Print in black, not grayscale. Did you know that greyscale printing actually uses the colour cartridge to print in many different shades of grey? If you want to reduce the amount of colour printing you do then choose black and white, not grayscale.

Do you really need to print this? Not every email, memo, report, list etc. needs printing. A good online filing system such as Evernote makes virtual documents portable and accessible anywhere, without the need to print them. If it’s a document that requires a signature, then why not add a stylus pad to your laptop or use its touch-screen capabilities?

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Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett – How a magical friendship created HP

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 31, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

hewlettpackardThe Hewlett Packard (HP) company are a major company, ranking number 438 on the Forbes Global 2000 largest companies in the world. HP produce everything from toner cartridges to laptops.  However, they have not always been directly involved in the computer hardware business.  The HP company was formed by Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett in 1939, at the end of the great depression and at the outbreak of World War II in Europe.  Hewlett and Packard had studied together at university and found themselves working together on various university funded projects as part of their fellowship to the University of Stanford’s electrical engineering research department.  Hewlett and Packard both had Masters Degrees in Electronics so they shared a common interest and a desire to go into business. The two young entrepreneurs talked about this for a couple of years before finally deciding to start a new venture.  Eventually, David and William decided to use Hewlett’s garage as the headquarters of their new business.

The first problem Hewlett and Packard had to deal with was what to call the company.   To settle the issue of who would get the Kudos of having one’s name first on the company letterhead, it was decided that Hewlett and Packard would toss a coin to decide whose name would be first.  Packard won, but made the magnanimous gesture of allowing Hewlett the honour of having his name first – and so, the Hewlett Packard Company was born.

The first decade or so of the Hewlett Packard was spent working on projects to support the American war effort.  The R&D department of Hewlett Packard was kept busy with investigating ways to incorporate radar and sonar into electrical devices designed to track enemy planes and ships.  However, military equipment was not the only thing that HP worked on during those early years.  Disney needed a piece of sound equipment which HP was able to supply. Eventually the HP Company began to grow into a formidable organisation which could supply public organisations and major businesses.  This was also the beginning of a life-long friendship, which spanned over fifty years until David Packard passed away at the age of 83.

The HP company will be remembered in the annuls of history for being an innovative organisation that owes much to the endeavour of its founders William Hewlett and David Packard.

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How can you use a Xerox toner in an HP machine?

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 28, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

xeroxcompatibleIf you want the cost savings of a compatible toner with the reliability and reassurance of a big-name brand, then the Xerox compatible range could be for you!

Named the “Responsible” range, Xerox’s range of remanufactured toners are available for many popular manufacturers such as HP, Brother, Canon, Epson, Panasonic, IBM, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark and Oki. The cost savings are up to 50% compared to OEM prices and each cartridge comes with a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.

So, if you want a toner that is 90% recycled, costs less than an original cartridge, but want a brand name to inspire confidence, why not try the Xerox Responsible range for your printer.

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How to spot a counterfeit toner cartridge

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 27, 2014 under Printers and Ink, Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

tonerThere are some unscrupulous companies and individuals out there who will try to pass off a recycled toner as an original (OEM) toner. Now, there’s nothing wrong with recycled cartridges, but if you think you’re buying an original (and, presumably, paying OEM prices) cartridges then that is what you expect to get. So, here are a few tips to make sure that you’re buying original.

  1. Quantity. If you’re being offered a lot of genuine toners for a snip of a price the ask yourself, is this too good to be true? The odd toner or two comes around as surplus stock etc, but not in any great quantity. So, if someone is selling hundreds then it is probably a batch of counterfeits.
  2. Cartridge casing. OEM cartridges are made from new, so there should be no marks or scrapes on the cartridge case.
  3. Chip. Check the ship. Does it look like the original chip? Is it the same colour?
  4. Packaging. Look closely at the packaging. Check the print quality and bar codes. Check the underside of the box. Does it all match up with what you’ve seen before.In order to do the above, be prepared. Take a bona fide OEM cartridge with you that you can use for comparison.

So, don’t get ripped off. Be alert and use the above guide to make sure you’re getting what you’ve paid for.


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7 amazingly funny printer pictures

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 16, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

Here are some really funny printer related pictures. They made us chuckle!

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Print your selfie with the Canon SELPHY CP780

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Are you a selfie taker? Do you loathe people who take selfies? Either way, there’s a printer for you – the Canon SELPHY CP780.

It’s not just for selfies either, the Canon Selphy CP780 can rival lab printed photos. Its dye-sublimation technology allows it to print postcard size photos, in deep colours with clear contrast – all in less than a minute.

It comes with a screen to preview your photos and a range of print sizes including standard postcard size, credit card and wide and miniature-size stickers.

  • Print from camera or memory card
  • 100 year prints**
  • Auto Red-Eye & Image Correction
  • Prints in under 1 minute**
  • 2.5” LCD
  • Range of print sizes
  • Audio guidance software
  • Battery pack & Bluetooth adaptor***


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3D printers a step closer to printing a mobile phone

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

3dprinterThere has been lots of hype about the new generation of 3D printers when, in reality, the things that they can print are very limited. It is impossible, for example, to print a working IPhone. It is possible to print the casing, but it has not been possible to print the complex circuitry that makes the thing actually work – until now!

Microsoft Research in the UK have found a way to print the complex silver circuit boards on to paper.

According to The New Scientist

The new system has been tried on $80 inkjet printer and it worked well on photo-quality paper.

So, perhaps it will soon be possible to print a working mobile phone or laptop.

More to the point, they don’t say what will happed to the empty cartridges full of silver ink!


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