Archive for April, 2012

Costs of Large-Format Printers

Large format printerLarge-format printers are those that can support media at larger widths than standard devices. They can often support a range of widths from 17 to 100 inches, allowing users to create banners, large artwork, blueprints, and other similar projects. While these printers provide a lot more flexibility, they may not be the right choice for a lot of buyers, as they are not only much larger than typical home or office printers, but they can also come with extra costs. Let us look at a few of the ways large-format printers cost more than standard printers.

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Microsoft Fix It

Microsoft Fix ItPrinter problems often come up at the worst possible time, and finding a solution to the problem is not always easy. Luckily, Microsoft offers a software solution called Microsoft Fix It, which can diagnose a multitude of Windows problems, and in many cases it can solve the problems automatically. It does this by downloading and installing updates and patches, as well as fixing driver and connection errors that may be holding up the process.

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The Basic Science of Laser Printing

Laser PrintingAnyone on the market for a fast printer that can handle the pace of a busy office and large daily volumes will find the best match with a laser printer.  Though inkjet printers are reliable and deliver precise resolutions, laser machines tend to offer faster speeds and sharper text, but how does a laser printer actually work? Let us look at the laser printing process, and some of the science behind it.

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Epson Connect

Epson Connect is a collection of solutions that enable certain Epson printers to connect with mobile devices.  HP (AirPrint), Brother (iPrint&Scan) and other major manufacturers have also jumped on the mobile printing bandwagon as mobile device sales have skyrocketed over the last two years.  Epson Connect entails two different mobile printing solutions: Email Print and the Epson iPrint Mobile Application.

Email iPrint Mobile AppEpson iPrint

This application can be downloaded to any Apple or Android mobile device, including tablets and smart phones.  Once this is downloaded and installed, the application will automatically scan for local Epson printers.  A list of the available printers will pop up and you will need to select yours.  You can print webpages, images and documents, recieve scanned documents from the printer, store data online, and monitor printer information such as ink levels.

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The Remanufactured Printer Toner Process

Toner CartridgesMany buyers have the impression that remanufacturing printer toner cartridges is simply a matter of refilling the toner and reselling them, which is why they often have the impression that refilling themselves will get the same results. In reality, there are a number of steps in the remanufacturing process, and a high standard of quality is upheld during this process to ensure that users get the best results out of these cartridges. Simply refilling the cartridges will not meet these standards, and could even result in damage to the printer. See Dangers of Refilling Toner Yourself for more information on why refilling can be harmful.

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Printer Fuser Temperature Settings

Laser Fuser

The fuser melting toner to the page. Image:

There are many small parts that make up a printer.  The fuser is one of the most important parts, however, as it applies the heat needed to transfer toner to the paper when printing. The toner is transferred to the paper from the drum, but it is the fuser that heats the toner particles and fuses them to the fibers that are in each blank piece of paper. Continue reading “Printer Fuser Temperature Settings” »

Brother iPrint&Scan

With the growth of mobile devices, people have been trying to find easy ways to print from the palm of their hand.  Well, Brother has made an application that can be downloaded for free and makes the process of printing your pictures, emails and documents simpler than ever.Brother iPrint&Scan

The iPrint&Scan application is easy to download and will automatically search for compatible Brother printers and all-in-one units within the local network once the app is fully installed.  This app is supported by Apple, Android and Microsoft phones and tablets.  Check here for a full list of all printer models that are compatible with the iPrint&Scan app. Continue reading “Brother iPrint&Scan” »

Mobile Photo Printing

These days, it seems like almost everybody has a digital camera and a smartphone with incredible picture-taking capabilities, except, of course, for my two grandmothers who both have played a role in keeping disposable cameras and landlines alive.

While some may say the ability to take pictures in an instant, anywhere you go, has deprived us of the privacy individuals used to have, this revolution has also allowed us to capture moments that may otherwise have been forgotten.Pocket printer

As we work our way through the start of the 21st century, a new phenomenon is starting to take over – mobile photo printing.  These small machines are designed to be portable and allow you to literally print a picture as soon as you take it, regardless of where you are.  Some of these printers are as small as a phone, which adds a layer of convenience, but also comes with limitations on the size and number of pictures printed.  Others cannot fit in your pocket, but will slide right into a laptop bag or tote. Continue reading “Mobile Photo Printing” »