Multi-function printer

If you have a desktop that’s overflowing with lots of different devices doing lots of different things, one option is to invest in a multi-function printer.

A multi-function printer is a machine that combines a number of different functions into one device, freeing up valuable space on your desk and using less energy. The tasks that a multi-function printer can carry out can varies depending on the model, but most come with the ability to print, scan and copy documents, as well as send faxes and emails. Most devices also come with network connectivity, allowing users to carry out tasks without the need of cables.

It’s said that a tidy workplace is an efficient workplace, so why not free up some valuable desk space by investing in a multi-function printer?

Double Sided Printing Saves Cost

During the economic downturn it is important to save money wherever possible. Printing can be expensive and can also have an effect on the environment, so the first rule of thumb is to only print where absolutely essential.

Another key way of reducing printing costs is to use double sided or ‘duplex’ printing. Some printers do this automatically which also saves time, but even if you have to do it manually it can halve your printing costs.

Double sided printing means that you will be using half of the paper that you normally consume, and it also saves on physical paper storage space. Sometimes it may not be suitable to print double sided depending on the document but if you can, use this simple tip to help you save up to 50% of your printing budget each year.

Create a Budget to Track Ink Cartridge Costs

With the average family spending up to £200.00 a year on ink, it is important to keep track of what you have spent and to make sure that you are not wasting printing.

When you purchase a cartridge write down the date and keep a note of how much printing you do so that you can keep track of how long it is before you need to buy a new one. It is also worth comparing whether you have bought ‘original’ print cartridges from the supplier or ‘compatible’ ones. Although the compatible ones are a lot cheaper, it is worth seeing whether they run out quicker by using your budget tracker.

Once you have used your budget tracker for a couple of months you should be able to predict your outgoings for the rest of the year and also work out if and where you can cut back on printing.

The Canon Pixma reccommended for office use

PC Mag has given the thumbs up to the all-in-one Canon Pixma MX392 inkjet printer for office use.

The website’s David Stone was impressed by the Canon Pixma MX392′s printing and faxing from PCs, and its other features, including a standalone copier and an automatic document feeder, plus its fax functions.

On the negative side, Mr Stone was disappointed with the often slow network support and that there is only manual duplexing.

The graphics quality was, Mr Stone added, “easily good enough” with regards to internal business requirements.

Mr Stone did also say, that for businesses that print a great deal, then they would be better to consider buying something faster than the Canon Pixma MX392. Though for businesses that print just a few pages each day, but need fax, copy and scan facilities, this printer would certainly suffice, with Mr Stone adding that it “can certainly do the job”.

Dell colour printer is inexpensive laser device

The Dell C1660w Colour is an inexpensive laser printer that may be ideal for an office that doesn’t require much use.

The verdict for the printer from Computer Shopper was three stars out of a possible five.

Positive aspects of the printer, that were picked out by the magazine’s reviewer, was how easy the printer was to set up, the cheap price, and its compactness and lightness.

On the downside, the reviewer found the support for mobile devices, cloud, and the Internet unsatisfactory. The cost per page was also deemed to be too high.

As a whole, Computer Shopper came to the conclusion that the majority of people would choose the Dell C1660w Colour Printer because it would save them money.

Consumers were advised by the magazine to think about whether buying it would result in a good deal – if they ended up using the printer more than anticipated.

HP Designjet praised for versaitility

The HP Designjet L26100 printer has been given a glowing report for its versatility and for its environmental benefits from a printer advice website. The printer’s ease of use was another of its features that met with approval.

The HP Designjet L26100 printer is designed to appeal to small print service providers, and praised its ability to produce ‘high impact’ products, such as point of purchase, vehicle, and temporary displays.

The 61-inch HP Latex Printing Technologies printer is, according to the website, “reliable and low maintenance” and it also has quick delivery times. Water-based inks are used by the HP Designjet L26100 to print out 1200 dots per inch images.

No special ventilation is necessary for the printer, notes, and the HP Designjet L26100 is also notable for having no hazard warning labels. This is a departure from the majority of eco-solvent inks that are currently being produced.

Printer Cartridges: Paying More for a Lot Less

It seems that the value of our hard-earned money is worth less and less these days, and paying for overvalued ink cartridges is yet another example of this unfortunate situation.

We are all aware of how expensive printer ink has become over the last few years. What we may not be aware of, however, is the fact that we are getting less for our money than only we did in the past. Indeed, most major printing cartridge manufacturers have been placing less and less ink into their cartridges. They have even gone as far as to offer so-called “XL” units that supposedly last longer but in reality, many contain an equal amount of ink or even less than their standard counterparts. This forces the consumer to purchase these expensive cartridges more frequently.

The companies themselves claim that this has to do with inks lasting longer and printer styles having become more efficient, however consumers are still feeling the financial bite that these cartridges can cause.

Home Office to Crack Down on Printing Fraud

The home office has unveiled new proposals that would make it a criminal offence for manufacturers and suppliers to supply individuals involved with identity fraud specialised printing equipment, whether it was intentional or not. The equipment includes plastic card printers, ultra violet inks and hot foiling machines.Those found guilty of not carrying out reasonable checks or by knowingly supplying criminals can then be imprisoned for up to ten years. The legislation will only come into place later this year after a four week consultation with members of the printing industry. The move comes after ‘Project Genesius’; a partnership between the printing industry, who has lobbied for legislation on the matter for years, and the Metropolitan Police Service. Figures from the National Fraud Industry estimate that fake documents for identity crime have cost the country at least £2.7billion in 2010, with 1.8 million people being effected.

Detective Nick Downing from the MPS said that despite the partnership being a success, “organised criminal groups are still able to buy specialist equipment without any questions asked”

“Not only do the public suffer from billions of pounds of fraud each year, but the false identity documents also help criminals to avoid the law.”

Kodak to Cease Manufacturing Consumer Inkjet Printers This Year

 In an attempt to recover from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Kodak has announced that it will discontinue the manufacturing and selling of inkjet printers in 2013. Due to a diminishing market, as well as thin profit margins, the company has long been plummeting in the industry and struggling financially since 2007.

All previously manufactured inkjet printers will remain on the market until the existing supply depletes itself. However, production has ceased on any new consumer printer models, including the much-anticipated Kodak Hero 2.2 and Hero 4.2 printers. The company expects that their consumer printer business will wind down and cease later this year, although they will continue to sell ink and paper.

Despite winding down their inkjet printing business, Kodak will continue to honor any warranties, as well as continue to offer support on their existing printers. This move, intended to get Kodak back on track financially following their recent bankruptcy, will result in the loss of up to 200 jobs. The company intends to switch gears and shift their focus over to the commercial printing side.

Disadvantages of Refilling Toner Cartridges


Although refilling toner cartridges, self or paid service, costs less initially, they cost more after all.

Look beyond the glitzy ads expounding generic printer cartridges, refilling supplies and refilling services as a cost cutter. They must be profitable to the vendor-advertising is not cheap. Less than OEM supplies end up costing the consumer more because:
• Cost-cutting measures produce less prints and in lower quality than brand name.
• Cost-cutting cartridges cause printer alignment problems and may leak toner. Misalignment and leaking toner damages printers and require expensive repair, often not covered by manufacturer’s warranty.
• All cartridges are refilled, whether by the OEM or a refill service, so both are equally environmentally conscious and concerned.

Less expensive costs for operations are a real bonus for office managers and entrepreneurs. Be careful to ensure a cost is truly less from start to finish before committing hard earned dollars. Sometimes it is better to stick with OEM or recommended providers for the best quality, quantity and reliability in return.