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 Myprintersource.com 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, Myprintersource.com 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.