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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Xerox Copier Supplies


From a Xerox Copier Supplies Company, you can buy many different types of copier hardware and software items to make your office work function better.  Before buying a copier, do a little research on what activities are carried out in your office or department.  This way you'll know your office and copier needs.  After this, schedule a visit to your local office supplies store with a list of the needed items.


To buy all of the copier supplies on your list, verify from the internet that all of the various supplies on your list are available and the different prices for these many items.  You will also be able to identify the genuine Xerox supplies from those less expensive reproductions that are also available.
You can also buy your Xerox Copier supplies online.  If you choose to select the various supplies in person, look at the many promotional offers that you might find in these stores.  Sometimes you will be able to find coupons on the internet for the supplies with which you will find great bargains that will save you some money.  Some of these supplies could be a little difficult to locate, and as such, just  ask the store personnel who have been trained to find various items that are useful in offices for help.

With a well-written list, you can buy many copier supplies first and know what the total price is for each of these supplies, you can then see about choosing the other office supplies that you may need when you reach the office supply store.   Once there, you should hunt for the supplies that you need very carefully.  This way you can be sure that you will have all the correct supplies needed, that will promote efficient work and make your various documents look great.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

How to Buy the Right Copier

Definitions
Business class copiers-Not sold in office club stores.  Sold by knowledgeable and reputable dealers. Designed for higher volumes and dependability.


Office club copiers & personal copiers -Sold in office club stores i.e. Office Depot, Office Max and Costco... For personal and low volume customers.

Cost of Equipment
The cost of a copier can be quite expensive.  Just shopping for price and buying one on cost alone can be misleading and can end up being more expensive in the long run.  This is especially true if you make thousands of copies per month.  You could be paying three times the amount of the price of the copier in toner and supply costs.  It doesn't matter if you are buying one for a business or for personal use.  The first thing you should do is research the cost per copy.

Volume and Cost per Copy
When purchasing a copier you must first research your monthly copy volume.  This is the first step in choosing which copier is right for you.  One easy way to determine this is to think of how many reams of paper you use per month.  Each ream is 500 sheets of paper.  Just multiply that by the amount of reams that you use and you have a fairly accurate assessment of your "copies per month."  The reason you must know this is because it helps you determine you're "cost per copy."  This is how much it will cost you every time you press the copy button.  Now, you take the price of the toner and divide that into the estimated yield and you have your cost per copy.  Example: The toner cost is $100.00 and the yield is 10,000 copies.  Your cost per copy is.01 cents per copy.  Office club type copier supplies are almost always more expensive than a business class type copier.

Service and Repair, Service contracts
Most copier service companies, (not affiliated with office clubs) will not provide you an onsite service contract on an office club copier.  This is because they don't sell them.  Office club stores will normally offer extended warranties but coverage may not be complete.  For example, they might not cover the toner or they won't cover on-site service.  I have had customers call me and tell me that they had to ship the machine off to have it repaired and that they didn't even get the same machine back afterwards. They received a replacement machine.

Many times a business class copier service contract that covers parts, service, and toner and supplies (everything except paper) is less expensive than the toner costs on a personal copier.

Automatic Document Feeder and Feed Systems

Document Feeders
An automatic document feeder is the feeder that automatically feeds your original documents one at a time, so you don't have to stand there and lift the lid each time you have a stack of originals to be copied.  Not all document feeders are created equally.  There are many different mechanisms that feed, separate and eject the originals on all of the makes and models of copiers.  Business type copiers have much better mechanisms than personal type copiers.  When you are in business and you make lots of copies and sets of copies it is frustrating when you can not count on this feature to work dependably.

The most common problems are multi-feeding and jamming problems.  Multi-feeding is when the feeder pulls in more than one original at a time.  Most of the time the copier will not let you know this happened.  It will not show a jam and you may not realize it did this, until you are in the middle of your very important meeting and you have some missing pages.  Paper jamming is another problem where it doesn't pull the paper through correctly and jams.  This is also very frustrating.

Feed Systems
Feed systems are the rollers and mechanisms that pull in your copy paper to make copies.  Paper jams are the most frustrating thing that a person can have with a copier.  Office club type copiers have inferior systems that feed the paper in and as you make larger copier runs the dependability is much less than a business type copier.  I am speaking of my experience of over thirty years in the industry with copiers on both document feeders and feed systems, but there are exceptions and some personal copiers work just fine.

Quality and Longevity
Quality of the copies being made has really improved over the years especially since the digital evolution.  There really is not much difference in copy quality.  I have seen personal copiers that have just as good resolution and copy quality as a very expensive business copier.  That said, when it comes to the quality of manufacturing, sturdiness and just plain quality of the equipment you can see a big difference.

Business type copiers are built to last.  It really depends on your copy volume as to how long each machine will last.  Business copiers are built to last the monthly duty cycles that the manufacturer has designated.  Though sometimes, I feel that they over estimate these amounts.  There are applications where a personal copier will need to be replaced in only one year next to a business type copier that will last seven to ten years, really!

Conclusion
Buying a copier can be expensive, but buying the wrong copier can be a waste of money.  By doing your research ahead of time you can save money and use your copier for many years with fewer problems. Finding a dependable company to service your machine is just as important as buying the right machine.


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Solving Some Troubleshooting for Ricoh Copiers

Ricoh is one famous brand name manufacturer of copier machines that you can choose as the best optional choices of equipment for your offices and also personal needs.  These copier machines are available in various choices of sizes, functions and also abilities.  It is one professional choice of copier products that will need a complicated treatment than any other choices of machine you will ever have. In the daily operation, you will need to deal with some common troubleshooting technique's that you need to solve.


It would be better if you can solve the troubleshooting problem by yourself instead of calling the professional assistant to repair it for you.  Generally, in some cases, you can resolve it by using some simple tools such as a cotton cloth, along with some common glass cleaner.  If you have a problem with your machine where you can't clear an error code or message on the display, you can try to just turn off the machine by holding the power button or switching off the power supply.  If that does not work for your machine, you can sometimes on some machines, try to just unplug the power plug and give it a few moments; before powering it back up.  Instead of those steps above, you may also try to resolve it by, restarting your copier machine and leave it for a moment.


If you have a paper jam problem, you sometimes could have either a beep sound, flashing light, or error code indication on the control panel, when you're trying to restart your machine.  In some of the cases  the Ricoh copier series models, you'll have a screen that will show you the exact location of the paper jamming area.  In which case, you can sometimes try to use, if supplied with; the supplied  paper duster to clean your paper rollers.  In addition to that, you can also try to keep your glass, feeder and scanner parts clean and free from all kinds of dirt.  This type of troubleshooting is also used to solve problems by the error codes that are displayed on the control panel screen.  If all the steps above do not work very well, you can always begin to  just call for the nearest Ricoh copier repair service; to get a professional involved, to get the problems resolved for you.


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

How to Remove Xerox Toner From Clothing

Stains in general are one of life's many annoyances, especially when it's something near impossible to remove.  Clothing is pretty expensive to begin with, and then you get stains and it's a whole different cost to get the dry cleaners to remove them--if they can.


If you've ever been elected as the lucky individual to change the toner in the Xerox copier at work (usually on the day you when you decided to wear that crisp white shirt and freshly dry-cleaned khaki's), you know that unless you're wearing a hazmat suit, you'll probably end up with some toner- from change induced battle stains.  Usually, this would mean throwing out the item and going shopping, with a chip on your shoulder all because of the stupid copy machine and its Xerox Toner needs.

Keep in mind though, next time you find yourself in that boat, just refer to the handy guide here to help you treat the stain and salvage your stained item of clothing.

Xerox toner is so hard to get out of clothes because of the special powder it's made of; which contains a highly concentrated amount of pigments and dyes.  Toner melts when heated, thus causing it to bond firmly to paper in the printing process.  When toner comes in contact with clothing it doesn't form an indelible bond right away, you have a window of time to treat it, and salvage your item of affected clothing.

Here are 5 steps to treat Xerox Toner stains in clothing yourself:
1) Remove the article of clothing as soon as possible and shake it out.  The sooner you attend to the stain, the less time the stain has to settle into the fibers of the item.  Shake it to get as much loose toner out as possible.

2) Use a Vacuum with an attachment to vacuum out those loose particles in the clothing.  The more Xerox toner you can get out without water, the less likely the stain will be to set.

3) Fill the sink basin with cold water and immerse the item.  Work with the item to try to get more toner out.  Drain the sink and run more cold water over the item, trying again to get more Xerox toner out.

4) Wash the item in a washing machine on the cold water setting with mild detergent only.

5) Air-dry the article in the shade or indoors.  You're air drying primarily because if there's any toner left, the heat from the dryer which will probably set the stain permanently.  This will make it much harder or down-right impossible to remove.

More Tips and Warnings:
Avoid touching the toner with your hands when removing the stained article of clothing.  This prevents the toner particles from accidentally being spread.

If you get Xerox toner on your clothing, shake out the article of clothing outdoors.  This avoids the Xerox Toner particles landing on other easily stained items like carpet, furniture upholstery, and other items of clothing.

DO NOT use warm or hot water when washing the item, as it will set the stain most likely permanently.

If the item is dry-cleaning only, inform your cleaners that toner was spilled before they dry-clean it.  They may also need to know what kind of toner was spilled on it to ensure proper treatment, based on the makeup of the toner.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Troubleshooting a Xerox Copier

Xerox can be a great option for a copier that you can have.  This will help you to get the copies of documents that you need; but in a certain amount of time, you might find that this machine does not work properly.  You might get faded images and documents from the machine intermittently, or it can do the copying job perfectly sometimes.


You will find that the Xerox might get dirty or wear down after you use it for hundreds of copying jobs.  If you find some problems that might occur in the copier, there are ways that you can go thru a troubleshooting procedure for the machine.  Follow the following steps if you want to troubleshoot your Xerox copier.  Keep in mind this doesn't apply to all Xerox copiers, but similar procedures do apply to others.

1. Find the red button (Job Cancel) on the control panel of the machine and press it.  Then, you should turn off the machine by pressing the power switch.  You should also unplug any cable that you can find in the machine.

2. Let the machine to go thru a cool down, by leaving it off for several minutes. Then you should try to find and reveal the toner cartridge of the machine. You can do it by pulling open usually the front cover of the machine.

3. Find the plastic locking lever and locate it next to the left hand end of the cartridge.  You should press it toward you.  Then, you should set the cartridge on a stable work surface.

4. Look at the top-right of the cartridge and find the blue tab.  Grip it, and slide the tab to the left end of the cartridge.  Then, you have to slide it back to its previous position.  You should repeat it for several times to clean the corona wire that exists inside the cartridge.

5. Look inside the machine to find whether there is jammed paper or not.  You can do it by the inspecting the toner cartridge inside the machine.

6. Look at the front of the machine and close the plastic panel that you find in it.  The, you should reveal the scanning glass of the machine by pulling the plastic lid.  Wipe off the glass that you have revealed with a soft cloth towel.

7. When you have finished, close the lid of the copier.  When you find any paper jammed inside the feed tray, pull the paper.

Those are some examples of things that you can do to troubleshoot most Xerox copiers that you might have.  By doing these things, you will be able to use the machine properly, so that you can run the copying jobs with this machine.


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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Digital Copiers - Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Digital Copier Machine

All About Digital Copiers

Exactly What Is a Digital Copier?

Technology is truly something to behold.  Gone are the days when analog copiers reign supreme in the business world.  Thanks to the continuous search for the better and best, digital copiers are now the trend... and rightfully so.


One of the advantages of digital-copiers over their analog counterpart is that they have the ability to store documents into memory.  To put it simply, the information is imprinted on the drum through laser, the document gets printed, and the image of the document is saved in the copier's memory.
This leads to two benefits:

First, you can have a document copied just from the memory.  Say you forgot the document in your cubicle.  You can save yourself from a trip back if the document has already been copied and stored in memory.

Second, since the document is already in memory, you can send it electronically to other devices provided that they can receive the information.  Examples of which are computers, fax machines, and even some phones.  This saves time, not to mention paper.  You do not have to wait on documents from the main office to be sent through FedEx.

Another aspect of digital-copiers is that they can generate more than one set of copy with just one scan. You do not have to run the original document ten times to have ten copies.  If you only need two copies of a document, this is not much of a benefit.  On the other hand, if you are in the business where hundreds to thousands of copies are needed almost everyday, then you better invest on a digital-copier or two.  You can leave it all to the digital copier, do other pending tasks, and comeback for the copies later.

Next, digital copiers produce copies of unsurpassed quality.  Digital-copiers produce high quality copies that more often than not, are hard to tell the original from the copy.  Compared to other copiers, digital copiers are preferred by majority for this feature alone.

Best of all, maintenance cost is relatively cheaper.  The ink used by digital copiers create more copies than the cartridges normally used by analog copiers.  While buying a digital copier will cost you more than other copiers, in the end, you are really saving money.

If you are looking for a digital copier, Xerox, Ricoh, Konica-Minolta, Toshiba and Canon are some of the brands known for their digital technology, copiers included.


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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Color Copier - Do You Really Need One?

Recently I was working with a client who was purchasing a new Toshiba copier.
Like many of my repeat and new customers one of his major considerations was whether he really needed to upgrade to a color copier or would the black copier be OK for his needs.


One of the first questions I ask in this situation is "how are you handling color copies and prints now?". Typically my clients are doing one of two things: 1) they outsource their color printing to Staples, Office Depot or a local printer or 2) they print them out on a desktop color printer.

Once I have established what they are doing now my next questions is "how many color copies or prints are you doing per month and year?"  Many times my customers don't really know their true volume so we have to do a little investigative work.

One helpful strategy is listing out on a piece of paper all the different types of color copies and prints they do throughout a year and then listing beside each project the approximate number they do for that project per month and year.

I think it's important to look at this annually because many times there are printing projects that are only done once or twice a year and the customer tends to forget about those projects if we are only thinking in a monthly context.

In the case of this customer once we listed out all of his annual color printing needs he only did about 500 color prints per year.  I consider this a very low color volume.

I advised him that this didn't justify purchasing a color machine and he should continue to send those jobs out to a printer.

I did also find out that he was sending his jobs mostly to Office Depot. OUCH!! can you say expensive.  I advised him to find a locally owned print shop or go online where in either case the prices would be significantly less than Office Depot or Staples.

In the situation of a company doing thousands of color copies and prints per month I would recommend considering a color copier.

It comes down to doing the math.  How many color prints and copies do you do per year times what you pay per copy/print at a local print shop versus what you would pay to do them in house on your own color copier.

Once you know these numbers you have to consider the added cost of a color copier versus a black copier.  Your purchase price or lease payment will surely be higher for a color copier than a standard black copier but in many cases it's worth it.

Another consideration is the time involved in calling a printer, driving there to drop off artwork if necessary and then driving back to the printer to pick up the job.  As we all know during the business day Monday-Friday our time is money and I feel this is a legitimate consideration when deciding to buy a color copier or a black copier.

When it comes to local printers I have seen color copies/prints done in the range of 15 to 35 cents each. This is just my experience and your local printer may do them for less.
With a Toshiba copier (which is one of the brands I sell) you can make a color copy or print for anywhere from 7-10 cents each.  Where you would fall in this range depends on what size color copier we are speaking of.


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Toshiba Copiers

With the rise of technology, offices use a variety of equipment.  Various functions are to be performed by various types of equipment as found suitable.  One such piece of equipment is the copier, found in almost every office today.  A copier is used to copy various types of documents required in the day- to- day activities of an office.  Since such documents are to be used to run projects or are normally given to other people it becomes important to use quality copiers.


Such a quality copier are Toshiba Copiers.  This brand of copier has a wide range of uses, and as such; one can choose from the many types available for them.  This brand of copier comes in both small and large sizes.  In choosing an ideal copier for business, it would be wise to consider the volume of work to be performed.

If your business is small-scaled you may need to use a small sized copier known as the Small Work group which handles copying twenty pages a minute.  Though document copying in this type of Toshiba Copier is mainly black and white, it is normally of high quality copying.  In case you venture in the medium size business, you will require a medium to large size copier product.  They come in either black and white or color style, and are capable of copying out larger scale batches of copies.  These medium sized copiers, copy on average twenty to forty-five copies per minute.

The larger copiers are ideal for mass production of copies.  For this last style of this brand of copiers, one can get up to 135 pages copied in a minute.   For this large size copier, one can get either black and white or colored copies.  This type is also capable of multi-tasking, as it can print, email, copy, scan, and fax your various documents; making this a truly versatile piece of equipment for your office.  With the different Toshiba Copiers available in today's market, whether your budget allows for brand new or just the more affordable refurbished, you can get many different types of copiers that will help realize your business potential. 


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Top Brand of the Best Color Laser Printer

Printers are necessary devices today.  It would be difficult to carry out office functions today without a printer. Printers are essential in order to keep hard copies of important documents and establish an appropriate filing system.  The best laser color printers can easily fulfill all your printing demands.  There are many different types of printers available today.  Printers were first designed as inkjet or drum printers.  However, since technology has grown immensely, laser printers have been invented.  Laser printers are fast, easy to use, and reliable.  By using a laser printer, you can print grayscale documents as well as photos and other documents heavy in color.
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Several different brand name laser printers are included below so you can see which one is right for you and your needs.
Lexmark printers are typically all-in-one laser color printers.  They can be found in various prices.  If you want to get the best bang for your buck, you can buy the best laser color printer for around $600-700. Although this may seem a little costly, you will find that these printers are totally worth it.  The best part is that they don’t work just as printers, they also can fax, scan, and make photo copies.  With this factor in mind, it is definitely a great package with all the features, which makes the price a little bit more worth it.
Samsung is also another trustworthy brand.  One can buy a laser color printer for around $300.  This is the lowest price ever!  This printer is light and mobile which adds to its appeal.  Another great feature is that it can connect to either a home or office network.  As one can clearly see, this laser color printer definitely offers a lot of great features and functions for the price.
Dell is another brand name everyone has heard of and loves.  This brand ranks number one in printer reviews.  This printer also has many great features available.  The Dell’s printing quality is outstanding and color output is excellent.  Anything is printable in any DPI resolution.  They are fit to work with Macs, Windows, and even Linux operating systems.  Even if what you choose to print is small, the printer will be able to read it due to its super printing quality.  On average, you can print about 200 grayscale pages and approximately 1000 color pages with the starter toner cartridge.  This brand is definitely admirable because of its excellent printing quality and price.
These are some of the finest and most trustworthy brands you can find.  You can choose the one that fits your budget best.  However, be sure to bear in mind that there are many generic versions of these printers which are often lower quality.  You should purchase printers from established showrooms only.
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Buyer's Guide To Copier Machines

Copier machines today do not just copy documents; they now offer different features such as scanning, faxing, finishing as well as printing.   As machines become more advanced, it is hard to decide which machine would suit your needs.  Knowing the important features that the company needs however, can change that and make it easier to find the right copier.


That being said, to find the copier machine that would suit your needs, you must have a checklist or a guideline about the type of machine you need as well as other considerations such as budget, purpose and where you will be placing your new copier.

Analog Copier
If you are on a tight budget and would only need the most basic photocopying services, then an analog copier machine would suit you.  Analog copiers are more affordable compared to color and digital machines.  Copies made can be of good quality depending on the brand and specifications of the machine that you would buy.

Digital Copier
On the other hand, if you want more functionality but have a limited budget, a digital photocopying machine is your best option.  Digital photocopying machines usually come with two or three features such as fax and print features in one unit.  They are a bit more expensive than the basic copier but are slightly lower in price than a color copier.  Digital copiers are stable and produce less noise than the analog ones and the printing quality is better.

Colored Copier
If you want the latest features combined with functionality and budget is not an issue, then a colored copier is the best machine for you. Colored units are also preferred for advertising companies or those that specialize in fliers, brochures or magazines and ad campaigns.

The multi-functional copiers can be a real ROI for the company.  These machines include three or four functions such as scanning, printing, faxing and photocopying in one unit and they are ideal for big companies who require all the functions.  Some multi-function copiers include only two or three functions and are cheaper compared to a four- or five-in-one multi-function copier.

Purchasing your Copier
Now that you have a basic overview of the different types of copiers, the next thing to do is to check the size of the copier.  Do consider the location of the copier.  Will you place it on top of a table or in a corner as a standalone?  Shop around to compare prices.  There are several brands that you can choose from.  Examples of brands are Canon copiers, Toshiba, Sharp, Ricoh and Xerox.  Refurbished copiers are also available; they are cheaper and the best buys if you are not a heavy user.


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How to Save Your Company 85% - Buy Refurbished Copiers For Your Business

With the economy being the way it is at the moment as a business owner a simple way to save money is by buying refurbished copiers.  A good quality copier is a purchase that is mandatory for any organization whatever the size, yet it is also a significantly expensive buy.  Of course you could buy brand spanking new and line the manufacturers pockets or you could make your money go further by purchasing a refurbished copier.  The difference could be a saving of as much as 85%.  Used copiers can present superb value for any small business, start-up or corporation.  Any organization owners or managers with a limited budget must look to save funds where ever feasible, especially for costly color copiers that ought to last a lengthy time to vindicate the cost.  Copiers refurbished to a high degree are a great way of slashing thousands of bucks - 10's of thousands on high-end digital copiers - off store prices.  A rental copier is another option but when you are saving a good deal of cash on a refurbished copier it is sensible to buy a low-cost unit for the long-term.


When you buy a refurbished copier via a reputable supplier (Canon copiers and Ricoh copiers are particularly popular) you can be rest assured that thorough care has been taken to retain quality, performance and reliability as close to a new copier as possible.  The buyer will not only acquire an as-new device, but in addition gets a considerably cheaper alternative to the retail cost.

The thorough method of copier refurbishment begins by ruthlessly weeding out any but scarcely used copy machines that continue being in great condition.  These copiers aren't just wiped down on the outside and sold on but are taken apart, worn parts are replaced, cleansed internally and then go through a scrupulous 90 points service check-list.  The copier/printer is then completely tested to ensure it performs as anticipated.

When buying refurbished copiers make certain you test the unit fully.  Additionally, make sure you check out the copiers meter.  This will tell you how many copies it has processed (think of it like a cars mileage check) and to judge how heavily utilized it has been in the past.

Probably, the most crucial element for you as the client, will be the new guarantee on the refurbished photocopiers.  This should give you peace of mind as it means the rebuilt copier and its performance have been repaired to a high level.  It's often worth negotiating a more lengthy copier warranty (it's always worth a try in business to save further costs!).  In addition you may want to consider a maintenance contract with your supplier ensuring that all the parts that generally degrade over time for instance the drum and belts are covered by the contract.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Printers - Choosing the Printer That Fits Your Needs

Printers have become a daily essential for anyone who has a computer - after all, we all need to produce hard copies of our electronic data.  Choosing which printer serves your needs best can be tricky.  Here's a 101.


Kinds of printers
Whether you need to print documents, photos, stickers, large banners or any other data that needs to be printed, there is a printer that can suit your needs.

o Card Printer - for printing plastic cards
o CD Printer - for printing labels directly onto the CD
o Check Printer - for printing text on blank checks
o DVD Printer - for printing labels directly on the DVD disc
o Inkjet Printer - usually used for basic printing needs (i.e. documents, photos, etc.) in the home, school or office.
o Laster Printer - has similar functions with the inkjet, only faster.
o Photo Printer - the printer especially designed and made for printing high-quality images.
o Portable Printer - for use with mobile devices like laptops and other mobile computers
o Postcard Printer - for printing images and text on postcards and other novelty papers.
o Poster Printer - for printing bigger media (i.e. posters, banners, etc.)
o Thermal Printer - typically used for printing receipts and labels
o Wireless Printer - utilizes Bluetooth technology to connect to your computer instead of traditional cables, which makes it ideal for small spaces with computers.
Before you buy that printer...

No matter what your printing needs are, make sure you take into consideration the following features when choosing a printer:

o Power source
o Connectivity
o Printing size
o Format (what it can print)
o Speed of printing
o Efficiency
o Paper types and sizes it can accommodate
o Security features
o System requirements (ensure your device is compatible with it)
o Capacity (how much it can print at a time and how much paper it can accommodate)

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Guide to Buying a New printer

One of the more perplexing decisions when faced with choosing a new printer is which print technology is going to suit you the best.  At the moment there are two main printing systems: the laser technology, using toner cartridges and a transfer drum assembly; and ink jets using ink tank cartridges and fine-spray nozzles.  The method that will suit you best will depend largely on what you plan to print on your new printer, and cost factors that affect the costs of running it.  Laser printers are possibly better for high-volume printing, with lower 'per page' costs and they have better black intensity text, than most ink jets. Laser printers tend to have a faster page rate but ink jets still offer the important advantages in affordable color printing.


For home use, you'll probably want to print out digital photos or graphics, which makes color a must. The traditional differentiation between lasers and ink jets has been office versus home use; however, color offers obvious presentation advantages for business use as well.  Fortunately, prices for both categories of printers have come down enough to make it practical to purchase both a laser and an ink jet if you absolutely need both color and high-quality text.

The work you do
There are a number of different printer configurations available today, many of them are quite specialized in the applications.  There are specialized photo printers, direct disc CD printers, Multi-function printers, desktop ink jets and high-speed lasers.

If you want a printer that is specifically designed for printing photographs, you will most likely look for a color ink-jet system that is a photo printer, allowing very high quality color output and capable of printing all the way to the edge of the page.  Recent releases by major brands now include all-in-one Multi-function devices that include scanning and printing capabilities.  Many smaller units that are designed purely as a photo-printer to plug directly into your digital camera are also available.  Much the same can be said for CD or DVD printing, with specialized printers available for printing directly onto discs, saving label application.

On the other hand if you are a small home-office worker, then your requirements may be more general, in which case you need to make a printer decision based on the types of documents you produce and how many.  In general terms, ink-jet printers offer high quality color outputs, at a low hardware cost, but high consumable cost.  Lasers offer significantly higher speeds but at a much higher hardware cost. High volume usage however, reduces the cost per page considerably.

Multi-function printers (MFP) are often ideal for home office or student needs because they combine multiple functions into one unit, usually a scanner, printer, copier fax machine, doing a little bit of everything, and saving considerable desk and office space in the bargain.  Generally ink-jet style printers, some MFP's may trade-off performance for price and convenience (e.g. lower resolution, slower print speed) than if you were to buy a printer and scanner individually.

You can buy Multi-functional printers specially configured for printing photographs, with some machines providing the ability to scan directly from 35mm slides and store digital files and print them, which is ideal for archiving old photo libraries.  However, the scanned images may not exhibit the same clarity and brightness of digitally capture photographs, or as the kind of quality that you can obtain from a dedicated scanner. 

Dealing with Technical Talk
One of the specifications that you will be faced with, is that of resolution.  Up to a point, a printer's resolution determines aspects of its print quality.  Images are made up of tiny dots of ink or toner that is applied to the page, and resolution is the term given to the number of dots per inch-quoted as dpi.  This usually is represented in a two-dimensional matrix (eg: 600 x 300 dpi).  Most printers today support a basic 600 x 600 dpi resolution that produces adequate quality in most instances.  Many ink jets, however, especially photo printers and high-end plotters, offer higher resolutions and more dots in the vertical plane than the horizontal.

Resolution ratings are not the whole story however.  Many printer manufacturers now incorporate smoothing and enhancing features through software algorithms.  This means that some output from printers with a lower dpi looks just as good as that from a higher dpi unit.  And, although some printers have very high resolutions, you're not likely to notice any difference in quality with common print jobs once you go above 600 x 600 dpi resolution.  What you will notice however, is much higher consumption of inks or toner.  It is noteworthy, and perhaps obvious to some, that the higher resolution you are printing at, the higher will be your consumable consumption, and this is the most expensive part of your printer.

Speed is another important consideration.  Vary rarely will you find that your printer performs at the 'pages-per-minute' rate (ppm) that is advertised or cited in the specification.  There are a number of reasons for this including the size of the file being printed, the amount of ink coverage on the page, the proportion of black to other colors, the weight of the paper stock and possibly even the constancy of the power supply of electricity to your premises.  This is not today, that the manufacturers, under laboratory conditions are not able to make the machine perform at spec, just not to rely on the claim as a gospel figure.  However, you can use the speed ratings to make some judgment of performance differences, between brands and models.  If speed is an important consideration, then you can short-list printers that claim to perform above a certain rate and then compare other factors. 

Laser printers use powder toner that is electromagnetically attracted to the page by an image temporarily made on a transfer drum through a laser scanning process, and then fused to the page with a heat-setting system.  This toner is supplied in cartridges, usually one for each of a four-color printing system (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).  Manufactures give some estimate of how many pages of a given size each toner cartridge will print, based on a predetermined proportion of coverage (say 10%). As with the speed claims, these estimates are rarely accurate, but can be used to make some judgment between makes and models.  The higher resolution of image you are printing, the more toner will be used in the process.  Ink jet printers use a liquid ink stored in tanks that are sprayed by very fine nozzles onto the page as they are required.  Just as you replace the toner cartridges in the laser system, you replace ink tanks when they're depleted in an ink jet printer.

It is important to understand that even though the printer might be cheap, consumables is where the manufacturers actually make enormous profits, so be sure to consider replacement consumables when doing your cost comparisons.  With ink jet printers, some have color cartridges in one unit, others have separate color units.  In the long run, separate tanks will most likely work out cheaper, because as one color runs out, you replace only that color.  When all colors are housed in the one cartridge unit, you may have a nearly full tank of cyan when the yellow is completely gone, and you have to throw away unused ink.  Not only does this waste your money, it can also be environmentally expensive.

Cost
There are two parts to your cost assessment of a printer.  The first is the purchase price of the printer itself.  This can vary considerably between brands and models, and is usually differentiated through different features being offered.  However, possibly more important is the ongoing cost, often measured in cost per page.  A typical ink jet printer may cost you 40-50 cents per printed page, depending on how much ink you are using on the page, it may even cost more.  By comparison, a color laser may work out to 15-20 cents per page.  These costs don't usually include the paper stock, and are based on consumables and maintenance costs.  Companies like Xerox often supply large color Laser printers for a cost per page fee.

One cost assessment technique is to estimate how much printing you will do in a given period, load your calculations with a percentage of ink coverage (if you are printing all full gloss and high resolution photographs, for example, you might load the cost per page by a factor of 8-10), factor in the machine cost and make a comparison of what you will spend in a year, including the cost of the printer.

Other things you might consider
How paper travels through a printer can affect your whole printer experience.  The closest you can get to a 'straight through' paper path, the more trouble-free your printer will be.  If all your printing is only on plain white bond paper, then paper path will possibly not be a major consideration; but if you're printing on photographic stock, thick paper, envelopes, transparent film or other materials, then be sure the print path is compatible with your requirements.  How you connect to your computer might also be a consideration, especially if you work with large files where connection speed is a consideration.   Most printers today offer relatively high-speed USB interfaces. You might also want to consider wireless connections or networking capabilities.

When choosing a Laser printer, on-board RAM (read only memory) might be a consideration.  A printer with a standard 64 Megabytes of RAM will be slow to print a quantity of documents that are larger in size than the printer's memory.  If large documents are a consideration, make sure you can upgrade the printer's memory.  The printer driver provides the software interface to your printer, offering you on-screen control over copies, page size, orientation, resolution, text smoothing and paper thickness and type.  Many drivers now include advanced features and enable you to create your own custom-setting profiles for quick selection.  Moreover a good driver provides complete printer management from on-screen, including paper jams and job queue management.  Ink-jet drivers often provide graphical indications of remaining ink levels for each color.


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10 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Printer

With so many moving parts and opportunities for paper jams, it's a wonder that many printers last as long as they do.  Especially since, on average, support pros devote precious little time to working on printers.  It's too bad, because costly repair bills can add up quickly, and replacing printers before their time is an expensive endeavor.  While supporting printers is hardly glamorous, a little effort will lengthen any printer's lifespan.  Use these tips for any type of printer you support.  Just keep in mind that consulting the printer's owner's manual is always a good idea before embarking on any major printer maintenance procedure.


#1: Clean the inside of your printer
As simple as it may sound, one of the best preventive maintenance tasks you can perform is to keep your printer's insides as clean as possible.  It's easy to do, if you look for excess paper dust or other debris whenever you open up your printer.  At least once a month - or more often, if your users print a lot - use a can of compressed air to blow the dust and debris out of the printer.

#2: Refrain from using bent, torn, or used paper
Damaged paper can cause paper jams.  Any time a paper jam occurs, there's a possibility that something else on the printer can break.  To prevent jams and other problems, always use new paper that isn't bent, torn, or damaged in any way.

#3: Use high-quality paper
As a cost-saving measure, many organizations purchase medium- to low-grade paper to use in their printers.  However, this type of paper can also cause paper jams.  Although a decent brand of 20lb paper should suffice for most printing jobs, to make your printing shine, you should use at least 24lb paper.  To help you determine exactly what type of paper you should use in your printer, most printer manufacturers publish minimum paper standards.  If your paper doesn't meet these specifications, the vendor won't provide warranty support until you use the proper type of paper.  Review the documentation that came with the printer or visit the manufacturer's Web site to learn the paper specifications.

#4: Store paper in a low-humidity environment
High environmental humidity can cause paper to stick together, leading to paper jams and paper feed errors.  This is especially true for low-end printers or DeskJet printers, whose paper-feed mechanisms are not as finely tuned to separate pages in the paper tray.  To prevent multiple pages from sticking together and feeding at the same time, store your paper in a cool, low-humidity environment and locate your printer in a low-humidity environment.

#5: Use high-quality labels
Whenever a printer is used for making labels, always supply it with high-quality label stock.  This is even more important than using high-quality paper because cheap labels can completely ruin printer parts, such as a platen or fuser.  When cheap labels are sent through a fuser or around a roller, they can peel off of the backing paper and become affixed to the first surface they come in contact with.  This wreaks havoc with printer parts because you either have to peel the labels off, which can be an enormous task, or you're forced to replace the part.  In the case of fusers, the cost of such a repair can be several hundred dollars.  High-quality labels, on the other hand, do not come off quite so easily, so you can use them with less fear of damaging the printer.

#6: Use the straightest paper path for labels
When printing on label stock, eliminate as many bends in the paper path as possible.  For example, use the manual feed tray, which allows the labels to feed directly into the printer without bending. If the printer has an additional paper exit path that eliminates the labels passing around another roller, you should use it.  Reducing the number of rollers that label stock passes around will reduce the possibility of a label peeling off the backing paper and sticking to something inside of the printer.

#7: Replace old and worn rollers
Worn feed rollers are another cause of paper jams.  When the rollers have come to the end of their useful life, they'll have a glazed and/or slippery surface that lets the paper slip off.  This can either prevent the paper from being picked up in the paper tray or cause the paper to feed incorrectly while in the paper path.  In laser printers, rollers normally have a life expectancy that is as long as the printer maintenance kit's.  Therefore, if you change the rollers when you change the maintenance kit, you shouldn't have too many problems with feed rollers.  However, DeskJet and other types of printers don't normally require a tune-up like laser printers do, so you won't need to change the feed rollers on a regular basis.  Often, the manufacturer will offer a kit you can use to rough up the surface of a roller, so it will reliably pick up paper again.  These kits include a very stiff Scotch-brite pad and a program that causes the feed roller to run against the pad so the surface of the roller is roughed up.  If your printer's manufacturer doesn't offer such a kit, you can do the job yourself with a small file. If you do, be sure to rough up the roller surface evenly.

#8: Close the manual feed tray when not in use
If the printer uses a manual feed tray for printing labels or legal-size documents, make sure that it's always closed when not in use.  A quick turn of a chair or an accidental slip could cause a user to bump into the protruding tray and break it.  Although it may be a slight inconvenience to keep unfolding the tray, it's much safer in its stored position.

#9: Use care when replacing parts
Since printers are made of breakable materials like plastic, you should use care when assembling or repairing them.  This is especially true when working with covers and cases because the small plastic tabs that hold them in place are easy to break off.  If you find yourself exerting a great deal of force when reassembling a printer, you should probably back off and take another look at how the parts fit together.  The chances are good that the angle you're using to put the parts together is wrong or the parts don't fit together the way you thought they did.

#10: Purchase a service manual
If you'd like to know more about repairing your particular model of printer, you can buy a service manual from the manufacturer.  These manuals provide extensive troubleshooting tips, subassembly diagrams, and other useful repair information.  When it comes time to make repairs on your printer, the service manual will make your job much easier.  Depending on the type of repair you're doing, you may even be able to read step-by-step instructions for solving your particular problem.


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Use Laser Copier Printer for Quick and Clear Printing


Bubble jet, laser and inkjet are some of the common technology used in printers for commercial or personal purposes.  Every printer model varies in aspects such as technology, features, functions, appearance and quality.  Hence, plan your budget and determine your requirements before simply rushing out to buy any printer.


A laser copier printer is one of the best investments.  Generally, it can last for a long time due to its high quality and technology.  Selling one as a second-hand is not a problem.  There is always some demand for such a printer for commercial or personal purposes.  This is very much understandable considering its high speed, quality and clarity of printing documents.

Generally, laser copier printers are divided into two categories, mono and color.  A mono laser printer only prints in black and white.  However, a color printer can print in color and is very suitable for printing digital photos and images.  It is much more costly than a mono printer is.  A large printer using color laser technology is usually used in a digital photo shop for printing photos and images.
A laser printer uses a toner cartridge, similar to a fax machine.  This cartridge can last for many months, immaterial of whether it is a color or mono one.  Some laser models can print documents on one side. Other models can print on both sides and they are called as duplex printers.

A duplex printer usually has function buttons for you to choose one-sided or duplex printing.  With duplex printing, there is no necessity to waste time and energy to take out the printed-paper and turn it over for the other side for double-sided printing.  You may save money as time goes on.  There is less electricity used for printing.

All-in-one printer, which uses laser technology, can perform many functions.  Some models can scan and print documents while others can scan, fax and print documents or photos.  Hence, you do not have to spend money to buy a separate scanner or fax machine.  It also saves some space at your home or office.

Since a laser copier printer usually uses digital technology with memory functions, using one is indeed easy.  You save some of your favorite features for printing without having to choose the required features all the time.  Therefore, if you want to enjoy high speed, quality and clarity of printing, consider getting a laser copier printer.  It might be worth the price in the long run.

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What To Look For When Selecting A High Quality, Fast, And Reliable Copier


If you are looking for a high quality, fast, and reliable copier for your office, the first thing you want to do is set a budget.  If your budget is on the low side, as most of our budgets are these days, you will want to consider a refurbished copy machine over new copiers.  Read on to learn why, and how else to find a high quality, fast, and reliable copier for your office.


Just like cars that lose value as soon as they leave the lot, a copier significantly decreases in resale value as soon as it is sold for the first time.  Although most refurbished copy machines are less than three months old and come from short term rentals, off lease contracts, sales demos and corporate downsizing, they can cost up to 75% less than a brand new copier - even though it performs exactly the same.  If you want the most value for your dollar, you should definitely choose a used copier.
Now, let's get to the main topic of the article: how to choose a high quality, fast, and reliable copier.  The first thing to do is to look for high quality brand names, such as Xerox, Ricoh, Toshiba, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, or Canon copy machines.  These are the top brands in their industry, and most come with some kind of limited or extended warranty when you buy one.  If you are interested in purchasing a refurbished copier, you can still find a top brand, and most will come with a warranty as well.

As far as speed and reliability in a copier: most copy machines are pretty much on par with one another when it comes to the speed that they make copies at.  Just make sure you choose a current model of a name brand copier with a warranty, and you should be able to guarantee that your copies are always fast, reliable, and high quality.  If you choose to go with a refurbished copier, make sure you find out what the company does as part of the refurbishing process.  Also make sure that your copier comes with a "same as new" 90 day complete parts and labor warranty.

Once again, if you are looking for a high quality, fast, and reliable copier for your office, we cannot stress enough that you should look for a refurbished copier before buying a brand new copier.  It will provide your office with the productivity it requires for many years but won't come with the elevated costs of a brand new copy machine.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Have You Filled Your Printer With a Printer Cartridge


As a gun needs cartridges to shoot, printers need print cartridges to print.  A printer is no more a computer accessory.  It is no more an optional stuff.  Today everyone prefers to go for a printer when they buy a computer.  Printers have mostly reduced the hand written reports.  Print outs are more preferred, whether in office or in school, as it is more convenient to read and even take less time to write than it is written by hand.  But how do these printers print?  A printer prints on paper with ink.  The ink in these printers is in the form of the print cartridges.  Let us deal with this mystery and reveal it.


There are many types of printers.  These are the dot matrix printer, inkjet printer, laser printer etc. Although all of the printers do the same job that is printing, their preferences are varied.  Some would like to go for a dot matrix printer as they can print multiple pages through carbon copies while some people may like to go for laser printers as the dot matrix printer are too noisy.  Dot matrix printers make a lot of noise while printing on the paper.  The Dot matrix printers inner workings are similar to the working of a type writer.  Whatever may be the type of printer, a printer cartridge is needed.  Different types of printers use different types of print cartridges.

A printer cartridge is actually the ink that prints characters on the paper.  It is the basic tool for the printer to work.  Whether a printer is at home or in the office, a print cartridge is essential to make a mark on the papers.  Printer cartridges include toner, ink refill, ink, and inkjet printer ink and top quality cartridges.  Let me give you a technical overview on printer and how does it work?  Printers are basically endowed with a flat ribbon that strikes and make an impact on the paper in the form of letters.  The ink flows from the storage of ink in the printer to the ribbon.  Malfunctioning of the ribbon make the printer disable to print characters on the page.  Sometimes some letters are missed when such happens.

Print cartridges should always be selected cautiously.  Go for the discounted print cartridge, but never compromise on its quality.  Quality printer cartridges, can offer you the best performance in printing. There are also color printers that print in colors.  Colored printers have different printer cartridges. The Printer is playing a vital role in the present economy. The success of your business in a way can depend on the printed paper that is depended on the print cartridge.  Your business document will reflect your efficiency and competence in the business.  

If your print cartridge is not good at producing quality printing then it would create a bad impression on you client.  It can even risk your deal to be finalized. So always check for the printer cartridge to avoid such redundant situation.

Keep excess printer cartridges in store.  While printing some important documents, if your printer runs out of ink, what would you do?  You may not have enough time to buy new printer cartridge. So always keep your printer cartridge in surplus to avoid such situations.

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Printer Repair Becomes The Essential Commodity For The Optimum Performance Output


Printer has been considered as the most versatile instrument in today's times to execute the varied computational mundane requirements in an organization.


The most important component and the prerequisite parameter is the quality of the print which gets dispensed out in the form of hand-outs.  However, if the print quality gets hampered or distorted it calls in for the printer repair mechanisms.

The printer repair has rose to prominence with reference to handling the varied printer repairs to resolve the printer malfunctioning.  In general, the printer malfunctioning happens for two distinct reasons:

Software: The printer driver problems:
· The printer driver is the software program which brings about the effective printing functions in a printer when connected to the laptop or the desktop computers. It has remained as connectivity between the printer device (hardware) and the computer systems.

· The problem associated with printer drivers can be resolved, if the user attempts to re-install them in the computer systems, so as to take the printer into control for the effective functioning.

· In some cases, when the printer is connected to the updated operating system or the (OS), the printer drivers also need to be updated regularly, so as to make the best use of the printers.

· The updated printer drivers are readily available over the internet with respect to the printer brand.

Network Problems:
· The printer often fails to detect in the premise network for most of the time during the print scheduling.

· The problems could be multi-fold here; one should always see the computer's systems network connectivity in the local area network (LAN).

· Sometimes, the printer drivers for network should be updated to get back the printer connectivity onto the network domain.

Hardware: Some of the Printer Hardware Problems:

Paper jams:
· Paper jams in a printer have been a common symptomatic problems related to the printer hardware.
· As an analogy, one needs to understand as to the real cause of paper jams rather than just attempting to the removal of the jammed paper.

· One should really attempt to open all the flaps of the printer and look inside for any paper which has been stuck and one should ensure to remove them to ensure that there are no paper jams in the long run.

Ink quality getting hampered:
The print ink quality eventually gets hampered if the toner in the cartridge gets depleted and one should attempt to refill the printer cartridge at the earliest or to replace with the new print cartridge. This way you can improve the print quality.

Paper quality has a predominant impact on printers and the cartridge ink
· The usage of low grade paper as a means to get the print outs; turns up as an impact for the printer cartridge ink.

· The low grade paper while on their way to get printed gets blurred which results in the low quality print and further excess of toner is consumed in the course of time, especially when attempting to take the print of images and pictures.

The cartridge groove problem:
· The printer cartridge gets fixed onto the printer groove and once the printer cartridge gets firmly fixed, it would be eventually ready to take more print requests.

· In the event that a printer cartridge does not get into the groove properly well, it leads to the problems such as the paper jams, crumbled paper when attempting to dispense out.

Network connectivity problem
· The printing network connectivity problems can be attributed to one big reason is that the patch cable connecting the printer to the network console is loosely attached or damaged.

· One should ensure that the printer cables are properly plugged in, so that the printer is visible among the peers in the network for the print spooling.

· One should ensure that the network bandwidth is optimally good; this is to ensure that the printers are working at their optimum with reference to taking the print-outs.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

HP Printers Vs Canon Printer


The world today has been incredibly altered by the developments of technology.  You'll be amazed at the many different innovations and modernization's that technology has produced for different machines.  All the mechanisms around us are becoming even more useful as time passes by.  Computers are some of these useful devices, and an HP or a Canon printer would definitely make the set complete.


A lot of printer makes and models have been released in the market, and most of them offer various new features and technological developments.  Each model has a different purpose in printing, but there is one thing you can be sure of: good printers have good reputations.  Examples are Hewlett-Packard and Canon printers.  The two names are well-known because of the excellent features that they offer.

They may be popular, but HP and Canon drove a long way before getting to where they are now.  Making a respectable image in the industry takes a long time, even several years, to establish.  The question now is: which one is better, Canon or HP?  It may not be that easy to tell because the companies have different sets of printers.  In order to find out, let us compare their models.
Firstly, HP and Canon do not have much difference when you talk about conventional printing. The trademark of HP in inkjet printers, the DeskJet series, and the inkjet printers of Canon are quite similar to each other.  The Business Inkjet 2800 from HP and the PIXMA iX7000 from Canon have the same business-quality performance that provides excellent document quality, professional prints, and colorful photos.

Having a photo printer of your own makes printing pictures very easy, and HP and Canon's photo printers are excellent for this job.  HP's Photosmart D7100 and Canon's PIXMA iP6220D are excellent photo printers that offer great features like a 2.5'' LCD color display that allows you to view and edit your photos and print them without a computer simply by inserting memory cards in the memory card slots.

For multi-functional features that are perfect for the office, an all-in-one printer where you can print, fax, scan, and photocopy is the best choice.  An example of this is the K7100 from HP's Officejet 4500 All-in-One series and the PIXMA MX7600 Office All-in-One printer from Canon.  You can use these two machines to print, copy, and fax in full color and receive documents and images in perfect hue.

If you want the latest in printing technology, laser printers offer the best printing quality and speed.  The Color LaserJet CP4025dn printer from HP and the image CLASS LBP6300dn from Canon allows you to save up to 50% of paper with their duplex-printing feature, and save time as well with printing speeds of 30-35 pages-per-minute.  These devices are also network-ready so you can connect and print straight from the internet.

As you can see, HP and Canon printers have a lot in common.  They may have different technologies but their features are a lot alike.  The only difference that they might have would be their prices.  For a more affordable selection, choose HP; but if you don't mind the costs, choose Canon.  Your decision makes the final statement.

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