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How to Recycle Your Printer

From the Printware Blog on 1st May 2013 in Environment, Consumer Advice

When you buy a new printer what do you do with the old one? Disposing of used electrical equipment can be a bit of a headache, especially if your conscience (quite rightly) prevents you from just chucking it in the nearest skip when no-one’s looking. If you want to ensure that your old printer doesn’t end up in a landfill site but don’t know what to do, then read on.

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How to Recycle Your Toner Cartridges

From the Printware Blog on 24th April 2013 in Environment, Consumer Advice

Continuing with our green theme, we move on to recycling and look at some easy ways to recycle your empty toner cartridges. You might be surprised to learn just how few toner cartridges are recycled and how many end up in landfill. We're committed to doing our bit to redress this balance so, if you'd like to know how you can make a real difference whilst barely lifting a finger, read on...

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10 Easy Tips for Greener Printing

From the Printware Blog on 17th April 2013 in Environment, Consumer Advice

Last month we looked at choosing the right printer if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and highlighted some machines which are easier on your pocket as well as the environment. Choosing the right printer is only part of the story, though, as there are plenty of steps you can take to lessen the impact of your printing on the environment. The good new is that they'll also save you money.

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Supporting the Mission for Sam

From the Printware Blog on 22nd March 2013 in Charity

Printware has always prided itself on being a generous company, willing to support worthy causes both globally and locally. This was certainly the case this week as Printware employees threw their weight behind Mission for Sam, a campaign to fund life-saving treatment for 16 year old Sam John, who urgently needs £100,000 to fight an inoperable brain tumour.

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Printware Donates to South Parade Pier Campaign

From the Printware Blog on 19th March 2013 in Charity

Printware has pledged its support to a local cause by donating some much needed software to The People’s Pier. Run by local businessman, Leon Reis, The People’s Pier is aiming to buy and renovate South Parade Pier in Southsea, Portsmouth and re-open it to the public.

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Understanding PageWide and Edgeline Technology

From the Printware Blog on 18th March 2013 in Printing Technology, Resources

PageWide is a technology from HP which is based around inkjet technology in so far as it uses ink tanks and a printhead to fire the ink onto the paper.  It was developed from Edgeline technology, which uses a stationary printhead that spans the width of the page meaning that it can print incredibly fast.  

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Understanding Liquid Gel Technology

From the Printware Blog on 18th March 2013 in Printing Technology, Resources

Ricoh invented GelJet (formerly GelSprinter) technology, which is a hybrid between laser and inkjet printers offering a balance between print speed and image quality at an affordable price in a business environment. Gelsprinters use viscous Gel instead of ink, which dries instantly, is UV proof and Waterproof.  Due to this technology, high speed printing is ensured even in duplex mode. Speeds are up to 30 pages per minute for both colour and black and white.

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Understanding Dot Matrix Technology

From the Printware Blog on 18th March 2013 in Printing Technology, Resources

Dot matrix printers, also known as line printers, are generally used in more industrial or stores environments where quality isn't necessarily top of the agenda. They are by far the most robust of printers and are able to print on multi-part or carbon copy stationery using pre-printed "tractor-feed" paper. This technology is typically very noisy although sound dampening cabinets are available for office installations.

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Understanding Laser Technology

From the Printware Blog on 15th March 2013 in Printing Technology, Resources

A laser (or LED) printer is a very versatile machine that is suitable for both home and office use. Text is always razor sharp and images are clean. Photo quality can be an issue at the lower end of the price bracket although even the most expensive laser can not compete with a decent inkjet for photo quality printing. Laser printers generally enjoy the lowest running costs although it may be worth considering an inkjet for light use.

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Choosing an Eco Friendly Printer

From the Printware Blog on 15th March 2013 in Environment, Consumer Advice

Managing environmental impact has become an important consideration for most businesses and individuals. Protecting the planet by reducing waste and emissions doesn’t just make good sense ethically, it’s also good for business. Effectively managing your print resources will go a long way reducing your carbon footprint and it all starts with choosing the right printer. 

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Understanding Inkjet Technology

From the Printware Blog on 15th March 2013 in Printing Technology, Resources

Inkjet printers have traditionally been favoured by home users for their low purchase price and by photographers and the graphics industry for their high image quality. Although usually more expensive to run than laser printers, there is a growing number of business-orientated inkjet printers available which can offer a lower cost per page than a laser printer. Lower energy consumption also makes inkjet printers an attractive proposition but they still lack the durability of laser printers when it comes to high volume printing.

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Printer Drivers and Software Downloads

From the Printware Blog on 15th March 2013 in Resources

If you have lost your original CD that came with your printer or have upgraded to a new operating system that is not included on your start up CD then this section is for you. Also useful for looking for the latest printer driver or firmware incase you are having problems with any of your printer's functions. It's a good idea to reload the latest software before embarking on any other trouble-shooting attempts. We have compiled this useful list of links that will take you directly to the manufacturer's software download area.

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Xerox A3 Laser Printers

From the Printware Blog on 13th March 2013 in Consumer Advice

Xerox is rightly famous for its superb A4 solid ink range but there also some fine A3 laser devices in the line-up. A couple of years back, an A3 colour laser printer for under £1000 would have been big news; now you can get one for under £750 ex VAT. That’s less than you’d pay for many decent, mid-range A4 printers.

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Paper Sizes Explained

From the Printware Blog on 13th March 2013 in Resources, Consumer Advice

Paper sizes, what are they and what do they mean? We're all familiar with A4 and A3 but, if you take a look at the specs of an average A4 printer, you'll see that it takes a range of sizes including A5, B5, B6, C5 and C6. You'll also see references to the weight of paper that a printer will take, for instance "up to 220gsm", which indicates the maximum thickness that will pass safely through the printer. If all this leaves you feeling a little puzzled, then read on...

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Print Jargon Explained

From the Printware Blog on 13th March 2013 in Resources, Consumer Advice

All of this printer jargon makes perfect sense to us but may leave some a little baffled. Of course, we are always available to help over the phone during office hours but outside of these times, or if you prefer to investigate yourself, this section has a brief explanation of the industry terms and acronyms that we use on a regular basis.

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Save Money on Your Printing Costs

From the Printware Blog on 13th March 2013 in Resources, Consumer Advice

We get asked a lot of questions about printing and print equipment but there's one that tops the list for frequency - How do I save money on my printing bills? The truth is, there are a number of ways in which saving money can be achieved and very few involve you needing to lay out further sums of money with "it'll be worth it in the long-run" ringing in your ears.

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Originals or Compatibles

From the Printware Blog on 12th March 2013 in Resources, Consumer Advice

Saving money is always an important consideration for any business and never more so than in the current economic recession. Print can be a notoriously expensive resource to manage and one way in which savings can be made is by switching to compatible toners. The decision to switch can be a difficult one, though, with concerns about quality, reliability and the ever-present warranty issue. Read on to find out if compatibles are right for you… 

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Meet the HP Officejet Pro X

From the Printware Blog on 26th February 2013 in New Products, News

Cheaper, smaller and more eco-friendly than a laser printer, the HP Officejet Pro X is now officially the world’s fastest desktop printer. Guinness World Records has officially confirmed the X551dw and X576dw as the world’s fastest desktop printer and MFP at 70 pages per minute. Impressive, but there’s more to a good printer than just speed, so what else does the Pro X series have to offer?

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Print Smarter and Train Smarter

From the Printware Blog on 25th February 2013 in Consumer Advice, News, Managed Print

With the recession marching inexorably on, it’s becoming more and more important for businesses to manage resources effectively and keep costs down. As budgets are slashed, there’s a temptation to cut back on training to save money. How has the training sector fared? What challenges lay ahead? And where does printing come in?

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New Kyocera Mono Printer Range

From the Printware Blog on 21st February 2013 in New Products

Kyocera has announced a range of new, entry-level printers which feature its unique ECOSYS technology and promise class-leading running costs. The new printers are available now from Printware and, here, we take a quick look at what you can expect.

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Saving the World with Xerox Solid Ink

From the Printware Blog on 11th February 2013 in Printing Technology, Environment

Solid ink technology has been around for a long time, with the first solid ink printer going on sale in 1991. If you’ve only ever owned a laser printer you’re missing an opportunity to drastically reduce your printing costs and your carbon emissions.

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Cool Earth and Printware Look Forward to 2013

From the Printware Blog on 6th February 2013 in Charity, Environment

Since July 2011, Printware has worked with rain forest charity Cool Earth to help secure the future of our planet. Nearly two years on, the future is looking brighter than ever as Cool Earth launches even more ambitious projects around the globe. 2013 promises to be an even more fruitful year.

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3D Printing Brings Richard III Back to Life

From the Printware Blog on 5th February 2013 in News, 3D Printing

If you’ve been following the story of the king in the car park, you’ll know that the remains have been confirmed as those of Richard III. Scientists have been able to bring him spectacularly back to life with a combination of techniques, including 3D printing.

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Flexible Print Solutions Key for Recruiters

From the Printware Blog on 31st January 2013 in Consumer Advice, News, Managed Print

2012 was a year of mixed fortunes in the recruitment industry as the retail and financial services sectors were hit hard. The industry as a whole outperformed the rest of the economy, growing by a total of 4.3% for the year. With inflation set to hit 3.5% in 2013 and low growth forecasts, the challenge is to stay flexible and adapt to the ongoing changes in the market.

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Printware Helps Retailers Protect Margins in Tough Market

From the Printware Blog on 29th January 2013 in Consumer Advice, News, Managed Print

It seems that it’s never been tougher to be a retailer as the country faces the prospected of a dreaded triple-dip recession and many High Street brands are forced into administration. With low growth forecasts and an uncertain future, it’s never been more important to mange costs.

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Epson Now Has 105 AirPrint Compatible Printers

From the Printware Blog on 29th January 2013 in Printing Technology, Software, News

Epson has just announced that 105 of its printers will support Apple AirPrint worldwide. As Apple announces increased sales of the iPhone and iPad for the last quarter, compatibility with iOS devices is an important consideration for other manufacturers.

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How Estate Agents Can Save Money with Printware

From the Printware Blog on 28th January 2013 in Consumer Advice, News, Managed Print

UK businesses can save up to £23 billion per annum by making a few simple changes to manage resources more effectively, according to DEFRA. Over £2bn could be saved in printing costs alone, as identified in a 2009 report by cebr (Centre for Economics and Business Research).

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WiFi and Cloud Printing with Xerox

From the Printware Blog on 16th January 2013 in Printing Technology

For the first time in 2012, mobile devices overtook desktop devices as the most common way to access the internet. This shift affects the way we print, too, and there is pressure on businesses to provide dynamic print solutions that can keep up. Making it easy for your employees, or customers, to print wherever and whenever they need to can give you a competitive edge. In short, you need to go mobile.

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New Canon i-SENSYS Printers Coming in January

From the Printware Blog on 13th December 2012 in New Products, News

Canon has released a new range of i-SENSYS laser printers, which will be available from January. The single function devices include both mono and colour machines, with print speeds ranging from 14 to 40 pages per minute and prices from £50 to £350.

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HP Launches LaserJet Pro Printer with Own WiFi Hotspot

From the Printware Blog on 10th December 2012 in News, Printing Technology, New Products

Are there enough Wi-Fi hotspots in your home or office? Do you find yourself trying to print wirelessly only for your connection to keep dropping out? If so, HP’s new Hotspot LaserJet Pro could be just what you need.

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