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The Rise of BYOD

From the Printware Blog on 1st July 2013 in Printing Technology

BYOD is set to transform the way we do business and revolutionise workplace practices. If you’re not already familiar with BYOD, the chances are that you soon will be. It stands for Bring Your Own Device and refers to the growing practice of employees using personal computing devices at work. 60% of companies say that most of their employees now bring their own devices - is your business ready?

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The Printware Guide to Buying a Laser Printer

From the Printware Blog on 1st July 2013 in Consumer Advice

Buying a new laser printer can be confusing, even bewildering at times and, with ever-changing technology and seemingly endless options, where do you start? Fortunately, we’ve put together a handy little guide to help you and give you an idea of what to look out for.

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Printware Buying Guide - Single or Multifunction

From the Printware Blog on 1st July 2013 in Consumer Advice

Single function or multifunction? A simple enough question but before, you make a decision, it’s work taking a look at just what a multifunction printer can do for you. An MFP isn’t just a device for making copies and sending faxes; it can streamline, or even transform your document management processes. Here’s how…

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Printware Buying Guide - Colour or Mono

From the Printware Blog on 28th June 2013 in Consumer Advice

Do you need a colour printer or a mono printer? It’s such a fundamental question that the answer may seem obvious but there are some important things to consider when you’re looking for a printer. The benefits of colour printing are well documented but it’s worth talking about the impact of using colour in your printed materials.

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A Quick Guide to Cloud Printing

From the Printware Blog on 21st June 2013 in Consumer Advice

You may have noticed an increasing number of printers on the Printware website described as Google Cloud Print ready but are you familiar with cloud printing and are you aware of the benefits? Cloud printing has been around for a few years but now it's really starting to take off and it's no longer just for printing your holiday snaps before you get home.

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A Quick Guide to Wireless Printing

From the Printware Blog on 21st June 2013 in Consumer Advice

Wireless printing is on the rise, with an ever-expanding range of WiFi printers on the market. Most homes and businesses now have access to a wireless network but, if you're feeling left behind, or you haven't yet embraced the benefits that wireless printing can bring, we've put together a quick introduction for you. Read on to find out how wireless printing can help make your life easier.

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A Quick Guide to AirPrint

From the Printware Blog on 21st June 2013 in Consumer Advice

You’ve probably already heard of Apple AirPrint but, unless you’re already using it, you may be wondering exactly what it is and what it does. We've put together this quick little guide, which gives you a brief introduction to Apple's wireless printing app. Read on to find out more about AirPrint and whether you need to get yourself hooked up with an AirPrint printer.

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Why Your Printer Cost More Than You Think

From the Printware Blog on 19th June 2013 in Consumer Advice

How much did you printer cost you? Wrong. Chances are, the number you said was the purchase price of the printer and didn’t include the cost of actually owning and running it. If you did include those things, reward yourself with a nice cup of tea and don’t bother reading the rest of the article.

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New Samsung ProXpress Printers

From the Printware Blog on 17th June 2013 in New Products

Following the release of its Xpress printers, Samsung has just released three new business mono printers, the ProXpress range.The range, so far, consists of the 38 page per minute M3820ND single function device and two MFPs, the 33ppm M3370FD and the 38ppm M3870FW.

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Printware Takes On Three Peaks Challenge

From the Printware Blog on 5th June 2013 in Charity

Printware is once again pulling together for a good cause as a team of adventurous souls is preparing to scale the heights for Dreams Come True. Last year, a group from Printware raised £2000 for Dreams Come True by walking the South Downs. This year, the stakes are considerably higher as the team takes on the daunting Three Peaks Challenge.

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Kyocera Celebrates 25 Years in the UK

From the Printware Blog on 29th May 2013 in News

What does an amoeba have in common with ceramic knives and laser printers? The answer can be found in the tale of Kyocera Document Solutions, the Japanese company that’s now celebrating 25 years in the UK. Read on to find out how single-celled organisms and the world’s second hardest substance combine in a recession-proof success story.

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New Brother Laser Printers and MFPs

From the Printware Blog on 23rd May 2013 in New Products

It might not feel like it but Spring is in the air and, as is traditional, the printer manufacturers have been busy updating their ranges. Brother has been busier than most, launching no fewer than twelve models in the last few weeks. Here, we take a look at a few of them and pick out some of the important things you need to know.

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OKI MC700 Series Means Business

From the Printware Blog on 17th May 2013 in New Products

OKI has just launched its new range of A4 colour laser MFPs, the MC700 series. Aimed at businesses and workgroups that need enterprise-level functionality, the new devices are heavy hitters that boast speed, flexiblity and reliability, with class-leading security and convenient finishing options as standard. Read on to find out how an OKI MC700 series printer can help drive your business forward.

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Why You Need a Managed Print Solution

From the Printware Blog on 9th May 2013 in Consumer Advice, Managed Print

Do you know how much your company spends on printing? There's a good chance that you don't and that you're spending far more on supplies, servicing and hardware than you realise. You probably think that your business and your printer fleet are too small for you to even think about a managed print service. You're wrong. Here's why...

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Free Printer Friday

From the Printware Blog on 2nd May 2013 in News

In April we ran a very successful Twitter competition in which we gave away a free printer to one lucky winner. We're pleased to announce that we'll be running a similar contest each month, with the winner picked at random on the last Friday of the month. Read on to find out more, then get yourself over to Twitter and get tweeting. Good luck!

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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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