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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Set Up Google Cloud Print

From the Printware Blog on 16th February 2012 in Consumer Advice, Software

Recently, we talked about Google Cloud Print and how it allows you to print from virtually anywhere with a compatible device. There are seemingly more Cloud-enabled printers and cloud printing apps available every day and getting set up may be easier than you think.

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The Impact of 3D Printing on Intellectual Property

From the Printware Blog on 10th February 2012 in 3D Printing, Consumer Advice

As the juggernaut of 3D printing rolls on and every day sees new uses emerge for this maturing technology, it inevitably throws up a few conundrums as well. Manufacturing, it seems, is now for the masses and, despite the many benefits, there could be problems too.

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Size Really Does Matter When it Comes to Printing

From the Printware Blog on 11th November 2011 in Consumer Advice

The benefits of A3 printing may seem obvious but the potential impact of A3 promotional material on small businesses may just surprise you. Professor Richard Wiseman carried out research which showed that larger printed images and visual aids can make a business seem more successful and professional.

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How Businesses Can Improve Network Printer Security

From the Printware Blog on 7th November 2011 in Security, Consumer Advice

Recently, a graduate student at Dublin City University discovered several security flaws in printers which make them vulnerable to hackers. If your printer isn't properly protected you could be leaving a gaping hole in your defences, so we take a look at what you can do to stay secure.

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Keep Your Head in the Cloud

Not so long ago, a cloud was a fluffy white thing in the sky or, depending on where you live, a great big black thing in the sky with rain coming out of it. However, we live in a world of rapidly evolving technology where it seems to be easier to invent things than make up new words. So now, apparently, a cloud is something to do with computers and you can use one to print things.

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Beat the VAT Increase

From the Printware Blog on 20th November 2009 in Consumer Advice, News

All good things must come to an end and, as of January 1st, the rate of VAT will return to its previous level. If you pay VAT on your print related goods, get your orders in now to avoid giving more of your hard-earned to Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling.

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UK Businesses Could Save Over 2 Billion Pounds a Year by Printing Smarter

From the Printware Blog on 9th November 2009 in Consumer Advice

As a nation, we could be spending up to two billion pounds a year too much in printing costs. Despite the current trend for streamlining and downsizing, most businesses are unaware of how much they actually spend on print. If you'd like to take control of your printing budget and spend less money, read on and we'll tell you how...

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Find Out if Your Printer Will Work With Windows 7

From the Printware Blog on 30th October 2009 in Software, Consumer Advice

Microsoft always manages to create a stir when it launches a new operating system and Windows 7 is no exception. After the painful experiences suffered by many Windows Vista users, you'd be forgiven a certain amount of caution if you're thinking of upgrading to Windows 7. We can't tell you whether or not to take the plunge but we can help you work out whether you'll be able to carry on using your old printer.

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Shop Safely Online with Printware

From the Printware Blog on 9th October 2009 in Consumer Advice

Despite the recent explosion in internet usage and the proliferation of social networking sites, many internet users are still sceptical about making purchases online. We look at why some customers are reluctant to do business over the web and what can be done to overcome their fears. We also look at what Printware is doing to make online shopping easier and safer.

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Kodak Printers Save You Money

From the Printware Blog on 11th June 2009 in New Products, Consumer Advice

Kodak has recently directed its considerable resources towards marketing its new range of inkjet printers. Having succeeded in its original aim of bringing imaging into people's daily lives with affordable, easy-to-use cameras, Kodak is on a mission to cut the cost of printing photos at home. It claims that its ESP all-in-one printers can save up to £75 per year on consumable costs compared with similar inkjet printers. The big question is whether they really are that cheap to run and, of course, whether they are any good.

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