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Printer Ink: Mythbuster Edition

From the Printware Blog on 16th June 2015 in Consumer Advice, News, Resources

Like anything, there are a lot of myths that have been twisted and told throughout the years about printers. In a bid to dispel the common myths surrounding printer cartridges and ink, we have compiled a short guide -Mythbuster style. Read on to find out more about the truth surrounding this printer accessory and how you can avoid a questionable deal.

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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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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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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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