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The Latest Mobile Print Technology

Friday April 18, 2014

Mobile devices are outselling desktop PCs 2 to 1. Make sure that your next printer has the mobile printing features, such as NFC, Wi-F Direct, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, document printing via email,  you need. Did you know that NFC, for example, allows you to print by simply waving your mobile device over the printer? Checkout this About.com article on the latest mobile print features:


Learn How to Estimate Cost Per Page (CPP)

Saturday April 12, 2014

Few would-be printer buyers are aware that buying the wrong printer could cost them hundreds, even thousands of dollars over the life of the printer. Often, choosing $150 low-volume personal printer over a $300 high-volume model can mean the difference of as much as 10 cents or more in the cost of each color page. If you print thousands of pages each month, this kind of per-page cost difference, or cost per page (CPP) could cost literally thousands of dollars on ink (for inkjet printers) or toner (on laser-class printers). For a more detailed description of how this works, see my latest About.com article:



Make Your Windows 8.x Printer Secure

Saturday April 12, 2014

Can you think of any scenarios where you may want to control who can use you printer, and when? Does the night crew really need to print, or are you leaving yourself open to theft? In this article, I show you how to use Printer Properties control panel to restrict who can use the printer, and what hours it should be available. Taking a few minutes to secure the printer can save you money and grief.


Don't Let that $150 Printer Cost You Thousands Too Much

Saturday April 12, 2014

It's pretty much common knowledge that printer manufacturers entice you with a low upfront purchase price, only to gouge you later on the cost of ink and/or toner. If you have a relatively high print volume, purchasing the wrong printer can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than another model over the life of the printer. In this article, I show you how to get around this by simply paying a little more upfront for a higher-volume printer.


Time for Spring Cleaning? Start with a Label Printer

Thursday March 29, 2012

Ah, springtime. New blossoms, pollen in the air, and a hankering for starting that spring cleaning. But organization projects can be daunting. Why not enlist the help of a label printer? You'll find lots of reviews of label printers right here; and if you've already got one but are stuck for ideas, you can browse through Epson's YouTube channel and find some great new ways to use the wide variety of colors and materials available for that company's label printers, such as the LabelWorks LW-400. Try glow-in-the-dark colors for things stored in basements, iron-ons for clothing and fabric, and metallic or fluorescent for getting that garage in order. Save your eyesight by using large font sizes for items that are big enough to accommodate them, and take advantage of the built-in memory that most label printers have these days so that you don't have to start from scratch each time.

Updated List of Best Laser and LED Printers

Monday March 19, 2012

Brother HL-3075CW Digital Color PrinterWhether you're working in a busy professional office or are just a one-person show with offices in your basement, a laser printer can be a huge benefit. Laser and LED printers offer great print speeds, so that you can print as fast as three seconds per page, and fantastic final products (as long as you don't really want to print photographs, though graphics typically look great). Best of all, pricing on laser and LED printers is getting closer to inkjet pricing--and while toner refills aren't cheap, they do last a very long time. The list of Best Laser / LED Printers has been updated with some new pricing and some new units. When you start your search for a new printer, consider taking the plunge on a laser printer and you probably won't be dissatisfied.

3-D Printed Race Car: Really Small, Really Fast

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Vienna University of Technology 3-D Printed Race CarOk, you've read a lot about 3-D printing, from printing new prosthetic limbs to creating custom cufflinks. All great, exciting stuff, but so...large. No worries. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have shown that 3-D printing need not be consigned only to very big--or even slightly large--projects. They're using 3-D (or additive) printing technology to create realistic-looking sculptures that can be measured in hundreds of nanometers. As a reminder, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Blue light has a wavelength of about 475 nanometers. That's pretty small. How does it work? According to the scientists, "The 3D printer uses a liquid resin, which is hardened at precisely the correct spots by a focused laser beam. The focal point of the laser beam is guided through the resin by movable mirrors and leaves behind a polymerized line of solid polymer, just a few hundred nanometers wide. This high resolution enables the creation of intricately structured sculptures as tiny as a grain of sand." Their printer is also fast, the scientists say, able to print as much as five meters per second. That opens the doors to much bigger, and more practical, 3-D printed objects.

Canon Pixma MX892 Wireless All-in-One Printer Reviewed

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Canon Pixma MX892 Wireless All-in-One PrinterCanon's newest Pixma printer, the MX892, offers a lot for not so much money. At about $200, the printer offers scanning, faxing, and copying capability, in addition to wired or wireless networking, an automatic document feeder, and lots of other options that are often only for more expensive printers. What you won't get is a printer that's particularly fast, or all that quiet. Well, as John Barth once wrote, life choices are trade-offs, dear reader, and while he wasn't referring specifically to printers, the lesson holds true here. Not that you necessarily have to trade speed for quality, but while this printer doesn't provide much of the former, it does have a great deal of the latter, particularly when it comes to printing photos, where the MX892 really shines. Want to learn more about the pros and cons of the newest Canon Pixma printer? Read the Full Review for more details.

Canon Releases New Pixma MX892 Wireless All-in-One

Tuesday March 6, 2012

Canon today announced the release of a new addition to its line of Pixma printers, the MX892 Wireless Office All-in-One, which it calls "the flagship model in the award-winning family" of Canon Pixma printers. The MX892 will allow easy access to Google Cloud Print as well as Canon's Pixma Cloud Link--the latter allows users to print photos directly from online albums. Another option for wireless connectivity is Canon Easy-Photo Print, an app (for iPhones and Android devices) "where documents can be scanned on the printer and sent to the [mobile] device." The printer uses five ink tanks, can scan oversized documents, offers built-in duplex printing / scanning / copying, and comes with lots of photo-effects software. When available, it will retail for $199.99. Check back soon for a full review.

Review of the HP Photosmart 7510 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer

Sunday March 4, 2012

HP Photosmart 7510 All-in-One Color Inkjet PrinterSmall and sleek, with some fancy (if not completely practical) futuristic styling, the HP Photosmart 7510 color inkjet printer delivers some good value without breaking the bank. Like some other printers I've seen recently, the 7510 boasts a large touchscreen with a number of customizable apps in addition to function keys for the copier and scanner (and eFax feature, which offers the first 20 incoming and 20 outgoing pages each month for free; which, given the amount of faxing I need to do, seems a pretty good deal). The touchscreen isn't the easiest to use and not all the apps work perfectly, but those are fairly petty gripes against this handy and inexpensive all-in-one printer. Read the Full Review for some more pros and cons of the HP Photosmart 7510.

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