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What to look for when buying a new printer

Posted on 04 November 2011

 

Buying a new wireless printer can often be confusing, with many features that sound technical and irrelevant. We show you the important features to look for when buying a new printer, to ensure you end up with a product that lasts and works well for you.

LCD Screen
Quite often printers nowadays come with a small LCD screen. This is a god send for convenience and lets you manage print jobs, check ink levels, see error messages, and configure other settings without having to touch a computer.

Paper types
As with any printer the ability to handle different paper sizes such as envelope printing and such like can be a real benefit. Laser printers can usually handle different weights of paper, something that inkjets sometimes lack. Envelope printing is now a standard feature for most printers irrespective of the type but be sure to check, if this is important to you.
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Laser or Inkjet?

Posted on 30 October 2011

 

One of the main choices faced when buying a new printer, is whether to opt for a laser or inkjet printer. With colour laser printers having dropped dramatically in price over the last few years they have entered the reach of the home buyer and look like an attractive proposition now.

The first consideration you should have is the volume of printing you plan to do. Laser printers are generally aimed towards those who do a lot of printing. Lasers are designed to handle large print jobs having originally been made for duty in the workplace.
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Wireless Printers for iPad – AirPrint Enabled Printers

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Wireless Printers for iPad – AirPrint Enabled Printers

Posted on 26 June 2011

 

What is AirPrint?
Airprint is a technology designed by Apple to allow you to wirelessly print directly from your iPad. Whether it’s an email, presentation, photo, document or web page, they can all can be printed out wirelessly from anywhere in the home, just by tapping the screen. The preinstalled Print Center app allows you to send the item to be printed, then instantly get on with other tasks such as surfing as the print out is dealt with in the background. Of course it’s not just the iPad that can print wirelessly. All devices with the iOS 4.2 update or above are capable such as the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Any AirPrint enabled wireless printer on your home network is automatically detected by the iPad, making it easy and simple to start printing in minutes. AirPrint printers are currently manufactured by all the major players in the printer market – Canon, HP and Epson to mention a few. You can learn more and check out all compatible printers on the Apple AirPrint page here.

I was curious to see how iPad technologies integrated with wireless printers, and the main printer I found to be capable was the HP CN245B Photosmart

It’s an odd thing, Apple seem to re-invent the wheel for every new product they develop, and the iPad is no different. Printers looking to integrate with the iPad need to have AirPrint enabled… there is a list of printers which integrate with iPad below – hope this helps! All HP curiously!

HP Envy e-All-in-One series (D410a)
HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)
HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a)
HP Photosmart eStation (C510) ** Awesome Printer
HP LaserJet P1102w Printer

To see how easy it is to print to an AirPrint enabled wireless printer check out this YouTube video:

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Top 10 Best Wireless printers for 2011

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Top 10 Best Wireless printers for 2011

Posted on 20 January 2011

 

1. HP CN245B Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One Printer

HP CN245B Photosmart
This will allow you to print from just about anywhere through sending your printing job via email. You will be able to send print jobs from a various devices; such as Apple® iPad™, an iPhone™ or other smartphones. As well as your desktop/PC, or a work or personal laptop, or e-mobile device without adding software or downloads.
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Wireless Printers – The Ultimate Lowdown

Posted on 20 January 2011

 

So here are a few quick requirements for finding a unique and savvy investment in a wired or wireless printer. We have a bit of experience in this area, and want to pass it on, so consider this your checklist… you ready? Here we go – here are a few things to consider:

1. Wireless printers connect to any wireless network you specify. Typically this is the home router supplied by your Internet Service Provider. This means that any other device connected to the router, such an a Laptop and iPad upstairs, or a desktop PC downstairs has the ability to print to your wireless printer. Having wireless capability, means you can situate your printer anywhere in your home with a power socket, ie. it does not need to physically plug into your router. This can be beneficial if you want to hide your printer under the stairs for example, or situate it where a wired network cable would be unsightly or costly to lay.
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Wireless Printers – What is the difference?

Posted on 20 January 2011

 

There are two main types of printers available to you, inkjet and laser.
Although all printers will fall into these two categories, there are many variations of each when it comes properties and their capabilities.

Laser Printers

There are several different styles of printers. A laser printer works by using a laser beam to produce an image of what you print on a drum. The drum is then through a toner reservoir that will be taken on the loaded image on the drum, then transferred to paper using pressure and heat. You will often see the heat warning labels and a fan inside the laser printer may become hot during use. Laser printers can be divided into two subgroups, black and white and color. Monochrome lasers are becoming more common, and two, because it was only in the past year, or when color laser printers have really started to shine.
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