Printer Page Yields

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Printer Page Yields

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I discussed looking at the on running costs of any printer you were looking to purchase as the initial purchase price should only be the smallest part of the equation when choosing what to buy. It seems somewhat coincidental therefore that today I heard news regarding a new standard allowing consumers to compare the potential ongoing running costs was being pushed through by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

I hear a collective sigh as it’s assumed this could turn in to a shameless plug for my cartridge business but honestly, I really won’t go there today!

Until now printer manufacturers have used a variety of ways to measure how many pages a cartridge will print but after the OFT criticised the four big players (Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark) over an alleged lack of transparency, consumers should now find it easier to compare machine against machine.

The OFT has called on the industry to devise a standard method of testing for all inkjet cartridges and although originally this was supposed to have come in to place by the end of 2003 the industry was given more time to prepare. Just recently the ISO (International Standards Organisation) approved new standards so that cartridges could be accurately compared against one another by consumers.

To emulate how the average user prints three different document types are used consisting of black text and graphics, colour graphics or photographs. All three document types are generally tested on current printers unless there are limitations that would prevent any of the previous tests from having been completed successfully. All these tests are carried out in controlled conditions at the same temperature and humidity as the average home/office and the tests are conducted in a nearly continuous line with normal breaks being taken for changing the paper.

Of course, it should be noted that the above method is quite an economical way of printing and users who do stop/start printing are likely to get poorer page yields than these results would suggest. For those not in the know, when you are not using your printer it does periodically use a small amount of ink for cleaning the print heads to prevent them from drying out. This does mean that theoretically you could never use your cartridge and it would empty itself over a period of time but unfortunately this isn’t the printer manufacturers trying to con you but one of those simple requirements that can’t be avoided.

These page yields, once ascertained will shortly be printed on all packaging of the manufacturers’ original cartridges and additionally on the manufacturers’ websites. I was able to find sections on the Epson and HP websites indicating cartridge page yields but it would appear that Canon and Lexmark haven’t yet put these pages in to place.

Of course, this standard is only going to allow users to compare the on running prices of the manufacturers’ original cartridges rather than the cheaper compatible or remanufactured alternatives but it certainly is a step in the right direction. Whether the average consumer will use this information or whether despite all my warnings customers will continue purchasing the cheapest printer they can find without considering the ongoing costs has yet to be seen.

Chris Holgate writes a weekly article of all things tech related. He is a director and copyrighter of the online computer consumables business Refresh Cartridges who sell cheap ink cartridges, toner cartridges, computer hardware and other computer consumables online. An archive of his work can be found at www.computerarticles.co.uk

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Printer Repairs

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Printer Repairs
Printers are one of the peripheral devices that are recognized almost all around the world. They are among the most preferred accessory whenever one buys a computer. However, the story has changed for the good in the past years. Printers have now assumed a greater role with the advance of multi-function printers on the scenario. With multi-function printers in the offering, even more and more people are queuing up to buy them.

When it comes to choosing and buying printers, there are a lot of available options in the market. Among the many accessible brands, it is best to stick with either Dell or HP. Both these companies offer excellent printers with a long shelf life along with competitive pricing. They have their array of single printers as well as multi-function printers.

Multi-function printers actually combine four devices into a one neat package. With a multi-function printer, you get the capability to not only print but also scan, copy and Fax. Even though these devices offer such a wide array of services, they do not compensate on the quality aspect at all. In fact, some of them offer better quality than Stand alone printers. A multi-function printer offers printing in both color and black and white.

They offer print speeds starting from 25 pages per minute to going about near forty and more. Not only that, they have a monthly printing capability of in excess of seventy thousand pages per minute. Their scanning is offered in the highest possible resolutions while copying too can be done in color as well as black and white. The Fax device, although obsolete after the introduction of e-mail too does just service.

If your printer repairs, you don’t have to call the experts. Most of the time, the problem is something simple that you can fix yourself-if you have the right information. If you keep your manual and make sure to keep your printer clean and well-maintained, you should be able to keep your printer in working order-and fix it when it breaks.

Look on the manufacturer’s website. Okay, so you threw out the manual when you bought the printer-or you can’t find it. No big deal. Check the manufacturer’s website and see if the directions are there.

Turn it on. You’d be surprised how many times help desks get calls about malfunctioning printers and computers-only to find the equipment isn’t responding because it isn’t turned on.

You can easily subscribe to the numerous online technical support companies to solve any problem that you might face with your printer. These companies provide effective solutions for Dell printer repair as well as HP printer repair and Brother printer repair. Not only printer repair, they also provide Dell support, HP support and support for all brands of computer.

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Compatible Ink Cartridges

Compatible Ink Cartridges
Many people assume that to get the best quality of print out of a printer, you need to use original ink cartridges direct from the manufacturer themselves, the much cheaper price tag of compatible versions putting them off, rather than luring them in.

However, you can achieve the exact same results with compatible cartridges and save yourself a packet in the process. There are, however, a few simple rules to follow to ensure you get the best out of compatible cartridges.

Firstly, as with any printer cartridges, ensure the heads are correctly cleaned. Running a cycle to clean the printer heads will ensure the ink flows correctly. You can select this option from the maintenance section of your printer properties. Keeping the ink flowing by using it regularly will also help ensure the heads dont get clogged up, even if that means just printing off a test page every few days. Should neither of these work, dabbing the printer heads with a dry cloth or cotton wool bud should remove any excess, erroneous ink.

Next, ensure print alignment is correctly set. Again, this is easy to do via the maintenance section of your printer facilities.

Finally, if you are using compatible ink cartridges you should ensure that they are all compatibles, and you are not mixing them with any original ones. Mixing the two can cause compatible cartridges not to be recognised or, equally importantly, can have a detrimental effect to the quality of print. The ink in compatibles is mixed in such away as to be used in conjunction with the other compatible cartridges in the printer. This may be different to that of the originals and therefore may produce a different colour entirely or a weak, tired look.

Following these simple steps, you can ensure you get the best possible print, the cheapest possible way.

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