The Best Printers for Large Offices

10. June 2013 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Printer Reviews  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Printing machines can range in all different sizes, price ranges, and offered features. While at one time printing machines used to only be used by newspapers and publishing companies, printers are now accessible for anyone whether they are used for business or personal. If you’re looking for an inexpensive printer with just basic printing capabilities, you can find a deal as low as $30.

However, for any individual or company who uses their printer frequently, additional capabilities will become more and more important. For large offices that print hundreds of documents daily, it would be inefficient to have a printer that runs at slow speeds or requires significant upkeep.

For large offices that need to get the most out of their printers, you should expect to spend a minimum of $500. With that said, some of the highest quality printers will run into 5 digit numbers. If your business has the financials to spend thousands of dollars on a printer, you’ll need to ensure the printer will fit the needs of your business. Frequently, the largest producers of large office printers will be made by well-known brands such as Canon, Lexmark, and HP. The familiarity of these brands will make it easier to purchase replacement Canon, Lexmark, or HP toner cartridges.

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How to choose the right paper for your Xerox printer

2. June 2012 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

xerox-paper After buying a new Xerox printer, you're going to want to stock up on paper for it. If you've never purchased paper for a Xerox printer before, you're in for a surprise. There is a dizzying array of options, and some of them work better than others. As tempting as it may be to choose the cheapest paper, you're not going to get the results that you need with that strategy. Instead, you should do a small amount of research to pinpoint paper that is affordable and produces the results that you need. Learn more about choosing the right paper for your Xerox printer below.

The Basics

In general, there are three basic types of paper available for regular printing: multipurpose paper, inkjet paper and laser printer paper. As you can probably guess, inkjet paper works best with inkjet printers while laser jet paper works best with laser printers. As for multipurpose paper, it has its time and place as well. Before you buy paper for your printer, though, you should find out why you need a specific variety. By doing that, you'll be able to shop for the best quality. A breakdown of the three main types of paper is as follows:

  • Multipurpose Paper - This is the workhorse of the paper world. Despite its name, it isn't suitable for every kind of printing. However, you definitely want to keep plenty of it on hand. This paper is ideal for times when you just need to print quick copies of something. If you're only going to need the printed copy for a short period of time, multipurpose paper is fine. This paper tends to be thin and insubstantial. If using an inkjet printer, it's best to switch your printer to the draft setting otherwise the ink could bleed through.
  • Inkjet Paper - If you have an inkjet printer, you're going to want to keep this type of paper on hand. Any time you switch your printer to a higher quality setting, you should use this type of paper. It is designed to be compatible with inkjet ink. This type of ink tends to spread when used on regular printer paper. With inkjet paper, you'll get crisp, clear, high-quality results. Furthermore, inkjet paper won't curl up after coming out of the printer, which can present a major problem.
  • Laser Paper - Don't use laser paper with an inkjet printer or vice-versa. If you use inkjet paper in a laser printer, the gloss or finish on the inkjet paper may melt. Like inkjet paper, this type of paper can be safely used for double-sided printing as well. It produces a gorgeous finish that looks completely professional, so it can be used for presentations, reports and other important projects. 

Make the Most of Your Xerox Printer

While shopping for printer paper, you'll also notice that each of the three basic categories is broken down into additional subcategories. Many different thicknesses and brightness levels are available. Over time, you will get to know the different types of paper and discover the specific benefits of each one. In the meantime, just make sure to get paper that is compatible with your Xerox printer. Stick with multipurpose paper for high-volume, basic printing, but use inkjet paper or laser paper for situations in which quality is the chief concern. In the end, your printed copies will always look fantastic.

Indicator Lights on a Xerox Phaser 700 series printer

8. January 2012 20:09 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Xerox Phaser 750nFinding reputable information about Xerox Phaser 700 series printers can be a challenge, and dealing with all those indicator lights can be difficult without appropriate information on what they mean. In some cases, however, it isn’t necessary to understand the lights at all to fix a printing problem.

Before trying to deal with the indicator lights on a printer that has been functioning well until recently, check to make sure the printer has a properly installed cartridge and paper. Adding paper or replacing the cartridge may be all that is needed to solve the problem. Turning the printer off and back on after doing one of these things is necessary in some cases.

Obviously, if the power indicator light is off, the first step is to try to turn the printer on. The light may go off and stay off, however, if the machine has been damaged or has detected some kind of error that cannot be fixed by the user. If the light is off and the printer does not seem to turn on, there is no choice but to seek service from a technician.

If the power indicator light is blinking, this means that the printer is processing a job, actually printing something or that someone has pressed the front panel’s menu option. This does not usually indicate a problem, and the light will stop blinking when all jobs in progress finish or the user exits menu operation.

If the error light is on, closer examination is required to see exactly what kind of error exists. The most common problem is that the printer is low on Xerox toner. Once the cartridge is replaced, the light should clear.

When the error light is blinking, the printer has ceased because of a correctable problem of some kind. This condition is often as simple as an open door or a paper jam. The front panel usually indicates the exact error in detail, but if it does not, pressing the “Info/More” choice will usually provide all the necessary information.

An error code may also be displayed, and the printer owner’s manual explains the meaning of error numbers in detail.
While indicators lights and the front panel do not always fully explain what kind of malfunction is stopping the printer from completing its jobs, making sure the printer is stocked with paper and toner and free of jams is the first step toward getting a Xerox Phaser 700 series printer back in service, no matter what the lights say.

How Xerox solid ink works?

23. March 2010 10:48 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Also referred to as phase-change printers, Xerox solid ink printers are exceptional because it’s carbon footprint is less and the technology is unique to Xerox.  Solid ink technology was first developed by Tektronix. Tektronix was then bought out by Xerox in 2000. A Xerox Phaser ink printer is based upon a simple 3 step process:

  1. A maintenance roller putting oil on the print drum Xerox Phaser ink sticks
  2. A printhead shifting ink to the print drum via 1,236 nozzles jetting more than 30 million ink drops per second.  A printhead is more or less the central module of any inkjet printer. What it does is it transports ink to the paper by means of the nozzles. Also known as jets, the nozzles are connected to the printhead. The resolve of the nozzle is to act as a conduit for the ink as it goes from the ink chamber to the paper. One printhead may well effortlessly encompass hundreds of nozzles. Each of these nozzles is a lot slighter than one hair on your head.
  3. A print drum transmits the image to the paper.

Below are the detailed steps in the printing process:

  1. The maintenance roller spreads on a coat of silicone oil to the warmed drum for consistent ink emission.
  2. The printhead smears on all of the shades at the same time onto the revolving drum.
  3. A sheet of paper is then swiftly fed flanked by both the revolving drum and a transfix roller, thus conveying the ink to the paper.
  4. The ink then infiltrates and congeals instantaneously with the paper. This reduces the risk for smearing snags. The ink unites with the paper using both hotness and compression.
  5. If the printer is fixed to print on both sides, the paper is fed back into the paper track. The paper then takes one more go in the printer and gets printed on the reverse side.

As with all other printer equipment, there are pros and cons that are existent and solid ink is no exemption. Below are the pros and cons of using a solid ink printer as opposed to a laser toner printer.

Pros:

  • Eco-friendliness by using a solid ink stick
  • Fewer parts causing it to lower the repairs cost
  • It is capable of handling more types of paper
  • Exceptional print eminence with brilliant colors
  • Swift printing (once initial warm-up is done and melting of the ink sticks)
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Long warm up time (can take up to 5 minutes)
  • Printheads may become congested
  • Printer cannot be relocated without the cooling program running
  • Higher power spending

Despite the cons of the solid ink printer, if taken care of properly it will provide you with more vibrant pictures and years of usage while helping preserve the environment with a smaller carbon footprint.

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