Design and Innovation Meet with the Little Printer

If you subscribe to regular print news, play crosswords, check your horoscope, write out lists, or have engaging conversations with friends via social media, the Little Printer might be just right for you! Created by BERG Ltd., a design studio located in London with a heavy focus on mobile/cloud technologies, the Little Printer is a device using thermal, inkless printing that measures no more than 5 inches deep, 4.25 inches high, and 3.3 inches wide. With four faces to choose from for the front design and a series of available apps, there are a wide variety of possibilities for using Little Printer, especially for those interested in a simple, user-friendly interface.

What We Like About the Little Printer

It features one of the easiest printer setups we know. All you have to do is plug it into the wall, use the Ethernet cord provided to plug into a wireless router, and then print out a registration code. After entering that code into your iPhone, Android or Windows phone, you'll be able to instantly set up content to start printing.

It emphasizes the necessity of printing. Sure, there are tons of apps where you can save lists, play crosswords, and read news headlines, but with all of the choices available today, isn't it easy to just get lost in all of this technology? With Sunrise, for instance, you can use Google Calendar, Facebook, LinkedIn and other applications to create a daily to-do digest. Rather than scanning through a half dozen apps, you'll have a simple list that prints out of The Little Printer.

It's design-focused. Too often printers have a tendency to be overly complex or just aren't good to look at. Berg takes a different approach by committing to design-friendly printing for their core mission. Using only black and white printing that borrows from modern lithographic and pixel art, means Little Printer is able to deliver a consistent product that requires no user-based adjustment in style.

Potential Limitations

As we know from Apple's iOS interface, using smart, tightly controlled design means having limited options, at least initially. Reviews of Little Printer have noted that while the existing apps are functional and deliver high quality printing results, there are simply not enough to justify the cost of this new 'social printing" that is specific to Berg's cloud services. If you want the full selection of the Apple, Android or Windows applications, you might want to consider looking at more traditional printing options for your mobile device, including those that can handle color printing methods. Other options, including Canon Mobile Printing, are better suited to those who might need to get photographs or Microsoft Office documents printed.

Berg is looking to remedy this particular problem by offering a full-length Publisher's Handbook that offers best practices for designing Little Printer-friendly publications for future use.

Another limitation is cost. The printer retails for $259.99 plus a $30 flat rate shipping fee from the United Kingdom. This means that if price is one of your concerns, you might want to look at other products currently on the market. But for those who already have a full-service printer and are looking for small scale, easy-to-use social printer, Berg's Little Printer is the perfect addition to your arsenal!

Currently, the Little Printer is on back order in the United States until April 2013, but you can place your order now online.

Case of the Fading Reds in the HP 2605DN Printer

The HP 2605DN Color LaserJet Printer currently retails, used, for around 290.00 dollars. While it markets itself as "an affordable desktop printer that lets you add brilliant color to your business documents," if you take some time to read the reviews, you'll uncover that what you bought might not actually be so reliable. After only printing a few hundred hundred pages, many reviewers have reported that the red/magenta tones have faded, even when the ink cartridge is not close to empty. Obviously when one ink shade malfunctions, your entire color document also suffers in quality.

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If you have this printer, you might wonder what is causing the problem. Though some have reported that HP Customer Support has been unhelpful, support forums have diagnosed the problem as "a design flaw in the Canon engine used in some HP color laser printers: dust accumulates on the mirrors deep inside the printer and causes colors to come out poorly. Because the magenta cartridge's mirror is on the bottom in this model, it gets the most dust." Thankfully these same users have reported fixes to get those reds vibrant again, even when HP has been unhelpful.

If it's your first time opening up a printer to make some internal fixes, you will want to consult this step-by-step manual, ensuring that all screws and working parts are returned to the proper place. Failure to ensure these parts go back in the proper order can result in other issues with your printer apart from those annoying fading reds. For those who are seasoned veterans at printer repair, you will to do the following:

  • Remove the right, left and rear covers. Many of the screws are small and in hard-to-reach places, so be sure to have a 3-mm compatible screwdriver.
  • You'll have to remove all of the wire plugs from the for-matter and DC controller. If you're unsure which plugs you're not supposed to pull, please consult the step-by-step instruction manual.
  • You'll have to remove more internal screws to gain access to the scanner mirrors and lenses where the dust has accumulated.
  • When cleaning the internal mirrors and lenses, be sure NOT to use any cleaning solvents unless specifically necessary, as directly rubbing the optical surfaces may cause damage. Instead, try using dry cotton swabs and compressed air.
  • When returning all parts to their original position, be sure that all parts fit in firmly and in their correct slots before tightening screws. Misalignment can affect printer quality.

If the task seems too daunting or difficult (let's face it, not everyone is a mechanical whizz!), don't hesitate to take it to your nearest electronics repair specialist. Though it may cost extra, the price of having a working red/magenta ink cartridge is important if you want to have any success printing color documents from home. If you have had any luck making this repair on your HP 2605DN, please share your tips in the comments section below!

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