The Best Printers for Large Offices

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

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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Introducing “8 Things You Must Know Before You Buy Your Next HP Laser Printer: A Buyer’s Guide from 247inktoner"

Whether you’re shopping for your home or office, buying the right HP printer can seem like an overwhelming task at first. With so many choices available, how do you find what’s best suited to your needs? It can be hard to distill mountains of information down to what you really need to know. On top of that, industry-related lingo can leave you feeling like you’re trying to decode an alien tongue.

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Our brand new buyer’s guide lays out how to filter out the noise and zero in on the most functional, economic model for you in terms you'll actually understand. It includes definitions for key terms to help you understand each printer’s specifications. It also has a guide for model numbers. You’ll learn about the long-term costs of owning a printer versus the sticker price and how to save by reducing your printing across the board. Inside, you’ll find handy and easy-to-use price comparisons, surprising facts about printers and much more!

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HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn: The Best Laser Printer For Its Price

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Priced at only $229, the HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn is not only affordable and fast, but its small size lends itself to a convenience rarely seen with printers. Weighing only 15 pounds and measuring 15 inches wide, 9.5 inches tall, and 11 inches deep without including the 5.5-inch paper tray, this monochrome laser printer fits comfortably on any desk alongside a PC and is easy to transport between offices when such a need arises. In addition, it handily connects to a computer with a USB cable. Best of all, the HP P1606dn toner lasts for approximately 2,100 pages and retails for about $28.49 each. If you do the math, the cost of replacing your toner works out to just over a penny a page!  Continue reading for our opinions on why this is an awesome printer... More...

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.

Concept of the Circle Printer

13. August 2012 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Printer Reviews, Technology News  //  Tags:   //   Comments

Overhead view of the circle printer In a technological society that is all about making devices smaller and minimizing space, the printer stands out as one of the bulkiest computer peripherals. The unit takes up a significant amount of space, and paper trays require even more room to deliver printed pages. Designer Yang Jae Wook seeks to change these flaws with the concept of the Circle Printer. The idea is still in its developmental phase, but consumers and printer manufacturers are excited about its potential.

The goal of the Circle Printer is to provide the same functionality of a traditional device while taking up much less desk space. The technology inside the unit is the same as its rectangular counterpart, but everything is flipped vertically. The end design is a tall cylinder featuring an attractive casing that does not crowd a work surface. Yanko Design refers to the concept as a "courteous printer" because of its unobtrusive size and shape.

From the images and blueprints, it looks like there is a narrow compartment on top of the printer for the paper feed. While printing, the page wraps around the cylindrical drum and exits at the side of the printer. One impressive design feature is that there is no need for a paper tray that takes up more desk space. The designer also suggests that the Circle Printer will be quieter with fewer vibrations than traditional models.

Circle printer in the home

At first glance, the circular shape does not resemble a printer at all, but this design is part of the appeal. The Circle Printer combines style with functionality, and the basic mechanics remain the same for simple maintenance and troubleshooting. Reactions to the concept printer vary from complete acceptance to skepticism of the device's viability. Some consumers fear that the pages will come out with curled edges, and others have the impression that frequent paper jams are inevitable.

Overall, computer users are excited about the prospects of the Circle Printer and are eager to see mainstream companies utilize the concept. This device satisfies the desire for compact equipment without requiring complex machinery or technology to operate. Provided the development continues without any major hitches, businesses and consumers can look forward to seeing the Circle Printer on the market for all printing needs.

Reasons to get the portable PocketJet printer

8. July 2012 06:00 by Calvin Yu in Printer Reviews, Technology News  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments

brother-pocketjet-printer For some time, mobile printing has lagged far behind mobile technology in general. There are now countless ways to stay connected with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Until recently, though, there was no easy way to print documents, photos and other things while on the go. With the portable PocketJet printer, that's all changed. This exceptionally convenient little printer does precisely what it is designed to do: It produces crisp, high-quality, full-sized printed pages just about anywhere. Learn more about the top advantages of this cleverly designed portable printer below.

Full-Page Printing

There's no need to settle for miniature copies when using the PocketJet printer. At just over 10 inches in length, it can easily produce full-sized copies. For this reason alone, this is an invaluable tool for business people who are constantly on the go. After all, tiny copies of important documents simply aren't going to cut it. No matter where you bring the PocketJet, you can use it to print full-sized pages on demand.

Exceptional Portability

It's easy to assume that the PocketJet printer isn't really that portable. After all, there has to be some kind of catch. However, it truly is lightweight and easy to bring along practically anywhere. It barely weighs one pound, so it doesn't add a significant amount of weight to a laptop bag or briefcase. In fact, it's so small and lightweight that it can be kept in the pocket of a jacket or blazer. There are no gimmicks involved with this incredible device.

No Ink or Toner Necessary

The last thing you want to do is put a tiny, ink- or toner-filled printer in your pocket. Spills and other mishaps are sure to happen with the consumables. That's not an issue with the PocketJet printer because it doesn't use ink or toner. Instead, it relies on direct thermal printing technology. This revolutionary technology allows you to produce a limitless number of prints without ever having to add new toner or replace an ink cartridge. This technology is the primary thing that makes this handy little printer possible. After all, toner and ink can be extremely messy, so devices that rely on them can't be taken from place to place with ease.

Fast, Efficient Wireless Printing

If you've ever had trouble printing from a regular computer to a wireless printer, you're probably skeptical about the capabilities of the PocketJet printer. However, this device uses IrDA technology, which is an infrared interface the produces reliable, exceptional wireless connectivity. It is compatible with a dizzying array of devices, so you should be able to print from your iPhone, tablet or laptop without any trouble at all. This compact little printer works amazingly well in this regard, and it will make life a lot easier for you.

Maintenance-Free Design

There are very few moving parts on the PocketJet portable printer. That's a good thing because you'll probably want to bring it everywhere with you. Because it has so few moving parts, it is extremely durable and more than capable of standing up to life on the road. There is no need to handle this printer with kid gloves.

A Highly Capable Portable Printer

The PocketJet portable printer finally addresses the pressing need for true on-the-go printing. With no ink or toner to worry about, you can avoid messes and other issues. Thanks to its compact size, you can slip it into your pocket or tuck it into your laptop bag. With its reliable wireless technology, you can avoid the frustration of being unable to connect when you need to do so. On every conceivable level, this portable printer delivers.   

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