Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Best Wide Format Printers That Are Also Good for Standard Paper Size Printing

The Best Wide Format Printers That Are Also Good for Standard Paper Size Printing
Long before wide-format printers emerged in the print industry, there were basically two commonly known kinds of machine used for printing – compact and large. One thing is common between these two, and that is the print functionality, regardless if its monochrome or color, multifunction or not.

Traditional large-scale printing is covered by separate machines that are mainly intended to produce such materials or as what we called them as tabloid media. Over-sized sheets like for example an 11x17-inch paper or posters, were not supported by conventional printers before. If you are familiar with plotters, they’re basically printers as well, albeit they are made only for wide sizes. But nowadays, these large or outsize media can now also fit on tabloid printers that are capable of either wide-format or compact printing.

If you have this occasional need to print tabloid or poster-sized documents such as 11x17-inch or 24x36-inch, these models can do it right for you. We’ve picked two models from three different manufacturers in case you have preferences.

• Brother MFC-J6920DW
• Brother MFC-J4510DW
• Epson WorkForce WF-7520
• Epson Expression Photo XP-950 AIO
• HP Officejet 7610 Wide-Format eAIO
• HP Laserjet Pro 700 M712DN

Those two Brother printers are inkjets with multi-functionality, and capable of single-sheet 11x17-inch media printing. Epson’s photo printers particularly the ones from Expression series are known for the quality of prints they can produce. Although you better ready your wallet for some high-priced ink cartridges. HP in the competition was able to give a multifunction inkjet and mono laserjet which are both capable of printing tabloid-size documents.

If you’re not after the quality of output, you can spare the inkjet units and consider the only laser one from HP. However, its snag is that it can only provide monochrome prints. It’s kind of disappointing but come to think of it, black-and-white poster isn’t that bad at all. Plus, you will only have to replace one cartridge (M172DN uses HP CF214A toner), unlike those inkjet especially the Epson Photo XP-950 that requires six ink cartridges, and yes you read it right.

Cost-per-page is a factor you should consider when looking for a tabloid printer since the percent of coverage it takes to cover a wide sheet of media is far too different from letter and legal-sized sheets.

Collectively, these printers are referred to as wide-format and come along with big expenses not unless it is just for occasional needs. Since the ones we provided from the list above are also capable of multifunctionality and small-sized printing, purchasing one will make a good investment.


Monday, April 14, 2014

HP LaserJet M125 and M127 Compact MFP Printers Geared with Mobility

HP LaserJet M125 and M127 Compact MFP Printers Geared with Mobility
From the last quarter of 2013, HP rolls out new printers and MFP that support mobile printing. Last year was quite definite that wireless printers were dominating the industry, with back to back releases of new models with such feature. These machines that facilitate mobility in terms of cloud-based and wireless technology were developed to provide more efficient and effective printing system.

Printer models such as the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M125 and M127 series are geared to support HP’s latest 1200W Mobile Print Accessory and HP JetDirect 2800W. You might have heard of NFC technology (Near Field Technology) which probably you’re pretty much aware since Samsung made a buzz about it by equipping their latest machines with such feature.

Actually, just recently in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Samsung Electronics unveiled their first NFC-enabled printer for their Malaysian consumers. The launch targets SOHO entrepreneurs (small office home office) environments as well as small-medium enterprises.

Back to HP, the M125 and M127 monochrome laser printer series were marketed as HP’s smallest sized multifunction printers according to the manufacturer. Jamming in all four functions such as print, scan, copy and fax in a single unit with such compact built, although the M127 is the only one that supports faxing features. They say it also features a 3-inch color touch-screen display but upon checking some pictures over the net, it wasn’t actually what we have expected. But nonetheless it is note-worthy to mention.

Manufacturer’s product details and description for M125 and M127 printers:

• Features Wireless Direct, HP ePrint and AirPrint 
• Cloud-based scanning from and to, directly from mobile devices 
• A printer that only measures 1.65-feet, it wouldn’t take that much space. 
• Come built-in with Ethernet and wireless (WiFi) interfaces. 
• Panel that features 3-inch color touchscreen display 
• Features Auto On/Off and Eco Smart Technology. 

If you’re interested about these printers, pricing ranges between $149 and $259, not a bad investment considering their set of features and capabilities. The MFP M125 and M127 are rated with an engine speed of 21 pages per minute and can hold limited media up to a maximum of 150 sheets. Well low capacity is quite considerable for compact size units.

You should take note that only the M127 series is capable of faxing, while the M125 can work as a printer, copier and scanner. For supplies and accessories, you may check HP’s product page and see the appropriate replacements for these two printers such as HP CF283A toner cartridge (standard-yield) or the HP CF283X toner (high-yield).


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Which One’s Better: HP CF280A Low-Yield and HP CF280X High-Yield Toner Cartridge

Which One’s Better: HP CF280A Low-Yield and HP CF280X High-Yield Toner Cartridge
Most users don’t know exactly about the benefits of using high-capacity replacements over the ones with only standard capacities. The thing is there’s actually one note worthy amongst many of its advantages. But that’s not what we’re going to deal with here as this post will serve as your guide to determine whether it would be best for your office to use the HP CF280A or the HP CF280X.

First, both of these replacements support the same series or models of HP LaserJet Pro printers. Why? Because they are basically the same, but differ technically in their specifications, but just quite a bit. The low-yield toner is the HP CF280A (80A) while the high-yield is the HP CF280X (80X). Now, we mentioned these two are exactly similar and to prove it we provided brief details about them, see below:

Model Number
Supported Printers
Laser Toner
Pro 400 M401-M425
Laser Toner
Pro 400 M401-M425

See that their only difference is the amount of printed pages it can deliver or possibly produce. So with that information, literally you can come up with a thought that the latter should be used generally for large-volume printing. However, it is not always the main case that you should consider. Yes, high-yield cartridges are basically designed for large-sized offices with greater demands of printing. But, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be used as well for low-volume.

What you might have been thinking is that, why would you use a cartridge with high-capacity when you’re only using the printer like twice or three times a week. Well then try to realize the point here, see the price of HP CF280A and compare it to HP CF280X’s price. Now if you have consumed the 80A of course you will have to spend again the same expense. While if you have bought the 80X instead, you spend less, you get more, no constant replacing, and most of all you get lower costs-per-page (If you don’t know how to calculate cost-per-page there are resources online to help you with that).

These two replacements contained specially engineered toner particles to be able to produce great print results that please consumers. According to Staples, you can actually save up to 32% cost when you buy the HP CF280X instead of the standard cartridge. But of course you if you prefer using the other one, there’s no problem with that as long your printing demands aren’t consider high-volumes.


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Three Configurations of HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 Series

Three Configurations of HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 Series
The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 series comes in three configurations which include a networked-ready, duplex with network, and duplex with Wi-Fi. All the features from the base printer, may it be good or bad are jammed in all the other models including their unique extra feature. Maybe we could skip the basic features and proceed with the note worthy instead.

HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401N – Network Printing

Let’s start with the M401N which literally by rank it’s the second configuration. What’s added in this model is a built-in Ethernet interface for network printing functionality. Its print speed is the same at 35 pages per minute, and offers similar resolution. None of these three models are made to handle extra paper capacity, so in short whatever you will get from this one is basically the same with the other models. A standard 250-sheet tray supplemented by a 50-sheet multipurpose tray makes up the whole media handling capacity. But if you still need more, luckily they provided a secondary tray which can hold at least 500-sheets of letter and legal sizes.

HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401DN – Duplex Printing

Now the third configuration would be the HP M401DN. Compared to the one we discussed first, their only difference is the added duplexing functionality. Normally, offices that need a printer with features which can lessen their expenses would find this model a nice pick. While businesses on the other hand, producing double-sided printed materials would be a lot easier if they can have the M401DN. Its paper capacity is again similar with all the other configurations, including the extra tray.

HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401DW - Wireless Printing

Lastly, we have the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401DW which is pretty obvious that it comes with Wi-Fi or wireless feature. Mobile printing is its perfect playground, and if you haven’t tried such functionality getting this printer is a good start. You can download or rather use HP’s very own ePrint app, or for those who are using Mac and Apple products, you can use AirPrint instead. There are numerous applications you can use for mobile printing, but not all of them could offer almost everything you need, not to mention their user-friendliness. Additionally, a Wi-Fi interface makes a printer versatile in terms of printing option, such that it can either work directly or over a network.

Bottom Line

These three units, including the base model shared the same set of features and components, as well as consumable supplies which include the HP CF280X toner cartridge (black). Are they all monochrome printers? Yes. Would they be a good choice for my busy office? Yes, indeed.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What to Know About Canon’s Single Cartridge System

What to Know About Canon’s Single Cartridge System
The All-In-One technology that Canon applied and is still using up to now to produce their printer toner cartridges was developed back in the year 1982. It is called all-in-one since they were able to combine the toner and drum into one. The photosensitive drum, charging unit, cleaner as well as the developing unit, are all incorporated with the toner. That is how you simply describe it.

Unlike conventional laser printer consumables, the toner cartridge is separate from the imaging drum unit. This causes the expense of most users to incline in the long run, compared to those who have been using Canon printers with single cartridge technology, or also know as Single Cartridge System. Such innovation leads to much simpler maintenance of the unit and its supplies, as well as aid in the recycling process of the product.

According to Canon

Single Cartridge System was developed to make their printers capable of producing high-quality prints once the technology is incorporated into the unit’s consumables particularly toners and drums. These cartridges are distinguished as easy-to-replace since users will only have to remove and install four replacements instead of eight. With the toner and drum combined, the quality of the result is retained at a more prĂ©cised and solid level. It also eliminates the need to warehouse separate supplies, which is practically an advantage on the manufacturer’s end.

Printers that incorporate Single Cartridge System

The LBP6000 series and LBP7000 series are two of the most known lineup of color laser printers that use this technology. We’re not very certain but the MF8000 series also incorporates the same system for its cartridges. It’s one of the possible factors that lead to creating compact-sized laser imageCLASS units that manage to house four consumables with its midget build.

If you want to see an example of a toner that incorporates the Canon Single Cartridge system, look for Canon 118 laser toner images on the web. Those are replacement supplies for the models aforementioned. While for the complete list of printers, we may suggest you check it directly on their main website:


Do you know that not only their toners have a special system? Canon also developed the Compact Long-Life Drum Cartridge System especially for E-Drums. An additional layer of coating was created to further enhance the durability and life of the product while keeping it compact at a lower cost. Soon we’ll have to discuss more of it on our new post but for now let’s leave your curiosity a bit half empty.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

What To Know About The Canon Easy Scroll Wheel?

A Little History

What To Know About The Canon Easy Scroll Wheel?
One of the great innovations added in the features of a printer which totally standout is the touch screen LCD. Before this piece of technology popped out, old versions of printing machines are only equipped with mono-backlit screens, while other doesn’t have any totally. Users back then are satisfied with it, but then the emergence of units with color LCD came out in the market and dominated the industry. Innovators weren’t still happy that they continued working on how to improve this component. Then, finally they introduced an LCD which is not only wide, colored and vibrant, but is also intuitive to touch commands.

Canon Easy-Scroll-Wheel

Now there’s another feature that many of us are not totally aware of its existence. Probably because we don’t have a unit that is equipped with such, or more likely we just don’t care. But this is something that we couldn’t just ignore especially for us people working in this industry.

What are we talking about here? Actually, it was not introduced just this year that in fact it’s been existing for a couple of years now so it’s not something new to be considered. The introduction of this small interface came along on the released of third generation PIXMA printer series which include the MP600. But it can also be found on some recent imageCLASS models such as the MG8450C - a color laser printer that uses Canon 117 cartridges. This high-end technology is known as the Easy-Scroll-Wheel controller which became part of the main control panel of a printer’s user interface.

Intuitive Access

The Easy-Scroll-Wheel is basically coupled with the touch-screen LCD. It works by simply rotating the wheel to your desired feature base on what’s available on the panel’s screen. The center key serves as the select button, while the surrounding black part works like the iPod’s click-wheel. Users can select and execute a function by browsing their fingers through the wheel, while keeping their eyes on the LCD. Sounds familiar? Yeah, because it is indeed similar to the technology used in iPod music players.

It’s a new style of how users can use the control panel in a much enjoyable way. It’s pretty easy to use, no complicated stuffs to think of at all, you just have to run your fingers on it like you’re using a mouse pointer.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Easy-Scroll-Wheel is a groundbreaking user interface developed by Canon to make the various functions of AIO printers easy and fun for anyone to use. Users can freely control the unit by gliding a finger around the wheel. The screen is linked to the wheel such that when it is spun, the menus revolve in the same way you move your fingers.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Canon’s Select Color Laser Printers with Superior Color Imaging Technology

Canon’s Select Color Laser Printers with Superior Color Imaging Technology
The term superior had been associated to so many things and that includes Canon’s Color Imaging technology. Could we say it is indeed the most outstanding in the imaging industry? Well how can we say so, we haven’t tried enough of units to determine and prove that matter. However, we can at least feature some of the color laser printers that Canon claimed to have the said innovation.

If you want to find out how many Canon printers have this technology, you can use the search box at the top right part of their site and use the keyword “Color Imaging Technology”. It isn’t the normal way, actually we’re not even aware of how it should be done, but that’s how we do it. You’ll find 1 to 15 pages of 806 results, but not all of those are guaranteed to have the said feature, probably 2-3% at the least.

To narrow it down, we chose a few printers which you can even count with your two hands or probably just one, that feature the SCI technology. We’ll be using that abbreviated term only for this post, so don’t misinterpret it or accuse us of anything. Again, to simply put it, we just want to shorten the term mainly for this post. 

Now these are the chosen printer models from Canon’s wide range of all-in-one and non-AIO machines that feature the SCI technology.

From the imageCLASS/i-SENSYS:

MF8080CW, MF8030CN, MF8050CN – These three come from the same line and mainly use Canon 116 laser toner cartridges.

MF8350CDN and MF8380CDW – These two are like brothers and both use Canon 118 laser toner cartridges.

MF9220CDN and MF9280CDN – Printers from this line particularly those with model number that starts with MF92 are using CRG 111 color toner cartridges.

Why do we include their supported supplies? That is simply to point out that those are laser type printers. The PIXMA series actually uses inks instead of toners, and the counterpart of Canon’s Superior Color Imaging in inkjets is referred to as FINE Cartridge System. We’ll probably talk about it as well soon so just wait for our future updates.

As described by Canon, Superior Color Imaging Technology promises stunning print results that look like the original. Vibrant and tone-on-tone clarity both sound perfect for a laser printer that is capable of producing printouts having the exact shade, hue and density of colors. If this traits are what you are looking for, those models we provided above are your best bet.

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