Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Direct Mobile Printing Between Your iOS Device and a Brother Printer

Direct Mobile Printing Between Your iOS Device and a Brother Printer
There are many apps that you may consider if you want to try printing through your iPhone, iPad or any iOS-powered devices. Some are very strict and specific which will only work for a certain printer brand manufacturer, while others are considerably generic.

In this case, we feature Brother’s iPrint&Scan app which is absolutely free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. Using this application lets you print any supported files or documents, even photos from your iOS mobile devices to any WiFi-enabled Brother printer over a network.

Printing via an iOS mobile device is a bit tricky, but not because the process is kind of difficult to be considered. It’s just that users will have to rely on third-party apps to get things done. As mentioned there are many of them especially developers that can help you with your mobile printing problem, however there’s a cost you need to pay for such service. Most of them are not free to download, yet the experience and technology you get are somehow on par from free downloadable apps.

See the link for the full list of compatible Brother Inkjet and Laser printers that support the iPrint&Scan app. Updates may have been released since it was introduced to the App Store and it seems that the information found in their website are recent enough. There’s even a link which redirects you to iTunes Apple Store where you can download the app.

With Brother iPrint&Scan, you can do more than just print your files, there are additional perks such as follows:

• If you’re familiar on using iTunes file sharing, you can print saved documents from your device through utilizing it.
• Clipboard print lets you print images or text in a screenshot format using an iPhone or iPad.
• Scan either via the flatbed or ADF, and then share it onto email.
• Print files up to a maximum of 10MB or at least 20 pages from Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

If you think Inkjet All-In-One printers are the ones only compatible for this app, even laser type units support the iPrint&Scan. LED-based printers won’t be left behind that in fact there are these three MFC models which are known for being similar in features. The 9130CW, 9330CDW and 9340CDW are capable of mobile printing and WiFi Direct enabled. On a side note, they share the same supplies and accessories including the TN221 toner cartridges and such. To use the app, download it first from the App Store and once done, run it and it will automatically search for devices present on your current wireless network.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Which Should You Prefer: Color LaserJet or Inkjet Printers?

Which Should You Prefer: Color LaserJet or Inkjet Printers?
Color laser printers aren't too common to use mainly for colored printing, normally we prefer inkjets as they’re probably more suitable for such purpose. However, if there’s an occasional need to print graphic or image on top of regular monochrome printing, that’s the point where we can consider having the rival of inkjet instead.

Inkjets Over LaserJets

There are downsides whichever you may choose, like for example ink types are typically slower compared to lasers. But you shouldn't look at it as either one is more advantageous than the other. Take note that both of these machines are intended for certain uses that only one of them can perform effectively. These dilemmas are just part of the few reasons why making a decision on which type of printer to choose has been a bit troublesome for others. Those who are not aware, or probably care less about such information are either a personal home user, or just in need of an urgent printer.

Indeed, printing documents with images or graphics is considerably not a forte of laser printers. That is something that inkjets are more than capable of providing the best results. But to make it fair, developers might have thought of giving the lasers their own expertise. Any office or business environment wouldn't debate on this matter that laser type printers or laserjets in general are faster and more efficient on printing text-only or documents with little to less graphic.

Factors to Consider

Engine speed is also a factor which they rival, although nowadays certain inkjet models are capable of matching their speeds over laserjets. If you know a little history about their evolution, laser types are normally faster thus increasing production and throughput in any office or business where they find their places. An inkjet printer on the other hand, is more suitable for home or personal printing due to slow printing speed and several issues. But gone are those days, since our today’s level of technology particularly in the print industry obliterated all these hindrances. Making it fair for ink and laser type printers to deserve a place on different environments, whether for personal use or not.

Cost-per-page, regardless of which type you use will always be an issue especially to users who are kind of familiar on how printer manufacturers make their businesses grow. To shed some light on the matter, it is not their printers that give them the most of their profits, but rather the supplies they sell. For example a Brother printer that uses color TN315 toner cartridges would cost around $500 more or less. But considering the recurring expense of purchasing four replacements over and over again, it will make more sense why printer nowadays are inexpensive compared before.


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.

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