2019-07-10



If you are having a tough time trying to find a printer for your home printing need, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 best home printers in 2019. They all have their own specialized features, but are all high-quality quality printers anyone would want in their home. We’ve based our picks on many important factors, like features, affordability, and size. Whether it’s just printing or you want something that is also able to add filters, scan files, or accommodate faxes, you’ll find an excellent pick among these.


Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One 

If you are looking for the best home printers, you’re going to encounter the Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One many times. Its seamless functionality and connectivity with other devices under the Epson umbrella are well-documented, but it also brings a lot to the table even if you aren’t using any of those. At the very base of it, you have a compact printer you can access wirelessly. You are able to print, copy, and scan from any point in your home or even if you are on the go.

When you are at work or on a vacation, there may be something that you want to be able to go home to that is already printed. Instead of having to wait until you get home, the Epson XP-430 is able to take care of the queue with no PC needed. Through your smartphone or tablet, you can add photos to print on the queue. With a 100-sheet paper capacity, you won’t have to worry about constantly reloading the printer with paper.


Canon PIXMA MG5620
Most Canon device owners already know how easy it is to cross-connect between different devices that are a part of the Canon ecosystem. With the Canon PIXMA MG5620, you are able to print files from your Canon camera without having to install other software. You are also able to use it through Apple and Android devices with the different platforms available such as AirPrint and Google Drive. If you just took a picture of something with your tablet or smartphone, you can easily send it to your home to be printed.

When you have the Canon MG5620 in your home, you have access to a printer that is able to print high-quality photos. It is also able to scan quickly so anything that you have physically can be converted digitally with relatively no effort. At its price point, it’s one of the better all-in-one printers that you can get. It is also lightweight and compact, so finding a dedicated spot for your printer will be a breeze.


HP ENVY 5540 All-in-One

With the HP ENVY 5540 All-in-One, you’re able to print photos, copy, and scan in just one device. Instead of occupying multiple areas of your home, you just need to have one area for your all-in-one printer. You are able to access it from anywhere through the use of the HP ePrint app that you can install on a majority of smartphones and tablets. This lets you print photos without having to be on the same network so you can print on the go.

The Envy 5540 All-in-One is able to print high-quality borderless photos. You no longer have to trim what you print. Any item that you scan can also be queued for emailing. This will help you save time especially if you have a high volume of physical files that you need to send to multiple emails. Just like the other printers on this list, the HP 5540 All-in-One can be used in a business environment as well as your home. This versatility makes it one of the best home printers.


HP OfficeJet 6978 All-in-One
Despite its name, the HP OfficeJet 6978 All-in-One is definitely a good addition to homes. You have the features that you’d expect from a printer that you will usually find in an office as the name implies. The ability to print, copy, scan, and fax are all accommodated. These integrations are all seamless since you can access the device through multiple points including the cloud, thumb drive, USB-to-PC, USB flash drives, and mobile phones. Most modern HP devices also benefit from the software included that you can use to edit photos and send them to the printer.

If you want a printer that you can have in your home that doesn’t require a complicated set up, the HP 6978 All-in-One is a good choice. It makes scanning effortless since it uses software to make the output accurate. You are also able to scan two-sided documents which eliminate the time and effort needed to constantly flip and realign documents as you scan them.


Canon PIXMA TS9120


Last, but definitely not least, the Canon PIXMA TS9120 Gray is an all-in-one printer that has a small and sleek design. This is perfect for homeowners that want to have a printer that doesn’t take up a whole lot of space in their home and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. It’s designed to be able to handle a relatively high volume for its price point. If you want a printer that can do many tasks without sacrificing quality, then the Canon TS9120 is a great choice.

It has a built-in LCD touchscreen which features an intuitive user interface. When you are done setting up the configuration you want, you can queue your printing tasks through different points of connection including, but not limited to, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, the cloud, and social media. This lightweight printer is also able to reduce the graininess of photos while maintaining the ability to add filters to the final output. These are convenient features to have on a printer if you want to avoid long hours editing photos on a PC before printing.


The Bottom Line

We’ve given you a lot of information to consider about these models, but don’t feel overwhelmed. One step at a time, of the important features we’ve mentioned, consider which are the best for you, and use those to find the best fit for you, even if it’s not found on this list. At the end of the day, you’ll want to feel confident in your decision and have a great printer that lasts for years to come.


If you are having a tough time trying to find a printer for your home printing need, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 best home printers in 2019. They all have their own specialized features, but are all high-quality quality printers anyone would want in their home. We’ve based our picks on many important factors, like features, affordability, and size. Whether it’s just printing or you want something that is also able to add filters, scan files, or accommodate faxes, you’ll find an excellent pick among these.


Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One 

If you are looking for the best home printers, you’re going to encounter the Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One many times. Its seamless functionality and connectivity with other devices under the Epson umbrella are well-documented, but it also brings a lot to the table even if you aren’t using any of those. At the very base of it, you have a compact printer you can access wirelessly. You are able to print, copy, and scan from any point in your home or even if you are on the go.

When you are at work or on a vacation, there may be something that you want to be able to go home to that is already printed. Instead of having to wait until you get home, the Epson XP-430 is able to take care of the queue with no PC needed. Through your smartphone or tablet, you can add photos to print on the queue. With a 100-sheet paper capacity, you won’t have to worry about constantly reloading the printer with paper.


Canon PIXMA MG5620
Most Canon device owners already know how easy it is to cross-connect between different devices that are a part of the Canon ecosystem. With the Canon PIXMA MG5620, you are able to print files from your Canon camera without having to install other software. You are also able to use it through Apple and Android devices with the different platforms available such as AirPrint and Google Drive. If you just took a picture of something with your tablet or smartphone, you can easily send it to your home to be printed.

When you have the Canon MG5620 in your home, you have access to a printer that is able to print high-quality photos. It is also able to scan quickly so anything that you have physically can be converted digitally with relatively no effort. At its price point, it’s one of the better all-in-one printers that you can get. It is also lightweight and compact, so finding a dedicated spot for your printer will be a breeze.


HP ENVY 5540 All-in-One

With the HP ENVY 5540 All-in-One, you’re able to print photos, copy, and scan in just one device. Instead of occupying multiple areas of your home, you just need to have one area for your all-in-one printer. You are able to access it from anywhere through the use of the HP ePrint app that you can install on a majority of smartphones and tablets. This lets you print photos without having to be on the same network so you can print on the go.

The Envy 5540 All-in-One is able to print high-quality borderless photos. You no longer have to trim what you print. Any item that you scan can also be queued for emailing. This will help you save time especially if you have a high volume of physical files that you need to send to multiple emails. Just like the other printers on this list, the HP 5540 All-in-One can be used in a business environment as well as your home. This versatility makes it one of the best home printers.


HP OfficeJet 6978 All-in-One
Despite its name, the HP OfficeJet 6978 All-in-One is definitely a good addition to homes. You have the features that you’d expect from a printer that you will usually find in an office as the name implies. The ability to print, copy, scan, and fax are all accommodated. These integrations are all seamless since you can access the device through multiple points including the cloud, thumb drive, USB-to-PC, USB flash drives, and mobile phones. Most modern HP devices also benefit from the software included that you can use to edit photos and send them to the printer.

If you want a printer that you can have in your home that doesn’t require a complicated set up, the HP 6978 All-in-One is a good choice. It makes scanning effortless since it uses software to make the output accurate. You are also able to scan two-sided documents which eliminate the time and effort needed to constantly flip and realign documents as you scan them.


Canon PIXMA TS9120


Last, but definitely not least, the Canon PIXMA TS9120 Gray is an all-in-one printer that has a small and sleek design. This is perfect for homeowners that want to have a printer that doesn’t take up a whole lot of space in their home and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. It’s designed to be able to handle a relatively high volume for its price point. If you want a printer that can do many tasks without sacrificing quality, then the Canon TS9120 is a great choice.

It has a built-in LCD touchscreen which features an intuitive user interface. When you are done setting up the configuration you want, you can queue your printing tasks through different points of connection including, but not limited to, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, the cloud, and social media. This lightweight printer is also able to reduce the graininess of photos while maintaining the ability to add filters to the final output. These are convenient features to have on a printer if you want to avoid long hours editing photos on a PC before printing.


The Bottom Line

We’ve given you a lot of information to consider about these models, but don’t feel overwhelmed. One step at a time, of the important features we’ve mentioned, consider which are the best for you, and use those to find the best fit for you, even if it’s not found on this list. At the end of the day, you’ll want to feel confident in your decision and have a great printer that lasts for years to come.

2019-04-18

Make Tomorrow A Little Greener
Recycle your printer cartridges for a greener tomorrow!

One of the most frequent questions we receive from our customers is, "Where do I recycle my empty cartridges?". At this time, we don't recycle used printer cartridges, but we would like to help. Some of the statistics around ink and toner cartridges are alarming. For example, did you know 60% to 80% of all used toner cartridges end up in landfills? Take in mind that it can take up to 1,000 years for a printer cartridge to completely decompose in a landfill site.

Too often we hear of stories we customers end up throwing away their empty cartridges because they don't know where to send them. So we compiled a list below of some friendly online places to recycle ink and toner cartridges. 

5 Sites to Recycle Your Ink & Toner Cartridges in the United States

There is no shortage of online places to send your printer cartridges for recycling. Below is just five of them that will pay for your shipping labels. Some of them will even give cash back for your cartridges! Though, this usually applies for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges from brands like HP or Epson. 
  1. Milner: Accepts all ink and toner cartridges (both OEM and remanufactured). They stand by “we recycle any cartridge, regardless of manufacturer, with a zero-landfill” policy. Compensation for cartridges is not given out, though, if that is something you are looking for.
  2. Planet Green Recycle: Accepts all ink cartridges (“regardless of make, model or condition”), but not toner cartridges. They give compensation only for OEM ink cartridges that are in good condition and can be remanufactured.
  3. Ink Recycling: Accepts ink cartridges (both OEM and remanufactured), but not toner cartridges. Only will give cash back for OEM cartridges.
  4. US Recycling: Accepts most ink and toner cartridges (both OEM and remanufactured). Has a program for schools, non-profits, and businesses as well.
  5. Funding Factory: A great option for schools and non-profit organizations to help raise money. Accepts ink and toner cartridges from their qualifying list. These items must be undamaged and not previously remanufactured.
Do you have a site that you prefer sending your ink or toner cartridges to for recycling? Leave us a comment below so we can continually update this list!
Make Tomorrow A Little Greener
Recycle your printer cartridges for a greener tomorrow!

One of the most frequent questions we receive from our customers is, "Where do I recycle my empty cartridges?". At this time, we don't recycle used printer cartridges, but we would like to help. Some of the statistics around ink and toner cartridges are alarming. For example, did you know 60% to 80% of all used toner cartridges end up in landfills? Take in mind that it can take up to 1,000 years for a printer cartridge to completely decompose in a landfill site.

Too often we hear of stories we customers end up throwing away their empty cartridges because they don't know where to send them. So we compiled a list below of some friendly online places to recycle ink and toner cartridges. 

5 Sites to Recycle Your Ink & Toner Cartridges in the United States

There is no shortage of online places to send your printer cartridges for recycling. Below is just five of them that will pay for your shipping labels. Some of them will even give cash back for your cartridges! Though, this usually applies for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges from brands like HP or Epson. 
  1. Milner: Accepts all ink and toner cartridges (both OEM and remanufactured). They stand by “we recycle any cartridge, regardless of manufacturer, with a zero-landfill” policy. Compensation for cartridges is not given out, though, if that is something you are looking for.
  2. Planet Green Recycle: Accepts all ink cartridges (“regardless of make, model or condition”), but not toner cartridges. They give compensation only for OEM ink cartridges that are in good condition and can be remanufactured.
  3. Ink Recycling: Accepts ink cartridges (both OEM and remanufactured), but not toner cartridges. Only will give cash back for OEM cartridges.
  4. US Recycling: Accepts most ink and toner cartridges (both OEM and remanufactured). Has a program for schools, non-profits, and businesses as well.
  5. Funding Factory: A great option for schools and non-profit organizations to help raise money. Accepts ink and toner cartridges from their qualifying list. These items must be undamaged and not previously remanufactured.
Do you have a site that you prefer sending your ink or toner cartridges to for recycling? Leave us a comment below so we can continually update this list!

2018-11-20

Making a Thanksgiving dessert with apples.
Pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies, cranberry jam, apple crips and towering trifles. These are just a few iconic (and tasty) Thanksgiving treats. Of course, every table is different. Some of us don't favor pumpkin at all. While some will have an assortment of pumpkin-flavored desserts. This is part of the beauty of Thanksgiving. We're not only sharing gratitude, but learning more about each other.
We learned this first-hand when we sent out our Thanksgiving company newsletter. In the letter we asked our customers what their favorite Thanksgiving dessert was. In return we received such lovely and unique responses. Pies were a favorite, especially pumpkin, apple and pecan pies. Empanadas, a pastry often filled with fruit or creme filling, was an uncommon answer. If you haven't had one, try a pumpkin empanada this Thursday. One wonderful customer, Sheila Jargowski, wrote in with some delicious recipes. Cornflake cookies and peaches and cream cheesecake, who can say no that? With her permission, we are sharing them below.

Peaches and Cream Cheesecake Recipe
There's a lovely story behind this dessert. Sheila shared that she once baked this cheesecake for her now-husband. The way to the heart is through the stomach, after all. Their 30th wedding anniversary was this week on November 19th. Thanks again Sheila for sharing a beautiful memory and recipe with us.

Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup flour - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1 box (3 1/2 ounce) of regular vanilla pudding mix. Cook & serve, not instant. - 3 tablespoons of soft butter - 1/2 cup milk - 1 egg - 15 -20 ounces sliced peaches or can of pineapple rings - 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) - 1/2 cup sugar - 6 tablespoons peach juice - 1 tablespoon sugar - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Beat the flour, baking powder, salt, dry pudding, butter, milk and egg with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. 3. Then pour into an 8-inch square or pie pan. 4. Drain and save juice from the sliced peaches. 5. Arrange peaches over the batter. 6. Mix cream cheese, sugar and fruit juice. Beat until smooth. 7. Spoon over the top, keeping 1 inch from edges. 8. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. 9. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust is golden brown. 10. Then chill.

Cornflake Cookies Recipe
Sheila also shared this next recipe. It's a quick and easy Thankgiving dessert anyone can do. You probably have all the ingredients ready in your pantry. No last-minute runs to the grocery store!

Ingredients:
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 c. flour
- 1 tsp. soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 2 c. corn flakes
- 1 c. chopped nuts

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Cream butter and sugar in bowl. 3. Add remaining ingredients. 4. Drop by teaspoonfuls. 5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. 6. Cool cookies on a rack for about 5 minutes.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from CompAndSave! Photo by Jessica Castro on Unsplash.
We hope you enjoyed these recipes, courtesy of the lovely Sheila. If you'd like to share your own recipes or favorite Thankgiving dessert, tell us in the comments below. We'd also like to say thank you to those who wrote back to us with your favorite Thanksgiving treat. Though we can't be at each other's tables, we can share a little piece of our traditions. In that way, we are passing on the gratitude and keeping an open-mind. So here's to you. Though we are miles apart, we want to say thank you for your time. May you enjoy this Thanksgiving with loving family and friends. We hope you become full with not only great food, but love and laughter.

Making a Thanksgiving dessert with apples.
Pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies, cranberry jam, apple crips and towering trifles. These are just a few iconic (and tasty) Thanksgiving treats. Of course, every table is different. Some of us don't favor pumpkin at all. While some will have an assortment of pumpkin-flavored desserts. This is part of the beauty of Thanksgiving. We're not only sharing gratitude, but learning more about each other.
We learned this first-hand when we sent out our Thanksgiving company newsletter. In the letter we asked our customers what their favorite Thanksgiving dessert was. In return we received such lovely and unique responses. Pies were a favorite, especially pumpkin, apple and pecan pies. Empanadas, a pastry often filled with fruit or creme filling, was an uncommon answer. If you haven't had one, try a pumpkin empanada this Thursday. One wonderful customer, Sheila Jargowski, wrote in with some delicious recipes. Cornflake cookies and peaches and cream cheesecake, who can say no that? With her permission, we are sharing them below.

Peaches and Cream Cheesecake Recipe
There's a lovely story behind this dessert. Sheila shared that she once baked this cheesecake for her now-husband. The way to the heart is through the stomach, after all. Their 30th wedding anniversary was this week on November 19th. Thanks again Sheila for sharing a beautiful memory and recipe with us.

Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup flour - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1 box (3 1/2 ounce) of regular vanilla pudding mix. Cook & serve, not instant. - 3 tablespoons of soft butter - 1/2 cup milk - 1 egg - 15 -20 ounces sliced peaches or can of pineapple rings - 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) - 1/2 cup sugar - 6 tablespoons peach juice - 1 tablespoon sugar - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Beat the flour, baking powder, salt, dry pudding, butter, milk and egg with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. 3. Then pour into an 8-inch square or pie pan. 4. Drain and save juice from the sliced peaches. 5. Arrange peaches over the batter. 6. Mix cream cheese, sugar and fruit juice. Beat until smooth. 7. Spoon over the top, keeping 1 inch from edges. 8. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. 9. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust is golden brown. 10. Then chill.

Cornflake Cookies Recipe
Sheila also shared this next recipe. It's a quick and easy Thankgiving dessert anyone can do. You probably have all the ingredients ready in your pantry. No last-minute runs to the grocery store!

Ingredients:
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 c. flour
- 1 tsp. soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 2 c. corn flakes
- 1 c. chopped nuts

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Cream butter and sugar in bowl. 3. Add remaining ingredients. 4. Drop by teaspoonfuls. 5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. 6. Cool cookies on a rack for about 5 minutes.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from CompAndSave! Photo by Jessica Castro on Unsplash.
We hope you enjoyed these recipes, courtesy of the lovely Sheila. If you'd like to share your own recipes or favorite Thankgiving dessert, tell us in the comments below. We'd also like to say thank you to those who wrote back to us with your favorite Thanksgiving treat. Though we can't be at each other's tables, we can share a little piece of our traditions. In that way, we are passing on the gratitude and keeping an open-mind. So here's to you. Though we are miles apart, we want to say thank you for your time. May you enjoy this Thanksgiving with loving family and friends. We hope you become full with not only great food, but love and laughter.

2018-07-30




Buying a new printer is a task many people will need to undergo, but there’s more to choosing the right printer than brand reputation and cost. Your selection should be based on fact rather than supposition; it should be based on demonstrated value and quality, not mere reputation. To help you make the right choice, this article will lay out the basic features of the two types of printers, give you a number of technical specifications, and provide a few helpful contrasts to help you make an informed decision with confidence.

First, there are some differences between inkjet printers and laser printers that anyone contemplating buying one or the other ought to know about. Inkjet printers apply liquid ink through nozzles on paper; laser printers get results through fused toner powder. To avoid smudges, you must use the best quality paper and printer ink. Indeed, that is the only way that you will be able to guarantee the documents you print are of the very best.

When it comes to choosing the printer, the first thing you must determine is what you will use the printer for. The nature of your job will determine the kind of printer you need. It is essential for you to bear in mind that not all jobs are suitable for office printers. If, for example, you need to print exhibit-quality photos, then you should go to a professional photo inkjet that produces high resolution images. If the most vivid and clear images is what you need, then you are better off with a laser printer. Perhaps you are opening your own business or maybe you want a personal printer at home to print out private documents. The frequency with which you anticipate using the printer and the general purpose that you intend for the device should all be considered before you make a purchasing decision.

You must also shop and compare brands. It may be overwhelming at first, as you have a wide selection. A few high-cost brands no longer control the market. You can get a good printer without paying an exorbitant amount of money. The key thing is to shop around both online and in electronic specialty stores. The latter are sometimes the best places to go to find a high quality printer at a bargain. The nature of your profession and business determines all of the investment decisions you make, and you should look at this purchase as an investment decision—as something that will increase your productivity.

So, here is a summary of the pros and cons of inkjet and laser printers:



Inkjet Printers

Pros:
  • Inkjet printers tend to be more compact; they are easily handled and do not take up a lot of space
  • Prints photos, images, and colors in better quality (this is especially beneficial for photographers)
  • They are inexpensive when compared to laser printers
  • You don’t need to warm the machine
  • You are not limited in the type of paper you can print on
  • You can use paper sizes of all kinds—large, small, and medium
  • Ink refill kits can reduce the cost of printing
Cons:
  • Much slower than laser printers (this can affect projects that require printing in large amounts)
  • Ink replacements can be more frequent and more pricey
  • Low-capacity paper trays of 50 to 100 sheets, which can be frustrating for a user who prints a lot
  • Low monthly duty cycle

Laser Printers

Pros:
  • Print faster than inkjet, which is beneficial if your business requires the printing of high volumes of materials
  • Laser printers produce sharp text, which is great for text documents
  • If your work requires the mass production of black and white documents, then you are safe with a laser printer—though there are brands that do print in color
  • Higher monthly duty cycle means they are better prepared to handle high-volume jobs
  • Toner is inexpensive
Cons:
  • Can handle simple graphics, but complex images and photos are a challenge
  • Although there are some compact laser printers on the market, they are generally bigger and heavier than inkjet printers
  • Laser printers can’t handle the same variety of paper that inkjets can
  • The cost you have to pay for supplies for a laser printer is more than that for an inkjet printer

With all of this in mind, it is time to choose the kind of printer you want. Once you have made your purchase, remember that you will commit yourself to the maintenance and resupply of the machine that you chose. When it comes down to it, you must weigh and measure a range of factors before you make a final decision. You must consider not only the type of printer but the brand you purchase, as they do differ in capacity, volume, and quality. This is a lot to take in, but rest assured knowing you will feel confident in your decision and, with proper care and maintenance, a reliable printer for years to come.



Buying a new printer is a task many people will need to undergo, but there’s more to choosing the right printer than brand reputation and cost. Your selection should be based on fact rather than supposition; it should be based on demonstrated value and quality, not mere reputation. To help you make the right choice, this article will lay out the basic features of the two types of printers, give you a number of technical specifications, and provide a few helpful contrasts to help you make an informed decision with confidence.

First, there are some differences between inkjet printers and laser printers that anyone contemplating buying one or the other ought to know about. Inkjet printers apply liquid ink through nozzles on paper; laser printers get results through fused toner powder. To avoid smudges, you must use the best quality paper and printer ink. Indeed, that is the only way that you will be able to guarantee the documents you print are of the very best.

When it comes to choosing the printer, the first thing you must determine is what you will use the printer for. The nature of your job will determine the kind of printer you need. It is essential for you to bear in mind that not all jobs are suitable for office printers. If, for example, you need to print exhibit-quality photos, then you should go to a professional photo inkjet that produces high resolution images. If the most vivid and clear images is what you need, then you are better off with a laser printer. Perhaps you are opening your own business or maybe you want a personal printer at home to print out private documents. The frequency with which you anticipate using the printer and the general purpose that you intend for the device should all be considered before you make a purchasing decision.

You must also shop and compare brands. It may be overwhelming at first, as you have a wide selection. A few high-cost brands no longer control the market. You can get a good printer without paying an exorbitant amount of money. The key thing is to shop around both online and in electronic specialty stores. The latter are sometimes the best places to go to find a high quality printer at a bargain. The nature of your profession and business determines all of the investment decisions you make, and you should look at this purchase as an investment decision—as something that will increase your productivity.

So, here is a summary of the pros and cons of inkjet and laser printers:



Inkjet Printers

Pros:
  • Inkjet printers tend to be more compact; they are easily handled and do not take up a lot of space
  • Prints photos, images, and colors in better quality (this is especially beneficial for photographers)
  • They are inexpensive when compared to laser printers
  • You don’t need to warm the machine
  • You are not limited in the type of paper you can print on
  • You can use paper sizes of all kinds—large, small, and medium
  • Ink refill kits can reduce the cost of printing
Cons:
  • Much slower than laser printers (this can affect projects that require printing in large amounts)
  • Ink replacements can be more frequent and more pricey
  • Low-capacity paper trays of 50 to 100 sheets, which can be frustrating for a user who prints a lot
  • Low monthly duty cycle

Laser Printers

Pros:
  • Print faster than inkjet, which is beneficial if your business requires the printing of high volumes of materials
  • Laser printers produce sharp text, which is great for text documents
  • If your work requires the mass production of black and white documents, then you are safe with a laser printer—though there are brands that do print in color
  • Higher monthly duty cycle means they are better prepared to handle high-volume jobs
  • Toner is inexpensive
Cons:
  • Can handle simple graphics, but complex images and photos are a challenge
  • Although there are some compact laser printers on the market, they are generally bigger and heavier than inkjet printers
  • Laser printers can’t handle the same variety of paper that inkjets can
  • The cost you have to pay for supplies for a laser printer is more than that for an inkjet printer

With all of this in mind, it is time to choose the kind of printer you want. Once you have made your purchase, remember that you will commit yourself to the maintenance and resupply of the machine that you chose. When it comes down to it, you must weigh and measure a range of factors before you make a final decision. You must consider not only the type of printer but the brand you purchase, as they do differ in capacity, volume, and quality. This is a lot to take in, but rest assured knowing you will feel confident in your decision and, with proper care and maintenance, a reliable printer for years to come.

2018-07-09




The most common causes of printing problems are empty cartridges, but did you know you can not print even if only one cartridge is empty? For example, if you want to print with black ink only, but one of your color cartridges (like cyan or magenta) is empty, it will still prevent you from printing. This article will provide some insight as to why this problem occurs and why it is that way.

If you are troubleshooting your printer, check that the printer is plugged in, the settings are correct, and that you have actually sent the document to the printer before getting started.


You cannot print in black only if a color ink cartridge is empty.

Your printer is designed to print only when all ink cartridges have ink to prevent clogs in the printing mechanism and other print quality issues, a little ink must be available in all the cartridges to perform periodic servicing tasks.

Even if you tend to print in black and white, your color ink cartridges will gradually empty.

To decrease grain, some black areas might be printed with a mix of black and color inks. If you follow the steps later in this article to print with black ink only, you can ensure no color ink is used in your prints. However, a little ink from all the ink cartridges is used in periodic servicing tasks. This helps to prevent issues such as print head clogs and poor print quality.

You may not see a message prompting you to use black or color ink only.

The printer must reserve enough ink for the servicing tasks that keep the print head functioning, as mentioned before. If there is enough ink for servicing and for printing with black ink only, or color ink only, then that message appears. If there is not enough ink for both printing and servicing, then the cartridge must be replaced to continue printing.

When an ink cartridge is fully depleted, it must be replaced before you can begin to print again.

This is an easy fix. If you do not already know what type of cartridges to buy, simply search for your printer model and you can find what you need from there. Purchase the ink needed and replace the empty cartridge in your printer.


You also have the option of printing in grayscale rather than in color or black.

Here are some steps to change this option:
  1. go to the Control Panel
  2. Select the icon called Printers and Faxes
  3. right click on your default printer
  4. Select Printing Preferences
  5. Look for an option related to color and choose Print in Grayscale or Black Ink

If you recently bought a new ink cartridge, and it is not working or the printer indicates that it is empty, check the ink cartridge warranty status. Most printers offer a standard warranty, and you should ensure that you understand the terms and conditions of it before you make your purchase. 

The main points of cartridge color use have been covered. You should always verify your print settings before use. it is also important to ensure that each of the printer ink cartridges is filled. This will make your experience seamless and efficient.



The most common causes of printing problems are empty cartridges, but did you know you can not print even if only one cartridge is empty? For example, if you want to print with black ink only, but one of your color cartridges (like cyan or magenta) is empty, it will still prevent you from printing. This article will provide some insight as to why this problem occurs and why it is that way.

If you are troubleshooting your printer, check that the printer is plugged in, the settings are correct, and that you have actually sent the document to the printer before getting started.


You cannot print in black only if a color ink cartridge is empty.

Your printer is designed to print only when all ink cartridges have ink to prevent clogs in the printing mechanism and other print quality issues, a little ink must be available in all the cartridges to perform periodic servicing tasks.

Even if you tend to print in black and white, your color ink cartridges will gradually empty.

To decrease grain, some black areas might be printed with a mix of black and color inks. If you follow the steps later in this article to print with black ink only, you can ensure no color ink is used in your prints. However, a little ink from all the ink cartridges is used in periodic servicing tasks. This helps to prevent issues such as print head clogs and poor print quality.

You may not see a message prompting you to use black or color ink only.

The printer must reserve enough ink for the servicing tasks that keep the print head functioning, as mentioned before. If there is enough ink for servicing and for printing with black ink only, or color ink only, then that message appears. If there is not enough ink for both printing and servicing, then the cartridge must be replaced to continue printing.

When an ink cartridge is fully depleted, it must be replaced before you can begin to print again.

This is an easy fix. If you do not already know what type of cartridges to buy, simply search for your printer model and you can find what you need from there. Purchase the ink needed and replace the empty cartridge in your printer.


You also have the option of printing in grayscale rather than in color or black.

Here are some steps to change this option:
  1. go to the Control Panel
  2. Select the icon called Printers and Faxes
  3. right click on your default printer
  4. Select Printing Preferences
  5. Look for an option related to color and choose Print in Grayscale or Black Ink

If you recently bought a new ink cartridge, and it is not working or the printer indicates that it is empty, check the ink cartridge warranty status. Most printers offer a standard warranty, and you should ensure that you understand the terms and conditions of it before you make your purchase. 

The main points of cartridge color use have been covered. You should always verify your print settings before use. it is also important to ensure that each of the printer ink cartridges is filled. This will make your experience seamless and efficient.

2018-07-03


The HP Photosmart 5510 is a multi-function ink jet printer. It can be used to print, scan, and copy documents with its four separate ink cartridges, processing information quickly and efficiently to avoid being held up by any data jams. Here are some of the other great functions of this printer:
  • can be connected to WiFi
  • SD and memory stick slots
  • eprint remote printing
  • WPS automated quick wireless setup
  • compact (occupies a minimum amount of space on your desk)
  • intuitive touch screen with virtual buttons that are illuminated

Up next are some instructions for changing the ink cartridges for your Photosmart 5510. 


Installing/Replacing Ink Cartridges
  1. If the product is off, press the Power button to turn on the printer and wait until the product is idle and silent before continuing.
  2. Open the cartridge access door and the carriage will move to the access area.
  3. Press the tab on the front of the cartridge inward to release it. Then, pull up on the cartridge to remove it from the slot.
  4. Remove the plastic wrap from a new cartridge by pulling the orange tab (make sure you remove the orange pull-tab and plastic wrap completely before you twist the orange cap in the next step, otherwise, ink might leak from the cartridge). When you remove the plastic wrap, the paper label on the top of the cartridge will tear slightly. This is necessary to vent the cartridge.
  5. Remove the orange cap from the cartridge. Twist the cap counter-clockwise until it snaps off.
  6. With the nozzle and the contacts facing down, push the cartridge into its slot.
  7. Press down on the cartridge until it is firmly set. Make sure the color icon on the cartridge label matches the color icon on the slot.
  8. Close the cartridge access door to complete the process.
If you need install other cartridges, all you need to do is repeat these steps.


Alignment Phase

After you have loaded your new cartridge(s) and closed the access door, the HP printer will automatically send you to the alignment phase to align the new cartridges. Follow the below instructions to align them:
  1. On the product control panel, press OK. The product will print an alignment page.
  2. Open the scanner lid and place the alignment page on the scanner glass with the printed side down, and then position it on the front right corner of the glass.
  3. Close the lid and press OK. The alignment page will then scan.

In the event the product does not automatically print an alignment page, follow these steps:
  1. From the home screen, press the right arrow and select the Setup icon.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Press the down arrow and press Align Printer. The product should then print an alignment page. You can then continue with the previous steps for scanning the alignment page.

Once all of the steps to replacing the cartridges are completed, you are ready to use your printer.

The HP Photosmart 5510 is a multi-function ink jet printer. It can be used to print, scan, and copy documents with its four separate ink cartridges, processing information quickly and efficiently to avoid being held up by any data jams. Here are some of the other great functions of this printer:
  • can be connected to WiFi
  • SD and memory stick slots
  • eprint remote printing
  • WPS automated quick wireless setup
  • compact (occupies a minimum amount of space on your desk)
  • intuitive touch screen with virtual buttons that are illuminated

Up next are some instructions for changing the ink cartridges for your Photosmart 5510. 


Installing/Replacing Ink Cartridges
  1. If the product is off, press the Power button to turn on the printer and wait until the product is idle and silent before continuing.
  2. Open the cartridge access door and the carriage will move to the access area.
  3. Press the tab on the front of the cartridge inward to release it. Then, pull up on the cartridge to remove it from the slot.
  4. Remove the plastic wrap from a new cartridge by pulling the orange tab (make sure you remove the orange pull-tab and plastic wrap completely before you twist the orange cap in the next step, otherwise, ink might leak from the cartridge). When you remove the plastic wrap, the paper label on the top of the cartridge will tear slightly. This is necessary to vent the cartridge.
  5. Remove the orange cap from the cartridge. Twist the cap counter-clockwise until it snaps off.
  6. With the nozzle and the contacts facing down, push the cartridge into its slot.
  7. Press down on the cartridge until it is firmly set. Make sure the color icon on the cartridge label matches the color icon on the slot.
  8. Close the cartridge access door to complete the process.
If you need install other cartridges, all you need to do is repeat these steps.


Alignment Phase

After you have loaded your new cartridge(s) and closed the access door, the HP printer will automatically send you to the alignment phase to align the new cartridges. Follow the below instructions to align them:
  1. On the product control panel, press OK. The product will print an alignment page.
  2. Open the scanner lid and place the alignment page on the scanner glass with the printed side down, and then position it on the front right corner of the glass.
  3. Close the lid and press OK. The alignment page will then scan.

In the event the product does not automatically print an alignment page, follow these steps:
  1. From the home screen, press the right arrow and select the Setup icon.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Press the down arrow and press Align Printer. The product should then print an alignment page. You can then continue with the previous steps for scanning the alignment page.

Once all of the steps to replacing the cartridges are completed, you are ready to use your printer.

2018-05-21


How to recycle ink and toner cartridge

With over 350 million cartridges ending up in landfills every year, we have to take the necessary steps in recycling these heavily used items. If you’ve always wanted to recycle toner cartridges or ink cartridges that you have piling up, then you have a variety of ways available.

Ways to Recycle Your Cartridge

1. Donate (Or Sell) It To A Local Office Supply Store
The most common place that accepts used ink and toner cartridges is the local office supply store. Every city and town has one. Ask around if they take them and, if so, how many per drop off they take.

The ink and toner cartridges that office supply stores accept are usually filled and resold at a much cheaper rate. If you’ve been looking for replacements or if you’re looking to stock up on your ink and toner cartridges, you can make drop-offs and purchases both at the same trip to save yourself some time.
2. Sell Them In Bulk
Many businesses also offer to buy old cartridges that are in good condition in bulk via mail. Look around for opportunities in your area or places close to you online. The more cartridges that you ship off, the higher the possibility that you earn money from your once used cartridges. Take note that some businesses might require you to refill your cartridge before they purchase it.
3. Search For Recycling Initiatives
If you want to make money from the empty ink and toner cartridges that you have stored, you can look into programs such as eCycle Group, Recycle 4 Charity and Cartridges for Kids. They have specific guidelines on how you can earn money from old cartridges. You’ll also be helping a good cause in recycling and saving resources.
4. Make Sure Your Cartridge Is In Good Shape
Ensuring that the cartridges are in good condition is also important since many facilities are not going to accept them if they’re bent or melted in any way. There is no point in using the cartridges again if they’re not going to function like they should. Most cartridges are cross-compatible with printers that were released in the same year. However, it is not suggested to try the compatibility unless you have read reviews guaranteeing that they are.
5. Give Used Cartridges To Friends Or Colleagues
Giving away your old cartridges to your friends and colleagues is a good way to earn points with the community. You might even encourage the next person to recycle ink cartridges. Make sure that your cartridges are in good condition though. There shouldn’t be any missing parts since one missing part of the cartridge can be the cause of a whole printer unit breaking down.
6. Be Creative With DIY Projects
If you have an idea of what to do with your cartridges, you can try recycling them yourself. Be careful in handling them though as you can easily end up with a stained shirt while trying to come up with a creative way to use cartridges other than their original intended use.
7. Use Refill Kits To Extend Life Of Ink Cartridges
Finally, the most simple way that you can recycle your ink and toner cartridges is by refilling them yourself. You can buy refill kits from office supply stores. They come with a syringe, screw tool and a bottle of ink. A refilling kit will have a simple and easy to follow guide on how to easily refill your empty cartridge.

How to recycle ink and toner cartridge

With over 350 million cartridges ending up in landfills every year, we have to take the necessary steps in recycling these heavily used items. If you’ve always wanted to recycle toner cartridges or ink cartridges that you have piling up, then you have a variety of ways available.

Ways to Recycle Your Cartridge

1. Donate (Or Sell) It To A Local Office Supply Store
The most common place that accepts used ink and toner cartridges is the local office supply store. Every city and town has one. Ask around if they take them and, if so, how many per drop off they take.

The ink and toner cartridges that office supply stores accept are usually filled and resold at a much cheaper rate. If you’ve been looking for replacements or if you’re looking to stock up on your ink and toner cartridges, you can make drop-offs and purchases both at the same trip to save yourself some time.
2. Sell Them In Bulk
Many businesses also offer to buy old cartridges that are in good condition in bulk via mail. Look around for opportunities in your area or places close to you online. The more cartridges that you ship off, the higher the possibility that you earn money from your once used cartridges. Take note that some businesses might require you to refill your cartridge before they purchase it.
3. Search For Recycling Initiatives
If you want to make money from the empty ink and toner cartridges that you have stored, you can look into programs such as eCycle Group, Recycle 4 Charity and Cartridges for Kids. They have specific guidelines on how you can earn money from old cartridges. You’ll also be helping a good cause in recycling and saving resources.
4. Make Sure Your Cartridge Is In Good Shape
Ensuring that the cartridges are in good condition is also important since many facilities are not going to accept them if they’re bent or melted in any way. There is no point in using the cartridges again if they’re not going to function like they should. Most cartridges are cross-compatible with printers that were released in the same year. However, it is not suggested to try the compatibility unless you have read reviews guaranteeing that they are.
5. Give Used Cartridges To Friends Or Colleagues
Giving away your old cartridges to your friends and colleagues is a good way to earn points with the community. You might even encourage the next person to recycle ink cartridges. Make sure that your cartridges are in good condition though. There shouldn’t be any missing parts since one missing part of the cartridge can be the cause of a whole printer unit breaking down.
6. Be Creative With DIY Projects
If you have an idea of what to do with your cartridges, you can try recycling them yourself. Be careful in handling them though as you can easily end up with a stained shirt while trying to come up with a creative way to use cartridges other than their original intended use.
7. Use Refill Kits To Extend Life Of Ink Cartridges
Finally, the most simple way that you can recycle your ink and toner cartridges is by refilling them yourself. You can buy refill kits from office supply stores. They come with a syringe, screw tool and a bottle of ink. A refilling kit will have a simple and easy to follow guide on how to easily refill your empty cartridge.