Wednesday, May 26, 2010

12 tricks to stretch your printer's ink

12 tricks to stretch your printer's ink

That $25 printer you bought at a discount store might seem like a good deal until you go to buy a replacement cartridge. That's when you learn printers are cheap but printer ink is outrageous. Small adjustments can greatly cut down on ink costs and make for a greener printer. Try these 12 techniques to reduce your outlay on printer ink.

1. Change fonts.
Times New Roman and Arial tend to be the default fonts. Switch to a lighter font, such as Century Gothic, to reduce how much ink is required for each letter. Change your default font on Word by going to Format Font, select a font, and save as "default."

2. Use smaller font sizes.
Reduce the font size to 10 or less, but don't sacrifice legibility. If you can easily read the smaller font on your screen, you'll likely be able to read it on paper.

3. Use ecofont.
Ecofont ( reduces your ink usage by "shooting holes" into the font you're using. There's no loss of legibility or impact on your layout. With a few mouse clicks, you can choose familiar fonts such as Arial, Verdana and Calibri or an Eco variant of your house-style font (Enterprise Edition).

4. Use the draft setting.
Choose the "draft" or "econo" print setting in the "Advanced" settings of your print screen pop-up. The overall print will be lighter, so you might want to use the standard setting for important documents.

5. Buy refilled cartridges.
Refills cost less than buying new, particularly if you take advantage of ink refill sales at Staples or Walgreens. Cut your costs even further with Walgreens free shipping codes or Staples online coupons at sites such as Dealnews (

6. Make your own refills.
Refilling cartridges is messy work until you get the hang of it, but the cost savings might be worth it. Look for refill kits at warehouse clubs or on eBay.

7. Recycle cartridges.
Sell empty cartridges to printer stores, on eBay or for credit at office-supply stores that give credit.

8. Run it until empty.
Continue printing on nearly empty cartridges until you've drained all the ink. On color printers, you can change the print color to one that still has ink in the cartridge.

9. Print at the copy shop.
Take a break from your desk and use an in-house or nearby print shop or copy center for major print jobs. The price per page is substantially less than printing on most standard printers.

10. Don't print.
Use the "Document Image Writer" or similar device to create electronic files rather than printing out a hard copy. Alternately, you can scan documents or use a program such as CutePDF ( to create PDF files.

11. Print only what you need.
Print only the information you need by using PrintWhatYouLike (www.printwhat or software programs such as GreenPrint or EcoPrint2.

12. Upgrade your printer.
Before you buy, research the cost of replacement cartridges and whether the printer offers economical print settings. You'll often find replacing ink is cheaper on more expensive models. If you calculate the cost savings over a printer's projected life span, you'll probably find that the original cash outlay is worth it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Guidelines For Choosing The Ideal Printer For You

Guidelines For Choosing The Ideal Printer For You
A crucial machine for everyone today is a reliable printer. Whether it's for your dorm, your home or your office, a printer is an indispensable computer accessory. Choosing the right printer for you can be a daunting task, given the options? Let's take a look at the options available for you:

Authors and Students (especially college)
With more intense usage of the printer, such as that demanded by college students writing final essays or an author cranking out hundreds of pages a day, an Inkjet becomes too slow and expensive to be a reasonable choice. A Laserjet printer is a great option here. The printer itself will cost more, but the savings in ink will eventually add up (important for both college students AND authors). Expect to pay around $200 for a Laserjet printer, although deals and promotions are not uncommon.

Business User
If you plan on a buying a printer for your small business, or maybe you've been tasked with purchasing a printer for your large company, a multifunction all-in-one printer is your best bet. Printing, scanning copying and faxing are usually included in the all-in-one's list of features. They start at about $100 for smaller ones (like my Canon MX310) and can run into hundreds of dollars for larger workhorses capable of hundreds of pages in just minutes.A network laser printer is a good option for a large corporation.

Primarily Traveling
For travelers, the best option is a lightweight, battery operated portable printer. Their positive features include their light weight, small size, and for many, the potential to plug into a car's cigarette lighter. They usually weigh less than 5 lbs and may even allow printing via cell phone.

Home User
Home users demand a variety of functions out of their printers, but probably not very demanding tasks. Responsibilities might include development of home photography or the printing of a report for school. That's why a printer for home use needs to be inexpensive and dependable. I think a personal Inkjet printer is a good choice. Inkjets are a little slower than their more recent siblings, the laswerjets, but they will be well up to the tasks presented by a home user. $50-$100 is a normal price for an Inkjet printer and generally $10-$40 (depends on exact needs) will buy an ink replacement cartridge. I really like 4inkjets for great deals on cheap ink cartridges.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Brother adds 2 more -Rs- to Recycling

We all are very familiar with the three R words that raise environmental awareness, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Providing means to safely and efficiently dispose of consumables should be a top priority for mayor printer manufacturers. Well we are very pleased to note that Brother has included as part of their green stand two more words to the original set thus “establishing a recycling-oriented society”.

What are they? You might be asking… here you have all 5

Refuse: Avoid purchase of environmentally burdensome materials whenever possible Reduce: Reduce waste material
Reuse: Reuse waste material without processing
Reform: Reuse materials in a different form
Recycle: Reuse materials as resources

What does Brother do to put into practice the 5R's?
Brother currently has a recycling program in place for used Brother branded consumable items. Some of the select components that are returned to them will be remanufactured. Others are broken down so that all of the appropriate metal and plastic components can be recycled.

All you need to do is follow these three steps:

1. Print your FREE prepaid shipping label
2. Repack your used consumable — attach the FREE prepaid shipping label
3. Drop it in the mail

Congrats Brother we will add those R’s to our list and more importantly we will also continue providing means to “establishing a recycling-oriented society”.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Why buy Original HP printer ink cartridges?

Compare printer ink cartridge refills with Original HP

Original HP inkjet printer ink cartridges far surpassed ink refills in both number of pages printed and reliability. Original HP inkjet print cartridges produced 50% more pages than the refill brands*.

HP Vivera ink cartridges provide professional-quality, long lasting photos

Radiant, true to life colors. Intense blacks. You’ll love the print quality you get from Original HP printer ink.

* Based on a April 2007 Cartridge Reliability Study by QualityLogic, Inc. and commissioned by HP. Testing performed on HP 96, 97, 56, and 57 Inkjet Print Cartridges. Individual results may vary. Read the QualityLogic study (638KB, PDF) or see for full details.