OKI laser printers are among the most populars, now situ in many offices across Ireland, known for their reliability and productivity. After the initial purchase price of the printer the next thing to consider is the running cost. Laser printers, once reserved for only the busiest office have certainly come down in price and are used by the busy home user as well as in the workplace. The biggest advantage of the OKI laser toner printer over an inkjet printer is the low overall running costs, precise text print and its wonderfully fast print speeds. The inkjet printers are however, excellent for reproducing photographic prints.
For example, the OKI C321DN is a relatively low cost colour laser unit that uses printer toner. It’s a basic level printer with no multi-functions to speak of, (available online for around €180), but is ideal for the small business or home. Of course it depends what you are looking for in a printer; if you require duplex or a faster print out speed then you may opt for a high specific laser toner printer or switch to another brand such as Xerox or Hewlett Packard. Brother’s HL 4150CDN printer is also in the same category as the Oki as an alternative but while the text print quality is superior the image reproduction can be less than satisfactory. This has nothing to do with the quality of the printer toner, purely the specification of the printer.
It’s useful to be able to print pictures, emails or boarding passes direct from your iPhone without the need to be next to a printer. It’s really straightforward and should be achievable with little more than a few taps on your iPhone.
- Check your printer is AirPrint compatible. You obviously need to have a printer that supports AirPrint (most newer printers do) before you can use the method. All the leading brands such as Brother, Epson, Samsung, HP, Lexmark, Canon and Dell sell AirPrint enabled printers and it’s likely you would also require an iPhone 3G or later. If you are unsure about your printer’s AirPrint capability, the instruction manual of printer will advise you of this. If your printer is not AirPrint compatible you can still use the facility providing that you have access to an AirPrint supported printer, maybe in the office or workplace.
- Set up your printer for AirPrint. If your printer has AirPrint built in then it’s likely that it will automatically connect with AirPrint. Check in the operating manual if you need to adjust the printer settings for your printer to use AirPrint and importantly check that your printer is on the same Wi-Fi as your iPhone.
Steps to Connect and Print from iPhone via AirPrint App
- Open the app for Airprint on your iPhone. Open the AirPrint app on your iPhone after first downloading it. Applications from Apple that are compatible with you phone include Mail and iPhoto meaning you can print emails and images.
- Open the file that you wish to print, choose ‘share’ and then ‘print’. Once you click ‘share’ a menu will appear that will allow you to choose an option to send the item by text, email or to print. Select ‘print’, then tap the arrow at the bottom pointing left and tap print.
- Selecting your printer. After you tap print a choice of printers will appear on the screen for you to open. Choose the printer you wish to sue (AirPrint compatible of course), type in the number of pages you want to print and the number of copies you would like. You can also change any printer settings you would want as you can when selecting a printer normally.
- Press Print. Finally, press print to print the actual document and the printer will respond and your documents will be printed as normal.
The apps you require for your phone to enable printing from your iPhone or mobile device are all readily available from your iTunes store. For example it’s possible to download a particular app to suit your brand of printer. However some apps such as the HP printing app will only work with a HP networked printer.
Always remember to save money when using Airprint by using a good high quality compatible toner cartridges. Good quality compatible inks mean no compromise on quality and big savings on print ink.
Half-term holidays for schools is once again upon us What about a FREE star chart to help keep the youngsters busy during the holidays When it comes to checking your child’s behaviour there’s really nothing like a reward chart. The daily reward chart keeps a record of your child’s good behaviour and deeds to help keep the day tantrum free. They say that a little bribery can go a long way with children, rewards being one of most useful parenting tools. The child can complete the chart on a daily basis and as they finish each chore they can record it on the Star Chart. Your reward for good behaviour can be a box or bag of fun usually got from the local Pound Shop or simply a Lucky Dip from the same shop!
Some useful tips on how to best run a reward chart*.
1. Try to concentrate on one behaviour at a time.
2. Make sure the behaviour is achievable by the child
3. Chat to the child about the behaviour and work with them.
4. Maybe allow the child to choose the reward – something they will enjoy like a trip somewhere.
5. It’s a good idea to give the child a sticker hone they have achieved a particular task.
6. This is usually suitable for children above the age of 3.
* Theses tips on improving behaviour with Star Charts are suggestions only.
Top Tip: Don’t forget, make sure you use your compatible ink cartridges so you don’t break the bank when printing your FREE Star Chart!
The high capacity compatible 16XL black ink cartridge is now available online with a price busting 500 pages for as little as less than one cent per page @ 5% coverage. This incredible value for the compatible version of the Epson cartridge is estimated to drive sales through the roof in the UK and Ireland. The 16XL comes in four ink colours, black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The black ink cartridge can print up to 500 pages with the colours each printing up to 450 pages @ 5% coverage. 5% coverage generally represents a page of text with double line spacing; if images or graphics are printed then the number of pages will be less.
High quality compatible Epson 16XL ink cartridges are manufactured by third-party suppliers and sold online in Ireland and the UK. These suppliers strive to match the ISO standards of the original brand cartridges, giving reliability to the end user. A typical printer using the 16XL ink such as the Epson WorkForce WF-2530WF is ideal for the home user or small office. This printer is a 4-in-1 with ADF and features Epson Connect and is also Wi-Fi enabled.
From time to time you may experience some poor print quality from your printer in the form of broken text lines or half printed images. This is usually a problem caused by the print head that is located either in the printer or in the ink cartridge itself. The majority of inkjet printers manufactured by Brother, Epson, Samsung, Dell and Advent have print heads located in the printer. These can become clogged with dried ink if the printer has not been used frequently and can lead to poor quality prints. For those of you who only print the occasional boarding pass this will be more of a concern than those who print regularly either daily or weekly.
For the majority of HP and Canon inkjet printers, the print head is integrated in the ink cartridge. The theory behind the logic in locating the print head in the cartridge rather than the printer is that every time you replace the ink cartridge you are in effect replacing the print head. This obviously makes the ink cartridges more expensive to buy and you will usually find the printer will take 2 cartridges, one colour and one black.
In order to clear the blocked print heads you need to perform a simple head cleaning procedure and this can be achieved either through the printer, (if the printer has an maintenance facility) or from your PC or MAC. If you have an interface on your printer you should be able to access the maintenance > Tools > head cleaning. If you have a more basic model of printer that doesn’t have a user interface on the front of the printer simply go to file > print > properties >> maintenance >> head cleaning. It is recommended that you print out a test page following each head cleaning procedure as this will give you the result of your clean. If for some reason the clog on the print head is very sever it may take 5 or 6 attempts at the head cleaning before the blockage is cleared but you should see a gradual improvement on the test print as you progress.
If you have an ink cartridge with an integrated print head it is also possible to remove the cartridge, take a piece of kitchen town and damped with luke warm water and manually gently wipe the area where the ink exits the cartridge. This can help the flow of the ink if there is a blockage that the head cleaning procedure won’t shif but is only worth a try on the intergrated print head ink cartridges.
Sometimes when we insert a compatible or non-original ink cartridge into a Canon printer, it’s likely that the printer will detect this and give an error message to that effect. The message may be ‘non-original cartridge detected’ or non-original Canon cartridge detected’, either way it won’t let you proceed with printing.
The first thing you can do is remove the cartridge and try re-inserting it to see if the printer will recognise it, if it still not recoginise the cartridge then simply hold down the stop button (this is the button with the triangle inside a circle) for 5 seconds. This will disable the printer’s cartridge recognition facility and you should be able to print happily without any further interruption. It may be that the ink volume will not display after you have done this (although sometimes it will anyway) but that is a minor inconvenience when you weigh up the savings on the cost of the ink cartridges. If the printer says the cartridge is damaged or will still not recoginise the cartridge then remove the cartridge and gently wipe with a dry soft cloth the copper area for the cartridge (the ‘chip’) to remove any static that may have accumulated on it and re-insert to see if it will work.
The vast majority of the compatible Canon ink cartridges will work first time but on occasion you might have to try a bit of trouble-shooting to get it going. It’s also possible that the cartridge may be faulty so if you have tried all of the above suggestions then if you have a second cartridge then it would be time to try that. If you don’t have a second cartridge then contact your supplier to see if a replacement cartridge can be issued but make sure you make a note of the error messages that are coming up on the printer each time you insert the ink cartridges as this will help them identify what the problem is. If you are covered by a money-back guarantee then you will have no problem and you will find that the supplier will do all they can to resolve the issue for you but will refund the money to you (after the return of the faulty cartridge) if they run out of options.
All good online ink cartridge suppliers will do all they can to help and usually will resolve the situation and you will be happily printing with Canon compatible ink cartridges that didn’t cost the earth!
As 2016 kicks in and our thoughts turn on how to save money, one of the forgotten household bills is that of printer ink in Dublin. Many homes across Ireland spend a huge amount on printer ink in Dublin during a typical year, the bigger the household with school going children the bigger the bill for ink. Most families now have two printers on the go with one not being sufficient to satisfy the needs of those at secondary and grammar schools with the printing of projects and assignments.
The first port of call for many people for their ink cartridges in Dublin is the local stationery or ink shop and of course you can expect to pay premium prices for your ink there. With Dublin ink prices being what they are you can expect to pay as much as €60 for a set of original brand printer ink! It’s scandalous of course, considering that this may be more than you paid originally for the printer.
The key to buying the best value printer is to do your research first with regard to the running costs of the printer. This is essentially the cost of the printer ink in Dublin for your printer. Before you make the purchase find out if the printer will accept a compatible version of the printer ink cartridge as this can be where there are massive savings on ink cartridges to be made. Indeed it’s possible to buy some high quality compatible ink cartridges online for as little as €1 each!
There are some brands of printers that are more willing to accept the compatible cartridges than others. For example, it is our experience that Epson, Brother and Canon printers accept the non-original version of the cartridge a lot more readily than HP. Epson are particularly good value and with the ‘small in one’ printer range – printer/copier/scanner – these printers are great value to buy at under €100 and are cheap to run. They are ideal for the home user and the ink cartridges are broken down into four or six cartridge colours. The big advantage with this is the ability to replace a single cartridge at any one time and not have to replace a whole set.
Once you have done your research and bought your printer, where to buy your cartridges is the next important key in the running costs of the printer. Online shopping for your cartridges is by far the best way to find the good value high quality ink cartridges in Dublin as most Irish online suppliers offer low cost delivery within 1 or 2 days to home or the office.