Home printing 4 decades ago was limited to low cost inkjet printers with the laser toner printer designed for the office. In more recent times the retail price and the sheer physical size of the laser printer have both been reduced making it an option for home and business. Some black and white laser printers can be bought for under €120 offering useful features such as Wi-Fi and double-sided printing and fit comfortably on your desk!
So how does HP laser toner compare for use in the home in comparison to an inkjet printer. It comes down to the amount of pages your print, the initial purchase price of the printer can be expensive but the running costs for a busy printer can be lower than an inkjet printer. HP are the largest seller of inkjet printers in the UK and Ireland with the HP Deskjet 3050A being it’s most popular printer, while the best selling HP laser printer is the HP Colour Laserjet CP2025.
As a rule of thumb if you consider yourself to print in or around 1000 pages a year then the inkjet printer is the best deal for you. If you print upwards of 200 pages a year then the laser toner printer will be more economical and of course if you print 8,000 – 10,000 pages per year (especially in black and white) then the laser printer will save you an absolute fortune.
Running costs of any printer are crucial and the inkjet printer HP Deskjet 3050A ink cartridges are no exception. These are currently available as both original HP and remanufactured ink cartridges HP301XL Black and colour. The original HP cartridges are manufactured by HP and are costly to buy. The remanufactured version is HP cartridges that have been used, returned empty to a third-party, checked, refilled, repaired if necessary and re-packaged.
Both will work perfectly well in the printer but the remanufactured cartridges are considerably less to buy than the original. It’s the same story with HP Colour Laserjet CP2025 toner cartridges. The original HP toner is expensive but the compatible version can cost up to 100% less. The compatible version of the HP toner is once again manufactured by a third-party company, not HP, and will offer obvious big savings to any business that uses these toners. One piece of good advice to follow is to never buy any printer based on the purchase price alone, always check the cost of the replacement HP ink or HP toner.
The price of print per page should be calculated and more importantly, will the printer work with non-original ink or toner cartridges. The print definition of the inkjet printer is far superior to the laser printer and image printing on photo paper is using an inkjet printer is unbeatable. A big plus for the laser printer and one of the most obvious advantages of printing with a laser printer is the print speed – this vastly out-performs any inkjet printer. Some models of laser printers are also able to perform Duplex printing, that’s printed 2 sides of the page at once. A real time saver for large document runs. Consider buying a printer that is Wi-Fi enabled and will allow device printing remotely from a mobile phone or tablet.
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.
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.
Replacing your printer can be as small or as large, any investment as you like. But, ultimately it should depend on what you need your printer to print and how much it will cost to run. The cost of running the printer means obviously the cost of the inkjet cartridges and typically how much per sheet it will cost. Firstly if you are a home user, that is to say a family with several school-attending children using the printer then the printer is in for a lot of use. Because the printer will be used to print out colour as well as black and white images then a colour inkjet printer will be sufficient. You would do well to pick an all-in-one printer that has additional features as well as being a printer/copier/scanner such as wifi or cloud-print. In fairness, most printers come wifi enabled these days but many people still prefer to connect them via the USB cable. The print speed of these printers is not that fast but considering the option is a high-speed laser toner printer, the cost would not warrant stepping up in cost for the average family.
The running costs of the printer have to be the next and some will say the most important consideration. If the cost of replacing the ink cartridge is going to cost as much as you paid for the printer, which is highly likely given the low cost of some printers on offer on the high street, then it’s time to think again. First of all check if this wonderfully inexpensive printer will accept a non-genuine brand ink cartridge, i.e. a compatible cartridge, if so what is the cost? If you can find an affordable set of compatible ink cartridges for the printer then you have hit the jackpot, but beware, not all new printers will accept the compatibles and some are so new that there is not yet a compatible cartridge available for them yet. The compatible ink cartridges are manufactured by a third-party manufacturer who has been careful enough to replicate the original brand ink cartridge without infringing on the copyright of it.
The quality of the print out from a printer using compatible ink cartridges as opposed to the genuine brand is not noticeable for general-purpose everyday printing. The only time when we think it may be an issue if you are trying to reproduce photo-quality prints that you may wish to sell or keep for many years and are concerned that the print may fade. All in all, the compatible ink cartridge should be a big consideration when purchasing your new printer and any good seller or ink especially online will give you free advice so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help.
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