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  • How to Make your Office a Better Place to Work

    The office environment is very important - after all a lot us spend 8 hours a day there at least. A nicer place to work creates more productivity, a better feel and makes you a better worker.

    This infographic showcases a nice work area and offers some vital tips on how to make your desk area a better place.

    As you can clearly see from the infographic it's the little things that make a big difference when it comes to your workplace and we hope these tips will help make a difference in that regard.

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  • Going Green with Renewable Toner Cartridges

    Renewable toner cartridges provide a way to go green, while not impacting on the quality of your printing.

    One of the most overlooked things with toners is that a large amount of each toner is in fact recyclable and can be used again. This has a very important impact on landfills and the volume of plastic in these landfills. With over 30 per cent of landfill volume taken up by plastic and 8 per cent of landfill weight made up of the same, recycling toner cartridges can really play a part in aiding the green cause.

    Aside from this the global problem of e-waste, which is waste shipped to third world countries for disposal is also extremely inefficient and wasteful. Renewable cartridges can prevent these problems and mean more carefully spent resources.

    Toner cartridges also use a number of substances which can be hazardous to human health and it is not uncommon for children in these countries to get their hands on them. By recycling in an appropriate manner this is prohibited.

    Renewable cartridges are taken apart by specialist toner cartridge experts. These cartridges are then used for parts, with large amounts of the old parts just taken apart and used again. These refurbished parts are used again in toners. Parts that cannot be refurbished are then recycled in a safe manner and so are treated carefully and safely. This prevents any problems created by toxins in the toner being disposed of in an unsafe manner.

    Many of these companies have in house recycling programmes and ensure the green cause is looked out for. This ensures quality cartridges for users and also little environmental impact.

    There are a number of misconceptions about renewable cartridges; mainly that they are lower in quality, invalidate printer warrantees, or damage printers. These notions are untrue and many companies who create these toners are ISO 9000 certified, ensuring the top quality of product on offer on an individual level.

    Companies go to great lengths to ensure these printers are of the highest green standards, with many using reusable boxes and re-sealable bags to cut down on wastage and ensure cartridges can be sent back with the least green footprint possible.

    All of these factors make reusable toner cartridges the product of choice for many businesses and is a reason to purchase them, over newer and more wasteful options

  • 5 Essentials for any Business Printer

    A quality business printer makes an office run a lot easier, ensures things are faster, smoother and more productive. There are a number of things that such printers have in common – so let’s take a look at the additions you need.

    Colour Quality

    If you’re office never uses colour then a monochrome printer is fine. However, even if it only utilises colour prints 10% of the time, then a good quality effort is required and you should ensure that the device prints a reasonable level of colour document.

    Multifunction

    You may want the printer to be able to perform other tasks such as scanning, faxing and copying and it’s worth looking for a multifunction device if you need this. One machine that can perform a number of tasks is easier to use and less costly than a number of machines

    Speed

    The pace of printing is important too and if your office is busy then speed should be a priority, but accuracy should still be a prominent consideration. Laser printers tend to be faster than inkjets, however the latter is often more accurate for printing. Of course, with the arrival of smaller faster processors, on board printer processing is now also something we see a lot of – more powerful on-board processers make a difference.

    Paper Size

    Different people require different things from a printer and paper size tends to matter a lot. Try and ensure that you have the printer will print the most suitable paper for the business whether than be A3, A4 or otherwise.

    Connectivity

    Wired or wireless or both – that’s what you need to decide when choosing a printer and there are numerous forms of connectivity. From USB connectivity, to Wi-Fi, to cloud based printing – there are a number of different ways that a printer can connect to devices now and you need to evaluate which is the most suitable for your office.

    So, take heed of what’s mentioned above and use it to decide on the sort of printer you feel fits best with your office.

  • Inkjet Printer Cleaning Tips

    You mightn't actually realise it but inkjet printers are far more than plastic boxes that paint akin spray cans. They are in fact quite sophisticated machines. Think of the speed of the print head and the way the jets paint dots onto areas the size of a pin head. By ensuring your printer is clean you can ensure it continues to do this accurately and for a longer period of time.

    Cleaning it

    Cleaning the outside of the printer is the first step. By preventing the onset of large amounts of dust you prevent the chances of it getting on and into the nozzles. This can be done with a lint cloth.

    Colour Patterns

    Suspicions should arise over the printer when there is a shift, or change in colour pattern away from the norm. In this case it usually means that a colour is not being placed on paper in the way it should be, or not at all. In this case run a print test to determine whether your suspicions are correct.

    Nozzle Clean

    If they are correct then you will need to perform a nozzle clean. This can usually be done through the LCD panel on the printer, or via the software that came with it. Do this once and check all heads are printing as they should by running another check. If they aren't do it again 2-3 times.

    Bad Hair Days

    Sometimes printers can produce smudged print outs. In this case it could be a hair, or piece of fluff on the entry area of the printer head. Using a dry and clean lint free cloth give them a rub to make sure this is not the case and then perform a print test.

    Alignment

    If the printer is still blurring it may be because the printer heads are not firing in the right place. This may mean you have to perform a printer alignment so the ink is being jetted to the correct area of the page. This is done through a number of steps and will make sure the printer is hitting the correct area with the ink. As, we've mentioned printers are machines, where hundreds of millimetres makes a major difference and so a slight adjustment can make for picture perfect prints again.

  • A Closer Look at the Brother HLL-2320D Mono

    A lot of us tend to get distracted by the latest and snazziest technology on the market – we know we do. However, the new Brother laser printer – the HLL-2320D Mono Laser Printer, doesn’t offer much of it. However, what it does provide is exceptional reliability and ease of use – the more important things for a lot of us in a printer.

    The tiny mono printer takes up a tiny amount of desktop space and offers good quality output for a laser printer. It has won a number of awards, even if connectivity is only available via a USB port. Of course, it’s the simplicity that keeps the price point down and makes this a printer that does exactly what it says on the tin.

    Printing 24 pages a minute at a quite good quality, it’s a good device for SMEs or for those that do a lot of printing at home. However, if you print photos there are better options available than this mono device. That said for work use it’s perfect.

    The printer comes with a 250 sheet tray and a one page manual feed slot and though there is no Wi-Fi or NFC it’s still perfectly suitable to use in most cases. Sure you can’t print from an app, but at such a low cost it’s a highly capable mono printer in a very compact package.
    The tiny Brother HLL-2320D Mono Laser Printer is certainly one to consider for those looking for a little device that comes at a low price, is reasonable run in price terms and offers a no frills printer that is fast and offers good quality output.

  • The Office and Flu - What you Need to Know

    One of the biggest office issues at this time of year is flu and we’re sorry to say that everything you use, share and touch could be the thing that helps pass the flu on to you.

    However, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself when at work and limit the chance of you getting the flu from the sickly person in HR. So, we thought we’d take a look at this excellent infographic that could prevent you getting sick and having to not just take time off work, but also suffer for days on end.

    Nobody likes flu and this could help you avoid it:office-flu-prevention-infographic

  • Epson Release Printer with Refillable Cartridges

    As you full well know, we’re not very enthused about having to pay large amounts of money for OEM cartridges and often push out high quality remanufactured lines. However, it seems that Epson has decided to launch a cartridge free printer that uses a refillable ink tank. It’s the first of its type in the UK and users can refill for a fraction of the cost expensive OEM cartridges cost.

    Of course, the change is that you will have to pay more for the hardware than you would for an otherwise specced model. However, suggestions are that people who use their printers reasonably regularly could save more than £100 a year. Something that’s the complete opposite from other manufacturers efforts.

    With some cartridges holding merely 3ml of ink and costing upwards of £40 the new refillable option will come as a relief to some.

    Many believe Epson’s stance here is down to the fact more people are refraining from printing out images, preferring to keep things digital. Epson claims these new eco tanks last two years without running out of ink and cost £32 to refill. However, as we mentioned the device is more expensive. However, the long term savings are there.

    According to Epson the average person printing the average number of pages on similar priced models with traditional cartridges are paying 65% more and they calculate that over two years the savings would equate to £500 per machine.

    The two devices come with an array of extras including WiFi, scanning and copying options.

  • Stationery - it's the Perfect Gift Item for Businesss

    Businesses are always looking to improve their marketing campaigns and one way they do so is through gifting of promotional items.

    One of the most popular gift items is promotional stationery and most specifically promotional pens. They provide a good way to advertise a business and can be easily integrated into one’s marketing plan.

    According to research, people value items that they can use for a long time. The pen would remind the user about the company whenever it is being used. That’s why pens have been popular promotional items for the longest time. Below are reasons why businesses should give out promotional pens.

    Promotional Pens are Cost Effective

    If budget is limited then promotional pens are perfect to augment your marketing strategy. They don’t require a lot of capital and one of the most inexpensive methods to reach out to people. While it still involves having to shell out money for the pens, this marketing strategy is by far the most cost effective way. Pens are sold in bulk and can be very affordable. It is much cheaper than radio ads, television spots and direct mailings.

    Promotional Pens are Walking Ads

    Radio, direct mail, and television ads are effective forms of advertising, but in order for them to be effective, customers have to hear or see them first. The radio ad might be heard by a person while in the car, but the message might be forgotten after some time. With promotional pens, the message is laid out clearly. There are different designs to choose from, and the layout of the print on the pen can include the name of the business, address, phone number and the URL of the company website.

    People who get promotional pens are reminded of the business when they use it. They might need the services or products of the business but when they do need them in the future, the business will be the first name that they will remember.

    Practical and Useful

    Promotional pens can be used no matter what the season might be. Other promotional items, such as shirts, magnets and bottle openers, are appealing, but people don’t, usually, use them in their everyday lives. When you give consumers pens, they will use it at work or in school. They will not just throw it away.

    Giving out promotional pens is a creative and smart marketing strategy. You can instantly make consumers delighted and contented with the pens. They also improve the visibility of the brand and keep the brand in the memory of the users. Pens also save the business time, effort and money. They are timeless and can be given out no matter what the occasion might be. You should keep in mind to pick the right pen for the recipient. There are various pens to choose from, and you should be able to get the right one for your target market.

  • 5 Tips to Help you Choose Better Office Furniture

    Office furniture is often something that people overlook, however ensuring that you get bang for your buck is a necessity. You want your staff to be comfortable, your office to look good and you also want the furniture to not cost the earth. Of course, ensuring this is the case can be a bit tricky.

    So, we thought we’d take a look at some tips for choosing office furniture to ensure that you get all of the aforementioned.

    Less is More

    Nobody wants to work in a cluttered office, so ensuring that you purchase furniture that creates space is a good idea. There is plenty of great quality furniture out there that offers plenty of storage space and also looks beautiful and minimalist. By purchasing furniture with lots of space within, you also cut down on the amount of furniture you require, which makes a place look cleaner and tidier.

    Apt for the Space

    Offices need to choose furniture that’s apt to their surroundings. You want to give the right impression and while some office suit modernist style furniture, others are probably better off with conventional sorts of chairs and tables. Furniture creates a vibe and so needs to reflect that.

    Ergonomics

    People will be sitting up to 10 hours a day in the office chairs, eating for an hour in the canteen ones and looking at a screen on a desk for most of that period too – so try and ensure they don’t have to do so uncomfortably. Ergonomics matter – it’s that simple. So, purchase furniture that people are comfortable in and also that doesn’t do their back in. Luckily, advances in technology mean this sort of fantastic furniture can be produced for a lot less in the past and cheap office furniture is now also high quality, comfortable and long lasting office furniture.

    Variety is Nice

    Uniformity is boring – try and embrace variety to make your office a little more uplifting. People in good moods do great work and an attractive office can help this.

    Decoration

    From photos to picture frames to rugs – an office, like any room, needs a little bit extra to make it feel attractive. Investing in some extras to decorate your office can make it a more pleasant place for people to enjoy working in. So, make sure that you take this into account.

    These are just some tips for those looking to create a more attractive office and a better overall environment.

  • Better Posture + Better Chairs = Better Work

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    We're all guilty of bad posture and you only miss it when it's gone, or you have back trouble.

    This infographic is a great re-cap on why you need to site up straight and also invest in an ergonomic chair for your work. We've a great selection if you want to take a look.

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