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  • Should your Boss Let you Print in Colour?


    Printing in colour looks attractive and adds a lot of lustre to your prints, however there are a number of reasons it's a far from great idea. So, here's why you shouldn't print everthing in colour. That said there are times for it too - let's look at the pros and cons.

  • Buying a New Printer - Consider This!

    Printers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes as we all well know and often people don’t pay enough attention to what they require. So, here are some things to consider.

    Running Costs

    Often overlooked, running costs are the main printer cost and so need consideration. Though the initial cost of a printer is often noted, it’s the upkeep and cartridge costs that need to be thought about. Do research beforehand and consider third party inkjet providers.


    Printers that can handle 1200dpi x 1200dpi will produce 1200 dots in a square inch. One that produces 600dpi x 600dpi will produce half that and the quality will be half as good. This may not be evident until a particular size, however is something worth considering.


    Printers produce prints at a rate of pages per minute. Colour is slower than black and white print in its delivery and you need to consider both if you want to ensure that you have a reasonably substantial print speed. Take official figures with a pinch of salt, however remember that it’s important.


    Do you want to print via Wi-Fi, mobile, cloud or otherwise? There’s a whole raft of different ways to print nowadays and you should research the sort of printer connectivity that best fits with your needs and requirements.

    Paper Handling

    Very important on a number of levels - can the printer print on thicker or premium papers comfortably? This needs to be checked out as otherwise you may end up not being able to print on the specialist sort of paper you require. Document feeders allow for automatic printing and are also a worthwhile consideration.


    Do you require a screen, does it need to show print imagery and does it need to be a touch screen? There are pros and cons with all here, so consider what you want before you take the plunge and buy a new device.

  • Fuji Create Robot Printer Concept

    One of the main benefits that have come with the arrival of tablets and the whole notion of the paperless office, is not having to fetch the copy from the printer, or deal with the queue to do so. There’s no time wasted and that’s a good thing in an office environment.

    However, it seems Fuji has taken the whole idea further with its printer concept – a robot printer that delivers the prints right to your desk – it’s a quite innovative concept if you ask us.

    The device uses a technology known as LIDAR laser, it’s a scanner on top of the printer and creates a 3D map of the room so the printer can navigate easily and can manoeuvre around desks and other obstacles without issue.

    So, what happens if someone takes the prints from the printer –are there privacy issues? Well, no as the device has been created to only start printing when it arrives at the desk of the person that wanted the prints – which is quite a cool touch.

    It removes the need for queuing and also idle chit chat when waiting for the people from HR to print out a contract. Needless to say there are social downsides too.

    A pretty cool and innovative idea and one of the best we’ve seen from mainstream print companies since Samsung’s cardboard bodied printers.

  • Man 3D Prints ATMs for Theft

    Enterprise comes in all sorts of shapes and forms, however in this case a crook managed to get away with £24,000 of fraud thanks to a 3D printed fake cashpoint front.

    The man, used the printer to make fake ATM fronts so he could clone cards. However, he was caught, all because he used his own cards to test out the machines before using them on the unsuspecting public.

    The printer was used to create a skimmer to take account of the card details and was used in a number of cash machines in Nimes and Saint-Ambroix, southern France BY THE 34 YEAR OLD MAN.

    The skimmers take the card details and dispense cash normally, though leave users unaware that their card details have been taken. According to police in France, 'The fake fronts were of a good quality and were different to those we normally see.' In fact, the man earned £24,000 before the fraud came to light when he was tracked down via the cards he used to test if the machine worked.

    Police searched his home only to find a 3D printer that was used in the scam to print the ATM fascias. It’s not the first time the devices were used for this purpose and they have been found to be used in Austria and America for the same purpose.

    It’s just another interesting albeit malevolent use for the devices, which have been used to make keys for breaking in and more famously guns, as well as body parts and homes.


  • Canon Maxify Printers Released in UK

    Canon’s Maxify enterprise printers bring a new level of wirelss access and smart device abilities to printing at home and for small business.

    The new range includes four multifunction machines and one single function device – capable of providing 1500 page per month.

    The devices are truly connected to the Cloud and the web thanks to the cloud storage providers working with the device. This means that these printers are capable of providing connectivity not seen before in the SMB and home area.

    The new models include the MB2050, MB2350, MB5050, MB5350 whereas the single function printer is known as the iB405. All of the printers offer Wi-Fi printing as standard and can print a page in under the seven second mark.

    Canon has included a Maxify Cloud link – this makes printing and scanning directly from printer, to screen, to cloud storage almost seamless. One of the printers, the Maxify MB5350 allows for two sides of a document to be scanned at the same time, cutting the scanning process in half.

    Two of the machines, the Maxify MB2050 and MB2350 are capable of printing up to 1200 black and white prints a cartridge, while the larger MB5050, MB5350 and iB405 can produce 2,500 per cartridge. It’s also worth mentioning that the cartridges have been formulated with the latest water friction and marker resistant technology to ensure that they produce high quality documents that last and are waterproof.

    In addition, the devices come with software to monitor printing volumes, scanning and faxing.

    The range is available from October 2014, with the most expensive model costing a reasonable £319.00



  • The Future of Home Office Gadgets


    The future of home office gadgets looks bright - take a look and see for yourself with this great infographic.

  • Why a Windows Surface Tablet makes Sense

    Purchasing a Windows tablet may seem like a little bit of a left field measure in 2014, however it’s not as much so as you’d image. The new Windows Surface machines are now in their third generation and in a lot of ways they surpass Apple and Android’s efforts. So, here are 5 reasons to invest in a Windows tablet.

    MS Office

    A lot of the Microsoft tablets come with MS Office – which on other devices will cost you a lot more or isn’t often available. With Microsoft’s Surface Tablets the whole Office Suite is available, as well as a range of other great software making them a great option.


    The Surface devices could be considered to be the most laptop like tablets yet available, which says a lot. Created by Windows manufacturer that’s quite understandable – however it’s something a lot of people will enjoy.

    Windows 8.1

    Though the first Windows 8 got a lot of flak, the newer version is a vast improvement on the previous incarnation. The Startup button is back and a number of new improvements make this version of Windows even better than ever.


    The level of support that Windows 8.1 in tablet form has is similar to the same OS in PC and laptop form. So, anyone who purchases a surface tablet won’t have any of the feted issues with printer drivers or other software that users of other tablets and devices often have.


    Even though these devices are expensive, the level of quality in the finish, keyboard and other areas is very impressive and showcases the quality and care gone into these tablets. Though there are other less expensive versions of the tablet now Microsoft has made licenses for screens undress a certain size free, the Surface tablet is by far the most superior.

    The Surface 3 may not suit everyone, but it’s certainly a great device on a number of levels.

  • How to Print from a Google Chromebook

    Chromebooks always get a bit of a short shaft from people and there are plenty misconceptions about the Google based computers. However, they can be fantastic machines depending on the context and the needs.

    In the world of printing, the Chromebook has received a lot of flack and is often deemed as a tough one to print from. However, it’s not the truth to be honest. Though the OS would try and suggest otherwise, Chromebooks can be printed from and it’s actually possible to print from them to any Google Cloud Print connected device.

    To begin printing from a Chromebook you need Cloud Print access and ensure this is enabled on your printer. The best way to connect is to follow the set-up instructions on Google’s Cloud Print site – this is easy and fills on the gaps.

    Once this is done, you can now print from the device. Simply s select File > Print in the menu bar, or use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + P. A print dialogue like the one above will present itself. Then choose the ‘Print with Google Cloud Print’ option. Ctrl+Shift+P also works too and opens up the print dialogue.

    Finally, select the printer you wish to print from or want to use and then click the ‘Print’ option when it appears. The print should begin and you can be Smeg in the knowhow you have printed from a device many would consider  to be highly impossible to print from.

  • HP Officejet Enterprise Color Flow X585z Multifunction Printer Review

    A good printer needs to be impressive in a number of areas and if you can find one that’s fast, cheap and easy to operate then you’ve found the Holy Grail.

    Well, with an output of 26 pages a minute and a low cost per print, the HP Officejet Enterprise Color Flow X585z Multifunction Printer’s a device that meets these high standards. The printer, for an inkjet is rare because of this and though it can’t just match laser printer text quality it beats it in the graphics stakes.

    The printer can manage around 23 pages a minute via PC and around 16ppm from a Mac – this is down to drivers. Colour photos can be created at the rate of 4 per minute, while a A4 print of a photo takes a full minute almost. There’s also duplexing which speeds things up intensely.

    The PageWide Print mechanism helps this speed thanks to the 10 print heads it includes. This also helps with alignment issues too as the inkjet doesn’t have to move back and forth as much per head and so can stay aligned easier.

    The printer comes with a 500 sheet bottom tray and a 300 sheet output tray. There’s also a 50 sheet multi-purpose tray and the chance to purchase a larger 500 sheet one if required. Output is good and the text is sharp and clear for inkjet.

    Pricing is also quite low and expect to see it cost under 0.7p a page for black and white and around 1.1p a page for colour. There’s also an 8in capacitive touch screen with keyboard and 320gb hard drive, as well as NFC and a range of other extras.

    The device comes with up to 5 years warranty if you wish to pay more, though this includes onsite service if anything goes wrong. It’s a food spec device that offers good text, is quick and also low in price and unlike many others in this field is an inkjet rather than a laser.

  • Easy Tips for Eco-Friendly Printing

    We're all in the know about  the need for a green effort in the office and printing is one area in particular a lot of us need some information on.

    Printing is a high energy usage business in the terms of electricity, paper and also the ink it uses and this infographic by Xerox provides some great tips on how to cut the costs of printing - take a look.


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