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  • Low Cost Printing with Pantum

    We mentioned Canon’s super low cost printer yesterday, however if you’re looking to cut down on costs even more so then the PantumP2502W monochrome laser printer is now being sold for slightly over £20 if shipped from the US.

    The monochrome laser printer is a wireless device and also tiny at a size of just 7.1 x 13.3 x 8.7 inches. The printer comes with two trays for input and output and each of the devices trays can hold between 150 and 100 sheets respectively.

    If you’re looking for bang for your buck there is more and the device is high enough specced to offer Wi-Fi Direct or Wi-Di as it’s otherwise known, as well as potentially support for AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. This of course makes it a lost easier to print from mobile devices.

    The cost of printing doesn’t seem to be extravagant either, although getting monochrome printer cartridges for a Pantum in the UK may take a bit of effort. However, according to research the printer uses Pantum PB-210 cartridges and these cost around £30 each and can print around 700 pages – which makes it relatively low cost in terms of consumables – something not all low cost printers can say.

    Of course, like the Canon yesterday it’s not the sturdiest or best built device and the printing is quite average though okay. However, for the price it’s on offer for it’s hard to not be impressed.

  • Canon PIXMA iP2820 Printer Review

    Printers used to be large and expensive devices that constantly broke down – as we all know times have changed. The Canon PIXMA iP2820 printer is a testament to this.

    The device is a low cost, convenient basic printer that makes the cost of printing in your own home low and it fits neatly in a tiny space, such is its small size. For its price it’s a basic machine that works well for those looking for the basics.

    There are no frills with this machine, no LCD panels and no buttons really to speak of. It takes the traditional A4 style of paper and nothing else and only works via a hardwire setup. It would be nice for the device to have wireless printing abilities, however for under £30 it’s not to be expected.

    Quality is average and it’s not the sort of printer you’d bring on a tour of Afghanistan, however it’s still okay once it’s not going to be treated too roughly. If you’re a student keep your drunk friends away from it. However, it’s easy to use and produces quite good quality prints.

    Best results for using this little printer are achieved when the printer is calibrated with external software. However, stock calibration is certainly not bad if you’re looking for a basic device for photos.

    For the price of this little device, it’s hard to fault it. Sure, if it were twice the cost you could be if you’re looking for a little printer that produces prints relatively cheaply and still offers a quite high quality then the Canon PIXMA iP2820 printer could be the device for you.

  • Samsung Releases Android Based Printers

    Samsung and Google’s Android operating system have had a rocky affair over the last few months, with the South Korean firm releasing their own operating system on phones recently.

    However, Samsung have created its first Android powered printer range – Smart MultiXpress series comes with a number of different printers and offers ‘printing app scalability’ according the tech company.

    The range of eight printers comes with smart functionality to the Australian market. The devices which are aimed at all levels of enterprise are user friendly and offer a variety of functionality. The most notable of the devices comes with a 10 inch LCD display to showcase all the functions it can perform. The tablet like screen allows you to do everything from access and print emails and images to edit photos on powerful apps via the screen.

    The devices also support Samsung’s NFC Pro accessory, which comes separately to the device. This allows the device and its users to access mobile printing from devices, as well as offers a strong authentication element to the printing process. It’s also got its uses in security as it allows admins to clone security settings to multiple MFDs and it makes this whole process a lot easier.

    There are no prices for the devices just yet, however we look forward to seeing them as these printers look great.

  • Office Bliss

    Office-BlissA happy office is one that works well, is happy and is productive and there are a number of things that people and businesses can do to ensure there place of work is such.

    This great infographic shows us how businesses and companies can make employees happy and more joyous at work. It's very interesting and well worth at least a scan.

  • Man Creates Amazing Batman Suit with 3D Printer

    A UK based business man spent more than a year creating a complete replica of the batsuit from the film Batman.

    Stevie Dee, from Gloucestershire used a 3D printer to create every last detail of the famous suit from the movies for his ‘cosplaying’ pastime. Batman is his favourite character and he plans on wearing it to his next Batman event.

    Mr Dee, who used a mainstream 3D printer to create the suit said it took hours of his time and ‘thousands’, such was the amount of printing priming and sanding that went into the suit’s creation. He told the local newspaper, "Once the suit was printed and the print masters finished, moulds were then made so that the Armour could be cast in polyurethane rubber. Different parts of the suit are cast in more flexible rubber to allow freer movement. People seem to think that this suit was 3D printed and that's it, no... not at all."

    The costume, which is said to set a standard for costumes for those who love dressing up as their favourite superhero is an astonishing replica and it’s amazing that Mr Dee, a businessman, could make it himself.

    He said that he hopes to bring a number of other characters to life this year with his new love of 3D printing. Pretty special considering the suit was made with the aid of a home 3D printing device and a lot of time, dedication and imagination.

  • 5 of the Best from CES 2015

    We’ve already taken a closer look at the polaroid printer and polaroid camera released at CES. However, there were plenty more amazing goodies at the show for people to drool over – so let’s get the lowdown on a few.

    Goji Smart Lock

    Best gadgets CES 2014

    The Smart Lock allows you to enter your home with the simple tap of a smart phone button meaning you can ensure that you never have to worry about keys again. It even sends you a message when you leave to show you the locks are activeated.

    HABU

    Never worry about the sort of playlist that you want to listen to again as HABU will build the perfect one for you. Simply use the app to change the mood that you’re feeling and it selects a song in line with that.

    LaCie Sphere Hard Drive

    Best gadgets CES

    It’s expensive but it’s beautiful and will look fantastic where ever you put it.

    Panorama Camera

    This ball camera is held in the air where it takes 360 degree photos from all angles. It’s a pretty amazing gadget if you ask us – team it up with VR and you’re in for something very impressive.

    Pebble Steel

    Pebble released the steel at CES 2015 and it looks like it’s going to be one of the most exciting releases of 2015.

     

     

     

     

  • ZUtA Printer Showcased at CES

    ZUtA is a portable robotic printer that’s about the same size as a burger and fits inside your backpack for easy use.

    We mentioned the little device before and if you recall it’s the printer that rolls over the top of the paper via its wheeled base printing as it goes. The tear drop shaped printer tapers at a right angle, which makes it easy to line up with the corner of paper. When the printer is in position it begins the print jobs at the touch of an app.

    The ZUtA works with both iOS, computers and also with Android devices and all it needs is a Wi-Fi connection. The device doesn’t have sensors to detect the page size and instead you set this in the app before you use it. If you need to print more than one page the device will stop at the end of the paper and the next sheet then needs to be replaced.

    The printer can print at around one page a minute and the battery lasts for around an hour. It currently only prints in black, though the creators of the device have said it’s likely colours will be added in the future.

  • Modern Printing in the Home and for Business

    We always like brushing up on our history of printing and this infographic is one of the best and most comprehensive we’ve seen.

    Infographics can be a fantastic way to showcase different things in a clear and concise manner and this truly in-depth version goes into the whole process from the start of printing in true depth. Take a look and let us know what you think of this infographic on printing in the home and for business?

    history of printing at home

  • Epson Precisioncore Technology Showcased

    Epson’s PrecisionCore technology has been extremely feted and acclaimed since it arrived last year thanks to its ability to create high quality prints in super-fast time. The company sees a bright future for the technology and so news has come that it has invested a large sum of money into increasing production of it.

    Plans are firing ahead for going ahead for big investment in this cutting edge printing, which is based around a thin film printing technology known as piezo head print with advanced microelectromechanicla systems. Epson believe that the PrecisionCore technology is a transformer in the world of printing.

    The technology uses super powerful inkjet printer products, which are created from individually controlled nozzles, each of which is capable of firing 50,000 ink droplets per second with amazing accuracy. This allows higher levels of precision and also allows for super-fast printing. It results in the ink on the page being accurate to one – one thousandth of a millimetre.

    Epson is hoping that increasing production of the technology will give it a big advantage in the next generation of home printing as it will have the production sites to benefit. This will strengthen Epson’s position in the print market and aid it in succeeding.

    Epson will increase the incidence of the PrecisionCore technology in its printers in the coming years especially as prices fall. This should enhance its competitiveness and aid its growth.

  • Choosing an Resource Efficient Printer for your Business

    There are a number of simple strategies that can be utilised to cut down on printer waste and save on not just the amount of paper you use but also the amount of ink you use too. So, let’s focus on what to look for when looking for a printer.

    Energy Star

    Finding an energy efficient printer is a great way to cut costs. Although not as energy hungry as a PC a printer can still find its way through the energy and finding one that consumes less is a good way to cut costs, especially if you intend on using it a lot for work or otherwise.

    Leave On

    Look at your specific model of printer, some will be more inclined to use less ink if you leave them on, rather than turn them off. Getting ready to print can often mean eating up ink and this is why leaving printers in standby is often a great idea as it saves on this waste. Many of the energy efficient ones will use very little energy during this.

    Fewer Pages

    Always check what you’re printing beforehand as this will ensure you don’t waste paper. Reduce printer margins, avoid double spacing and use a duplex printer to save on paper and save the planet. Blanks can often be an issue too, so do a printer check to ensure there are none during the printing process.

    Fonts

    We’ve often talked about how some fonts are cheaper to use and go further than others. Garamond is the most frugal – so if you want your text to go further then use it.

    Paper

    Use cheap paper for work in progress before using the higher quality stuff for the finished product. This will help save money and also ensures the final result looks better.

    These are just some of the great tips we can suggest for cheaper and better quality printing that we can assure you you will save money with.

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