AWASH IN INK

We’ve been fit to be tied by printers forcing us to change ink cartridges when ink levels are low but not out. A new model Epson inkjet printer is getting rave reviews for its “two-year ink supply.” The Epson Ecotank Printer, the ET2550, has a tank of ink you refill yourself every two years or so. This means fewer empty cartridges going into landfills and big savings on ink, unless you’re already buying from third party suppliers, which are much cheaper. The downside is the $400, and up, price tag. But compared to buying separate Epson ink cartridges for years, you come out way ahead. Four bottles in colors at $13 each should last at least two years, for around […]

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GIVING UP ON HEWLETT PACKARD PRINTERS

When we went on the web for a solution to fix our neighbor’s printer, we discovered a whole slew of complaints about the HP Photosmart series. Our own experience hasn’t been good either.

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HOW TO FIX AN UPGRADE THAT’S A DOWNGRADE

Our Okidata laser printer has been scolding us for the last month. Despite rich colors and strong blacks, it says we’re out of toner. We finally figured out why. The manufacturers have struck back at consumers for using cheaper inks and toners.

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PRINTER FRIENDLY

Many websites have a “printer friendly” option, to allow the printing of an article without all the ads. But say you want to capture the home page of the website, not an individual piece? Then it’s best to use the free app, PrintFriendly.

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LASER PRINTER WINS OUT AGAIN

We used to point out that laser printers were cheaper in the long run because the ink was cheaper. Now some of the printers themselves are cheaper. Inkjets are still much of what you see when you go to an office supply store, especially the all-in-one (fax, copy, scan) units. These seem like a great idea, but we’ve found that the individual features of the all-in-one aren’t great. And what’s more they never have been; if you want a scanner, buy a scanner. But the all-in-ones are cheap. So we’ve bought models from HP, Epson and Canon, the major makers. How can you resist? As usual, we’ve been dissatisfied. We should ask ourselves over and over: why do they sell […]

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PRINTERS AND ALL THAT

We haven’t dealt with this subject since the typewriter was invented. (Whatever that is.) We mean printers, my friends. Yes, printers. Those blocky, boxy things that churn out what is paradoxically called hard copy. (How hard can a sheet of paper be?)

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VALENTINE’S CONTEST FROM EPSON PRINTERS

Epson is offering free printers in a Valentine’s Day contest that begins today and ends February 14th. All you have to do is watch a video and think of a clever response to a sticky situation.

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PRINTING ON CANVAS

When we were in Laguna Beach, California about 12 years ago, we stumbled upon a Dr. Seuss collection in a fine art gallery. Bob said they were just selling inkjet prints. But “No,” said the salesman, “it’s a Giclee.” “Giclee” is French, the verb form means “to squirt,” which is what inkjet printers do. (They put it in French to spray the buyers.) So we can “Giclee” a lot of copies of any print, but if you want it on canvas and wide, the inkjet printer that can do that costs about $5,000. That was the price for a Hewlett Packard inkjet printer we first saw in Pasadena a dozen years ago. You could print on paper or canvas and […]

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MAKE IT YOURSELF

Remember the “Replicator” in Star Trek? It would reproduce anything from guns to butter. Well, we’re on our way to replicating what no one has replicated before: 3D printers are coming. Right now, the “MakerBot Replicator” sells for $1800 to $2000, which is what desktop printers cost in their early days.

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PRINTING FROM AN IPAD OR IPHONE

PrintBureau is a good app for wireless printing from an iPad or iPhone.

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