Ink Jet Printers

What Photo Paper Should I Use?

Have you ever walked into a computer store or a big box store and seen the samples of what you can accomplish with the newest photo-quality inkjet printers? But getting those same results at home can be a daunting task if you don’t feed the right paper into your printer. All those photo-centric papers on display and they all claim to be the best, how is someone to make the right choice? Continue reading

How Do I Fix a Paper Jam?

 

We all own printers and we all have run across the annoying paper jam that always seems to happen at the worst possible time. So how do you fix the jam and what in the heck causes paper to jam? In this post we are going to look at those questions and try to give you the information you need to prevent or fix a paper jam without having to call in a printer repair tech that is going to charge you anywhere from $80 an hour up to $180. Continue reading

What’s the Best Portable Photo Printer

Epson PictureMate Charm portable photo printer
Epson PictureMate Charm

Have you ever wished you could take a picture with your camera and turn it into a 4 X 6 photo right on the spot? Well now you can, it’s just a matter of choosing the right Portable Photo Printer to meet your needs and your budget. There’s just nothing like taking a photo at a family event and turning it into a beautiful photo to share with everyone there. Well we’ve done some research for you and narrowed it down to what we feel is a winning portable photo printer. Continue reading

Is the HP Officejet Pro 8100 as good as a laser printer?

HP Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinter
HP Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinter

It seems we’ve all been there, we want to move up from our old color ink jet printer to a nice shiny new color laser jet printer. Problem is up to now the price of a quality color laser was just out of our reach. Well the ink jet printer manufactures have heard our cries of dismay. Latley they have come out with affordable color ink jets that rival the laser printer on many fronts and at prices a small business or house hold can live with. Continue reading

Can an Ink Cartridge explode in your printer?

Here at Ink & Toner Solutions we hear this all the time: “my inkjet cartridge exploded in my printer and there’s ink all over the place!”

Can an inkjet cartridge “explode in a printer”? The simple answer is No. Period. It’s just not possible. Let’s start with the way a print head is built: Continue reading

Free Inkjet Troubleshooting Help

Ink & Toner Solutions is always looking for ways to help our customers and anyone else that uses printers or printer products.  Millions of people use the ink jet printer for home or office use but really have no one to turn to when things go wrong.  Most of the customer service reps in the big box stores are not printer experts let alone well trained in the complexities of the inkjet machines they sell, so when something goes wrong and the customer calls they usually don’t get an answer.  We at Ink & Toner Solutions aim to not only help you get your question answered but more importantly solve the problem.

We believe that the customer should receive as much help, insight and support about the product they bought.  Far too often this is not the case.  Manufacturers provide the bare minimum of support for their products, often in the form of outsourced tech support which often frustrates us more than the initial problem with our technology.  In our constant search for ways to bring this information to our customers we are proud to offer an on-line help site through one of our tech partnerships that is easy to use and has videos to make the explanation of the issue crystal clear.  All you do is choose the manufacturer’s name, click on the cartridge that goes into your printer and it brings you to a help page with the most common questions or issues for this machine.  On many questions, the option to view a step-by-step video in plain English is provided, just click on the link in the entry about your issue, and the video plays.  As always, if the help site does not answer your question, just give us a call and we’ll do our very best to help solve the problem or question you have.  Try it out and let us know what you think.

AFFORDABLE INKJET PRINTER FOR A $300 BUDGET

HP OFFICEJET PRO 8600

Here is the second installment of our four part series with top picks for printers in four budget categories, $150, $300, $500 and $750. For the $300 budget, the All-in-one HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 printer gets a thumbs up  in this price range. This is a state-of-the-art inkjet MFP (multi-function printer) in just about every respect. And if that’s not enough, its ink costs are among the lowest in the industry.

This machine has both speed and features. It prints at a record-setting speed of 13.2 pages per minute printing plain text, it also was very fast when printing photos, copying, and scanning. Its many features include universal automatic duplexing for copying, scanning, printing and supports legal-size paper, both on the flatbed scanner and in the 50 sheet ADF. One thing this machine can’t do is print on a CD or DVD but if that is a feature you really need there are many other choices out there that specialize in this feature. The context-sensitive touch control does seem a little slow to react.

You can print from your smartphone, tablet, or from a remote location. HP’s free ePrint service lets you e-mail print jobs to the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus or any other e-print enabled HP printer.

It takes the HP 951 series inks which come in the standard yield and the high yield versions. The standard yield gives you 1,000 pages for the black and 700 pages for each of the colors and are priced at $26.99 for the black and $19.99 for each of the colors. The high yield version cartridges have page yields of 2,300 pages for the black and is priced at $36.99 and 1,500 pages for each of the colors with a price tag of $27.99 for each color. Going with the high yield just makes sense.

Other choices you may want to look at in this price range is the Epson Artisan 837 Color inkjet All-In-One and the Dell 2350dn Laser Printer.

If you need help in choosing a printer for home or office use gives us a call at Ink & Toner Solutions, inc and we would be glad to guide you through this process.

AFFORDABLE INKJET PRINTER FOR A $150 BUDGET

HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One

As promised this is the first installment of our four part series with top picks for printers in four budget categories, $150, $300, $500 and $750. For the $150 budget, we feel that the multifunction HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One printer is the best buy. This machine is billed as a photo-oriented home printer but it can handle far more than that.

It posted average or better speeds in printing, scanning and copying tests; and it includes an ADF, a feature that’s rare at this price. The automatic document feeder (ADF) allows you to fax, scan and copy unattended. You can also fax without a phone line using your internet connection and a third-party Service. You can print from virtually anywhere  using HP’s ePrint. Print from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch wirelessly with AirPrint.

Other standard equipment is a 125 sheet input tray and a 20 sheet photo tray for media up to 5 by 7 inches in size and the unit’s automatic duplexing applies to both the printer and the scanner. You get to save energy with this ENERGY STAR qualified printer using less than 1 watt of energy in Off mode and you can conserve paper by automatically printing double-sided pages. On top of all these great features, the ink for this machine, the HP 564XL series is reasonable priced even if you buy the new OEM cartridges from HP. If you decide you want to save even more cash and help the environment you can purchase high quality remanufactured ink cartridges from Ink & Toner Solutions, Inc. You really can’t go wrong with this printer for home or small office printing.

In our next review we will look at a printer that will fit into a $300 budget, stay turned.

THE BEST PRINTER FOR YOUR BUDGET

You know the routine, you need a new printer and the first place you turn to is either the internet or you just go to a big box store, sounds like a simple task right, wrong. Even before you start looking you should have a good idea of what you’re looking for in terms of your printing needs. Without this knowledge you are leaving yourself wide open to making a purchase you will later regret. Continue reading

HOW DOES A INK JET PRINTER WORK?

HP C5180

Have you ever wondered how an ink jet printer works? Probable not, but it’s really amazing what goes on inside these machines when you hit print. The technology that goes into formulating the ink, engineering the cartridge, the print head and the electronics that sends the code from the computer to the printer is remarkable. Take a minute and watch this video and you will get an idea of what happens when you print a document.