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Getting to know your Printer by Understanding How it Works

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A Printer is an electromechanical device that accepts text and graphical data from a computer and generates the information into a physical form. By knowing what type of printer you have, you will also be able to understand how it works. It is broadly categorized into two (2) the Impact and Non-impact.

Impact Printers are printers in which a key makes contact with an inked ribbon to mark the paper.The following are examples of Impact printers.

Daisy wheel – This type of printer works very similar to typewriters. The heart of these printers is a circular mechanism known as daisy wheel since it looks like a daisy and numeric characters, symbols and texts are molded on each petal on the circumference of the circle. With the help of a servo motor, the daisy wheel rotates rapidly and pauses to allow the printing hammer to strike a “petal” containing a character against the ribbon producing a print on the paper. Daisy Wheel Printers speed is slow typically 25-55 characters per second. Continue reading

How Fix Common Bluetooth Printer Problems for Dummies

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Becoming increasingly popular in this digital age, Bluetooth pairings between phones, computers, tablets or printers is the easiest way to collaborate as a professional whether it be in a work setting or a professional one. However, this sort of ground-breaking technology can be both a blessing and a curse. A common issue with Bluetooth pairings is the connection between a printer and its sending device. Thankfully there is a simple list that will solve most Bluetooth printer problems, even for the most primitive of technology users. Continue reading

Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Printer: Which is the Best Choice for You?

Often, our desk area gets bogged down with a tangle of cords for our computers, printers, and other business needs at the office.  At home there may be multiple family members sharing a printer, all having to plug in their devices when they need to print.  Thankfully, today there are numerous choices when it comes to wireless printing. Say goodbye to the pile of cords and find one that fits your needs choosing from Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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2015 Top 3 Best Wireless Printers

Choosing a printer can be a stressful process. There are almost as many options for printers as there are options for paint colors and each one varies from the next. There are wired printers, wireless ones, printers with fax, laser jet printers, inkjet printers, and multi-function machines. The list could go on and on for ages.

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In order to categorize the different features of printers and their importance to making a choice in printers, it is necessary to be informed of the different options that are available. These different options include pages per minute, color quality, type of ink and whether or not the printer is wireless or requires an in wall hookup. Pages per minute will vary by printer manufacturer and color quality will vary according to what type of ink used in the printer. Laser printing is more ideal for those wishing to print large volumes at a time but in black and white. Colors are better suited to be printed with an inkjet printer as hue and brilliance can be more greatly achieved with the use of inkjet system.

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Top 10 Printable Decoration Ideas for Your Halloween Party

Is there such a thing as “enough” when it comes to Halloween decorations? This is that one time of the year when you can go crazy with all sorts of sinister and nerve-wrecking Halloween-themed decoration and do your best to scare the bejesus out of your guests! Best of all – you don’t have to spend the whole fortune on your Halloween Party. All that’s necessary is being creative, and this list should be more than helpful when it comes to finding the best ideas.

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What better to bring some mysterious fright into your party than masks! If you’re going with a themed one like Scooby-Doo perhaps, which is an absolute classic and kids-friendly as well, you should supply everyone with masks of their favorite characters or creepy monsters from cartoons. All you need is a piece of cardboard, some strings and scissors to cut the eyeholes out. If it’s an adult-only party, you should definitely go with something… well – more bloody, but I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun either way.

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How to Clean Your Printer Like a Professional

Typically, cleaning your printer will save you from endless paper jams and smudged printouts. In addition, cleaning your printer will prolong its lifespan, thereby saving you money. Before you start the cleaning process, however, it is important to check the manufacturer’s documentation. You might end up doing more harm than good when you use the wrong cleaning supplies. Check the warnings and the recommended cleaning products before you start cleaning.

Firstly, it is important to note that ink and toner residues in your printer do not affect the printer performance. Therefore, you should clean the essential parts that require cleaning in order to limit the risks. You can clean the print cartridge, paper rollers, printer heads and the printer exterior. In case you want to wipe the interior part, you should use distilled water and a microfiber cloth. Before you start cleaning, unplug the printer from power.

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Picture Perfect Printing

In the digital era, most people tend to store their pictures in online photo albums rather than have physical copies printed. This method might be convenient, but you have to admit that some of the magic of photographs is lost when everything stays exclusively online, locked behind a screen. What about the iconic coffee table photo album? Or a scrapbook for a cherished friend? How might you share photographs with friends and family who simply don’t go online?

There will come a time when you’ll want to print a photo, and you’ll soon discover that regular printer paper just doesn’t have the same effect. You’ll also notice that the colors in your photo are faded and dull. What gives??

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Fear not! You’re simply lacking a few basic tools to produce the stunning, high-quality prints that you were once used to collecting from professional developers.

Do You Need a Special Photo Printer?

If you have a high volume of photos to print and/or your project requires the absolute best in quality, it’s probably a good idea to consider investing in a specialized professional-grade photo printer.

These printers are known as dye-sublimation printers and, as you might have guessed, do only one thing: print photos. This means you’ll need a separate “regular” printer for your documents. But the unique heat-transfer method of a dye-sublimation printer means that your photos will come out sharp and clear.

High quality prints mean high resolution, so for photographs that are the best-of-the-best, look for a printer that will offer you 4,800 x 1,200 dpi or higher. Be prepared to spend extra money for extra quality, of course.

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Why You Don’t Want Your Ink to Run Dry

Sure, I know what you’re thinking: “Of course I don’t want my ink to run dry. It’s horrendously inconvenient!”

That’s very true. But did you know that dry ink can also harm your printer? Find out what happens when ink runs dry and how to avoid ruining your machine.

Dry Is Not the Same as Empty

To be clear, there is a difference between ink drying out and ink running out. If you run out of ink, it means that your ink cartridge is totally empty. Your printer probably won’t even let you print anything when this happens, but if it does, you’ll just get reams of blank (or worse, faded and incomprehensible) paper shuffling out into the tray.

If your ink dries out, it means that the liquid ink inside the cartridge is, well, dry. Or rather, the ink closest to the print head will dry out. The printer might not realize that all is not well with the ink and will therefore fail to warn you, and attempting to print with dry ink can cause some damage.

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Why Ink Dries Out

So why does this happen in the first place? In a word: evaporation. You might think that the ink is safe and snug inside its cartridge, but the fact is that it is still exposed to air. The pores through which the ink exits the cartridge may be tiny, but that makes no difference. The liquid will slowly evaporate, leaving behind solids that you simply do not want to contend with.

How to Stop Your Ink From Drying

The best way to avoid having your ink dry out is to simply use your printer on a semi-regular basis. You don’t need to print pages and pages every day, but printing a page or two every couple of weeks is a good idea in order to clear away the drying ink and bring fresh, totally liquid ink down into the pores.

Much like your car battery will go kaput if you don’t start up the engine for weeks or months, your ink cartridges need to be used in order to remain useful. It may seem silly or downright impractical to print things that you don’t need, but you’ll end up spending more money in the long run if you are constantly having to replace your ink or repair your print head.

Be sure to occasionally print something in color if you have color inks—each individual ink cartridge is at risk of drying out. And if you’re not sure what to print that could be of any use to you, try printing some coupons or perhaps a crossword puzzle!

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Benefits of a Wireless Printer

There is no question that the way business is conducted today is much different than it was even a short decade ago. Today, people keep up with what is going on via various mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Having to stop and boot up your computer, locate the file that you are looking for and then waiting for the printer to connect is a huge hassle that most people try to avoid. While the cost of quality wireless printing supplies can be high initially, they will pay off in the convenience they offer to you and your day-to-day life.

Some of the primary benefits offered by wireless printers are highlighted here.

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Networking capabilities

A quality wireless printer will allow you to connect all of your electronic devices, including your tablet, laptop or other electronic devices. In the past, this had to be done with individual wires and connections. Don’t you hate all those wires? However, with a wireless printer, once it is hooked to Wi-Fi, it can be remotely connected to your devices allowing you to print when and where you desire. Convenient, right? This will also reduce the tripping hazards in your home, since a significant number of cords are finally eliminated.

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How to Care for Your Printer

Life should be easy enough where you can pick up and leave at the drop of a hat. Actually, with your laptop, tablet, care essentials and portable printer, you can do so! Of course, when you’re traveling, you still want to make sure your electronic devices are properly cared for. If you are out and about, you might not always have a convenient place to perform any fixes. That is why maintenance is key.

Packing your printer

There are several things you must do in order to pack up your printer properly. First off, you want to keep your printer ink cartridges in a separate bag. Even if you do indulge in cheap printer supplies, you want to make sure they last. If there are any bumps on your trip, it is possible for the ink to leak even if they do come with protectors. It’s better to be over cautious as opposed to under cautious.

Secondly, keep all of your printer’s doors and panels firmly shut. You don’t want any debris or even water sneaking in. Imagine if the panels were open and a water bottle leaked inside of your printer. The horror! If your printer doesn’t already have a travel bag, place it in a large plastic bag. This repels both dirt and moisture. Do the same with your printer toner cartridges.

Third, read the manual to find out the most efficient methods for storing your printer. As a general rule, you should keep it situated the same way that you would normally use it. Also, it is not a stool. Try not to stack anything on top of it.

Last, but certainly not least, pack the connecting cables in their own back. This makes for easier retrieval. It also helps with loss prevention. You don’t want to go through your luggage searching for various cables.
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