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Epson Expression Home XP-102 Review

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:30:50 GMT2013-02-13T10:30:50Z

The Epson Expression XP-102 is actually a small machine, part of Epson's cutely named 'Small-in-One' range, and possesses a footprint not very much bigger than the A4 sheets it works with. The all-black casing features a sleek cover - no Automatic Document Feed, needless to say, on a device at...

Epson Expression Home XP-305 Review

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:29:17 GMT2013-02-13T10:29:17Z

The Epson Expression Home XP-305 is part of the Small-in-One collection - Epson’s most compact ever selection of all-in-one home inkjets. This printer, scanner and copier features cost-effective printing intended for home consumers who're seeking the added benefit of Wi-Fi connectivity, LCD screen as well as mobile printing. The Epson...

Epson Expression Home XP-305 Review

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:23:42 GMT2013-02-13T10:23:42Z

The Epson Expression Home XP-305 is part of the Small-in-One collection - Epson’s most compact ever selection of all-in-one home inkjets. This printer, scanner and copier features cost-effective printing intended for home consumers who're seeking the added benefit of Wi-Fi connectivity, LCD screen as well as mobile printing.

The Epson Expression Home XP-305 comes with Epson Connect, offering a lot more versatility and mobility. It allows people to swiftly and simply print documents as well as photos wirelessly through smartphones as well as tablet computers. Furthermore, users may print from anyplace in the world simply by emailing documents as well as photos directly to the printer.

The XP-305 is Apple AirPrint ready and makes it easy to print emails, photographs, webpages and documents directly from iOS devices.

Meanwhile, Google Cloud Print is also supported and allows owners to print away from home via a smartphone or pc.

The automatic Wi-Fi set-up makes setting up laptops and computers to print as well as scan wirelessly very easy, since the XP-305 conveniently finds the appropriate connection settings so as to configure itself. In addition, a 3.6cm colour Liquid crystal display screen and accompanying memory card slot provides easy-to-use printing with useful menu prompts.

Epson’s new, Claria Home Ink is ideal for inexpensive reliable printing, generating clean, distinct text documents and glossy, lab-quality photographs. With separate ink cartridges you simply have to replace the colour used, saving you money.

Epson XP-305 Ink cartridges can be purchased in standard plus XL sizes, having page yields exhibited plainly on each pack. Figuring out the right ink cartridge for your unit couldn’t be less complicated - merely look out for the Daisy image.

Epson Expression Home XP-102 Review

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:21:23 GMT2013-02-13T10:21:23Z

The Epson Expression XP-102 is actually a small machine, part of Epson's cutely named 'Small-in-One' range, and possesses a footprint not very much bigger than the A4 sheets it works with. The all-black casing features a sleek cover - no Automatic Document Feed, needless to say, on a device at this particular price - however it has a little expansion on the hinge, to help scanning from book pages.

On most machines, hinging up the scanner section to reveal the ink cartridges automatically moves the carrier into a handy spot upon the carriage to switch them, but with the Epson Expression XP-102 you have got to do this via the maintenance tab within the driver. Fitting the four separate cartridges is simple, even though they are a little bit of a tight fit, particularly when you're looking at extracting used ones.

The Epson Expression XP-102 ink cartridges are available in two volumes and choosing the larger capacity consumables works out cheaper in the long run.

Epson's Expression XP-102 is actually a fair, budget all-in-one, with ease of use and reasonable speed.

Brother MFC-9840CDN Cartridge Review

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:47:51 GMT2010-09-30T10:47:51Z

If you prefer a colour all-in-one laser with all the current trimmings, Brother are able to offer you its MFC-9840CDW. This device is targeted at small workgroups, therefore the specifications are strong and, as well as providing colour print, it will place it upon each side of the paper in...

Brother MFC-9840CDN Review

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:44:39 GMT2010-09-30T10:44:39Z

If you need a colour all-in-one laser with extras, Brother may offer you its MFC-9840CDW. This device is targeted at small workgroups, therefore the specifications are strong and, as well as providing colour print, it will fit it upon each side of the paper in a single pass, manage as many as 300 fax speed dials and also copy multipage documents all the way to 50 pages, all wirelessly.Do not attempt to raise the MFC-9840CDW by yourself. It weighs about 38kg which is a certain two-person machine. It is bulky, as well, using a colour laser engine giving little truck to the more recent, condensed designs. The full-size flatbed scanner is really a substantial device and its Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is intended for the purpose of workplace use, too.The control panel goes the full width of the flatbed and contains 40 speed dials at the left-hand end, as well as a number pad at the right; all for dealing with fax services. Between both of these is a backlit multi-line, mono Liquid crystal display, with three large mode buttons right in front for fax, scan as well as copy. Right of this display are menu navigation controls and at the right-hand end are buttons regarding mono and also colour start buttons as well as one to halt a printing job. Specialist copy controls contain enlargement and also reduction, tray select, sorting and also multiple pages per sheet.Under the control panel is a 250-sheet paper tray, somewhat small we would say with respect to the kind of jobs the machine is targeted at, although a second 500-sheet tray can be acquired as an option. There is a 50-sheet multipurpose tray which folds down from the front panel, too. Behind are USB as well as Ethernet sockets however possibly the handiest connection is 802.11g wireless.Brother supplies its wireless setup wizard, which is controlled from the MFC-9840CDW's control panel and looks for every one of the wireless networks within range.Behind the fold-down front panel, a tray slides out to be able to hold the four Brother MFV-9840CDW toner cartridges. These slip into position simply enough, though the design of the device requires a standalone drum, transfer belt plus waste toner box.The MFC-9840CDW is rated at as many as 20ppm regarding both mono as well as colour print. Our five-page text print took 25 seconds, which in turn is the same as 12ppm, therefore not really too great, however when we printed a 20-page document, the speed rose to 17.14ppm, which is really a great deal nearer to the claim. The five-page colour document only delivered 8.82ppm, though, therefore overall, the claims really are a bit optimistic.In terms of duplex printing a 20-side test document required 2mins 54secs to complete, which is equivalent to 6.90ppm.Printing our 15 x 10cm photo from a Personal computer needed 29 seconds. Printing from the USB socket in the front panel of the unit took 1min 26secs, there is however no control over the size of the image, so this turned out to be a full A4 print.The scanner features a resolution of 2,400 x 1,200ppi. Scans came through with very good colour rendition which was shown in the caliber of colour copies, too.Print quality typically is nice, with crisp, black text and also sleek block colours in business graphics. Colours are a bit soft and don't hop out at you like a number of the machine's challengers.The MFC-9840CDW is a multifunction printer meant for the office, which fulfils most of its promises. We do not visualize it saving a lot in the form of paper expenses, and the unhurried duplex print speed could keep you waiting around frequently by the water cooler for the print jobs to finish.Brother toner cartridges are to be found here.[...]

Brother MFC-9440CN Toner Review

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:51:13 GMT2010-09-29T10:51:13Z

Although it may well not always be the very first brand one thinks of for the purpose of printing, Brother has created a solid specific niche market within the small business area. Their latest colour laser multifunction printer (MFP) printer is the Brother MFC-9440CN. Network-ready having both USB as well...

Brother MFC-9440CN Toner Review

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:47:23 GMT2010-09-29T10:47:23Z

Although it may not always be the initial brand people think of with regard to printing, Brother has created a powerful niche inside the small business space. Its latest colour laser multifunction printer (MFP) printer is the Brother MFC-9440CN.Network-ready having both USB as well as LAN interfaces, the Brother MFC-9440CN brings together a fax, copier and scanner with a colour laser printer in a single unit weighing-in at a significant 33kg and additionally measuring 43x49x48mm. So, it is not on the list of biggest MFPs available on the market, however it really does use up some room.The MFC-9440CN's panel offers 16 fax number presets, along with controls with regard to copy, fax as well as print features. A dialling keypad is incorporated, and something capability we certainly enjoyed were the two start buttons with regard to the copier, one to copy in black and white, the other one in colour. This can be a useful attribute with regard to businesses trying to regulate their colour printing costs. One down side is the dialog display screen on the panel, which is two lines and text only. This effects a few of the MFC-9440CN's walk-up features.Brother has decided to settle for single-pass laser technology. This leads to speedier printing compared to standard laser systems; with Brother proclaiming the MFC-9440CN can achieve rates up to 22 pages per minute (ppm) in non colored documents as well as 17ppm in colour. This also means four separate Brother MF9440CN toner cartridges, one each for black, magenta, cyan as well as yellow. New cartridges for the MFC-9440CN are simple to put in and change. High-yield cartridges can also be found at a higher price, while an ecology setting within the printer menu enables more toner conservation.We have found the MFC-9440CN's 300-page capacity of the print tray to be to the small side, and with regard to the usual small to medium business customer buying the extra lower tray could be worth taking into consideration.In regards to the printing side we were very impressed with the quality and also speed of the MFC-9440CN's output in non colored documents, as well as colour. There are a selection of distinct quality settings to choose from, and both text and pictures printed superbly.For the scanning aspect the MFC-9440CN offers two options: from the device on its own or from the desktop. We performed the majority of scanning on the desktop while using the included scanning software. While simple to use, we found the scanning engine fairly lacking in useful functionality. It's also possible to scan straight from the MFC-9440CN, although this simply takes a scan of the complete scanner bed and sends it to a file on your computer, leaving a bit of editing to be done.Image quality of scanned photos was superb. Nevertheless, we found the final results of the MFC-9440CN's optical character recognition (OCR) engine to be sub par. It identified all of the characters, however they were fairly jumbled. Copying speed is a little sluggish when compared with a dedicated copier, but very well inside the range for an MFP. Quality once more was superb.The front of the MFC-9440CN includes a USB port in order to plug-in a memory stick or perhaps a digital camera, permitting the printing of pictures straight from the memory card. This is a good function, yet the lack of an LCD display hurts, because you must know the actual file name in order to print it. So as to get around this, a contact sheet can be printed with file names and also picture thumbnails. A USB port additionally supports the direct printing of PDF files.At the selling price point we really feel an LCD interface really should have been included. Nevertheless, the Brother MFC-9440CN is a strong and durable machine which provides top quality output at great speeds.Brother toner cartridges are to be found here.[...]

Brother HL4070CDN Toner Review

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:11:14 GMT2010-09-28T10:11:14Z

The Brother HL-4070CDW has three upgrades available: duplex print, wireless connection and a PostScript emulation, by means of Brother's BR-Script 3 page description language. The HL-4070CDW has a cream front panel, a 250-sheet paper tray along with a pull-down, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray. The two-line Liquid crystal display utilizes a three-colour...

Brother HL4070CDN Toner Review

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:07:45 GMT2010-09-28T10:07:45Z

The Brother HL-4070CDW has three upgrades on offer: duplex print, wireless connection along with a PostScript emulation, available as Brother's BR-Script 3 page description language.The HL-4070CDW includes a cream front panel, a 250-sheet paper tray along with a pull-down, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray.The two-line LCD display uses a three-colour backlight, which becomes green once the unit is ready or else printing, orange when you are preparing setting changes or red in error states, for instance whenever covers are open. A four-way square of control buttons is supplemented by means of Go as well as Cancel buttons and also two with regard to Reprint and Direct Print.The HL-4070CDW provides four specific methods for linking to a Computer: USB, parallel, cabled network as well as WiFi, along with sockets intended for the first three fixed in to the back panel. Installation and setup is actually pretty simple, especially on the physical consumable aspect. Open up the front of the unit and slip out the tray keeping the four Brother HL-4070CDW toner cartridges.Software setup out of the created Compact disc is also simple, though there are several different methods for setting the unit up with regard to wireless networking. You can temporarily connect it to your wireless router; make use of SecureEasySetup if the router can handle that or run the built-in setup wizard from your printer's control panel.There is not very much software provided with the printer, besides the driver and also wireless support, however BR-Script 3 does let you print virtually any PostScript file, instead of utilizing the dedicated driver.There's two functions of the unit worthy of special mention. Direct Print lets you print files coming from a USB memory drive or a PictBridge camera, whilst Reprint really does what it states and re-runs the very last job sent to the device. It is a particularly useful function if you wish to print one copy to test output and after that run off multiples from the unit, without needing to send the task once again from your Personal computer.Connect a digital camera to the handy USB socket on the front of the HL-4070CDW and you may deal with the pictures you print using the display on the camera, whereas with a memory drive, you apply the printer's control panel to select the images for you to print. This really is amazingly simple and the Brother firmware allows you to pick any PDF, JPEG, TIFF or even PostScript file for printing.Brother promises print rates of speed up to 20ppm with regard to both mono as well as colour print. Of course, this really is ambitious however our five-page mono text print took 38 seconds via USB, though merely 27 seconds while attached wirelessly. Even quicker, on the other hand, was the five-page colour test file that finished in 26 seconds under USB. Although this is quite fast, at 11.5ppm it really is simply just more than half the rated speed.The HL-4070CDW is a duplex printer and our 20-side document required 2 minutes 49 seconds, which equates to 7.1spm.Output from the HL-4070CDW is nice. There is a lot of detail within more dark areas of the picture prints also overall the colours aren't too garish.Colour business graphics are generally clear, nevertheless with a few small registration problems, when printing black over colour. Black text itself is well formed, with no a hint of toner spatter or jaggies, when utilizing the 600dpi default resolution.Brother toner cartridges are available here.[...]

Brother HL4050CDN Review

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:43:33 GMT2010-09-27T11:43:33Z

For many years the three leaders within the printer market have been Epson, Canon and also Hewlett Packard (along with a certain amount of opposition from Xerox and Lexmark) however recently Brother seems to have started a concerted effort to challenge the big boys over the range both in dedicated...

Brother HL4050CDN Toner Review

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:40:26 GMT2010-09-27T11:40:26Z

(image) For some years the three giants within the printer industry have only been Epson, Canon as well as Hewlett Packard (along with some competition from Xerox and Lexmark) but lately Brother seems to have started a concerted endeavor to confront the big boys throughout the range in the dedicated printers as well as all-in-one models.

Its most recent 4000 series of laser printers is directed squarely at the small to medium size business market, which generally prizes fast delivery throughout networked systems. The HL-4050CDN's big sibling, the HL-4070CDW, has the distinctive feature of currently being the one wireless network colour laser printer available on the market, in case you don't want to pay the excess for the wireless capability, then the HL-4050CDN offers everything you need for any demanding office environment.

It is a pretty solid piece of equipment; with a weight of around 29kg you are going to need a co-worker to help you transport it into place in case you don't wish to run the risk of back problems. When in place, getting it prepared from the box is comparatively straightforward. The front cover goes down to reveal the drum unit, which is drawn forward and the four Brother HL4050CDN toner cartridges (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) are slotted into place. Once paper is fed into the paper tray, the software is installed and the link with the PC is complete, you are all set to proceed.

The installed printer driver is tailored toward your connection, which may be via USB, parallel interface cable (and we do not see a lot of those these days!) or network interface cable. As soon as it is ready to go (the unit is likewise Mac-friendly), your printing choices are taken care of from the Liquid crystal display on the adjustable control panel on top and the pleasingly large control buttons below it.

This particular printer is fantastic for presentations, booklets and also reports, because double-sided output is available as standard. Employing a 300MHz processor with 64MB memory (expandable to 576MB) as well as up to 2,400 x 600dpi print resolution, you'll be able to create as much as 250 pages or even double that if you buy another optionally available tray. There is also an additional multi-purpose tray at the front which can be manually given as much as 50 sheets.

With regards to speed, you're contemplating as much as 20ppm with regard to both monochrome as well as colour pages which, alongside the duplex capability, is undoubtedly why you could be having to pay a bit more compared to equivalent models from Brother's competitors. It's not only PictBridge enabled but you can even print from a USB flash drive, hence dispensing with the requirement for a Computer completely; invaluable when you are hurrying to get that presentation to the management prior to the deadline.

A quick, reliable workhouse of a printer equipped with USB flash drive, network capabilities as well as duplex as standard, hence being ideal for multi-page as well as multi-faceted presentations and documents.

Brother toner cartridges are available here.

OKI C3450 Cartridge Review

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:41:14 GMT2010-09-24T10:41:14Z

Oki's C3450 needs a lot less room as compared to Lexmark's massive C500n, but it's still a sizable box made of two-tone grey plastic material. The network setup wizard instantly discovered the printer. In addition, it installed Oki's Status Monitor. This produces the menu options you would come across on...

OKI C3450 Review

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:38:48 GMT2010-09-24T10:38:48Z

(image) Oki's C3450 uses a smaller amount of space compared to Lexmark's huge C500n, but it's still a sizable box made from two-tone grey plastic material.

The network setup wizard immediately detected our printer. It also installed Oki's Status Monitor. This creates the menu options you'll find on the LCD display of a far more state-of-the-art printer, but we found it unwieldy. We liked the web interface, which offered a whole set of monitoring as well as configuration tools, after we had logged in as the administrator with the username and password given within the Network Guide.

The driver defaults to an enhanced 600x1,200dpi resolution rather than the printer's common 600x600dpi mode. Each modes had similar print rates. Additionally, there is a Q2400 setting, that simulates 600x2,400dpi. We made use of this to print the test pictures and also small font size test, but the improved resolution was of little benefit. We found 5pt and 6pt text poor as well as hard to read.

Nevertheless, text printed at 8pt as well as above ended up being crystal clear, dark as well as well-defined. We were impressed by the vivid rendering of colour diagrams, graphs as well as illustrations in the mixed-colour document test, despite the fact that some of it seemed over-saturated. The colour toner generated a polished as well as professional finish even on cheap paper. Inaccurate colours was much more noticable in our photographic image prints. The driver defaults to composite black, which gave prints a magenta tint. Impelling the printer to make use of true black made uninteresting images with severe colour transitions as well as dithering within dark parts. Greyscale pictures likewise fared poorly, with many light grey tones made as pure white.

The OKI C3450 toner cartridges shipped with the printer have a low capacity at 1,500 pages, it is better to replace these as soon as they run out with the high yield variations providing 2,500 prints. As this printer makes use of exactly the same cartridges as several other printers in the OKI range you will find compatible cartridges suitable for use in this model which will reduce your running costs. The unit utilizes a individual drum unit for every colour which must be replaced every 15,000 pages therefore you will need to take this into account while working out overall running costs.

The C3450 showed a promising performance in our print speed tests. Both plain text and also image-laden colour documents printed swiftly, at 18.1ppm and 13.5ppm respectively, and our first page of mono text printed in 11 seconds from standby. But, the C3450's poor colour print level of quality and also barely legible rendering of small fonts limits its performance, in spite of pretty sensible print and ownership costs.

OKI toner cartridges are available here.

Lexmark Intuition S505 Review

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:19:05 GMT2010-09-22T11:19:05Z

The Lexmark Intuition S505 is an multi-function colour inket printer which includes scanning and copying features Laser printers may finally be coming of age, however judging by the large variety of models in Lexmark's new range, right now there continues to be a good market regarding quality colour inkjets. Indeed,...

Lexmark Intuition S505 Cartridge Review

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:14:43 GMT2010-09-22T11:14:43Z

The Lexmark Intuition S505 is an multi-function colour inket printer which includes scanning as well as copying featuresLaser printers may perhaps finally be coming of age, yet judging by the vast variety of models in Lexmark's new range, right now there continues to be a great market with regard to high quality colour inkjets. In fact, even though several laser printers are starting to flirt with lower double-digit price tags, numerous newer inkjets are homing in on the £150 mark. The Lexmark Intuition S505 isn't actually that expensive, although it is just going to miss by about £9. Just what exactly do you get with this price?Well, today's inkjets are beginning to mimic Swiss Army penknives. The Lexmark Intuition S505 offers an array of attributes to keep both photo fans as well as home office customers pleased. The latter might be attracted to the duplex facilities, and even whilst you will find no Ethernet support, the unit will connect wirelessly utilizing 802.11b/g - though to be reasonable Lexmark led the way more than two years ago in providing all its devices with Wi-Fi.Photo lovers might also desire to utilize this wireless option, despite the fact that they'll most likely prefer the clear 2.4in Liquid crystal screen, as well as the extremely versatile memory card drive (supporting the majority of common formats, from Sony Memory Stick to Secure Digital as well as xD Picture).Additionally, the S505 is a multifunction scanner as well as copier as well, and the 100-page auto-sheet feed is a fine complement to these features. The scanner produces bright results, with reasonable colour faithfulness.The Lexmark S505 ink cartridges can be found in a selection of options, the best value are the 100XL cartridges in return program form.Typically, Lexmark has tended to fare okay on features, nonetheless has fallen away on real overall performance. There are definite indications that the organization is improving the level of quality of its printing features, and the S505 is really really respectable. It is not perfect however, and it is undoubtedly not really as fast as you may desire considering the price tag. As much as 33ppm is blithely promised by Lexmark, yet even in the quickest text option, we could only cajole a top speed of 12.5ppm.Mind you, in comparison to the epson models, the s505's lowest quality setting is usually still really usable, with characters rendered precisely in comparison to the opposition. Actually, 7.7ppm is achievable in the Middle quality mode, and here the S505's characters are usually black as well as well-formed - if lacking the highly detailed quality of a laser.The S505 stands out whenever printing colour graphics to normal paper, even if it's not really as amazing on special photo paper. Put into use with normal media, the fast setting of 6ppm creates light and somewhat banded, although nonetheless attractive final results. In Normal mode, the images fizz with lively colours.There is really soft banding, although you have to look hard to make it out, and the whole results are really eye-catching. The Best mode of the S505 declines to well below a page a minute, plus the colours here tend to be a little bit lighter but very nicely shaped and realistic.On photograph paper, however, the prints falls short of that little added life which you anticipate the high quality connected with the media to add.The Lexmark Intuition S505 is actually not far from being a great printer. But it's maybe slightly slow, and also the price tag is actually a touch excessive. The duplex is additionally a little unsatisfactory. Hold out for the Lexmark Intuition S505 to drop near to the £1[...]

Lexmark C734 Cartridge Review

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:45:38 GMT2010-09-21T10:45:38Z

These brand new models, the Lexmark C730 Series, are an important part of a general improvement in Lexmark's entire printer and printer-multifunctional collection with a thorough fresh design that provides both obvious and subtle enhancements. The C734 models work at 30ppm both in black-and-white and colour, while the C736 versions...

Lexmark C734 Toner Review

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:41:37 GMT2010-09-21T10:41:37Z

These brand new models, the Lexmark C730 Series, are part of a general upgrade in Lexmark's complete printer and printer-multifunctional collection with a comprehensive brand new design that offers both clear as well as subtle enhancements.The C734 models run at 30ppm both in black-and-white and colour, whereas the C736 versions work at 35ppm in both. These are significantly quicker than the majority of comparably priced colour models. And they include several really good extra features that go further than previous models of Lexmark units.All of these models are network-ready out of the box. USB connectivity is additionally standard for all those versions, while Wi-Fi is optionally available on all of the C734 and C736 designs except the C734dw, where it's standard. Lexmark in addition gives serial, parallel, IPDS, and gigabit Ethernet options. And there are options for barcoding as well as forms storage too.All versions print at true resolutions as much as 1,200 dpi. Also, all models begin with 256MB of memory that can be upgraded to 1,280MB, and all possess an optional 80gb hard disk drive. It it also equipped with a USB and PictBridge port.PostScript and PCL also comes as standard. PDF, TIFF, JPEG, as well as XPS files may also be output. First-page-out time is under 9.5 seconds, as well as under 12 seconds while in Power Saver mode. The month-to-month duty cycle is 85,000 pages, having a prescribed range somewhere between 1,500 and 9,200 pages.The C736 models feature a 900MHz processor. Firstpage-out time is a touch swifter at 9 seconds, and it has a similar under 12 seconds speed in Power Saver mode. The monthly duty cycle also happens to be 85,000 pages, although with a suggested range between 2,500 and 10,000 pages.Paper handling is likewise solid. For all those units (other than the dtn ones), you start off with a 550-sheet drawer as well as a 100-sheet bypass. The dtn units possess two 550-sheet drawers. But you have the option of adding far more. In the C734 units you can add up to 3 more 550-sheet drawers. You can even squeeze in a 2,000-sheet stacker (which in turn replaces one of the drawers). The C736 is actually the same, however you may add one additional 550-sheet drawer beyond the C734 family. You can put the complete printer stack on a roll-away casterStandard output is 300 sheets. That is the sole weak part of these designs: with a massive wealth of input capacity, you are going to nevertheless need to empty the output tray regularly.In terms of ergonomic features, Lexmark has improved the handles on the paper drawers, which makes them better to use. The 4-line backlit Liquid crystal display panel is actually tiltable for easier access plus features an animated help display. Lexmark has also lowered noise levels and also offers a (rather slower) Quiet Mode with low decibel levels together with an already quiet idle mode. The firmware can be upgraded by a service techie throught the USB flash interface.Lexmark has minimized power consumption on these designs, in part because of the Instant Warm Up fuser allowing quick recovery from Power Saver mode. In addition, Lexmark notes it has lessened unnecessary packaging, carries a broad Return Program, as well as offers longer lasting products than equivalent competing brands.The Lexmark C734 toner cartridges are made of some four photo Conductors.Lexmark toner cartridges are available here.[...]

Lexmark C544 Review

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:15:24 GMT2010-09-20T10:15:24Z

The Lexmark C544dn is just about the most recent within a lengthy collection of striking colour laser printers from Lexmark. A tad too big to function as a completely personal printer, it is really aimed at a smallish office, workgroup, or busy office at home, with sufficient paper handling, fairly...

Lexmark C544 Toner Review

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:11:01 GMT2010-09-20T10:11:01Z

The Lexmark C544dn is among the newest in a very lengthy collection of outstanding colour laser printers from Lexmark. A little too big to function as a completely personal printer, it is directed at a little office, workgroup, or even busy home business office, by way of enough paper handling, fairly quick speed, and also relatively high-quality output.The paper handling capability of the C544dn is one of its focal point. The typical 250-sheet drawer, one-page manual feed, and duplexer for printing on both sides of a page really should be sufficient for many small offices. Need more? A 900 sheet total capacity is just around the corner, with the optional 550-sheet drawer and a 100-page multipurpose tray .Setting up the C544dn is a touch unusual from setting up the majority of colour lasers. This printer is somewhat small for a colour laser, having a size of 11.5 by 16.7 by 15.7 inches (HWD), and also fairly light at 46.2 lbs, thus it is easier to shift into position compared to the majority of its competition. However, there is a lot more work than normal associated with detaching the packing materials. You need to take away the side panel, remove the toner cartridges, and after that put every little thing back together. Not really hard, but it entails a lot more steps compared to most printers need.On our performance testing, the C544dn turned in appropriate times for its engine rating, at 25 pages per minute (ppm) for both monochrome as well as colour.The C544dn's output quality can be best describe as a step short to exceptional. Graphics and photo quality are both much better than the majority of colour lasers can manage, but not quite up to the best quality out there. Text quality is somewhat sub-par for a laser, but nonetheless adequate regarding just about any purpose.Most of the fonts in our tests were sharp and well formed even at 5 points, with some even qualifying at 4 points. A lot of the fonts which qualified as readily readable at 5 points in addition qualified as properly formed, but one of these required 6 points to pass through the well-formed limit as a result of character spacing complications. Unless you've got a highly unusual requirement for wonderfully formed characters at little sizes, you should be more than content with the C544dn's text quality.Graphics were definitely far better overall than you get from many colour lasers, in spite of a small misregistration - blocks of some colours did not lineup perfectly, leaving a little slice of white in between them. There is also some noticeable dithering in the form of mild patterns in some colours, and posterization, with shading changing instantly when it ought to change gradually, but absolutely nothing i'd call significantly objectionable. A lot of people would certainly look at the quality sufficient for anything up to as well as marketing materials such as one-page handouts and mailers.Photograph output was likewise better than the majority of colour lasers can manage. Some colours-red in particular-in some pictures were slightly just outside of a realistic range, however most photos were nearly true photo quality. Mount them in a frame behind glass and they could pass for regular photographs from a few feet away. As with the graphics, a lot of people would certainly consider them easily good enough for marketing materials.The Lexmark C544 toner cartridges come as four individual cartridges and in two volumes. The high yield models represent the best value with the black cartridge (C540H1KG) rated at 2,500 pages and the colour cartridg[...]

Lexmark C540 Toner Review

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:46:20 GMT2010-09-17T10:46:20Z

(image) Equipped with printing speeds of up to 25ppm, the Lexmark C540 Series and X540 Series can certainly get the job done on any small businesses or workgroups in larger companies.

These models are also equipped with eco-friendly features such as built-in double-sided printing (to cut back paper waste), instant warm-up fuser technology (which utilizes a lesser amount of energy when the machine is not being used), power-saving eco-mode, and also quiet mode (which reduces noise pollution levels). All these designs are Energy Star compliant, and are said to perform reliably even with recycle paper.

The C540 Series of colour laser printers was created with regard to small business workgroups or productive people. Versions within the collection incorporate the Lexmark C540n, C543dn and C544n, all of which feature Lexmark's "4800 Colour Quality" mode for improved colour images and graphics along with a distinct four-in-one colour laser printhead which in turn provides exact colour registration.

The C540n is a simple small workgroup colour laser printer that prints at speeds up to 21 ppm in colour and also black for an expected street price of £349. The C543dn features high-yield toner cartridges as well as built-in two-sided printing for the estimated street price of £399. The C544 model provides yet faster speeds, up to 25 ppm in color and also black, for prices beginning at £449. The series also provides extra-high-yield cartridges, which cut costs with a reduced cost for each page and conserve materials with cartridges that will have to be exchanged less frequently.

For small offices and big enterprise clients that want more complex capability, the Lexmark X543dn color laser MFP brings together copy as well as scanning ability as well as built-in two-sided printing. It prints at speeds as much as 21 ppm in color and black plus ships along with high-yield toner cartridges. The Lexmark X544 models of color laser MFPs are four-in-one products that print, copy, scan as well as fax, with quick print rates as much as 25 ppm in color and black; prices start at £699. They also feature two-sided scanning as well as usage of extra-high-yield cartridges and more sturdy paper handling for larger workgroups.

High yield Lexmark C540 toner cartridges are capable of generating up to 2,500 pages for the black cartridge, costing around £50 when the return program version is chosen as well as 2,000 for each of the three colour cartridges, cyan magenta and yellow. These cartridges, once again in return program mode can be found on the internet for approximately £60 each.

All of these printers present value for money in their own sector and I am sure that with time compatible toner cartridges shall be launched to result in smaller ownership expenses.

Lexmark toner cartridges are to be found here.

HP LaserJet P1008 Review

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:27:10 GMT2010-09-16T10:27:10Z

While laser printers along with MFDs have invariably been more costly than inkjet devices, producers are generally attempting to reduce their prices making them less expensive. Compact, entry-level laser printers are currently offered at prices that inkjet printers were being sold a couple of years back, or at prices at which a number of less expensive inkjet MFD's can be found these days.The HP LaserJet P1008 is elegant in addition to being a quite compact printer when the trays are folded away, not any larger than the average inkjet printer. It is merely less than 20 cm high and in addition uses up very little desktop space. It weighs 4.7 kg, which is much more than an inkjet printer, yet continues to be manageable. The body is constructed of white as well as grey polymer, aside from underneath and part of the back, where there exists a metal chassis. The overall build quality is extremely solid and this includes the trays as well.The input tray is situated towards the bottom, and it can be changed to take different paper sizes. Its total capacity is 150 sheets, which is satisfactory regarding SoHo or home users. Paper is positioned with the facet to be printed facing up. There is also a 10-sheet priority tray located over the main input tray to get some quick prints utilizing a different kind of paper compared to that installed in the main input tray.The output tray or in other words the output bin is found towards the top of the machine. It has a tongue-like extension to prevent paper from sliding over. Paper is deposited with the printed part facing down. The paper limit of the output tray is 100 sheets.There is no display with this printer. You will find merely two LEDs to show you if the unit is in ready mode or when there is some error - for example if the cartridge bay is opened, or maybe when the toner is low. Also, apart from a power button, there is no button anyplace, not even a cancel button. The power button is ideally put at the front for straightforward access instead of at the back, like on a number of printers.This particular model is sold with only a solitary driver CD with no extra software. The driver program is quite simple and enables you to utilize functions like collate, manual duplex printing, and so on. Another highlight is an option to select EconoMode in order to save the HP LaserJet P1008 toner cartridge. You can also produce and save your personal group of preset settings for use later.We printed a page of black text to find out the speed in addition to caliber of the printing. Page 1 required merely nine seconds, and this is identical to that advertised by HP. The pages per minute (PPM) in the first minute was 15.6 and it attained 17 in the following minutes.For the purpose of this evaluation, we utilized a page of multi-coloured graphs, text, charts, patterns as well as photos. Since it's actually a black and white printer we were taking a look at, we tested for the greyscale output level of quality. The document required 10.7 seconds to create the initial print, whilst the PPM in the first minute was 14.7. The PPM touched 16.7 soon after.The caliber of print was fine in this instance as well plus the legibility wasn't changed down to the lowest point size. That is exceptional performance from this kind of small a unit.The laser printer is designed for people who might not need to have colour prints and would rather choose top quality black and white printouts. For its compactness, simplicity of use, top quality and also per[...]

HP LaserJet P1006 Review

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:45:01 GMT2010-09-15T10:45:01Z

Personal mono laser printers form a much smaller sized market than equivalently priced ink-jets, but you can still find lots of people who will need top quality, speedy, black print, with the permanence the laser toner provides. HP's new LaserJet P1006 is, according to the manufacturer, the tiniest laser printer it has ever created and yes it definitely has condensed lines.The input tray folds upward on the front of the machine and the output tray folds above its top. Having both in their open locations, the machine is definitely considerably bigger than whenever shut and there is no cover to guard the 150 sheets of paper inside the input tray, which could acquire dust along with other debris.On top of the feed tray is a special-purpose feed, that may take as much as 10 sheets at a time. On the printer's top surface is an extremely straightforward control panel, along with power and data lights and a single button to cancel printing jobs. At the rear there's a normal kettle lead mains socket along with a USB 2. port.The printer is furnished with its toner cartridge in position, yet you need to take out this to pull out the seal-tape and take out the spacer. Other than this, all you require to do is install the software plus connect the USB cable when instructed. There's no further software, however the driver covers most of the usual bases, such as multiple pages per sheet, watermarks and manual duplexing.HP quotes up to 16ppm regarding A4 pages on the LaserJet P1006 and we completed the five page text document in 27 seconds. The text and graphics page, once more printed five-off, clocked in three seconds faster compared to this at 24 seconds. This equates to a print rate of 12.5ppm.The last test piece, a 15 x 10cm photo, concluded in an outstanding 10 seconds at standard 600dpi resolution and 12 seconds whenever we used the enhanced FastRes 1200 output. Six pictures each minute is a great rate in a personal printer like this.Pictures by themselves are usually quite full, at either resolution, although the higher one, even though only an enhanced 600dpi, will offer a finer outcome. Graduated tints are clear and there is no indication of any kind of banding, which is out of the ordinary in any laser. Tints can be a little bit light and ought to be tweaked down to get natural results.Business graphics are well reproduced, with an above average variety of greyscales which represent the various colours. Text is sharp and nicely formed - good enough for the purpose of external documents, in addition to those employed within your office or home. Overall, print quality is just as great as from any laser printer in this particular price range, and furthermore is better than quite a few.There's just one consumable; the HP LaserJet P1006 toner cartridge, suitable for 1,500 ISO pages.If you're in the market for a personal laser printer, the HP LaserJet P1006 is an excellent, straightforward device that is uncomplicated to setup and also use, does not cost an excessive amount to operate and delivers really good prints. It features a few inconveniences, such as the need to open up the unit and pack it with paper ahead of printing - unless you prefer leaving the paper to collect dust in between sessions - however, the most important thing people consider when searching for a mono printer is print quality and HP has hit it right on the nail with this unit. Easy maintenance plus a quick print response for its class, with minimal warm up, complete [...]

HP LaserJet M1120MFP Toner Review

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:34:58 GMT2010-09-13T11:34:58Z

All-in-one products have outstripped sales of single-function printers within the ink-jet market place, but appear to have been slower to surface with laser engines. HP has begun to redress this equilibrium and the LaserJet M1120 MFP, an entry-level, mono laser all-in-one, is designed for home as well as small office use.For anybody accustomed to utilizing inkjet-based all-in-ones, the LaserJet M1120 MFP is remarkably tall. The laser engine which is positioned at the lower portion of the appliance occupies quite a lot more space compared to an ink-jet engine, but the device looks sturdy with its slate grey columns down each side.A 250-sheet paper tray has a 10-sheet multi-purpose tray fixed on top of it. The output tray is positioned halfway up the device, giving the machine an appearance comparable to a piecemeal.A significant way above the output tray is the flatbed scanner part which hinges upwards to around 30 degrees, to provide access to the toner cartridge. It is held by sprung hinges, so that it would stay where it's put, when open.On top of the unit there is a two-line Liquid crystal display - without backlight - as well as a collection of eight buttons that are adequate to control all the device's functions. The one connection behind is a USB 2 socket and there is simply no internal option for a network interface. However, a network variation of the device, is available for about £20 more.HP provides a copy of ReadIRIS OCR software along with a utility called LaserJet Scan, which simplifies scanning to files, e-mail in addition to other applications. The driver is fairly sparse, although it does have scaling, watermarks and instructions with regard to manual duplexing.The LaserJet M1120 MFP is claimed to print as many as 19ppm yet in our tests finished the five-page text print, and the text and graphics prints, in 22 seconds, each. A single page, 15 x 10cm photograph print finished in 8 seconds, an excellent outcome for a printer in this class. Lastly, a solitary page photocopy required 15 seconds, that's yet again a more than fair time.The print quality was there, creating sharp characters all the down to small point sizes with no hint of stray toner. Greyscale patterns, used for recreating coloured tints in originals looked great, with minimal apparent banding and a very good variety of dither patterns reproducing various tones. This is also true for printed photographs, which look clear and also even, especially with the machine's top resolution, which is improved to 1200dpi.Unfortunately, the same cannot be stated for copies of greyscales. Using the flatbed scanner to create photocopies works nicely for black text, but not for any kind of greyscale material in which shades of grey appear grainy and uneven. The scanner itself is a colour device, and therefor it can be used to scan photo prints, along with working with the given OCR software.The HP LaserJet M1120MFP toner cartridge is rated at 2,000, five per cent pages.For anyone who needs the additional functionality of an all-in-one printer, but has no requirement for colour print, this is a good personal product, that is easy to use and creates high quality black print. It isn't so competent on photocopying greyscales, on the other hand, and its drum and toner cartridges which only have a capacity of 2,000 pages is not really much more than from a number of inkjet cartridges. For the price level, several ink-jet all-in-ones provide [...]

HP LaserJet M1319f Toner Review

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:16:44 GMT2010-09-10T11:16:44Z

Regardless of their unsexy name, mono printers remain the ideal choice for a lot of individuals, small offices as well as home businesses. The small HP LaserJet M1319f multifunction machine is perfect for generating text documents rapidly and will affordably carry out many tasks essential for a small business: copying, faxing, duplex printing, as well as scanning.The M1319f is about as wide and deep as a traditional ink-jet multifunction appliance, however it is approximately twice as high. At 10kg, this is one of the least heavy laser printers we've tested.The M1319f's outside is a standard plain grey hue, and its interface is riddled with straightforward buttons and a small LED display. Whilst it is possible to change selected options for the fax and copier, most functional modifications will have to be conducted by way of your pc - the menus on the user interface aren't really user-friendly, therefore you will want to do the majority of your adjustments on your pc screen anyhow.The M1319f has no postscript (necessary for a number of graphics applications) neither does it have ethernet or even an ethernet option. the unit connects with a usb 2., and it is possible to share the printer within the network.The most apparent drawback of the M1319f is the fact that its black-only toner isn't very well suited to photograph printing.The M1319f is supposed to generate business documents promptly with excellent quality. Thankfully, that is what it really does.In our time trials, the M1319f generated numerous healthy scores. The M1319f finished our 1-page Word test in 7 seconds. The 10- page Word document test concluded in a very little over 40 seconds, placing it among the quickest times we have seen for any consumer laser printer.In addition to truly being speedy, the M1319f created a number of strong image quality results in our trials. The text was of exceptional quality and therefore well suited for a business environment needing professional-looking documents.However, the M1319f was not as well suited to graphic printing. We were not pleased with the four-page PDF document made by the M1319f. With the fine lines and gradient exam, the unit was merely accorded a good score, with a loss of detail in a number of parts as well as an incapability to print smooth grey gradients.Although the M1319f cannot print colour documents, it can scan them. The absence of a flatbed scanner - documents to get scanned are as an alternative drawn using an automatic document feeder - truly injured the M1319f in the scanning assessments, which are mainly graphics assessments. We scanned our typical colour test photo while using the automatic document feeder and then printed the file on a colour printer.The colour appeared greenish and only earned a good rating. The clarity was similarly only good. Frustratingly, white streaks came out when we scanned certain colour documents; this led us to think that the M1319f's automatic document feeder, whilst useful with regard to printing as well as faxing, was a lousy instrument for graphic copying and scanning.Changing the HP LaserJet M1319f toner cartridge is a great deal less expensive compared to competing laser printers because you just need to change one cartridge instead of a few colour cartridges. HP states that you may get fully 2,000 pages of printing using a single cartridge.If you don't need a printer for colour photo printing, colour copying, or mak[...]

Canon PIXMA MP980 Review

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 10:09:58 GMT2010-09-09T10:09:58Z

When you are presently producing among the finest ranges of all-in-one printers, it may be hard to visualize options to improve. With the PIXMA MP980, Canon has made a decision to consider the inks, providing another colour combination for people who like to print black and white as well as colour photographs.As previously, there's two paper sources in this printer, although Canon has limited the media regarding each. With this device, the 150-sheet paper cassette at the front is actually the lone location you ought to put plain paper, whilst the back tray, which will take photo paper from 15 x 10cm up to A4, was created especially for photos.The A4 flatbed scanner features a resolution of 4,800 x 9,600ppi and a traditional CCD scanner head, which gives superior results than a less expensive Contact Image Sensor would. There's a simple transparency adapter included in the lid, as well, in order to scan slides and also negatives.Tugging down the front panel makes an output tray plus an interior cover gives access to a separate slot for CD as well as DVD printing - a carrier is provided. Upon the curved right-hand corner of the machine, a rather flimsy cover swings out to uncover three memory card slots, which among them take all of the prevalent formats, such as MicroDrive. There is a PictBridge socket beneath these.At the back of the machine there is a sole USB socket, although a Wi-Fi connection is a further standard option. Wireless installations may be bad or good. On a printer targeted at the home market, you'd probably expect things to be as easy as feasible and Canon has done extremely well. You must connect a USB cable to begin with in the course of setup, but the procedure is then virtually automatic.Although Canon promises a best speed of 11ppm for both black and colour prints in normal mode, we couldn't obtain more than 6.38ppm printing black along with 3.37ppm in colour. Introducing duplex print, as before with Canon all-in-one, reduces the speed to 2.29ppm, needing 8:44 to print the 20 page text document.In comparison, printing photographs is fairly fast, while second and consequent prints in a multi-print job having to take close to 20 seconds for a good quality, 15 x 10 cm print. Though, the 1st photograph, and for that matter the first page of any kind of document, only commences after around 25 seconds 'thinking' time.The Canon MP980 ink cartridges form an unconventional sequence with two black cartridges, the PGI-520BK for text and the CLI-521BK for graphs as well as photos, they are supplemented by the normal cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges. The addition however of a grey cartridge CLI-521GY is meant to make improvements to sepia pictures and greyscale and we must be honest really does seem to do the job.This really is yet another excellent machine from Canon, with the extra facilities of enhanced monochrome print and also negative and transparency scanning. Media handling is somewhat less adaptable while duplex prints are as slow as ever, however, the additional overall flexibility associated with wireless networking is definitely a compensation.Canon ink cartridges are to be found here.[...]

Canon PIXMA MP630 Printer Review

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 10:48:08 GMT2010-09-08T10:48:08Z

The case design of the Canon PIXMA MP630 remains mostly comprised of frosted silver and piano black, yet in totally different areas. Just like the MP610, it's a large device, with a black rim to the lid, echoing the black base. A paper tray pulls up from the back then there is a second feed originating from a tray beneath at the front, each of which can deal with 150 sheets of paper. The front tray is designed for plain paper but the rear one, having a straighter paper route, may take both plain or photo paper.The flatbed scanner can take individual sheets of plain paper or photo prints, but unlike the Pixma MP980, there is no transparency adapter set at the bottom of the lid..Fixed in to the top side is a fold-up, 62mm LCD display and furthermore underneath this is the now regular Canon control panel, incorporating two softkeys and also the corporation's easy-to-use, click-dial control intended for menu navigation. This must be the easiest way of negotiating setup options yet incorporated in a printer.On the heavily curved, right front edge of the machine is a flip-open cover, which in turn discloses three memory card slots, to help you to plug in essentially any of the present formats. There's a PictBridge socket, too, however it is below the cover door and it is continually available. The sole Computer data connection is a USB 2. socket placed at the back, although a bluetooth adapter is available as an option.Canon states rates of speed of 13ppm and 11ppm with regard to black and colour print using normal print mode, yet under test we were treated to under half these rates of speed. Our five-page, black text print took 54 seconds, equivalent to a pace of 5.6ppm plus, highly unusually, the lengthier, 20-page print generated a reduced rate of 5.3ppm. In total terms, these speeds are not poor for a colour inkjet machine, so it really is a pity Canon seems to exaggerate them.Using colour, the print rate with the MP630 falls to 3.3ppm and printing duplex black text pages slows the equipment more, to 2.4ppm. Like previous Canon devices, the slow duplex time is mainly due to the pause in between printing each page side, to permit for ink drying.The scan caliber from this device's flatbed scanner, having a high optical resolution of 4,800 x 9,600ppi, is fantastic and there's a lesser amount of apparent colour cast than from a number of its competitors.The caliber of prints is, as truly, very good. Black print is razor-sharp and with none of the ink feathering several of its competitors have problems with.Colour is usually well reproduced, although there is some mottling within large regions of solid colour. Black text registration over colour is robust without any indications of haloing, and a colour photocopy reproduced black and colour effectively, even though there seemed to be a bit of lightening of colour hues as always.Canon does really well in terms of picture prints, with the test samples looking true and also really detailed, especially in elements of shadow. Colour transitions are usually dealt with efficiently without any apparent dot patterns and delivering a 15 x 10cm print in 46 seconds is exceptional.Canon PIXMA MP630 ink cartridges total five; two black cartridges and three colour. The PGI-520BK black cartridge is used for text print while the CLI-521 cartridges are employed for graphics and photos.This device re[...]

HP Color LaserJet CP1215 Toner Review

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 10:57:27 GMT2010-09-07T10:57:27Z

The amount of colour laser printers under £150 is growing and HP's Colour LaserJet CP1215 is an extremely very small entry in to the current market. It isn't significantly bigger than a mono laser, yet will print in full colour at rates equivalent inkjet devices would continue to be hard pushed to match.It is a nice little printer, cased in light grey and white, along with a simple control panel composed of two big buttons, pertaining to paper feed and job cancel, as well as a variety of indicator lights, including four for toner level. Paper feeds from the 150-sheet tray in the base of the unit to an indent in its top cover however there aren't any avenues to add additional trays to raise the capacity and flexibility of paper handling.At the back is a single USB socket for data transfer and again HP mentions no wireless option.The colour laser engine is a neat, small model. Fold down the front panel and slip out the tray to get into the four HP Color LaserJet CP1215 cartridges, these each consist of both drum and also toner. The starter cartridges given with the machine have capacities of 750 pages each, so you will need to acquire replacements fairly quickly in the event that you're use is anything besides light printing.Software installation is quick and easy, with drivers for those versions of Windows immediately after 2000 available on the CD along with linux drivers readily available for download. There aren't any OSX drivers provided for this device, either on the software CD or even on the support site, and that is unusual, because almost all other HP printers offer support.HP promises print speeds of 16ppm black as well as 12ppm colour for the Colour LaserJet CP1215, however as is common they're a little ambitious. We measured 6.12ppm for a five-page black text print, however this increased to 9.45ppm on the 20-page test document. The five-page black text and colour graphics print managed 4.76ppm, consequently in the two cases we got considerably lower than the stated rates of speed.The quality of print with the HP printer is fine with regard to common office duties, with clear, razor-sharp, black text, right down to small-scale point sizes. There isn't any indication of toner spatter while emboldened text in titles come through looking as neat as body copy.Colour images tend to be vibrant to the point of over-saturation and have a slight gloss to them, which unfortunately some people dislike. More of a problem is the fact that a handful of shades emerge over-dark, therefore black text over the top is hard to read; a pity as registration of black over colour is generally precise.Finally, the test picture print was not specially good. Even though there is very little indication of banding and colour gradation is fairly smooth, the primary colours are once more excessively brilliant and darker hues tend to be overly eager to veer to black. The four drum and toner cartridges are the only consumables in this particular unit.As we've seen a lot more often equivalently priced inkjet printers and all-in-ones are coming through with lower print prices than a lot of lasers, therefore if print economy is particularly important to you, you should think about the new business inkjet models provided by HP along with other producers.The Colour LaserJet CP1215 carries some good points on it sleeve[...]

Brother HL-4040CN Printer Review

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 11:19:25 GMT2010-09-06T11:19:25Z

Brother has recently revamped its array of laser printers and all-in-ones. The HL-4040CN fits in as a general high-end personal or medium-level workgroup colour laser printer, having a number of handy extras.The HL-4040CN is large and square cut, but retains a contemporary look and feel having inset panels of dark blue and silver. The control panel is placed on the left-hand side and incorporates a two-line by 16-character LCD display, with a coloured backlight. This shows green, yellow or red in order to show different status conditions.A blue panel swivels down from the front of the unit to supply a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray and additionally under this is the 250-sheet main paper feed. It is a bit unsatisfactory that there isn't any optional supplementary tray to increase the capacity of the machine. There is no optionally available duplexer, either.The control panel contains some additional buttons, along with the typical menu-navigation square. In reality, the four buttons in the square have been somewhat strangely designated, while you shift through menu choices while using up and down keys, go up a level using the left-hand key and go back with the right-hand one. There're benefits in sticking with the traditional method.Two brand new keys link with extra features of the printer. Reprint automatically reruns the last piece of work that had been sent to the device, which in turn is really a major timesaver, specially if the printer is utilized inside an office. Security is preserved since you may send any kind of job with a password, and that is necessary for a reprint from the unit. Direct Print works using the USB socket on the front of the HL-4040CN to supply prints from a USB drive or a PictBridge camera.This machine utilizes the identical colour laser engine as Brother's DCP-9040CN All-in-One.For a colour laser printer, the HL-4040CN is especially easy to set up. Pull down the front cover, slide out the tray storing the four Brother HL-4040CN toner cartridges and every one of them falls in to place.There is not a lot of software provided with the machine. The driver includes support for watermarks along with multiple pages per sheet, but not overprinting.The HL-4040CN required 22 seconds in order to print our five-page monochrome text document, comparable to a speed of 13.6ppm. Even though that isn't near the rated 20ppm, it's much better than a number of colour laser printers we tested recently. The text and colour graphics pages took 32 seconds in order to complete, a rate of 9.4ppm, although the printer's once again rated at 20ppm. These statistics mean this Brother device isn't especially quick with regard to its class.Print quality is actually varied. Black text is precisely printed without apparent malformations of characters or lines. Colour graphics are likewise good, with lines coming out even as well as clear, though there is a small amount of banding in a few areas of colour fill. Photo production is not really so fantastic, with a fairly small gamut limiting the accuracy of colour performance.You can observe the variation between the default 600dpi of the printer's Normal mode and the 1,200dpi of its Fine mode. Whilst Fine mode reproduces shaded colour, for example regions of sky, a lot better than Normal mode, it would not necessarily do so effic[...]

Canon PIXMA MG6150 Printer Review

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 11:19:06 GMT2010-09-03T11:19:06Z

Canon has released six new all-in-ones, plus a different naming convention, and it is the Pixma MG6150 which certainly is the one to see. Positioned just underneath the existing MP990, it uses the most effective bits of that superb unit and drags the whole lot in to 2010.The finish is a polished black which is much more suited for a living room or even a classy flat, and once you have turned the spring-loaded screen upright, you'll learn there aren't any buttons. Much like quite a few high-end Epsons, the 3in non-touch LCD hosts the key information as well as menus, however a substantial section of the lid before it doubles up as a touch panel.You'll see the back, home and option-select buttons glow in to life, whilst inside menus it adapts: when you're in the copy menu, for example, the panel features plus and minus icons to adjust the quantity of copies. In the mean time, a four-way directional button rests at the heart for navigation. Menu navigation is not actually more intuitive than with the physical buttons it replaced, nevertheless the sheer responsiveness and all-round design makes it a joy to work with.On the inside, there's further excellent news. The MG6150 uses the print engine used in the MP990, so it is quicker than the long-A-Listed MP640 and it uses a supplementary grey ink to assist even tonal adjustments as well as for superior monochrome quality. Rates of speed are almost identical to the MP990, with 11.8ppm and 6.1ppm rates in mono and colour respectively, and a time of 44 seconds for a top-quality 6 x 4in picture. The standard it produces is first rate. Its razor-sharp, in depth pictures contain oodles of colour, and its text is as strong and heavy as it is clean.Where Canons typically show a weakness is in their scanners, and the MG6150 isn't any different. We arranged its scans side-by-side with those of the MP990 and could detect no progression - both were well-defined as well as precise, though with somewhat muted colours. For the purpose of occasional tasks it is still securely in the upper echelons.All the other additions are the exact same as throughout the Pixma range, therefore the MG6150 has got the Full HD Movie Print feature found on the single-function iP4850, in addition to exclusive entry to content in Canon's Creative Park Premium (as long as you have a complete set of real Canon Pixma MG6150 ink cartridges). They are both attractive but niche touches which in turn increase the all round value instead of being selling points on their own.The rest of the package is as comprehensive as we have come to anticipate. That includes an auto-opening output tray, as well as a couple of 150-sheet input trays. It prints two-sided as well as right on to CDs and DVDs when using the available adapter, additionally, the PictBridge port on the front can be used to show slideshows and also adjust photos directly on the device. It all connects by means of USB, Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi, the latter of which is compatible with printing from a number of gadgets such as Android handsets, iPhones and iPads, and also the Sony PlayStation 3.Canon's all-in-ones have dominated recently, however they have been needing upgrading. Whilst we'd have wanted to see the long wait lead to a proper touch interface, the Canon's semi-touch answer[...]

Canon PIXMA iP4850 Ink Review

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 11:59:10 GMT2010-09-02T11:59:10Z

It is proof of exactly how outstanding Canon's inkjets happen to be that so very little development constantly helps to keep them at the top of the tree. The Pixma iP4850 is actually literally the same to the preceding Pixma iP4700, having the identical low shape and slick finish, additionally when it comes to printing there are actually merely modest alterations under the cover.The five-colour ink system is still in place, using both pigmented as well as dye-based blacks to ensure that text and images both see the benefit. Virtually any change in print level of quality is for this reason just about imperceptible, with identical perfect colour tones along with razor-sharp detail in photographs not to mention diagrams. Text is robust and also blemish-free, plus iP4850 prints two-sided not to mention directly on to optical discs when using the supplied tray.The sole instantly detectable improvement happens to be in document speed. The predecessor's measured rates of 8.8ppm in black and white and 5.8ppm in colour have been increased slightly, to 10.5ppm and 6.1ppm respectively. Aside from that it is more of the same, with a top-quality 6 x 4in print still taking 46 seconds and a A4 photomontage dropping into the tray in 1min 38secs.Oddly enough, where Canon has attempted to crack fresh ground is with the included software and tools. The Canon iP4850 ink cartridges are the new PGI-525 and CLI-526 inks, though the benefit isn't actually in added capacity; actually the tanks are chipped, and therefore owners having a full collection of bona fide Canon inks will see they have exclusive access to Creative Park Premium - an expansion of Canon's established art and creativity website.It is full of "photos and illustrations from world-renowned artists", including the likes of Norman Rockwell and Beatrix Potter. The pictures are yours to utilize freely, plus the site allows you to convert them in to a variety of cards, calendars along with other designs. It isn't must-have stuff, but it is a nice bonus.If that doesn't excite, the other brand new add-on is a Full HD Movie Print element. In case you have a Canon EOS or PowerShot camera capable of recording HD video, this specific function grabs a still from any existing scene, enhances it and prints it as a high-quality photo. Hardly a core element, and it is a pity that more video types are not supported, however we can easily see the charm.But that is it. Identical USB interface not to mention PictBridge interface, exact same two paper trays in addition to exact same above-average running expenses. There's to be truthful nothing at all here to coax owners of the iP4700 to upgrade, but you get the feeling Canon knows simply too well exactly how great its printers presently are.With the Pixma it is an instance of not messing with a successful blueprint: it is still the quickest all-round inkjet available on the market and none can match the caliber of the prints. Therefore while not doing a lot new or exciting the iP4850 steals onto the A List - for home printing there exists hardly any competitors.Canon ink cartridges are available here.[...]

Canon i-SENSYS MF4690PL Cartridge Review

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 11:02:53 GMT2010-09-01T11:02:53Z

Canon has a great deal of multifunction machines within its wide range and the i-Sensys MF4690PL is definitely at the top end of the newest set of releases.This specific unit has a comparatively small footprint, although you'll find it deeper as compared to most. The control panel is supported upon a couple of columns, which affords an all around impression of possessing a dark-grey cowl round the front of the unit. This causes it to be a little more cumbersome to fill the 250-sheet paper tray and much more tricky to use the 10-sheet multi-purpose tray, whose guides now live about 100mm into the cowl.The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) includes a steeply raked feed tray and it is able to carry 35 pages for longer copy and fax work. The flatbed scanner will handle 24-bit colour at a possible optical resolution of 600ppi, although with enhancement this actually reaches 9,600ppi.Canon has been able to keep the control panel commendably user friendly. The 2-line by 16-character LCD display is backlit, together with three control buttons right in front for navigating menus as well as three lurking behind for mode selection. Off to the right is a fax number pad plus to the left is a set of seven quick-dial numbers intended for regularly employed recipients. The Start and Stop buttons are large and at the right-hand part of the panel along with a number of controls, such as enlargement, brightness and also document type, are arranged along a silver panel at the rear of the primary controls.There is a dual-purpose USB port situated beneath the control panel to the right, that allows scanning of documents on to a USB drive as PDF files as well as printing or faxing of documents from a PDF.Software supplied with the i-Sensys MF4690PL includes PageManager and OmniPage, well regarded programs designed for document management and OCR, respectively. There's also the CanonMF Toolbox, giving quick and easy access to e-mail, OCR scanning as well as the creation of PDF documents.The appliance is a competent fax, not to mention possessing print, copy and also scan functions. Canon claims it is able to transmit a page in three seconds and it's modeled round a Super G3 fax modem, which means it can produce as many as 256 greyscales. The MF4690PL additionally contains a 512-page fax memory, thus it will be able to deal with plenty of incoming faxes, whether or not the paper tray's unfilled.Our five-page text and text and graphics assessments yield speeds of 11.1ppm and 11.5ppm, hardly half the advertised rate. Whenever we tried the 20-page document, we saw 15.4ppm. The unit features automatic duplex, thus we ran the 20-page document double-sided, as well, producing 10 pages in 122 seconds, equal to 9.8ppm.Copies of the text and graphics page required 13 seconds via the ADF and then eight seconds from the flatbed glass. Both of these times are good.The standard of the pages produced is mostly fine, even though there is some minor spatter about the serifs of text characters. Greyscale graphics are merely reasonable, with some tints possessing a blotchy appearance to them in addition to mid-greys showing a noticeable crosshatching. While in normal use, you almost certainly won't detect these types of characteristic[...]

Canon i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn Cartridge Review

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:52:13 GMT2010-08-31T13:52:13Z

Canon produces many laser printer engines, not just for itself, and the i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn relies on a new in-line design which decreases the all round length of the device, whilst still making it a fairly low profile.Which is not saying that is a discreet machine; it is fairly massive for an A4 device rated at 20ppm, although it does incorporate duplex print as standard. Coloured in cream and light grey, the design and style is quite unexceptional, having a curved front edge as well as two individual handles intended for pulling down covers.A drawer at the base of the front panel supports as much as 250 sheets of ordinary paper an additional tray, of exactly the same volume, may be installed as an option. The model claims to be for small workgroups, thus we would also want to get a greater capacity tray included. There's a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray lurking behind the fold-down front panel, though, thus an overall default capacity of 300 sheets isn't really really bad.The control panel is nothing exceptional, with no LCD screen and merely eight signal lights with regard to consumables' status as well as error problems. There is a solitary button to stop an active print job, though in our testing the printer seemed to be pretty willing to continue turning out pages even though the cancel light was flashing.At the rear are sockets meant for USB along with Ethernet, each standard, there is however no wireless selection. You can, nevertheless, make use of a third-party wireless print server with out a lot of trouble.The Canon i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn toner cartridges happen to be supplied within a pullout holder, that is reachable when you have folded down the entirety of the printer's front panel. They are four small elegant units, that have capacities of 3,400 pages with regard to black along with 2,900 pages with regard to each single colour. Yields are reasonable even though, as is so widespread, Canon provides 1,400 and 1,200 page 'starter' cartridges with the device.You'll find that there's not a lot in terms of software programs, aside from a driver along with a consumables monitor. Drivers are supplied for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, along with versions of OS X above 10.4.1. No Linux support is listed.The five-page test jobs resulted in speeds of 10ppm, really just fifty percent what's stated, however for extended documents of 20 pages the rate increases to 15.6ppm, more than seventy-five per cent of the claimed speed.This device posseses an internal duplexer. Our exact same 20-page document, whenever printed duplex, delivered a rate of 8.6spm, or 4.3ppm, which is disappointingly slow.Black text is distinct as well as tidy, if perhaps not really as black as from various other lasers we have looked at.Colour graphics are typically vivid as well as eye-catching, along with hardly any hint of fill patterns in addition to outstanding registration of mono text through coloured backgrounds. Colours are usually full-blown and also vibrant therefore you would not be ashamed to give full-colour documents printed with this machine to customers.Our trial picture print is likewise effectively reproduced for a laser printer. There's hardly any indication of banding plus slee[...]

Canon Pixma MP620 Printer Review

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:21:03 GMT2010-08-30T11:21:03Z

The Canon Pixma MP620 colour inkjet multifunction printer offers lots of storage space and connectivity options.Even though its not that aesthetically appealing, the Canon Pixma MP620 could perfectly suit in on any busy home or office environment.Several premium features mark out the silvery Canon Pixma MP620. The control panel features a number of buttons and a scroll wheel that allows you to navigate through the tiltable 2.5 inch colour LCD beside it. The rest of the buttons are clearly tagged and simple to use.Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, ethernet and USB while Bluetooth is optional. The Canon Pixma MP620 includes two media slots that is compatible to most cards, although you will need to obtain a third-party adaptor to use the XD Picture Card format. Pictbridge port only accepts devices that are compatible with Canon.The 150-sheet output tray automatically unfolds itself from the Canon Pixma MP620's front panel when you initiate a print job. You get two 150-sheet input trays: one underneath for letter-size plain paper, and a second in the rear for larger or thicker media.Unfortunately, on our test unit, it took a lot of pulling and pushing to raise the telescoping guides for the reat verticle input, and we unintentionally collapsed them several times. One other setback of the Canon Pixma MP620 is the absence of an automatic document feeder (ADF) and duplexing capabilities.Test results for the MP620 were encouraging. It printed an avarage of 7.6 pages a minute with plain text while graphics took an avarage of 2.2ppm. The printer's pigment black ink produced impressively crisp, dark letters.When printing colour graphics it makes use of another black together with cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges. However, there's a bit of too much yellow in some of the colour graphics, particularly on flesh tones, appeared orangey on plain paper and a bit jaundiced on Canon's photo paper. Despite that along with small graininess, images otherwise seem to be vibrant and natural. Results of the scan and copy tests looks good also.The Canon Pixma MP620 ink cartridges, two blacks, one pigmented (PGI-520BK) and a dye based cartridge (CLI-521BK) plus three colours makes a total of five inks.Canon's usually solid documentation had one notable problem this time: the printed Setup Guide comes with a confusing flowchart for various installation options which slowed down the process rather than improving it. In addition to that, Canon's above average score in our Reliability and Service survey suits very well for your overall experience.The Canon Pixma MP620 is equipped with a wide variety of features inside a well-designed package. Its connectivity as well as good paper handling makes it perfect for students or a small home office.Canon Pixma MP620 ink cartridges are available here.[...]

Canon MF8350Cdn Review

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:16:15 GMT2010-08-13T11:16:15Z

Canon's Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn multi-function printer (MFP), or all-in-one (AIO) should you want, provides high-quality productivity at exceedingly rapid speed. It falters upon a few trivial usability aspects, however the overall performance on their own causes it to be an excellent fit with regard to the small to medium-size office it's designed for. If you likewise take the fine apperance into consideration, it really is extremely alluring in both senses of the word.The MF8350Cdn prints, scans, and also faxes on a network. Additionally, it functions as a separate fax device as well as copier, including a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) in order to allow it to scan single-sided, multi-page documents at as much as legal size.The printer's paper managing is actually a good point. The 250-sheet drawer by itself ought to be sufficient for the majority of small offices. However, the machine at the same time features a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, in order to always keep another type of paper loaded, as well as replace paper while not having to swap out the paper in the drawer. A print duplexer for automatic printing on both sides of a page is likewise standard. Plus if you need more input capacity, you can add another 250-sheet drawer, to get a total of 550 sheets.Setting up the MF8350Cdn is quite easy, but it is at the same time one of the places where the machine falls a lttle bit short on functionality issues. The most challenging part is locating a location for this monster and shifting it into place. The machine measures 18.9 by 17. by 19.1 inches (HWD), which I would call fairly small for what it lets you do, nevertheless larger than I'd wish seated upon my desk. Whatever the case, it weighs in at a substantial 64.2 pounds whilst not having the toner cartridges in place, which means a lot of people would likely look at picking it up a two-man task.The setting up worked nicely enough during my tests. As soon as you get the MF8350Cdn running, be ready to be astounded by its print speed, perhaps above anything you might be expecting from its 21-page-per-minute (ppm) rating regarding both colour and monochrome. I timed it on the business applications suite at a total of 9 minutes 27 seconds.The 9:27 total affords the MF8350Cdn bragging privileges as being the speediest colour laser AIO in the cost bracket by far. The times on the photograph suite were likewise fast, averaging 18 seconds for a 4-by-6 along with 20 seconds for an 8-by-10.The printer's output quality isn't really in quite the same class as its speed, however it is readily sufficient for most business use. Text quality is low for a colour laser AIO, but except in cases where you posses an out of the ordinary requirement for little font sizes, that really should not be a concern.Graphics output was absolutely ordinary for a colour laser, meaning it is simply adequate for virtually any internal business requirement, up to and including PowerPoint handouts. You may even believe it good enough for the purpose of advertising content like one-page mailers and even trifold pamphlets, although that will depend upon how much of a perfectionist you[...]

Canon Pixma IP1900 Printer Review

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:45:00 GMT2010-06-08T10:45:00Z

(image) Coming in right at the bottom of the current market, the Canon Pixma iP1900 inkjet is Canon's cheapest printing products ever, having a list price of £25.

It really is hardly unexpected, then, that the Canon Pixma iP1900 is actually pared down to the bone. Although it's not unappealing, the lack of extras is quite apparent. There's no sign of PictBridge, or even memory card slots, as well as Liquid crystal displays. A defieicency of a collection tray is in all likelihood not as expected though, therefore you will need to ensure there is a lot of open area in front of the printer to avoid complete pages from slipping on the floor.

Improvements in inkjet technology haven't been massive in the last 12 months. This is a great thing from the point of the Canon Pixma iP1900, nonetheless, as it means there is no issue with it always keeping up with the specs of other printers.

Its 4800x1200dpi resolution will be as much as you should require, while the 2-picolitre ink droplet standard is commensurate with the Canon Pixma iP1900's higher priced competition.

Because it conforms to Canon's ChromaLife100 system, photo prints have a long-life guarantee - a century when stored in an album, however we doubt a lot of users will be about to complain should they fail twenty years short of this claim. There's little stinting on software, with Canon's Easy-PhotoPrint EX selection meeting nearly all scenarios effortlessly.

What of the quality? Well, inkjets are rarely skilled at generating great text, and you undoubtedly mustn't be predicting high-calibre reproduction from the Canon Pixma iP1900. Even in the finest setting (at approximately 1.9 pages per minute), text is rather fuzzy as well as inadequately defined. Nonetheless, the results are legible, additionally, the middle application (with a ppm of 6.3) generates legible ultimate results at a fair pace.

Colour graphics are never rapid though. In the literature is quoted 17ppm, yet we found you'd to divide this figure by 10 - even in the quickest application. Whatever you make of these prints depends on your subject matter. The Canon Pixma iP1900's palette is a bit light, and certain colours (blue shades particularly) lacked accuracy. The results are not unattractive, yet brooding intensity undoubtedly isn't a strength of the Canon Pixma iP1900's ink cartridge output.

The Canon Pixma iP1900 might be inexpensive however, you pay a cost in various other respects. Print quality along with speed can be easily improved on simply by shelling out a little more, and lacking an output tray might prove annoying. Running expenses are relatively high, even for colour graphics. Our suggestion would be to spend a bit more than the iP1900's asking price, because it will go a really long way.

Canon Pixma iP1900 ink cartridges can be found here.