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Your very own Printer buying guide!

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At Ink N Toner UK, we know it can be difficult at times when you want to purchase a printer, perhaps it is your first time buying, or maybe you are looking to upgrade. Well, rest assured we are here to help you with a guide on the kinds of printers you can find, if you would like a more detailed guide, you might want to look

Printer Types

There are varied types of printers depending on how much you would like to spend, as well as what you want out of your printer.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printing is a type of computer printing that recreates a digital image by propelling droplets of ink onto paper, plastic, or other substrates. Inkjet printers are the most commonly used type of printer, and range from small inexpensive consumer models to expensive professional machines. Inkjet printers tend to produce higher quality photographs than laser printers. If you like photography or are maybe looking to create some photo albums, a good quality inkjet printer makes the most of photos from DSLR and phone cameras.

 

Laser Printers

Laser printers are designed for consistent use and are able to reduce printing times in offices and homes that print in abundance. A fantastic choice for text documents and high-speed batch printing. Toners do cost more than inkjet cartridges. However, it will print out considerably more. The initial cost price of a laser printer looks like a taxing investment, but over time, the cost-per-page works out cheaper than inkjet printing.

 

All-in one Printers

An all-in-one printer is the amalgamation of a scanner, copier and printer in one device. They are available in both inkjet and laser varieties, offering the bonus from the reduced footprint, and the satisfaction of having a three in one printer. Some all-in-ones have a fax machine as well, which is extremely useful and the ideal printing solution for small or home offices, although of course faxing is very much becoming more and more outdated!

 

3D Printers

3D printers have recently become much more common and offer a diverse and innovative entry into prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. Whatever you design, you can make. This is great if you want to test parts before you manufacture expensive machining or maybe you want to design a custom phone case, or anything else that your mind thinks. A 3D printer makes once complex manufacturing easy and accessible.

As well as that, there is a plethora of extra features and jargon that you may not understand or even knew exists today!

Wi-Fi Direct/WirelessDirect:

Wi-Fi Direct provides a wireless connection between a printer and device, even if no Wi-Fi signal is present – perfect for homes and offices without a wireless network or in an office as a backup if the network fails.

Apple Airprint:

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers. With AirPrint, it’s easy to print full quality photos and documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without having to install additional software (drivers).

Google Cloud Print:

Google Cloud Print (GCP) is a service that allows you to print from any web-connected device. Google Cloud Print routes print jobs between your computer, smartphone, or tablet and sends it to an Internet-connected printer.

NFC:

Near-field communication is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm of each other.Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new feature to printers.

Email Printing:

Settings for email notifications. You can print to any printer that is Email Print compatible printer from any device that can send email, such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, or mobile phone. To use this service, you need to register your printer and account to the brands account first.

Print Quality DPI:

DPI is used to describe the resolution number of dots per inch in a digital print and the printing resolution of a hard copy print dot gain, which is the increase in the size of the halftone dots during printing. This is caused by the spreading of ink on the surface of the media.

Whatever you may need, we have a printer to suit all of your needs, if you want to learn more visit our buying guide on our site at: https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/Printer-Buying-Guide.html

We hope you have a great day and we hope we have made it even better helping you get your dream printer.

Its World Quality Day!

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There are days in the months of there year where celebrations happen and our customers here at ink N Toner UK would be none the wiser! Therefore, we are here to help you become aware about the obscure holidays that we have to celebrate.

Ever picked up a product, excited to get it home, only to find out that when you open the box and put it to its intended task for the first time it just falls apart? Or called in to get technical support and you pretty much just get a set of read out responses rather than the assistance of people who are actually knowledgeable in their subject? These terrible experiences just enhance the absolute necessity of quality in every aspect of business.

 

History of World Quality Day

Quality Day was established in 2008 at the Imarsat Conference Centre to create a place and time to discuss techniques of innovation, inspiration, and creative ideas. With Quality serving as a fundamental part of the GDP of first world economies, striving to improve customer satisfaction while finding ways to reduce the cost involved with increasing quality have been an essential part of business strategy.

The time of being able to foist off a substandard product to customers has passed, and with the increased communication among customers has come the return of a demand for high quality lasting products. Quality is primarily increased through collaboration, innovation, and working to improve the output quality at every level of business and manufacturing.

 

How to Celebrate World Quality Day

Celebrating World Quality Day is best done by working together with your corporate leaders to create a plan for improving quality in your business. Whether it is working on improving the efficiency of your system to create more time to focus on the growth of quality within your business.

You can also organize with the official celebration of the day by focusing on the topic of that years “World Quality Day”. In 2012, the theme was Delivering a Competitive Advantage, while in 2014 it was “building a quality world together”. Working with the organized events will lead to you being able to collaborate with companies all over the world to bring a better level of quality to your business. This year the theme is “Trust”.

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL

At Ink N Toner UK, you can trust us to provide with the best in quality original and compatible inks at toners, as well as any other products we bring to you! And if you do have any problems with any of our products you can always get in contact with us, whether it is on our website at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/. Alternatively, you can contact us on our number at: 020 8216 5571!

Happy World Quality Day!

Its Movember at Ink N Toner UK!

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moustache movemberIt is the 1st of November and that means for a lot of us out there it is Movember at Ink N Toner UK!  This is a time where we look help men in both their mental and physical health. During this month, anyone who can is encouraged to grow a moustache to raise awareness for various men’s issues

 

movember menHistory of Movember

It all got started in 1999 in Australia when a group of young men decided that the middle of summer was a fantastic time to grow a beard (seasons are backward down there, remember). It all started, as most great ideas do, in a local pub and quickly came to contain a group of 80 men dedicated to raising awareness for men’s health issues and spreading this around the world. While it started out just focusing on raising awareness for prostate cancer and depression, it would soon grow to include all men’s health issues.

Competitions for the greatest moustache are held around the world, with 21 national winners being selected, and then one of their number being immortalized as the International Man of Movember. Much has not stopped this movement, either, in spite of Scots College in Wellington, New Zealand attempting to suppress it by banning those men who were participating from end-of-the-year prizes from the school.

Today it is one of the most respected men’s health awareness organizations and has branches and participants all over the world. Everyone from sports teams to educational professionals can be found sporting a moustache during Movember, and on one notable occasion, a Boeing 737-800 that belonged to the Australian National Rugby Union Team!

How be a part of Movember

It all starts with throwing out your razor and letting your facial hair grow wild! Man or woman, or something less defined, it makes no difference! In Movember, if you can grow facial hair, it is time to let grow wild! Style it or leave it untamed, colour it or leave it natural, wax it or pomade it, whatever you do just make sure you spend Movember growing a magnificent moustache and beard. Movember is a great movement that has accomplished incredible things in the area of men’s health awareness!

moustache movemberIf you cannot grow a moustache do not fret, use the inks you buy from us at Ink N Toner UK to make your own! Just print this image out to get started!

So from us at Ink N Toner UK, happy moustache growing, and good luck on any money raising endeavours you may have.

Halloween is round the corner!

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With six days to go until Halloween, we at Ink N Toner UK hope you are getting ready to be a part of the spooky season! We have a number of great ideas for our readers as to what you could possibly do for Halloween, but before all that we want to give you, a little history lesson in case you don’t fully know what Halloween is supposed to represent.

Halloween, also known as All Hallows Eve is a celebration observed in a number of countries every year on the 31st of October. Traditionally it is a time dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs and the all faithful departed.

Halloween activities usually include carving pumpkins into Jack o Lanterns, lighting bonfire, apple bobbing, attending Halloween costume parties and of course trick-or-treating! For Christians observances of all hallows eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on graves of the dead, remain popular to this day.

So you must be thinking, what can I do to celebrate? Well Ink N Toner UK is here to help! We have great ideas to help you, and even ways to use paper to help you boost the spook factor this Halloween!

Create paper masks

There’s a hell of a lot that you can do with just coloured paper, some glue and some scissors! If you don’t feel like any of the regular masks like scream, or Jason from Friday the 13th is ticking your spooky tastes, try making your own, it’s fun for the kids and gives your creative freedom over your costumes!

Create trick-or-treat baskets

You could even attempt to make your own trick-or-treat baskets to put your sweets in. Depending on your creative choices, you could easily make them as colourful and spooky as you would like! You can even use the inks you buy from us to print out patterns you could use on those baskets

Halloween costumes

Of course this is a given, in Halloween you get the chance to wear whatever monster or character you want without being judged so go ahead and go all out! You could be spooky monsters like Frankenstein or the mummy, to movie characters like the ones above!

So from us at Ink N Toner UK have a fantastically scary Halloween! We hope you get treated more than you get tricked!

Its National Spreadsheet day today!

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Today is National Spreadsheet day! And InkNTonerUK are celebrating!

A holiday that is more likely going to appeal to IT Techheads than the general public, Spreadsheet Day commemorates the date that VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for PC’s, was released (October 17th 1979). Since it started, Spreadsheet Day has grown into a day where the advantages and aggravations of working with spreadsheet software are celebrated.

Celebrating spreadsheet day

It is all to do with recognizing how ubiquitous spreadsheets are for all of us in the modern day and age as well as how much it helps us get by in our work settings daily, without spreadsheets, compiling lists or making calculations at work for massive amounts of products or lists would be a complete drudgery to do. Every business uses them to manage their books, and data for everything including names and phone numbers of members and much more.

Why Spreadsheets are useful.

It is useful for anyone to try to learn how to make/use a spreadsheet. It can be very useful for day-to-day life, not just business. For example, being a parent and planning day-to-day events in your head can normally be very difficult, so why not use spreadsheets to help you! You can easily map out shopping and to-do lists for you and the family. You could even make a spreadsheet calendar for the year. The possibilities are endless!

 

You can use the inks you buy from InknTonerUK to print out whatever you decide to make with your spreadsheets we have many great priced inks, original or compatible, you will be sure to find the best prices for your inks. From us at InkNTonerUK, have a great spreadsheet day!

Inktober in October!

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It’s October which means for you art heads its Inktober! These 31 days enable everyone and anyone to let their creative juices flow, and at Ink N Toner UK, we want to tell you all there is to know!

What is Inktober?

Inktober is a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker. It focuses on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October, anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online. Remember to use the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2018 if you want your art appreciated by everyone.

Everyday a new word in a list of prompts are given, for example todays prompt is “spell”. This prompt can be interpreted in many different ways; you could choose to do calligraphy with this, or maybe go down the harry potter route of the word. There is so much you can do with each prompt and the possibilities are endless!

Inktober rules.

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it*

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2018

4) Repeat

 

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing, improving, and forming positive habits, so the more consistent you are the better.

Does it have to be Ink or can I draw digitally?

Initially, the challenge of Inktober was focused on traditional inking. Although learning how to ink digitally is a skill separate from traditional inking it is no less valid. If you want to improve your digital inking skills, then doing Inktober digitally is a great way to challenge yourself. Just be cool to those who want to use traditional inks. In addition, traditional inkers, be cool to those who are trying to improve with their digital inking.

You can use the ink you buy from us to print out the list of prompts. As well as any digital work you have done, as well as that, you can use them to scan your drawings so you can post then online on your social media.

So from us at Ink N Toner UK happy drawing and have an even better October, especially with Halloween on the way.

Its World Tourism day!

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Happy World Tourism Day!

On the 27th of September the world comes together to celebrate world tourism day. With each year coming with a new theme. This year the theme is “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”, this is a unique opportunity for us to raise awareness on the potential contribution that digital technology has and will make to sustainable tourism development.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

The timing of World Tourism Day is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is on the minds of millions of people worldwide.

At Ink N Toner UK, we want to help to celebrate this occasion by giving you ideas on what you can do!

Print your own logos.

The WTD logo and banner are also online and can be downloaded for the web and printing. Feel free to upload the logo on your website, linking back to the World Tourism Day page: http://wtd.unwto.org/content/world-tourism-day-2018 you could also use the logo to make your own WTD-themed materials, such as t-shirts, stickers, posters etc. You can get all the ink you need from us at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/.

Saving energy.

If you are a traveler, simple steps such as switching off the lights in your hotel rooms and unplugging appliances when not in use can make a huge difference. Save energy and water by taking a shower instead of a bath, or choosing not to have your bed linen and towels changed every day.

Taking a trip.

What better way to celebrate WTD than enjoying being a tourist yourself? Whether it is around the world or within your own country, with your family or your classmates, read the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism before you go to make sure your trip is as sustainable and responsible as possible.

On previous WTDs, a number of destinations and sites have offered free entry or special discounts to the public, so look out for special offers!

From us at Ink N Toner UK, happy world tourism day!

How to clean a print head!

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At Ink N Toner UK, we understand that an awful lot of you will occasionally run into difficulties when using your printers. From updates, restricting what kind of inks you may use to tips and tricks to help you navigate your printers various functions. While these can be found on the troubleshooting section of our site, there are other things that we have not included that should be talked about. So today, we want to talk about what you should do when your printer’s print head requires cleaning.

First, we want to explain the reasons why a print head will need cleaning:

  • Lack of printing – If the printer sits around for long periods of time the ink can dry inside the print head and result in clogged nozzles. If you want to avoid this make sure you use your printer once in a while so it doesn’t clog up at all

 

  • Not changing cartridges when prompted by the printer – this is also a leading cause of print head clogs. If you print for too long on a near empty cartridge, you will start introducing air into the print head, which in turn helps dry any remaining ink inside the print head and results in clogged nozzles. It is a no brainer really, when your ink runs too low change it for a fresh one, we have many inks for you to buy from us at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/ !

 

  • Using low-grade generic cartridges – low-grade cartridges with the wrong ink viscosity can also quickly clog the print head. Make sure that you purchase your non-genuine cartridges from a reputable source. Like Ink N Toner UK for example! We make sure we use the best quality in our compatible inks, so you will not be disappointed.

 

  • Dirty or faulty purge pump or pads – If your printer has very dirty pads on the purge pump then the printer will be unable to effectively run cleaning cycles. During the automatic cleaning cycles that your printer does periodically, large amounts of ink are sucked through the print head and out into the waste pad. This helps to clear any dried ink or residue that may cause print head blockage. If either the pump is faulty or the pads very dirty then little cleaning occurs and blockage is highly likely.

 

  • Cartridges not breathing correctly –Sounds odd to say on paper but cartridges require the removal of the breather tape so the ink can freely pass through into the print head. If one or more cartridges do not have, the breather tape fully removed then the ink will not flow properly from the cartridge and into the print head.

So how do you clean a print head?

  • To successfully clean a print head manually you’ll need some basic supplies. Gather a bottle of water and a lint-free cloth or a paper towel.

 

  • Make sure the printer is off and unplugged to prevent damage to the device and yourself.

 

  • Open the printer, locate the cartridges and remove these.

 

  • Remove the tray the cartridges sit in – this is the print head unit. It will have several holes in the bottom.

 

  • Some printer models, such as a HP, will have the print head on the cartridge, if this is the case, it won’t have a tray to clean. So, move onto step 5 and 6.

 

  • Lightly dampen the cloth with water.

 

  • Gently brush this over the foil, electrical contact area with the damp cloth until no new ink shows up on the cloth. Remove all dried ink debris from the print head contacts, edge and ramps. Make sure you clean the electrical contacts inside the printer as well.

 

  • If you’ve removed the print head unit, soak in a bowl of shallow water for around five minutes. This will loosen any dried ink. Dab the print head unit on a paper towel to remove any ink and moisture. Make sure it is completely dry before inserting back into the printer.

After everything is cleaned and back in place, perform a nozzle check to see the quality of the printing.

So now you know! We hope we have helped in your printer cleaning endeavors.

New compatible PGI-580XXL and CLI-581XXL available for the Canon TS and TR range!

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We at Ink N Toner UK are happy to announce to our customers that we now have PGI-580XXL Compatible and CLI-581XXL Compatible Ink cartridges available to order now at Ink N Toner UK. These compatible cartridges are the extra high capacity (high yield) which means that they would last much longer than the high capacity and the standard capacity versions. And more importantly, they are filled to the maximum capacity so they would last much longer. The cartridges that are available to order with free UK delivery and VAT included with the price are:

Premium Compatible Canon CLI-581BKXXL Black Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridge (1998C001)

Premium Compatible Canon CLI-581CXXL Cyan Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridge (1995C001)

Premium Compatible Canon CLI-581MXXL Magenta Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridge (1996C001)

Premium Compatible Canon CLI-581YXXL Yellow Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridge (1997C001)

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580PGBKXXL Pigment Black Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridge (1970C001)

Premium Compatible Canon CLI-581PBXXL Photo Blue Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridge (1999C001)

They are the Non-Original ink cartridges that are made to fit into your Canon printer. All these 6 cartridges will fit into the following machines:

There are also machines that do not take the photo-blue ink cartridge but takes the rest of the cartridges. E.g: Pigment black, black, cyan, magenta and yellow.

Those printers are:

To save you money, we have two multipacks set up, one with the photo blue, and one without the photo blue. Therefore, you may order the right one for your printer. These two multipacks can be available by clicking on the below links:

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL PGBK, C, M, Y, K Multipack Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridges (1970C001/ 1998C001/ 1995C001/ 1996C001/ 1997C001)

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL Multipack Set Of 6 Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridges (1970C001/ 1998C001/ 1995C001/ 1996C001/ 1997C001/ 1999C001)

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL Multipack Set Of 6

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL Multipack Set Of 6

For those who only print black and white documents or have run out of black really quickly, Ink N Toner UK offers you the compatible (Non-Original) twin packs of the black, and they can be ordered here.

Premium Compatible Canon CLI-581BKXXL Black Twin Pack Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridges (1998C001)

Premium Compatible Canon PGI-580PGBKXXL Pigment Black Twin Pack Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridges (1970C001)

Our compatible cartridges will last as long as the original and the print quality is exceptional and matches the original cartridges quality.

At a five percent page coverage, our cartridges will last like the original, and here are the page yield figures that you could expect to print:

  • 1 x extra high capacity black CLI-581BKXXL ink cartridge – 4,590 pages
  • 1 x extra high capacity cyan CLI-581CXXL ink cartridge – 830 pages
  • 1 x extra high capacity magenta CLI-581MXXL ink cartridge – 747 pages
  • 1 x extra high capacity yellow CLI-581YXXL ink cartridge – 830 pages
  • 1 x extra high capacity pigment black PGI-580PGBKXXL ink cartridge – 600 pages
  • 1 x extra high capacity photo blue CLI-581PBXXL ink cartridge – 9,140 pages

As an introductory offer, these compatible cartridges are offered at such a low price , that it’s a must-buy product and we advise that you place your order soon as initial stocks are low and there is a very high demand for these particular range of cartridges as many people do not want to purchase the high price of the original cartridges. However, if you do wish to place an order for the genuine cartridges, you can do so by clicking the two links below for the multipacks:

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL PGBK, C, M, Y, K Multipack Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridges (1970C001 / 1998C005)

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL Multipack Set Of 6 Extra High Capacity Ink Cartridges (1970C001 / 1998C005 / 1999C001)

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL Multipack Set Of 6

Original Canon PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL Multipack Set Of 6

For more options for your printer, like if you want to buy the singles rather than the pack, we advise that you go to the list view on your printer by using our quick search and type in the model number of your printer, and selecting your printer (rather than the product itself) which would take you straight to the list view of your printer.

Top 3 Printers here at Ink N Toner UK

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Today we at Ink N Toner UK are doing a different type of blog today. Sometimes we know our customers may not always know what the best printers are, we get it, and there are loads of printers to go through. Therefore, we want to help you by narrowing down to a top three of what we think are the best printers nowadays.

  1. Canon PIXMA TS9150

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If you are looking for a great all-round printer, which does not skimp on print quality for your photographs, then we won’t be disappointed by what the PIXMA TS9150, Canon’s flagship printer, has to offer. While it is certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it is not a bad price for something, which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at A4 or below.

 

  1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630

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The WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a solid printer for small businesses and workgroups given its fast print speeds, solid print qualities and remote printing and scanning capabilities. Using the larger XL print cartridges, the WF-4630 delivers economical print costs that rival laser printers.

 

 

  1. Canon Pixma TS8050

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Great for the traveling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It’s a bit pricey to buy and run, but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.

So that’s all we have for you today, if you want to look at more printers, check them out on our website. Until next weeks blog, goodbye!