Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Regardless of output quality and printing technology, we have chosen three multifunction printers that can give you the same set of features especially wireless printing. We may discuss a comparison of their prices to help you think which among these three is probably the most considerable. Let’s introduce them first, the MFC-9130CW, MFC-9330CDW and MFC-9340CDW. Have you noticed they all came from Brother, and only one of them doesn’t have duplex support?

LED-Based Printers from Brother: MFC-9130CW, MFC-9330CDW and MFC-9340CDW
Upon looking at their prices in Amazon, two of them actually have the same range, while the third model is a little costly. Considering that MFC-9130CW can’t do duplexing, how come it is priced similarly with MFC-9330CDW that has a duplexer. Now if you will be asking why the other one is pricier than those two, it is because it comes with Cloud and Mobile printing support. But seriously, these three can are compatible with Apple AirPrint, iPrint&Scan, Google Cloud Print and Cortado WorkPlace. So basically mobile printing is supported in any models. Isn’t quite confusing?

Their paper capacities are all limited to a standard 250-sheet tray with no additional paper handling options. Even with the interfaces, a USB port, fast Ethernet, and WiFi, these are all available in any of the said models.

Here’s another factor, their printing speed isn’t that much of a feature that makes the issue here, but we might as well tackle it. The MFC-9330CDW and MFC-9340CDW is rated with a printing speed of 23 pages per minute, while the remaining one prints at up to 19 pages per minute. We can’t conduct tests here, honestly we don’t have the tools to do such thing. However, if you’re really eager to know their average speed, you can check some review sites like CNET and PCMAG for additional details.

So now we go to printing supplies, since they’re also part of the overall expense a user accumulates when maintaining a printer. Basically, these three works with the same replacements such as the Brother TN221 color toner cartridges, no drums since they’re LED printers. Did we already mention that these are LED-based color printers? It may sound fancy but the market says these types of machines are fully capable of providing better printing solution than their equivalent laser printers.

Their looks are evenly equal, except for the front USB port found in MFC-9340CDW and MFC-9330CDW. We didn’t mentioned any prices since it may only add to the greater confusion that we are having right now with regards to these three printers. But if you want to learn more about them and see what makes them different from each other, it’s better to get more details from other sources.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Compact color laser printers like the Brother MFC-9560CDW are mostly preferred by many for reasons such as wireless printing, duplexing and good speed. Added the fact that it saves much space in the office for its small build, it can simply share a space on desk. If you particularly want a laser unit that supports WiFi connectivity, this model is probably a good catch.

Brother MFC-9560CDW Compact Color Laser Printer
One of its main weaknesses is poor color print quality, which is basically considerable when talking about a laser type printer. But there are also these great features that you need to know about the MFC-9560CDW. A sweep-back front panel accommodates a nice tilt which lets users navigate the unit in a pretty much comfortable manner. The LCD isn’t a colored one but nonetheless useful, keypads, directional controller, function specific buttons are some of what you’ll see from the panel.

Its duplexer is a 35-page automatic document feeder which lets user do print, copy or fax multipage or two-sided documents. Faxing is a functionality that can work either with or without a computer. The unit’s maximum media capacity is split between a 250-sheet main input tray and its supplementary 50-sheet multipurpose tray. Should you need additional space to load more papers, there’s an optional 500-sheet tray at about $250 or less.

It is acceptable that with a color laser printer, photo quality is somehow expected at below average. However, with the Brother MFC-9560CDW it is compensated by the unit’s low cost-per-page and inexpensive supplies such as Brother TN315 color toner cartridges which is its very essential need. Text quality is perfectly fine, and that is something you shouldn’t be surprised of for a laser printer.

The main feature that perhaps most users would have thought of to consider this printer is its wireless printing capability. Though it lacks a memory card slot, still users can print certain files directly from their USB drives without the need for a computer. It would be better if they equipped it with a colored screen instead of a monochrome, to allow flexible printing options.

To those who are thinking if it’s similar with the MFC-9650CDN well actually they only differ in one single feature, and that is wireless connectivity. Ethernet and USB interfaces are also present but of course who would have used it if there’s WiFi to make things easier.

If color printing is not an essential requirement to your business, this Brother MFC-9560CDW color laser printer should be part of your shortlist.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HP LaserJet Enterprise 700 Printer M712 is a high-volume black-and-white laser printer print up to 40 HP CF214A (HP 14A) Black Laser Toner Cartridge and HP CF214X (HP 14X) Black High Capacity Laser Toner Cartridge. The HP CF214A (HP 14A) Black Laser Toner Cartridge delivers a printing page yield of up to  1,500 pages at 5% coverage and the HP CF214X (HP 14X) Black High Capacity Laser Toner Cartridge produces a higher printing capacity of up to 2,500 pages at 5% coverage.
pages per minute and can deliver its first page out as fast as 10.5 seconds. It has a high printing resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi and a high printing resolution of 100,000 pages, which supports Print Languages such as HP PCL 6, HP PCL 5e, HP Postscript 3 emulation and native PDF printing (v 1.4). It works with replacement printer cartridges,

If you’re having a problem regarding these print cartridges, then this article will provide you with the basic troubleshooting procedures that will help you to fix your problem. The following instructions and procedures are from HP’s own Support Website:

Printing When the Toner Cartridge is at Estimated End of Life

Once the toner cartridge is about to reach its limit, one of these two error message will pop out from your screen:
  • <Supply> Low - This message displays when a supply is nearing the estimated end of its useful life.
  • <Supply> Very Low - This message displays when a supply is at its estimated end of useful life. Print-quality problems can occur when using a supply that is at its estimated end of life.

When the error message that popped out is prompting you that the toner level is “low”, you can still continue printing by ignoring the error message or redistributing the toner powder inside the cartridge by taking it out of the printer and gently shaking it for a few times.

Check the Econo-Mode Setting

Econo-Mode when activated will turn your printouts lighter due to the fact that it orders your printer to use the minimal amount of toner powder in printing documents. To turn off the EconoMode, follow these steps:
  • Step 1 - From the software program, select the Print option.
  • Step 2 - Select the product, and then click the Properties or Preferences button.
  • Step 3 - Click the Paper/Quality tab, and locate the Print Quality area.
  • Step 4 - If the entire page is too dark, use these settings: (1) Select the 600 dpi option. (2) Select the EconoMode check box to enable it.
  • Step 5 - If the entire page is too light, use these settings: (1) Select the FastRes 1200 option. (2) Clear the EconoMode check box to disable it.
  • Step 6 - Click the OK button to close the Document Properties dialog box. In the Print dialog, click the OK button to print the job.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M127fw is a multifunction or all-in-one digital laser printer with printing, scanning, copying and faxing functions that delivers up to 21 pages per minute and has a monthly duty cycle of up to 8,000 pages per month. It also has a normal printing resolution of up to 600 x 400 and an input-sensor printing resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. It prints using HP laser toner cartridges, HP CF283A (HP 83A) Black Laser Toner Cartridge or HP CF283X (HP 83X) Black High Capacity Laser Toner Cartridge. This printer’s versatility is also proven through its advanced connectivity features that include Ethernet, USB and of course, Wireless printing functions. And for today’s article, we’re going to give the following steps on how one can use the HP Wireless Direct Printing with your HP LaserJet Pro MFP M127fw which some users are having a problem with. The instructions below are provided by HP Official Site to help users easily handle their device:

How to HP Wireless Direct with HP LaserJet Pro MFP M127fw
  • Step 1 On the printer control panel, press the Power button to turn on the HP LaserJet Pro MFP
  • Step 2 – Touch the Wireless icon.
  • Step 3 – Touch Wireless Menu, and then touch Wireless Direct Settings.
  • Step 4 Touch On/Off, and then touch On. The Security menu opens.
  • Step 5 – Select a security option: Touch On. Then touch OK if you want to use a pre-assigned passphrase to connect. Note the passphrase, and then touch OK or touch Edit if you want to use your own passphrase to connect. In the Enter passphrase field, enter your passphrase using the number keypad, note the passphrase, and then touch OK. After that touch Off if you do not want to require a password to connect.
  • Step 6 – Touch Name (SSID), note the display name, and then press OK.
  • Step 7 – Press the Home button to return the main menu.

On the other hand, if you’re printing from an Apple device or Android device, follow these steps:

  • Step 1 - From your Apple mobile device, tap Settings.
  • Step 2 - Tap Wi-Fi, and then tap the Wi-Fi toggle to On, if it is currently off. A list of wireless networks displays.
  • Step 3 - From the list of available networks, tap the name of the HP wireless direct printer.
  • Step 4 - If prompted, enter the HP wireless direct password.

  • Step 1 - From the Settings menu on your Android device, turn on Wi-Fi.
  • Step 2 - From the list of available networks, tap the HP wireless direct printer name, and then tap Connect.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Have you been using your Brother HL-5130 these past days and noticed that the documents its printing is somehow faded? Then definitely this is not the type of printouts you want to get from a digital laser printer especially when you’re printing a very important document. That’s why for today’s article, we’re going to give the basic solutions on how to fix the faded printouts you’re Brother HL-5130 is producing. The following instructions are from Brother Solutions Center and are specifically posted in their site to help users maintain their Brother digital laser printer.

Solutions for Faded Printouts
  • Check the printer environment. Conditions such as humidity and high temperatures may cause this
    print fault.
  • If the whole page is too light, Toner Save Mode may be on. Turn off Toner Save Mode in the printer Properties tab of the driver.
  • Install a new Brother TN-540 toner cartridge: (1) Press the cover release button and then open the front cover of the Brother HL-5130 laser printer. (2) Pull out the drum unit assembly (drum unit with toner cartridge). (3) Push down the blue lock lever and take the toner cartridge out of the drum unit. (4) Unpack the new toner cartridge. Hold the cartridge level with both hands and gently rock it from side to side five or six times to spread the toner evenly inside the cartridge. (5) Pull off the protective cover. (6) Put the new toner cartridge firmly into the drum unit you hear it lock into place. If you put it in properly, the lock lever
    will lift automatically. (7) Clean the primary corona wire inside the drum unit by gently sliding the blue tab from right to left and left to right several times. Return the tab to the home position before you put the drum unit back in the printer. If you do not, printed pages may have a vertical stripe. (8) Put the drum unit assembly back in the printer. Close the front cover of the printer.
  • Replace the Brother DR-510 drum unit: (1) Press the cover release button and then open the front cover of the Brother HL-5130 printer. (2) Pull out the drum unit assembly. (3) Push down the blue lock lever and take the toner cartridge out of the drum unit. (4) Unpack the new drum unit. (5) Put the toner cartridge firmly into the new drum unit until you hear it lock into place. If you put the cartridge in properly, the blue lock lever will lift automatically. (6) Put the drum unit assembly in the printer. Make sure that the printer is turned on, the front cover is open and the Status LED is red. (7) Reset the drum counter. With the front cover open, press and hold down Go button until all 4 LEDs are lit. Once all 4 LEDs are lit, release the Go button. (8) Close the front cover. (9) Make sure that the Drum LED is now off.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

So you own an HP LaserJet Pro 400 Printer M401 or probably been using one in the office? Unfortunately as you wanted to print an important document, it notified you that it is already low of toner so you automatically freaked out knowing that there’s no extra toner cartridge in the supply room or that you just happened to installed a new cartridge but this printer goes crazy and tells you it is already low of toner. Well, this article will solve this problem and teach you how to print with your HP LaserJet Pro 400 Printer M401 when its toner cartridge is at its estimated end of life.

First of all, let’s identify the printer consumable that your printer is using. HP LaserJet Pro 400 Printer M401 Series uses HP CF280A (HP 80A) Remanufactured Black Laser Toner Cartridge or HP CF280A (HP 80A MICR) MICR Remanufactured Black Laser Toner Cartridge. The following steps below are from HP Solutions Center will change how the printer reacts when supplies reach the Very Low state. Take note that you don't have to re-establish these settings when installing a new toner cartridge.

Enable or Disable the At Very Low Settings (LCD control panel)
  • Step 1 - On the product control panel, press the OK button to open the menus.
  • Step 2 - Open the following menus: (1) System Setup, (2) Supply Settings, (3) Black Cartridge, (4)
    Very Low Setting
  • Step 3 - Select one of the following options: (1) Select the Continue option to set the product to alert you that the toner cartridge is very low, but to continue printing. (2) Select the Stop option to set the product to stop printing until you replace the toner cartridge. (3) Select the Prompt option to set the product to stop printing and prompt you to replace the toner cartridge. You can acknowledge the prompt and continue printing. A customer configurable option on this product is "Prompt to Remind Me in 100 pages, 200 pages, 300 pages, 400 pages, or never." This option is provided as a customer convenience and is not an indication these pages will have acceptable print quality.

Enable or Disable the At Very Low Settings (Touchscreen Control Panel)
  • Step 1 - From the Home screen on the product control panel, touch the Setup button.
  • Step 2 - Open the following menus: (1) System Setup, (2) Supply Settings, (3) Black Cartridge, (4) Very Low Setting
  • Step 3 - Select one of the following options: (1) Select the Continue option to set the product to alert you that the toner cartridge is very low, but to continue printing. (2) Select the Stop option to set the product to stop printing until you replace the toner cartridge. (3) Select the Prompt option to set the product to stop printing and prompt you to replace the toner cartridge. You can acknowledge the prompt and continue printing. A customer configurable option on this product is "Prompt to Remind Me in 100 pages, 200 pages, 300 pages, 400 pages, or never." This option is provided as a customer convenience and is not an indication these pages will have acceptable print quality.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The HP CE260A black toner cartridge, also referred to as 647A is made with ColorSphere technology. It works compatibly with a range of supported laser printers for shop-quality and consistent results. Practically designed for printing business documents, this standard-yield cartridge also makes itself ideal for large offices.
HP Laser CE260A Black Toner Cartridge (647A): Specifications

  • Color: Black
  • Printer Type Compatibility: Laser
  • Page Yield: 8500 at 5% coverage
  • Storage & Operating Humidity: 10 to 90%
  • Storage Temperature: -4 to 104 °F
  • Supported Printers: Color LaserJet CP4025dn, CP4025n, CP4520, CP4525dn, CP4525n, CP4525xh

This cartridge as mentioned is considered as the standard-yield since it also comes in high-yield or extended-yield type (HP CE260X) which yields up to 17,000 pages (two times more than CE260A). It will mainly depend on the level of regular printing your business of office requires, as to what type of yield you should use on your printer. But for your own convenience, especially if you don’t have much time to buy replacements regularly, then it would be better to use the HP CE260X toner instead, since it can last longer.

The standard-yield toner could possibly support mid to high-level printing needs. But of course you should take into consideration that you will have to get some spare replacements ready for unexpected instances that the printer runs out of toner.

Choosing the right replacement for your machine isn’t that hard of a task since all you need to keep in mind is the right model or part number of the toner and you’ll have no problem. The only thing you might actually think of is the price of the item. Normally, after purchasing a new printer, you have the initial idea to use original cartridges right after the ones you used run empty. Albeit getting accustomed to it isn’t a problem, at the back of your mind you will probably ask if there’s an alternative way which can help you cut down the expense.

For additional information you can visit HP’s main website and search the toner model you need under Products & Services. You can also check their prices and let HP find a local reseller near you for better convenience.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HP Smart Install On HP LaserJet Pro M401 Monochrome Printer
Original Image Courtesy of HP
It terms of bundled features, the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 laser monochrome printer is a considerable unit for medium to large-size businesses and workgroups. Those with a bit of a tight budget but would like to get a taste of HP’s latest printing technology could probably afford to have this printer. It’s a competitive unit with well-packed functionality and useful stuffs to offer.

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 series is available in three models which include the M401N, M401DN and M401DW. If you’re managing a small business or just in a home office, the HP M401 can be a reliable monochrome laser printer, ignoring its quite high running cost. Compared with competing devices that offer lower cost-per-page at approximately 1.8 cents-per-page over this printer’s 2.8 rating, you might probably find it an issue. However, this printer only needs one supply and that is a black HP CF280X toner cartridge. We haven’t mentioned but this unit is rated with an engine speed of 35 pages per minute which beats other competing models with slower ratings.

The unit’s design is well-engineered, and perhaps older models would literally look old when seated right beside the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 printer. Its elegant built and glossy black coating tells the user that it should have its own workspace, or sounds like it. Kidding aside, its design can probably withstand daily wear while maintaining its office-centric look.

Its bulky dimension is justified by the printer’s paper handling capacity since it holds two trays including a 250-sheet standard input tray plus a 50-sheet multipurpose tray. If a total of 300-sheets wouldn’t make you satisfied, there’s actually an optional 500-sheet tray which you can add to maximize its input limit. This makes the printer flexible to support either a small-sized or medium-sized business.

Direct or wired printing is your only choice since it doesn't include any network features. But if you need such functionality, try checking its two other configuration such as the M401DN or the M401DW models. A little price jump for additional support isn't that bad at all, especially with the one that can do wireless printing.

Standard interfaces include a USB port on the bottom-left side of the printer which enables printing directly from the user’s flash drive or memory key without the need for a host PC. Another note worthy feature of this printer is HP’s Smart Install which takes care of the installation process which is typically done manually by the user. It is just a disadvantage that this particular program is only compatible to work with computers running in Windows OS.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What Is the Difference Between Brother TN420 and TN450 Toner Cartridges?
Generally speaking, these two cartridges support the same range of laser printer models from Brother. Each can be distinguished via their rated page-yield since the TN450 is intended for high-volume printing while the TN420 is suitable for low-volume.

The expected lifetime yield of Brother TN450 is up to 2600 pages, that is approximately its capacity in accordance with the ISO/IEC 19752 and based on 5% coverage. The Brother TN420 on the other hand, has a yield of 1200 pages.

Both serve as replacements for the following printers:

  • DCP Series: 7060D, 7065DN
  • IntelliFax Series: 2840, 2940
  • HL Series: 2220, 2230, 2240, 2240D, 2270DW, 2275DW, 2280DW
  • MFC Series: 7240, 7360N, 7365DN, 7460DN, 7860DW

Their designed and dimension are identical, since these two laser toner cartridges are used interchangeably with any of the printer models listed above. Hence, either you choose to equipped your unit with the Brother TN420 toner cartridge, or the other one, it will surely fit on the slot. One thing that may only differ is probably the replacement slot inside the machine. Since each series has it owns unique build and structure inside. Thus, the manner of installing a replacement may vary from one model to another.

On a side note, remanufactured consumables may have a slight difference in appearance and mass over the original products. However, their dimension and compatibility still remain the same as their counterparts. The advantage of using such products is that they’re generally cheaper and easy to find in most online and local retailers.

Both products can also be returned back to Brother for recycling given that it is empty, used or obsolete. Just to let you know, the manufacturer is not liable to replace an item once returned if in case you accidentally send a cartridge that can still be used or is not empty. They will not also accept products other the ones they sell.

Overall, the difference between these two replacements is simply their approximated page-yield. This information is practically useful for offices that rely heavily on printing. Knowing that a high-yield toner can support high-volume printing over a standard or low-yield cartridge, it saves you time and money from buying the inappropriate supply for your printer.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Duplex, Network and Color Printing with Canon imageCLASS LBP7200CDN Printer
The Canon imageCLASS LBP7200cdn is a compact color laser unit that offers large-network capabilities which fit the role for a small-office or workgroup printer. It allows print sharing via the LAN so multiple users can access it directly from their computers. The unit is practically known for its high-quality printouts through incorporating Canon’s Single-Cartridge System which combines the Canon 118 toner cartridges with the drum and development unit.

Basic Features and Capacity

The unit has a print speed of up to 21 pages per minute in both monochrome (black and white) and color printing. A mid-sized cassette that can hold a maximum of 250-sheets comes handy with its front-loading mechanism which makes it easy for the user to reload papers whenever needed. In addition, there’s a standard 50-sheet multipurpose tray to support a variety of media sizes. Duplex printing is also one of its main functionality. This allows printing on both sides of paper especially if you want to cut down expense on resources.

Extra Features

In its compact package, users get color laser technology, duplexing functionality and network feature. These three factors highly contribute to its value as a workgroup printer. Many editors who have reviewed this unit claimed that it is definitely reliable for printing photos and images. With decent speed and high print resolution of 2400x1600-dpi combined, it can produce great colored outputs. In an office that relies on printer for their reports, graphs, handouts and marketing materials, the Canon Color imageCLASS LBP7200CDN is certainly a good choice.

Connection interfaces

First, you have the USB port at the rear side of the machine with the cable included in the package. Second, the built-in Ethernet for LAN printing enables the unit to receive print tasks from multiple users over a network.


The Canon imageCLASS LBP7200CDN color laser printer, considering its upfront price is basically a typical unit with great features which include duplexing, network printing, and large paper handling for a small office printer. Performance-wise it delivers satisfactory results and doesn’t require much space in the office mainly because of its compact size. But most of all, it stands out in producing quality photos that can please the eyes of everyone who uses this machine. It’s not usual for a laser type printer to become reliable when it comes to color printing. Hence, this one must be really exceptional to make its self distinguished among the competition.
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