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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Canon imageCLASS MG8450C Color Printer Overview
A color printer, copier, scanner and fax machine with full network support, we call it the Canon imageCLASS MF8450C. The manufacturer makes it sound like this printer is dedicated for small offices, businesses and workgroups with fast-paced environments. To satisfy this claim, they touted that unit as a reliable machine that can produce business-quality results particularly in color and image printing.

It features Superior Color Imaging Technology that offers tone-on-tone clarity for consistently crisp and detailed color printouts especially with images that capture real life scenes. Additionally, it enhances plain black printing through Canon’s very own Pure Black Technology that produces richer black prints. However, this feature mainly consumes the black Canon 117 toner cartridge instead of the traditional way of mixing it with color toners.

Features from top to bottom

An innovative 3.5-inch color TFT (Thin Film Transistor) screen gives it that modern yet sophisticated look, making it more appropriate for business like environments. They made a few tweaks or rather not, but it seems that controlling it is seemingly easy. The Easy-Scroll-Wheel is totally groundbreaking with various uses and functions you’ll easily fall for it.

The flatbed scanner sitting at the top is somewhat too large for it, but Canon still managed to deduct that conclusion by making it look like it perfectly fits the unit. Its duplexer also works for faxing giving it a double check for an office printer.

Both the input and output trays can handle up to 250-sheets of loaded media, supplemented by a 50-page automatic document feeder that works hand-in-hand with the duplexer.

Printing speed is not too quick for a laser type, at 17 pages-per-minute users can copy or print between the range of 13-17ppm based on Letter-sized test printing. Scanning of course doesn’t have a fix rate. While faxing on the other hand is powered by Super G3 incorporating a speed of 33.6-Kbps, hence you can expect 3-sec/page fax transmission.

Interfaces and Connectivity

Well it includes the basic High-Speed USB 2.0 port for direct scanning and printing from flash drives through the USB interface. For network printing, the built-in Ethernet port that’s just perfect for fax and scan purposes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Let’s get straight to the point, the Canon imageCLASS MF8080CW is definitely a recommended printer for home office printing. It offers four functionality that any user could ask for such equipment including print, copy, scan and fax all from a single unit.

Mobility and Printing on the GO

If you insist for mobility then you get what you ask for since it also supports Canon Mobile Printing app. Go print a variety of documents and choose what filter suits your style as a finishing touch before you print them. It also supports Google Cloud Print which allows the user to print their files and documents whenever on the go. Lastly, Direct Print is a great feature which makes this machine capable to directly print a file from a USB through the front socket, without the need for a PC.

Features and Specs

Canon imageCLASS MF8080CW All In One Color Laser Printer
Those are just the highlights, now we go to the basic features and specifications of the MF8080CW printer. Its multiple uses make it a considerable workhorse unit for busy home office environment. Printing is mainly its top functionality, but scanning and copying are both outstanding at the same time. Users though may not find it convenient due to its main snag, as it can only print at a speed of 14 pages per minute in both mono and color. Its consumables on the other hand, the four Canon 116 toner cartridges might please you with their low upfront prices.

Its screen display isn't tinted with colors though it is seamlessly useful for configuring and navigating the printer. That’s why most who have tried and owned this find it easy to use and is very simple to maintain unlike other competitors that offer the same features. The control panel might have consumed an amount of space but it literally makes it more appealing at kind of office-centric in style. If you probably notice, home and personal printers conventionally have these small front panels, unlike the ones found in offices.

Limits and Capacities

Considering the size of its housing, one could expect that this printer comes with an ample of space to hold at least half a thousand paper sheets, but you’re wrong. It can only accommodate about 150-sheets of input through its main cassette. But it’s pretty much easier to refill the media since it is a front-loading cassette. It’s a mechanism that compensates for the lack of input capacity, and maybe they knew it would be handy for end user. Well then, perhaps you might be thankful that Canon was generous to at least provide you an additional 50-sheet automatic document feeder which also works for scanning and copying.

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