How to choose the right printer for your office


How do we know which printer is right for our needs? Whether you’re working from home, have a small business or need a printer for personal reasons, the decision is not an easy one. That is why we’ve come up with a quick guide (influenced by Digital Trends original guide) on how to narrow down your selection.

How to Choose the Right Printer

Inkjet or Laser?

Inkjet printers can generally print about anything: from graphical charts, glossy photos, brochures, etc. Printed text however does not look the greatest and inkjet printers tend to be slower than laser. These printers are great for personal use and low-volume, good quality image printing.

Laser printers are great for printing large volumes of text-based pages. If you have lots of text-oriented documents the laser printer is your answer. Some of the cartridge refills can be high in cost, depending on the purpose of your printing. These printers are great for high-volume, good quality text printing.

All-in-One Options

Majority of inkjet and laser printers come equipped with scanners, but all-in-one machines encompass fax communication, copying and scanning. If you’re working with fax or have lots of copies that need to be made, an all-in-one printer is your answer. Plus having a machine that does it all can save you plenty of work space compared to having multiple machines for each function.

Printer Capabilities

Duplexing

This feature refers to printing or scanning double sided without having to manually flip the paper once the first side has been printed. Many of the all-in-one printers come equipped with this feature and this could be a huge time-saver if you have a lot of double sided requirements for your printing and/or scanning.

Networking

Having the ability to connect multiple devices (mobile, tablet, PCs, laptops, etc.) is important for organizations where multiple people regularly use a printer. Printers can most commonly be connected via USB cables, but the real game changers as far as networking goes are WiFi network connections and cloud connections.

Wireless networking allows you to setup your printer on various devices without it having to be connected by a cable, and is fairly simple to setup assuming all devices are connected to the same wireless networks. Cloud-based connectivity is still fairly new, but machines which support cloud connectivity allow you to send files to the printer directly from the Internet from services such as Dropbox.

Paper Handling

Virtually all printers accept 8.5 x 11 copy papers, but if you have socialized printing needs make sure your printer can handle the paper size. Envelopes? Business card printing? Glossy photos? Whatever your need may be, check out the printing features and how the paper feed works before making a purchase.

Cartridges

Cartridges can be costly, depending on the type of printer and how it is used. Take into consideration cartridge replacements; how easy is it to replace, will majority of refills be colour or black, are they recyclable, etc.


There you have it! A quick overview of features to look out for. Hopefully this will help you make the right decision when the time to buy or replace your printer comes.

Is Wireless Better?


We love WIFI and wouldn’t even think of using a wall-mounted phone, but wires are still all around us. Like that keyboard or mouse of yours. How many times have you moved your mouse only to realize the wire is tangled? You get on your hands and knees, unplug, re-plug and sit back down. But, shoot, that was the keyboard wire, not the mouse.

It’s enough to make a person switch to wireless. But, what are the pros and cons? When it comes to wireless mice and keyboards, there are some things to consider before making the big switch.

  1. Portability – Ergonomics, people. Portable keyboards and mice can be moved to support proper posture and compliment your workspace. Wireless options won’t limit your movement the way cords do.
  2. More Inputs – If you’re using a laptop, USB inputs are limited. So, if you’re plugging in a mouse and a keyboard, you might be out of space. With wireless options, you can keep USB inputs free for memory sticks, external hard drives and the like!
  3. Battery Life – Here’s the biggest downside to using wireless mice and keyboards. You’re a prisoner to your batteries. If a deadline is looming and your keyboard goes dead, that’s going to be a problem. Always stay well-stocked in the battery department.
  4. Interference – There are plenty of wireless electronics in our households and offices which rely on radio signals. Interference from those signals may result in slow performance from your wireless computer accessories.

So there you have it, from Ebay and Small Business. What do you think — are wireless mice and keyboards better?

New Innovations from CES 2015!


CES (Consumers Electronic Show) is an annual gathering place for all technology lovers. The convention is held in Las Vegas every year, and has acted as a global stage for the latest innovations.

Last year we posted the coolest gadgets from CES 2014, and we want to keep you updated for this year as well! Check out some of the most cutting-edge technological advancements set to emerge in the market place in the near future.

1. Virtual and Augmented Reality

Within the USD 699, developers have created images with applications that blend into the real world creating virtual and reality games!

 

2. Instant Picture Prints from your Mobile

With the ZIP Mobile Printer you can instantly print polaroid pictures from your cellphone.

 

3. Eye Glasses that Stop Fatigue

Jin Meme’s smart glasses eyewear tracks your posture, eye movement and can indicate how fatigued you are. Take a look!

 

4. Control all your Home Gadgets from your Phone

Apple’s iHome Smart Plug allows you to control any device that uses a wall socket from your phone using Siri. From your garage door, lights, and robotic locks, Siri has a lot more available to boss around!

 

5. A Closet that Cleans

Who says closets are only meant for hanging your clothes? LG’s Styler will put your clothes through a dry cleaning process and is paired with an application so you can control the system from your phone.

 

6. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

Panasonic unveiled their Smart Mirror, which does a little more than show you your reflection. This mirror can show you what you would look like with different makeup or facial hairstyles.

 

7. Holographic Computers

HP revealed their virtual reality holographic display computer this year. Paired with a headset, the HP Zvr provides a true holographic viewing of images on the screen.

 

8. Personalized Bicycle

The Connected Cycle is a bike peddle that is equipped with GPS and GPRS that monitor your movements, act as a fitness tracker, and is connected to an application on your phone that activates itself once the peddle starts moving.

 

9. Next Generation Gesture Control

We already experience gesture control with our phones, or tables – by swiping, scrolling and tapping. But this next generation gesture control by Elliptic Tabs uses “Multi Layer Interaction”, which allows the device to display or move depending on your hand movement without having to touch the screen.

 

10. Printing Food

XYZPrinting revealed their new printer unlike any other. The 3D printer creates shapes from food items rather than plastic (such as other 3D printers) and consumers can select from a touchscreen menu which item they would like to print.