Printer Tips

 

Here are some tips to lengthen life of your printer and maximise quality and reliability of printing.

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Printers with integral print-heads (the print-head on the printer itself) e.g. Epsom, need to be treated with kindness. Leave the empty cartridge in the printer until you have a replacement cartridge (either new or refilled). Leaving the print-head empty will allow it to dry out, compromising printer quality and reliability.

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Print cartridges with in-built print-heads are quite robust. Apply normal care to these e.g. don't leave in the sun, don't drop or kick, avoid touching the electronics.

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Purchasing a printer with separate black and colour ink cartridges (dual carriage) can often prove more cost effective in the long run. Without a separate black ink cartridge, the printer creates a very dark green from the colour cartridges.

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After removing your cartridge from the printer, do not cover the print-head with the seal-top that came on it when it was new or remanufactured, especially if it is a colour cartridge.

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Servicing the printer annually can ensure that printer reliability is optimal. Re-Inking Services can provide you with a Grade One service which consists of a general clean and a lubrication.

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If not using your printer for a while, cover it with a dust-cloth to ensure dust does not enter the printing chamber.

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When purchasing a printer, consider buying one that suits your needs rather than the one that has the most features. Many people buy printers with features they would never use, such as a printer that can print eight pages per minute, when they only ever print one or two pages at a time, or a printer that is designed to print high resolution photographs when only text and diagrams will be printed.

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Use the correct paper for your inkjet printer. Using a paper with a tight weave will increase print quality, reducing fuzzy edges and dull colour. We have found that Reflex brand paper is effective in most inkjet printers.

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Be aware that some new printers come with a starter cartridge which is only partly filled. Some cheaper original cartridges are also only partly filled. This applies to both inkjet and laser cartridges.

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A number of factors influence whether a cartridge is refillable. These include the state of the empty cartridge. For this reason, self-filling refill kits are not always successful. We can advise you before refilling whether the cartridge is refillable, potentially saving you money in the long run.

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