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Tips on Buying a Printer

Buying a printer can be a challenging process, there are more styles, types and sizes of printers available to the home and small business user than ever before. It’s very easy to browse for printers online or even go to retail stores such as Best Buy and Staples and take a look at a few.  But it’s impossible to know from just walking around and looking at them or reading a PC magazine off the shelf just how well they perform. Usually people purchasing a new printer are unclear about whether to buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer. The short answer is, it all depends on what you’ll be using it for, and how much you will be using it.

Inkjets are fantastic for home use and for photo printing. Lasers are great for high-volume environments, such as in offices, or for businesses that need high print quality. There are other factors to look at as well, particularly look at print speed, print quality, and more importantly running costs.

If you plan on visiting a retail stores, make sure the printer is hooked up to a computer with internet access. You want to test the printer and check for the most important things you care about.

1.) Print quality – print out different types of documents, web pages with a combination of text and graphics, and mono color text, so you can really see the difference between a good and bad printer.  You should be able to notice from a poor print that the text might be slightly ragged or that the color prints might not show smooth transitions of color ie) it might show banding or lines and the color doesn’t smoothly travel from one color tone to the next. Also look at skin tones on people.  You don’t want your photos of friends or family coming out looking ill or pasty, so look for the realistic skin tones. For background objects such as leave and trees for look good bright color reproduction.

2.) Printing costs – More importantly consider the running costs for the printer.  Some people buy a low cost printer or a printer on sale not realizing the long term cost and effect of running this printer.  Because you are going to have to buy ink cartridges, factor in the cost of buying ink or toner.  Research or ask the sales person to show you the number of pages the ink or toner cartridges are able to print and divide the price by the number of pages to get an average ink cost per page.

Using  the guidelines above you will be able to decide on which type of printer is most suitable for you at the time.  When it’s time to buy ink or toner cartridges, consider InkCloners.com.  Shop for some cheap ink cartridges at our store online, with free shipping for purchases over $50 and our special Buy 2 Get 1 Free deals, there is no question your printer running costs will be low.

Large Format Printers Popularity

Large format printers are important pieces of equipment for many businesses, photo labs and reprographers of graphics departments   Also referred to as wide format printers, these types of printers use rolls of paper whose width is between 17″ to 100 and are perfect for printing pictures, maps, producing posters, banners or tarpaulins and a wide range of other signs in various sizes. Containing an extensive color palette of up to  12 inks which include black, blue, cyan, gray, green, magenta, matte black, photo cyan, photo gray, photo magenta, red and yellow inks, plus a minimum droplet size of four picoliters, these printers are capable of producing more realistic graphics and high-quality images that can sell in museums for thousands of dollars.

In addition to helping companies create large posters for marketing, they are essential to outdoor advertising  and also get a great deal of use in theatre departments. Currently, large photo printers are offered by Canon, Epson ( pson Stylus Pro series) and HP (Designjet z6100).  Epson’s popularity for high-quality photographic printers has helped to make them one of the main wide format manufacturers. Their sophisticated MicroPiezo TFP print head is capable of creating incredibly precise text and line-art, coupled with amazing photographic quality prints, at speeds practically twice as fast as prior generation models. As their technology advances, they will introduce a new series of printers which will further expand to a wider and new range of professional imaging markets which include architecture, construction, and education.

With the extended color combinations, producing beautiful scenic elements and pictures has become more realistic and has saved businesses considerable time and money, having the ability to print several square feet of material in no time.  Printing on cloth, canvas and using fade resistant inks, companies can make their statements loud and clear.

Here are some examples from a company called Trade Show Emporium.

John-Deere

Monster

Filing Your Taxes Electronically

There are a lot of free e-filing options via the IRS’ free file program which provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers.  Some of the e-file services, though, are limited to taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income(AGI) of $57,000 or less.  Top 3 companies we feel are a good choice and have used personally are outlined below.

1.)    Free Tax Return:

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State Return:  $9.95

2.)    TaxACT Online:

Fed Return: Free to file, valid in all states, limited to 19 – 55 years old. Extensions e-filed for free.

State Return:  $14.95

3.)    eSmart Tax:

Fed Return: Free to file, valid in all states, 50 years old and younger. Extensions e-filed for free, En Español.

State Return:  $8.95 for AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, WA, DC, WV and WI.

You should e-file your tax return to the IRS before the deadline April 15. Opt for getting your IRS refund deposited directly into your account.  It’s quick and secure.

In addition, print out your return and keep a record.  And of course, if you are running low on your printer cartridges, give us a try at InkCloners.com.  Good luck filing your taxes.  If you need help or more information, visit the IRS website – irs.gov.