Choosing the best printer as a student

Choosing the best printer as a studentWhen choosing a printer it is important to consider what you will be using it for most – Word documents, photos or photocopying for example.

It is also really important to consider the cost, particularly as a student, when money is tight.

Firstly, you need to pick whether you need an all-in-one (printer, scanner and copier) or a more simple machine.

Your university course may dictate what type and what quality printer you need. If all you will be printing out is essays and course notes then buying a printer with a touch screen, scanner and more buttons than your remote control may be somewhat unnecessary.

If you want to be able to use your printer to scan text books, email these scans to your university account and create a number of intricate, coloured pictograms and graphs then you should look for a slightly more advanced printer.

Regardless of what type of printer you need, ensure you look for the following attributes:

· A compact printer. Students don't tend to have a lot of space so keep it small. Whilst at university, students tend to have to keep all their possessions in one room so don't buy a printer the size of a small house as you won't have anywhere to put it.

· Wireless printing. Most printers come with wireless printing as standard these days but it is worth checking. Wireless printing will save you time and get rid of the hassle of finding the right cable from your bundle of wires under your desk. Wireless printing will also enable you to print from anywhere in your house so you can print off your lecture notes from the comfort of your living room so you don't miss any of Don't Tell The Bride.

· Double-sided printing. Choose a printer that offers double-sided printing as this will ultimately save you money. Using half the amount of paper when printing will greatly reduce your costs. By buying a printer that sorts all that double-sided stuff out for you will avoid the annoying 'which way up do I put the paper in now' dilemma which inevitably leads to wasting paper and ink.


Budget buys

If you're looking for a really basic printer then check out the Epson Stylus S22 and the even more compact Epson Stylus SX130, both priced at around £20. Both colour printers, these machines are great for students who just need to print out the odd essay.

Budget printers won't have the option to print double-sided and you won't be able to print wirelessly either.


Mid range

If you are looking to spend a little more to get a slightly better printer, the Epson Stylus SX425W Colour Inkjet all-in-one might suit you.

It costs a little more – around £60 - but has far more print options that the super cheap Epsons. It is WiFi compatible and can print some nice looking photos. You can also put a memory card straight into the printer and print photos instantaneously. Capable of printer around 35 pages per minute, this compact machine is also pretty speedy.


Top end

If you plan on using your printer for photos then consider a Canon PIXMA printer. The Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an economical 5 cartridge printer whereas the Canon PIXMA MG6150 is a 6 cartridge printer utilising a Grey cartridge for more accurate mono prints. Both are all-in-ones and are WiFi ready. Both models also offer double-sided duplex printing.

A black ink cartridge will print around 350 pages, making this printer great value for money. Prices start at around £80.

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Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD review

Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD review

When choosing a printer, you need to consider what you will be using it for predominantly.

If you are an avid amateur photographer, then the Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD could be for you.

Inexpensive, energy efficient and easy to us, this is a great photo printer.

It's a squat inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) comprising printer, scanner and colour copier.

The touch-sensitive, colour screen control panel displays print options or the contents of your memory card for quick and easy photo selection.

Capable of printing a six by four inch photo (regular postcard size) in just 79 seconds this machine is not only speedy but produces high-quality prints.

The Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD can also print directly on to compatible CDs and DVDs.

The scanner is fast and boasts sharp images and vibrant colours.

Supporting both WiFi and Ethernet port, you have a choice of how to connect.

INKredible Saver Ink Cartridges for Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD

Equivalent to OEM cartridges: T0801, T0802, T0803, T0804, T0805, T0806 and Multipack T0807
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Kids Corner

Kids CornerWe are always on the lookout for DIY crafts for the kids.

HP has always got something new and exciting and its Pinterest page is a great place to start.
We picked a couple of our favourites to share with you.

Printable alphabet cards. This one is great for really little ones. Instead of coughing up £10 in the Early Learning Centre for some coloured alphabet cards, just load up your printer with ink and thin card and print your own! The cards have little illustrations on to help your little one learn.

The memory game. You remember this one – pairs of cards with images on the front and matching backs? You can print out a set of these cards from HP's website and, best of all, you can add your own images or photos!

T-shirt iron-ons. HP has a few images which make perfect iron-on transfers. Grab some special transfer paper, print out your image and iron on to a plain t-shirt. Voila, personalised clothing for your child.

 

A4 T-Shirt Transfer Paper

10 Iron-on Sheets (High Quality/Quick Dry) - A4

Available for:

Light/White Fabric
Dark Fabric
Glitter Effect

From £4.00
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The Brother MFC-5890CN

The Brother MFC-5890CN

People operating in a small or home office will find that the Brother MFC-5890CN is perfectly suited to their needs, combining just the right amount of speed and power to suit their task, as well as solid image quality.

The control panel is ergonomic and intuitive, with clearly marked buttons arranged logically and a 3.3in colour LCD making navigating options easy.

Furthermore, the capacity of the paper trays is generous, with a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and a 150-sheet A3/ledger input tray, as well as a top lid capable of holding up to 50 sheets - perfect for those who do not have time to continually refill the trays.

The manufacturer has also been praised for its generally economical ink, with the MFC-5890CN using separate cartridges for each colour, helping to reduce waste and ensure that quality is never compromised.

Combined with sharp black text and excellent colour photo prints, particularly when printed on our High Quality Photo Papers, the MFC-5890CN is a good choice for home or small offices.

INKredible Saver Ink Cartridges for Brother MFC 5890CN

Equivalent to OEM cartridges: LC1100BK, LC1100C, LC1100M and LC1100Y.
From £2.30
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Optimised productivity with printing

Optimised productivity with printing

Time is money. That’s a phrase that you hear throughout your life and sadly, it’s true.

Here at INKredible we know that time is precious. There are several things you can do both at home and in the office to optimise your time but we are going to tell you about a printer-related time-saving trick.

Online printing. You have probably heard of it even if you have never used it.

The majority of printers have access to the internet these days, and we’re not just talking wireless printing. Yes, it’s great not having to deal with hooking your PC up to a printer, but there are even more uses for the fact your printer has internet access.

If you have bought a decent all-in-one in the last three years, the chances are that your printer has its own email address. This is going to save you a bunch of time.

Instead of receiving a document to your email, opening it and printing it, cut out the middle man – you. Just forward the email straight to your printer’s email address in order to save yourself some time and therefore money!

The best part is, you can do this from anywhere and your printing will be waiting for you when you get there!

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Minding your money and pocketing those pennies

Minding your money and pocketing those pennies


The BBC recently reported ten things that we Brits not only hate paying for but are confused by.

Some things on the list made a lot of sense and were, annoyingly, unavoidable – 0800 numbers being free from landlines but costing from mobiles, booking charges or 'admin fees' on low-cost airlines and cash machines charging obscene amounts of money all made it onto the list.

We have good news for you though! Although we can't do anything about any of the above (apart form the 0800 number thing, We publish our 01325 number for exactly that reason!), we can eradicate one of the money issues from the list.

Which? carried out a survey a while back and discovered that printer ink, measure for measure cost seven times more than a vintage bottle of Dom Perignon champagne!

This is a crazy statistic and there is no reason that your ink-buying should set you back more than bubbly! Our compatible inks or remanufactured cartridges will leave you with enough change in your pocket that you can afford both ink and champagne!

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Revamp your printed marketing

Revamp your printed marketingGiving your printed marketing an overhaul can be an expensive endeavour, particularly for smaller businesses with smaller budgets.

The marketing industry has moved on far enough that knocking something up yourself often seems outdated and unprofessional. But it doesn't have to.

Hiring a designer is expensive business. They will charge you for their time and the use of their resources. If you want professional-looking marketing material, this is a cost that is hard to avoid, but equally hard to finance, especially if you are just starting out.

There are ways around this though. If you are creative (we're not talking painting the Sistine Chapel, we're talking coming up with a concept and maybe a couple of images) and own a printer then you will be just fine.

Tip number one. Invest in a decent printer. If you have a small business, a smaller printer will do. We're guessing you won't be printing billboard ads any time soon so stick with a smaller all-in-one inkjet. Stock up on colour ink, photo paper and some nice thick paper/thin card.

That's the hard bit done. No, really.

Now you need to decide what you want to print. Let's start with the basics - business cards.

Business cards are your key to the outside world - your on-the-go marketing technique if you will.

So why settle for a boring white rectangle with your contact information on? Your business card can say a lot about your business in a very small space.

Playing around with the shape of your business card is one way to make it stand out from the crowd. The beauty of printing your own is that you won't be charged a small fortune for having a quirky shape.

If your company is in the sustainable energy field, use a leaf shape for your card. A bakery? Use a cupcake. A postal service? An old fashioned luggage tag. A mechanic? A car wheel. We could go on!

There are so many ways to make your business card stand out - all you need to do is think outside the box, if you will excuse the pun.

Printing onto thin card and then cutting around your new quirky card is a far cheaper option than getting someone else to print it for you.

If a rectangular card suits your company better then play around with the content and visual design.

The same applies to your promotional posters.

These days there is so much information that could be stored on a business card - not only do they include your name, business, address, email and phone number but can also feature your Twitter account, Facebook, LinkedIn...the list goes on.

Play around with the layout of these things. A linear list is not the only way to display information.

Using an infographic is a great way to portray a huge amount of information in an interesting way that will capture potential clients' attention for far longer than a list of contact information and a descriptive paragraph about what it is you can offer them.

Whilst you will struggle to put an infographic on a business card, a poster is the perfect size. There are many free internet programmes you can use in order to create a personalised infographic for your business. Your company logo, slogan and any stock images can all be included and you will be amazed at the range of visual creative possibilities there are on offer.

Create a marketing work of art and print onto photo paper in order to give it that extra professional element.

Leaflets can also be made and printed at home. Again, searching online for a free programme and designing it yourself will not only save you money but will give you completely free reign over visual layout and content.

By ensuring that all your promotional material includes a similar colour scheme, fonts and general style will bring all your printed marketing together. Affordable but professional-looking marketing could be a lot easier than you think. What you spend in time you will more than make up for in cost!


But if that still seems like too much why not let us do it for you! - Head on over to INKredibleprinting.co.uk

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Design and print your own infographics

Design and print your own infographicsWhether they are motivational posters for your office, your latest business plan or a quirky edition of your CV, infographics are great.

Infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. The advantage of this form of presentation (apart from being aesthetically pleasing) is the ability to display a lot of information quickly and effectively.

There so many uses for infographics. They can be used to display statistics, strategy plans and even CVs. Whilst these snazzy graphics used to take a lot of time and personal creative input, there are now several websites that do the majority of work for you.

By simply Googling 'infographics' you will be inundated with a number of different websites that make creating your own pictorial spreadsheet remarkable easy.

Having a few ideas in mind before you start is probably a good idea, as well as any images or photos that you want to feature in the design. Aside from that, the website will probably do most of the work for you. There are arrows, different shaped text boxes and stock images galore.

If you are struggling to come up with an interesting idea for an upcoming presentation, create and print an infographic and hand it out instead of giving a Power Point presentation.

Make sure your printer is loaded with coloured ink and you are good to go. Printing your infographic on photo paper will give it an even more professional look.

Displaying statistics using an infographic is far more interest, and eye catching than any old pie chart or bar graph. If your stats include data about how 73 out of 100 people prefer strawberry icecream to vanilla, having 73 tiny pink people next to 27 white people is a far more interesting visual representation. Even better, scrap the people and use tiny icecream cones.

Technology such as iPads has changed the way we display data, but this doesn’t mean the end if printing- it just means we need to make the printed way we display information just as exciting and new.

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Don't leave your holiday photos on the computer

Don't leave your holiday photos on the computer

Digital cameras are amazing inventions and have made being a keen amateur photographer that little bit easier.

There's no more waiting weeks for your pics only to find they are all blurry or that your thumb was in front of the lens, you can snap and delete, snap and delete until you have an image you are happy with. 

But then what happens to these perfect images? More often than not we just leave them languishing on the memory card or if they are lucky they may get put in a folder on the family PC or uploaded into a digital album on Facebook. 

We think that's a bit of a shame and wish that more people (ourselves included!) took the time and effort to get photos printed to pop in frames or albums so they can be shared and enjoyed rather than forgotten about. 

And it's so easy to get the photos printed off – you can even do it in your own home and if you invest in some proper photo printer paper no one will know the difference. 

We've got packs of premium glossy photo quality paper for as little as £1.79 a pack if you multi-buy ten or more. And let's face it, most people probably have a good few years worth of images stored up!

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Laser vs Inkjet: Who wins?

Picture the scene. A disused railway line. At night. There's no-one around, except that is, for a laser printer and an inkjet printer. They're about to do battle. Who wins? 

We're entering an age-old argument here folks. Two of the most common types of printing have long been waging a war for top dog status. It's the technological equivalent of, um, Man vs Wild. 

But which is better? We go through the pros and cons.

Inkjet

Inkjets

To put it simply, the big difference an inkjet has over its laser equivalent is, as the name suggests, that is uses liquid ink.

The big plus for inkjets is that because they can handle multiple ink streams, they are really good for printing photos, complicated colour prints, and on a range of media (some can print on CDs).

However, one drawback is when it comes to speed. They are faster than they once were, but inkjets still aren't as zippy as lasers. That's because lasers use big sophisticated lasers.

Still, if speed isn't a massive issue, you can expect great quality prints from an inkjet. And like we say, they're not that slow.

What's more, while it might seem like inkjets are more suited to the individual consumer as opposed to a business, this isn't so. Pick up a decent multi-function inkjet printer and you'll find it's more than capable of handling business tasks.

 

Lasers

 

Laser

Text, text, text. That's what lasers are all about. Text, and lots of it.

Fire up a laser printer and – boom – it'll give you a stream of basic prints before you can say, er, laser.

Black text, too, is the laser's strong point. That's why they are so suited to businesses – they can print black text fast.

They can handle different colours, but don't expect them to print anything too complicated.

Speed, too. Laser printers are really fast and it's unlikely the laser will ever compare to it. If you want to be churning out the prints, a laser is your best bet.

When it comes to cost, such is the market these days that there really isn't that much difference in price. However, be aware that with the lower-priced models, you really aren't paying for much. If you're looking for something effective and adaptable, you'll need to spend a little bit more.

 

Anyway – who's better? Well, it won't surprise you to hear that really, neither is better than the other.

It all depends on what you need to print. Just printing black text documents? Go for a laser. Colour-happy? Inkjet will be up your alley.

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