Samsung CLX-6260ND reviewed

Samsung CLX-6260ND reviewed

Samsung is constantly improving its printers and this one is no exception.

East to use, relatively compact and 'superfast', this three-in-one printer is a great addition to any medium-sized office.

This laser printer prints, scans, copies and can even be used as a fax machine.

Aesthetically, this printer ticks all the boxes. The user-friendly 4-line LCD display has simple intuitive menus and buttons which not only looks great but also reduces training and troubleshooting time.

There is a Direct USB connection on the front of the machine, for printing or scanning direct to the printer from your USB, without the need for a PC.

The polymerised toner gives your printouts more vivid colours and crisper lines and the printer will get your first colour page out in under 17 seconds.

This printer also boasts an eco-mode to save power when the printer is not being used.

The front access panel makes changing ink cartridges or print heads infinitely easier.

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Bizarre uses for 3D printing

Bizarre uses for 3D printing

Since 3D printing became more mainstream, there has been an influx of weird uses of the technology.

We scoured the internet for some of the best.

1. 3D foetus. If you just can't wait to see your unborn child, why not have a life-size replica 3D printed from your ultrasound? (Because it's creepy, that's why).

2. Your own head. A Japanese manufacturer – CloneFactory - can 3D print a tiny version of your own head. This can then be attached to a tiny doll, and voila, you have a mini-you.

3. A sandwich in the shape of a shoe. No, they didn't actually print the sandwich – we're not quite there yet. An American man designed a shoe-shaped baking mould, 3D printed it, filled it with dough and baked a shoe loaf. He then used the bottom of the mould to cut out sandwich ingredients in the shape of the shoe bread and made a shoe sandwich.

4. Swimwear. Continuum Fashions has printed a bikini. That's right. You can now wear something that comes out of a printer... whether it will stay together in the pool is another matter.

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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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Five ways to beat the Monday (or Tuesday!) morning blues

Five ways to beat the Monday (Or Tuesday!) morning blues


There is no other sound in the world like your Monday morning alarm. We all know that getting out of bed on a Monday seems far harder than any other day of the week. Your weekend is most definitely over and you are back to the nine to five slog. With that in mind, here's a handful of ways to perk yourself up at the start of the week:

1. Use a sleep-monitoring app.

Apps like Sleep Cycle for the iPhone may seem like a bit of a con but they do actually work if you are consistent with them. Not only can you analyse your sleep with funky little graphs and charts but you can also regulate your sleeping patterns. The app will wake you with an alarm when you are coming out of deep sleep so you will awake feeling refreshed as opposed to grumpy and groggy. The app will also automatically start recording you if you sleep talk, which is also pretty cool/absolutely hilarious.


2. Listen to music in the morning.

Whether you use the radio as an alarm or just put a CD on in the car, music will help wake you up as it activates different parts of your brain and will help you avoid lapsing back into wanting sleep.

3. Plan your outfit.

This may sound silly but can remove an element of stress in the morning. By laying your clothes out the night before you won't be faced with a pile of crinkly shirts and un-ironed trousers first thing in the morning.

4. Make a to do list.

If you find yourself forgetting things first thing in a morning, stick a list of things you need to do or take with you on the front door.

5. Have breakfast.

Just because you are an adult now, it doesn't mean the same rules don't apply – breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. If you have the time, a bowl of cereal is great way to start. If you have even more time, porridge or a bacon sandwich is even better. This is probably pushing it on a Monday but remember that something is better than nothing so grab a cereal bar and a banana on your way out.

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Epson Connect

Epson Connect

Print from anything to anywhere, with new EPSON Connect Solutions.

Not one to be left behind Epson has jumped on board the remote printing bandwagon.

EPSON Connect Solutions allows you to print from your smartphone, tablet or computer, from anywhere in the world.

There are four Connect Solutions – Email Print, iPrint, Remote Print and Scan to Cloud.

Email Print allows you to email any EPSON printer from your home, place of work, Tesco, football match... basically anywhere. If an EPSON printer is email-enabled then all you need to do is attach the document to an email (you can send this from your smartphone or PC/laptop), enter the printer’s address and hit send. Simple! If you want to send the grandparents the latest photo of the kids, just email it to their printer!

The EPSON iPrint App basically does the same thing using a downloadable app. Using the cloud, the app allows you to send documents to your printer with minimum effort and no fuss. Although it is called the iPrint App, it does support Android phones too. Yay.

The Remote Print option has been around for a while. It is essentially the same as the Email Print option but just for your own personal printer. This option is completely compatible with any Windows software and really is as simple as clicking print.

Scan to Cloud is a pretty cool innovation on EPSON’s part. This nifty piece of technology allows you to use your all-in-one printer to scan and share a document or photo. All you need to do is scan the item in and hit share. Using the email settings, the document or photo is sent up to the cloud where it is saved or shared, depending on what you want to do with it.

This process is made even easier by the fact you can control the entire process using the display screen on the front of the printer!

Now you have no excuse not to print everything! EPSON has made it infinitely easier to share and print documents or photos from anywhere, to anywhere!

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Setting up a wireless printer

Setting up a wireless printer

Setting up a wireless printer may seem a little daunting, but actually, it is a lot easier than it may first appear.

Printing companies have been doing a lot recently to make user interaction a lot simpler (which is definitely good news).

First, turn everything on. Your computer/laptop, printer, the kettle, etc.

Next, make sure that you have installed the driver for the printer. This may include connecting your PC to the printer via the USB cable, inserting the accompanying disk or following the directions to the company website.

That's the hard bit done.

Once you have installed the driver, go through the set-up process. The beauty of this part is the fact there will be on-screen step-by-step instructions. Follow them.

At this point, you will probably need the network's name and password in order to connect your printer. Most printers these days have a display screen you can use to enter the Wi-Fi settings and the network's connection information.

Once you have done this, follow the same steps you normally use to add it to your PC’s print menu.

Voila, now you can print to your heart's content.

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The Facebook book

The Facebook book

And the award for the most bizarre piece of printed paraphernalia goes to... The Facebook book.

Yep, a book, documenting your Facebook life. Quite possibly the strangest, most useless printed invention of the year.

We are usually a massive fan of most of the things HP invents. But we really do not understand this one.

Through Snapfish, the online photo printing people, HP are allowing Facebook lovers to create their very own 20-page photobook documenting their Facebook life over any specified time period.

Not only does this include pictures from your profile but it also includes random statuses and comments which are then put into multicoloured boxes and placed onto a page full of Facebook fun.

Once the book has been made (with admittedly very little effort on your part - you just have to connect to Facebook) you can order it, they will print it and send it to your house.

The video demo does make the book look pretty cool and you certainly can't fault the look of the finished product, which is bright, well structured and generally rather appealing. It's the content we just can't get our head around. Or the target audience.

Who would actually buy this? What would you do with it?

If you could choose a specific album on Facebook to build a photobook with, that would be great. The way the programme lays out the pictures and the mixture of black and white images in various sizes is pretty cool. If you could make a photobook of your wedding, latest holiday or birthday with this much ease, we would love it, but documenting four years or four months of our Facebook activity seems a little redundant.

The programme does have a method of selection that is not completely random - it takes your most popular photos (in terms of the number of likes and comments) and puts them in the book, along with some choice comments. But seeing as your most popular photo one day could be of your new shoes, is this really something you need?

Answer – probably not.

Save yourself 20 quid and print your own photobook featuring pictures you actually like and care about that aren't of your cat or a cake you made when you were bored.

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Back to school printing ideas

Back to school printing ideas

The summer holiday has flown by and the kids are now back to school.

You've bought the uniforms and the latest 'cool' pencil case and calmed their first day back nerves.

Proving that they really do have something for every occasion, one of our favourite companies, HP, has a number of printing projects to get your little ones back in the mood for school.

Even after just six weeks off school, suddenly their uniforms no longer fit and they seem to have grown about three inches. Why not track their growth spurts with a printable height chart?

There are also a number of printable bookmarks available. Choose a family photo of a picture of their favourite character to brighten their day every time they open their book.

If your child is slightly prone to 'misplacing' their stuff, print out some funky labels with their name and class on to ensure that their possessions always find their way back – all you need is some label paper and a printer loaded with coloured ink!

All of these projects can be found online in the HP Creative Studio catalogue.

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Engineers create first 3D printed car

Engineers create first 3D printed car

A team of super nerds/Belgium engineering students has created a 3D printed car.

Let's face it, it was only a matter of time before some tech geeks/geniuses used this latest printing innovation to build something like this. Oh, and did we mention that it is fully functional and can reach speeds of up to 88 mph?

Created for the Formula Student Challenge, the vehicle students designed had to be a non-professional weekend autocross or sprint racer for a niche sales market that will be part of a viable business model.

The car is not completely made from printed parts, but the entire body was created on a 3D printer.

Underneath the printed body, an 85 kW motor drawing power from 50-volt lithium polymer batteries sends the Areion from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 88 mph.

Inside is an electric drivetrain made from bio-composite materials, and a bio-composite race seat that brings the total weight to 617 pounds. A double-A carbon wishbone suspension system with titanium uprights keeps the steering tight.
So basically, they printed the outside and it is run off a really big battery.

The team behind the car, Formula Group T, consists of 16 International University College Leuven engineering students.
Working with Materialise, a 3D printing specialist company, they used 'stereolithography techniques' – a massive 3D printer that printed the entire car body in one go. The huge printer constructs something by layering a liquid polymer that hardens when it is struck by a laser beam.

Each time, the laser printed layers are lowered together with the vessel's resin level.

Afterwards, a small reservoir moves over the vessel and disposes a film of liquid polymer onto the whole vessel. This curtain recoating technology needs less time between layers than the traditional stereolithography technology which uses a scraper.

Although it will definitely be some time until we see entire, whole, fully function cars roll off the back of a printer, this latest technological achievement could well be a glimpse into what the future of sustainable motor cars looks like.

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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

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