Win an iPad Air This Summer with INKredible!

This Summer we have decided to reward our customers with even more than usual...

Not only are we continuing to provide the best service with the lowest prices and 5% Reward Points back in your account on every purchase, we thought one lucky customer deserved something a little bit special!

Nearly everybody loves to use Social Media these days, so we thought why not ask our customers to do something simple in return for a chance of winning the rather lovely iPad Air 16gb over there!

All you have to do to be in with a chance is to make your purchase as normal, after which you will be greeted with the usual 'order complete' confirmation screen.

Underneath this will be a 'Share to Facebook' link telling your friends that you've been entered in our Grand Prize Draw... That's it! A chance of winning for doing something that you probably already do a few times a day.

We've noticed a few envious looks from our staff passing through the Inkredible office but unfortunately for them, the competition is only open to you, our lovely customers! Hopefully we'll make somebody's Summer with this prize!

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Canon Error Code 6A81 - Fixed!

Canon Error Code 6A81Canon Error Code 6A81 - Fixed!

We recently came across error code 6A81 on our Canon Pixma MG5250 Printer (using PGI-525/CLI-526 range cartridges). The error could also occur on other printers in this range.

The error code is basically caused by an obstruction within the printer, usually a paper jam but could be any foreign body that has found its way into the printer (those with young children will understand!). The obstruction stops the carriage and print head from moving into the correct position when powering up the printer. The print head should come to rest at the right hand side of the carriage and position itself over the waste ink sponges. If the print head is unable to do so, it returns the '6A81' error message.

You can see from the picture, the position of the two waste ink sponges towards the right hand side. The sponges are spring loaded and move backwards and forwards when the printer initialisation occurs upon start up.

The problem in our case was caused by two pieces of torn paper. One at the far right of the printer which was simple to remove, but the other was stuck in a small opening behind the spring mechanism for the waste ink sponges. This was preventing the sponges from being moved freely and seated correctly, which in turn meant that the print head was unable to pass over them and come to rest in the correct position.

To remove the torn paper we turned off the power to the printer (to prevent any damage to the carriage mechanism) and used a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the offending article through the small gap. We missed this hidden piece of paper the first time we checked for obstructions so it's worth shining a torch in and having a good nose around!

Close your printer lid, power on the printer and et voila... Canon error code 6A81 is no more!

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6 Printing Websites, Blogs and Troubleshooting Sites

Excellent source of troubleshooting information for both Inkjet Printer and Laser Printer users. Contains troubleshooting advice and informative videos for both Compatible and Remanufactured Ink Cartridges, as well as instruction leaflets and Frequently Asked Questions for Toner issues. Looks fairly basic but contains a wealth of valuable information.

Very similar to above but much more modern in feel. Between the 2 sites they will give you a good idea of how to resolve most problems, or at least make sure you've covered the basics before contacting customer support for a solution.

Top blog containing the latest news and stories from the up and coming world of 3D Printing. Including stories such as 'The man who 3D Printed a working Lawnmower in 9 hours!' They also run a forum at for those with an interest in chatting with other like minded 3D Print enthusiasts!

Excellent site bringing the latest tech news from across the many technology industries. Internet, Gadgets and Science are amongst the top topics covered on a daily basis.

Expert Reviews provides well written and illustrated reviews on a number of tech topics. We like their Printer Review section the best though! As well as the reviews, you can find all the latest industry news here too. Other subjects covered range widely from TVs and Cameras to Mobiles and Tablets.

Excellent forum for Photographers ranging from amateur hobbyists to full time professionals. Excellent resource for advice on all aspects of photography including printer and printing advice. A very friendly, welcoming community where there are always people on hand to answer any queries.

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Canon Pixma MG5550 | Review

Canon Pixma MG5550The Canon Pixma MG5550 has been around for 16 months now, but is still a top quality printer for the home user or small business. Made even better by the current price tag, the MG5550 can be had for as little as £49.99 if you don't mind White, or £69.99 for the more traditional Black version.

The Pixma MG5550 features a 6.2" TFT screen, A4 document print speeds of 12.2 pages/min Monochrome and 8.7 pages/min Colour, Quality 'XL' capacity 5 cartridge ink system and has Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint support, as well as being smartphone and tablet ready. The staple features are of course included too. Fully wireless enabled, scanner/copier and duplex printing functionality as standard these days.

This all-in-one has a single paper input tray at the bottom of the printer but unfortunately doesn't feature a rear feed. Not great if you like to have both photo and regular paper installed for different print jobs. The input tray is somewhat fiddly as it is partly hidden away and really needs to be pulled out to reload paper accurately. The input tray is also without a cover unlike older printers in the Pixma range, so dust could be an issue and the output tray is nothing more than a thin piece of pull out plastic, which isn't really substantial enough when printing large volumes.

The dimensions of the Pixma MG5550 are 455 x 369 x 148mm which is quite a large footprint for an A4 printer, although it does have quite a low profile.

Other than those minor quibbles, the MG5550 displays all the hallmarks we've come to expect from Canon, solidly built, excellent performance and very efficient, especially when using the optional XL inks. Canon state expected Page Yields of 500 (@ 5% coverage) from the pigment Black used especially for high quality text prints, which when using quality compatibles can provide more efficient Monochrome results than using a Laser Printer.

Overall, we give the Canon Pixma MG5550


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Barry's Great North Run Challenge... COMPLETE!

Great North Run 2014Just a quick thank you to our customers here at INKredible!

As some of you may know, our Stock Manager Barry was taking on the challenge of running his first Half Marathon on behalf of the Arthritis Research UK charity by entering the Great North Run held last Sunday.

He has managed to raise £452 so far for his chosen charity, with a tremendous £180 coming from our very generous customer donations!

Barry managed to complete a very hot and hilly 13.1 mile course in a time of 1:58:52, beating his 2 hour target by 1 minute 8 seconds!

Once again, thanks for your support!

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What is 5% Coverage?

5% Coverage exampleInk Cartridge & Laser Toner page yields are estimated using an Industry Standard (ISO) test with 5% toner coverage on each page. The stated toner yield does not guarantee a specific amount of pages per cartridge, but estimates the suggested yield to be expected if printing at 5% coverage throughout the lifetime of each individual cartridge.

Q: What are the factors that will impact the user's yields the most?

A: The most important factor affecting yield is page coverage.  It is not unusual for office or home usage to run above or below that 5% average (for example, if you print a webpage with the Print Background Graphics option on, you could be printing 80%+ coverage).

In general, pages with significant dark, shaded, or colored areas (logos or pictures) or a large amount of fine print will generate area coverage much higher than 5%.

Other factors that can reduce cartridge yield include: higher temperature or higher humidity levels where the printer operates (in laser printers, high humidity can cause clinging or clumping of the toner, and in inkjet can cause evaporation or clogging of the print jets), and using a higher print resolution setting (which causes more dots to be printed per inch resulting in higher density).

Colour coverage varies by product class, but is generally much higher than black-and-white products. Letter/A4-size colour printers and MFPs can have average page coverages in the 7-15% range (depending on the application and mix between color and black-and-white documents).

Tabloid/A3-size colour printers and MFPs tend to drive higher colour page coverages in the range of 10-30% in office environments.

In graphic arts environments, average colour page coverages can increase to the 40-60% range.

In the home, coverage can be even higher since home users tend to be less aware of their options and use best quality regardless of need.

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Barry takes on GNR 2014 for charity!

Barry is running Great North Run 2014Last year it was our illustrious leader Darren running the Great North Run to raise money for the NSPCC, this year our Stock Operations Manager Barry takes over the charity baton!

Barry is raising money for Arthritis Research UK by running his first ever half marathon later this year at Great North Run 2014.

"I am aiming to beat Darren's time of 2hr 07m. Although 13.1 miles is unchartered territory for me, anything can happen on the day. Darren is running again this year and I'm sure he'll want to improve on last years' effort!"

To keep an eye on Barry's progress in the run up to the event you can follow him directly on twitter here @INKredibleBarry where he will be tweeting training run and sponsorship updates.

You can also donate to this fantastic cause by visiting Barry's Just Giving page or by texting 'BAZF50 £2' to 70070.

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Darren's running the Great North Run!

Our fearless leader Darren is donning his shorts and hitting the streets for a very worthy cause!

To raise money and awareness for The NSPCC Darren will be taking part in the BUPA Great North Run this September and putting himself to the test to help end cruelty to children here in the UK.

"Each wall I hit will be worth it. Because I know that my efforts and, most importantly, your support will help the NSPCC prevent more children suffering needlessly." We will keep you up to date with Darren's progress in the run up to the event (Pun intended!) here on INKredible or you can follow him directly on twitter, @darrenpegram for his latest training updates. You can also donate to this fantastic cause by visiting Darren's Just Giving page here. Darren's Running the Bupa Great North Run for The NSPCC.

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Printing your own Christmas cards

Printing your own Christmas cardsIt's almost that time of year again. Halloween has come and gone and things are starting to look festive. Starbucks has brought out the red cups, Tesco has selection boxes galore and C-list celebrities around the country are turning on Christmas lights.

Everybody knows that Christmas is an expensive time of year. From discounts for buying in bulk to money-saving coupons, we are all on the lookout for ways to save a few pennies here and there.

According to the Money Advice Service, the average family will spend £582 this Christmas – that's £46 more than last year, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of households are struggling financially. Well here at INKredible we have come up with a way of saving you some much needed Christmas cash!

It is around this time that people are dusting off their address books and desperately trying to remember the names of their second cousin's kids – it's Christmas card time.

This year, why not do something a little different with your Christmas cards and make them yourself. Woah there, don't worry we're not about to suggest you get out the glitter glue. All you need is your all-in-one printer, photo paper or pre-folded card and a load of coloured ink.
There are several ways you can go about this, mainly depending on how much time and effort you are willing to put in.

Photo Cards

One of the simplest and more personal Christmas cards is a photo card. Find a winter scene or family photo from last Christmas (sat around the Christmas tree, at a carol service, playing in the snow etc). Depending on your printer you can then scan this photo in or simply hit print from your computer. The easiest way to make one of these cards is to choose a landscape photo, rather than a portrait, and place it on the second half of a Word document page. This way, after printing, all you need to do it fold the page in half.

Print onto high quality photo paper for a glossy, professional look.

Hand Drawn Cards

This is a great option for those with kids or a creative streak.  Draw a festive picture on some paper and scan it, using your all-in-one. Once the photo has appeared on your computer screen, follow the steps above! This is a great way to gets your kids in the festive spirit (and keep them busy for an afternoon). Suggest that they make several different designs and that way you can have your very own Christmas card selection.

A Little Creative Help

If getting the colouring pencils or family photo album out doesn't appeal then head online. There are a wealth of websites dedicated to making your own cards, with images you can download. Hop on Google and find a Christmas picture you like, download it and print out.

If you want to draw your own but are struggling for inspiration, have a scout around a few websites until you find something that is just right.

Add an extra bit of personality to your cards this year and get stuck in with some DIY cards!

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Organising your household documents

Organising your household documentsYou may have a very organised office complete with an alphabetised filing cabinet, to do lists and a different colour pen for every client, but what state are your household documents in?

Keeping bills, pay slips, insurance documents, birth certificates and bank stuff equally as organised as your office is important.

Your all-in-one printer can play a big part in this organisation process.

Scanning your important documents to create a digital filing system is one way to go about doing this. Not only will this save physical space (goodbye unattractive bulky filing cabinet) but will also make it far easier to find specific documents quickly.

Storing your documents on your computer, and then backing them up on an external hard drive, will also give you an additional layer of security.

Begin the process by sorting through your domestic paperwork. This is also a great opportunity to have a clear out. It is recommended that you keep paperwork pertaining to insurance and banking for up to seven years, so get rid of any backlog predating that.

It is important that you shred these documents rather than just throwing them away.

Next, create a filing system on your computer with different folders for different areas – car insurance, home insurance, medical, banking, payslips etc. Within those folders you can then create dated files if necessary.

Scan in your essential documents. These may include medical records, mortgage documents or other contracts, insurance policies, National Insurance details, passports, birth, death and marriage certificates and tax returns.

File them into their own category and voila, your data is safely stored on your computer.

Make sure you keep any originals that are of particular importance, but you should be able to downsize your paper collection enormously.

When backing up your files, consider using an online backup storage system for an additional layer of protection.

Using a password to protect your computer is also a step worth taking and store your external hard drive away from your laptop

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