Sunday, December 9, 2012

Imaging Solutions Moves Forward

As you may know, earlier this year we lost John Mayock due to cancer, John was a dear friend of mine and I decided to keep the company moving forward along with some exciting changes. Please give us a chance to earn your business and we encourage you to get to know Sean and his staff. We want to be your trusted advisor with your printing supplies and office needs. We have the same company fundamentals as John Mayock did and we would love to hear from you. • We deliver and recycle your used supplies at no additional cost! • We offer yearly printer cleanings free of charge for our customers! Here is our new company phone number 413-331-4100

Saturday, February 25, 2012

What is HP ePrint and how much will the ink cost?

Now Available in the HP Officejet Pro 8600
ePrint is an HP mobile printing technology that lets you print anywhere, anytime with any email-enabled device.3 You can quickly and securely email photos and everyday documents to an HP ePrint-enabled printer. Your photo or document will automatically print—from across the room or across the world
Work from home and print to the office
Print PowerPoint, Excel or PDF documents back to the office
Print meeting agendas and notes remotely
Distribute sales reports to multiple office locations
Print boarding passes from your smartphone on your way out
Printing is as easy as sending an email—from any device
Just attach documents or photos to an email from an Internet-connected computer or mobile device and send to an HP ePrint-enabled printer’s custom email address
The printer will print out the email and any attachments
Create or change customizable email addresses, or manage ePrint settings and job history from any Web browser—at home or on the go—at the HP ePrintCenter
How much will the ink cost?
HP’s Newest Multifunciton OfficeJet Pro 8600's #950/1 Ink Vs HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 #940.:
The Newest HP Office Jet Pro series 8600 uses the #950/1 cartridges while the Office Jet series 8000 and 8500 use the #940 series cartridges.
The #940 series cartridges are used in the older technology Office Jet Pro 8000 and 8500 series printers and multifunction machines.
As HP did with the #88 cartridge series the# 940 and the #950/1 series are made in both a standard and XL capacity. As with the 88 the standard capacity is supplied with the printer so you will run out and buy ink sooner.
The black #940 sells for $25.99 for 1000 page nominal capacity or 2.6 cents per page. The black #940XL sells for $35.99 for 2200 pages or 1.6 cents per page.
The black #950 sells for $26.99 and prints 1000 pages or 2.7 cents per page. The black #950 XL sells for $36.99 and prints 2300 pages or 1.6 cents per page.
The #940 colors sell for $19.99 for 900 pages which rates at 2.2 cents per page. The color # 940XL’s sell for $25.99 for 1400 pages or 1.8 cents per page.
The #951 colors sell for $19.99 for only 700 pages or 2.86 cents per page. The #951XL colors sell for $27.99 and are rated for 1500 pages or 1.33 cents per page.
The ink costs are virtually the same.
As has always been the case with HP, the extended life cartridges are a better value than the standard.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paper as important as ink in printout quality

Credit to: Recharger Mag December 22, 2011
A technology blog on Monsters and Critics claims the choice of paper is as important in establishing printout quality as the printer and ink choice
Thomas Schoener, writing for the Monsters and Critics technology blog, has claimed the choice of paper is as vital as the choice of printer and ink in determining print quality, and laments the extend of choice, stating “the market for the right piece of paper is not very transparent”.
Although laser printers are able to produce “perfectly adequately” with normal copy paper, “paper selection, however, plays an enormous role with inkjet printers. The right kind depends on the type of ink used. The packaging should tell you for which ink the paper is designed. Forexample, the dye-based ink used in most photo printers doesn’t stay on the surface. Instead, it’s absorbed into the paper.”
Torsten Neumann, of computer magazine Chip, commented: “Pigment ink is used for printing text on normal paper while dye-based ink is used for photo printing on special paper.”
Gregor Geiger, German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP), remarked on the effect the weight of the paper has on the printout: “The question of weight depends on the kind of printing.” Forms and monochrome printouts can be printed on paper with a grade of 75 to 80 grams per square metre, while greeting cards and adverts would benefit from a grade of 90 to 100grams per square metre.
Although printer manufacturers offer paper cut to their specific printers, Geiger comments: “The paper isn’t produced by the printer marker, but just marketed under their label.” Monsters and Critics recommend experimenting to discover which paper best suits your printer, although warns laser printers may be damaged by use of incorrect paper.

Cloud Computing: Serious Considerations Before Moving All Your Apps and Data Online

By Joe Dysart Recharger Magazine Truncated Jan 01, 2012
While the industry is abuzz with the promise of cloud computing — a new approach to IT in which all business applications and data are moved to the Web — many industry insiders warn that the strategy is fraught with peril. Specifically, skeptics say businesses relying on remote, Web-based providers to ensure critical data is safe, computer applications are run efficiently, and all other computing needs are easily met are simply asking for trouble.
“As a security guy, I tend to look at the idea of cloud computing from a risk perspective,” says Kai Axford, a national manager at Accretive Solutions, a computer security firm. “I have to tell you, I don’t see a lot of companies agreeing to become liable if your data gets breached on their network.”
In concept, cloud computing does seem to live up to its “breath of fresh air” marketing. Instead of dealing with often increasingly overtaxed in-house IT departments, companies working in the cloud will be able to access all their computing needs the same way many businesses already log in to Microsoft’s Hotmail for their messages, stop by YouTube to catch a video or two, or visit Google Docs’ online word processor to jot down a few thoughts. Eric Goldsmith, president of eScrap, detailed ways in which his company leverages the cloud. “We do host photos, use a few online tools and pay for other online tools to help us with our business,” he said.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pennsylvanian county cuts costs using remanufactured cartridges

Franklin County in the US state has revealed that by using remanufactured cartridges it has saved over $170,000 in office supplies purchasing.

The county’s purchase of remanufactured toner cartridges has allowed it to save nearly $170,000 between July 2009 and December 2010 on office supplies, according to Public Opinion Online. To add to this, county officials stated that $56,000 was saved on the purchase of printing equipment, with total savings said to be equal to “about one-sixth of a mill[ion] of county real estate tax”.

The county commissioners in the area also wanted an emphasis on “going paperless” with printing, and this has saved 1.36 million printed pages, or 272 cases, in 18 months. The report, made by Purchasing Director Brenda Covert, was released in the run-up to a $122 million final budget for the county.

Other information released by the county officials stated that the initiatives came from the desire to cut eight percent from Franklin County’s budget two years ago, with printing costs reduced through use of a managed print service networking its 83 printers together.

568 items, with 237 of these inkjet and toner cartridges, are approved by purchase by the county, a marked change from 2008, when county departments could order from over 25,000. The specific saving from using remanufactured toner cartridges came in at $41,250.

County Commissioner Robert Thomas stated of the changes that it was “definitely a cultural change in how to do business”, whilst Colvert noted that the county has experienced “phenomenal” successes with its new initiatives so far

HP and Lexmark Toner Increase

HP and Lexmark Toner Increase

Please be aware that Hewlett Packard and Lexmark recently announced price increases effective January 1st, 2012.

Hewlett Packard:

HP will increase the price of toner cartridges by approximately 2%. In addition to the 2% increase, HP will increase list prices on twenty-seven (27) select HP legacy toner cartridges from 12-17%. This announced increase does not include ink. Additionally, HP is increasing the price on select parts, drums, and maintenance kits. According to HP, these price increases are in response to global economic conditions, including currency volatility.


Lexmark is announcing an inkjet and laser supplies price increase of 3-7% across the majority of their product line. According to Lexmark, they experienced a higher than expected increase in supplies product costs, specifically materials and transportation.


Friday, October 7, 2011

The Importance of Color Printing Within the Educational Environment

It’s no secret that materials printed in color are more visually appealing than those printed in black and white. The aesthetic impact alone is just one of the benefits of color printing. New technologies are making color printing more affordable for organizations, and when implemented into the educational environment, color dramatically increases the students’ performance as well.
Independent studies have shown that color increases student learning and retention by as much as 78 percent while reducing errors by up to 80 percent. Color also helps students locate information more quickly, increases their comprehension by 73 percent and increases their willingness to read and participate by up to 80 percent, according to several studies.
In 2010, OKI Data Americas conducted a “Color Lab” experiment at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference to support the theorem that people retain more information when shown color images. The interactive presentation proved the theory to be true, as 100 percent of the experiment’s results showed that participants scored better when responding to questions that pertained to color images versus black-and-white images

By Mike Garofola Oct 01, 2011
This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of Recharger