Maybe your printer has eventually given up the ghost and it’s time to find a replacement or you simply feel like updating and want to be able to print via AirPrint and enjoy the current modern features offered by many of todays inkjet and laser printers. We have listed the following 5 printers we think are worth considering for use in the home or a small office and hope you find it useful and informative.
First impressions of the Brother MFC-J5330DW printer are likely to be ‘Wow! is this printer too big to fit in my home?’ The printer measures 304mm x 520mm x 400mm and is certainly larger than the average home printer but despite its size it’s not a heavy printer to move around. This Brother multi-function printer has the ability to print A4 and A3 paper, prints double sided and doubles as a scanner too. Brother are branding this as an A4 printer, not surprising as it can hold up to 250 A4 paper sheets in its tray at any one time. The A4 print speed is estimated at 22 pages per minutes for black and white print to 20 pages per minute for colour prints, the A3 print speed will obviously be slower than this.
The running costs of the Brother MFC-J5330DW are an important factor as always and the best value inks are the high capacity compatible Brother LC3219XL ink cartridges. The black ink cartridge will print approximately 3000 pages and the LC3219XL Cyan/Magenta/Yellow inks will print approximately 1500 pages per colour. At just over €35 for a 4 pack of the compatible inks, this printer is especially affordable to run. The overall performance of the printer is good with excellent quality photo prints. With this printer’s ability to print A4 or A3 pages at a reasonable print speed and would not look out of place in the home or small business.
This All-in-One Epson Expression XP-960 multi-function printer from Epson has become a form favourite online. The ability to print A4 or A3 prints sets it apart from some of its Brother and HP counterparts using six ink cartridges for well defined high quality printing. The printer measures 148mm x 479mm x 356mm and is relatively light weight so easily unpacked and set up.
This printer/scanner has touchscreen controls (large enough to make reading easy) with an SD card camera slot as well as the standard USB port. Blessed with wireless and cable connectivity it’s easy to set up on MAC and PC. The printer uses just one black ink among its six 24XL (T2431/2/3/4/5/6 colours) with a block buster 30 pack of compatible Epson 24XL inks for under €50! The ink cartridges are replaced individually as and when the printer indicates the need.
Some key features of the XP-960 include the ability to print up to A3 size (ideal for borderless photo printing), sending prints via your mobile phone and an easy to navigate integrated touch screen. This small-in-one also has a scan facility with a top resolution of 4800ppi and is certainly good enough to cope with good quality photo scanning. It’s possible to scan to the desktop on your computer, a emery card in the printer or indeed to a cloud.
Breaking the mould with this printer, Canon have designed the Pixma TR8550 printer primarily for the home office user as well as the home photo printer that they are equally highly regarded for. This printer operates using 5 x PGI-580XXL / CLI-581XXL ink cartridges and is considerably smaller in size than it’s Canon siblings aimed at the same home market. The printer will scan, copy, print and fax (does anyone still use fax?) and has an easy to use touchscreen interface.
The Wi-fi is complemented with a bluetooth facility enabling connection of your mobile phone and print via the Canon mobile app. The printer also has a memory card slot so the connection to the home photo printer is maintained and the fact that there is an extra PGI-580XXL pigment black ink cartridge is a nod in recognition of this.
The Pixma TR8550 printer has the ability to produce Duplex printing (that’s printing both sides at once) although this is limited to A4 size. The easy to follow touchscreen makes it easy to set up linking to your Wi-Fi via your password. Photo printing can be a little slow but the quality more than makes up for this.
The HP Laserjet Pro MFP M227fdw multi-function laser printer with a Wi-Fi feature produces high quality black and white prints, single or double sided (duplex). This printer produces clean crisp black text and images and can be an economical printer to run if you decide to use the non original compatible brand. Let’s face it, the running costs of the printer is crucial – A4 Pages can be printed for as little as 1 cent per page if you go down the route of using a good quality compatible CF280X high capacity toner.
The printer has 2 sheet feeds, the main feed holding up 250 A4 sheets with a secondary 15 sheet feed for heavier or specialised paper. Uncharacteristically, the HPLaserjet Pro MFP M227fdw uses separate drum unit and laser toner cartridges. In terms of speed, the M277fdw can print up to 26 pages per minute of text with a drop off of about 8 seconds for A4 coverage with images.
Overall this printer is quiet, fast to use with a good quality scan facility and economical to run. Ideal for the small office and definitely worth buying if you are considering using the no-oriignal HP toners.
The OKI C542DN laser printer is an ideal 4 colour office printer. Easy to use and with a large colour touchscreen this A4 printer will hold up to 350 A4 sheets of paper so ideal for uninterrupted printing. This printer does what it says on the tin, prints only, no scan or Wi-Fi with this OKI C542DN printer. There is, however, the option for a Wi-Fi module should you desire.
The printer is quite large and more suited to a busy small office rather than a home and it’s real plus is its speed of 30 pages per minute in colour. So what about the running costs? The compatible high capacity OKI 46490605/6/7/8 laser toner cartridges are available at under €300 with the black toner printing up to 7000 pages and each of the three colours printing up to 6000 pages each. That’s a cost of approximately 5 cents per A4 page for a colour print. Overall a good performance from this printer from a trusted brand
Most printers at some stage in their life will have clogged print heads, this may take the form of poor print quality or no print showing at all. This can happen if a printer has been out of use for some time with no ink flowing through the print heads or similarly after inserting new inks into a printer that hasn’t been used for quite a while. One or more colour inks can be affected and printing a nozzle check an tell us which colour ink cartridge is causing the problem.
The build up of hard ink on one or more colours is usually responsible for the poor print quality and it would be necessary to perform one or more head cleaning procedures to resolve this. Most people have never tried to clean the print heads and without an instruction manual its quite difficult to work out how to do this. All brands of inkjet printers are likely to be affected by this problem and this short tutorial video outlines in basic steps, starting with printing a nozzle check and taking you through the head cleaning process of an Epson home printer.
It is well documented by several print manufacturers that it may be necessary to perform up to 5 or 6 head cleaning procedures one after another in order to clear a really stubborn head clog. During the print head cleaning, the printer attempts to force ink through the nozzles of the printer as it tries to remove the blockage that is preventing a good flow of ink to the print head. The ink being forced through the print head is done so at a concentrated pressure and the ink volume of the cartridge may be greatly reduced as it uses ink each time to force its way though the print head and into the waste ink pad.
Some home printers have the printer heads built into the printer such as the Epson XP-245 that uses the Epson 29XL ink cartridge and the HP Photosmart B109d using the HP 364XL ink whereas the Canon printer Canon Pixma MX435 uses the Canon PG540XL and CL541XL inks that actually have print heads integrated into the printer cartridge itself.
The popular Epson 18XL Multipack consists of 4 ink cartridges, T1811 black, T1812 cyan, T1813 magenta and T1814 yellow. The original brand Epson black ink cartridge has an ink volume of 11.5ml whereas the compatible version is filled to capacity and has an ink volume of 16ml! that’s 5ml more ink for starters with the compatible. The original brand colour ink cartridges each have an ink volume of just 6.6ml while the compatible version are almost double that at 11ml! There is simply no comparison when it comes to value for money with the compatible version of the Epson 18XL ink cartridge.
Lets have a look at the pros and cons of using non-original Epson ink cartridges. The pros by far outweigh the cons as the print quality is fine for everyday general purpose printing at home and in the office. Compatible Epson 18Xl can give print results that are virtually undistinguishable from the original Epson cartridges with vibrant colours and good contrast. The price alone is reason enough for people to make the switch from original brand to compatible and if the results are satisfactory then there is no reason why you shouldn’t make the leap of faith.
Compatible ink cartridges can sometimes attract some negative press especially in the past when there were some very dodgy compatible in circulation from China with poor quality and similar reliability. Any good online supplier will stand over their products and with all good quality third party compatibles now being manufactured to the same ISO standards as the originals then there is already a reduction in the amount of cartridge failures and bad press they receive.
The popular Epson 18XL is available in a best buy 20 pack the busy home or small office user or the smaller 12, 8 and 4 pack for the more occasional user.
These cartridges work with: Epson XP-30, Epson XP-102, Epson XP-202, Epson XP-205, Epson XP-302, Epson XP-305, Epson XP-402, Epson XP-405, Epson XP-405WH, Epson XP-212, Epson XP-215, Epson XP-312, Epson XP-315, Epson XP-412, Epson XP-415, Epson XP-225, Epson XP-322, Epson XP-325, Epson XP-422, Epson XP-425.
Buy the 20 pack of cartridges for just €19.99 + VAT, that’s €1 each + VAT! Our high quality premium compatible Epson ink cartridges are delivered in 1 – 2 days by Fastway courier for the low cost of €1.22 anywhere in Ireland. Unbelievable value for these Epson compatible inks and with a full money-back guarantee there is absolutely no risk to the buyer.
Buy any multipack of Epson compatible 27XL ink cartridges and receive up to 4 ink cartridges of your choice FREE! The 27XL ink cartridges are available for as little as €1.99 each excluding VAT and with our compatible Epson 27XL 20 pack, this includes 4 free ink cartridges of your choice. The black ink cartridge has 17.7ml of high quality ink with the cyan, magenta and yellow colours containing 10.4ml of ink. These compatible Epson ink cartridges are high quality and fully guaranteed with the latest ‘chip’ fitted for reliability and compatibility. The very latest compatibles are produced by a third-party and are manufactured to ISO standard to ensure high quality printing.
The original brand Epson 27XL ink cartridges can cost over €100 for a set of four cartridges with a set of 4 high quality compatibles costing only €27.05, that’s a saving of almost 300%! With ultra low cost delivery of €1.22 the compatible ink cartridge prices are unbeatable and certainly the lowest priced compatibles in Ireland. The following Epson printers use the 27XL ink cartridges; Epson WorkForce WF-3620 DWF, Epson WorkForce WF-3640 DTWF, Epson WorkForce WF-7110 DTW, Epson WorkForce WF-7610 DWF and Epson WorkForce WF-7620 DTWF. The 27XL cartridges are also commonly known as Epson T2711 black, T2712 cyan, T2713 magenta and T2714 yellow.
Will there be any loss of quality using the compatible version of the cartridges? Compatible versus originals is an old argument and with the ink cartridges manufactured to such high standards in 2016 there should be no difference in the print quality for every day general purpose printing. If it was your intention to print photo quality prints for resale then it may be advisable to use the genuine original cartridges as the life of the print may be affected. It’s possible that a photo may fade or lose its colour after a couple of years. Apart from that, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t use the compatible Epson 27XL ink cartridges.
The latest compatible Epson 79XL black cartridges with 42ml of black ink is capable of printing up to 2600 A4 pages @ 5% courage for under one cent! A typical 10 pack of the cartridge is available online in Ireland for just over €11 a cartridge including VAT! This is coupled with low cost delivery of just €1.22 – delivery is usually 1 – 2 days, in most cases it is next day if the order is placed before 12 noon. The Large T7901 has 42ml of ink and is designed to work with the Epson Workforce range of printers, the colours; compatible Epson T7902, T7903 and T7904 boast 19ml of ink and print around 2000 A4 pages @ 5% coverage. These high quality compatible ink cartridges are ideal for use in the workplace and around the home and can save the busy user a considerable sum of money during the year.
These compatible Epson 79XL ink cartridges are manufactured to ISO standard and are fully tested before leaving the factory with quality and reliability foremost in the mind of the manufacturer. There should be no concerns for quality of the compatible ink cartridges as they are fine for everyday use at home and in the office. The cartridges are dedicated to working in the following Epson printers and the savings when compared to the original brand Epson cartridges are too great to ignore.
The compatible Epson 79XL ink cartridges will work in the following printers:
Epson Workforce WF-4630DWF
Epson Workforce WF-4640DTWF
Epson Workforce WF-5110DW
Epson Workforce WF-5190DW
Epson Workforce WF-5620DWF
Epson Workforce WF-5690DWF
Compatible Epson 16XL ink cartridge prints for less than one cent per page in an Epson Workforce WF-2530WF
The high capacity compatible 16XL black ink cartridge is now available online with a price busting 500 pages for as little as less than one cent per page @ 5% coverage. This incredible value for the compatible version of the Epson cartridge is estimated to drive sales through the roof in the UK and Ireland. The 16XL comes in four ink colours, black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The black ink cartridge can print up to 500 pages with the colours each printing up to 450 pages @ 5% coverage. 5% coverage generally represents a page of text with double line spacing; if images or graphics are printed then the number of pages will be less.
High quality compatible Epson 16XL ink cartridges are manufactured by third-party suppliers and sold online in Ireland and the UK. These suppliers strive to match the ISO standards of the original brand cartridges, giving reliability to the end user. A typical printer using the 16XL ink such as the Epson WorkForce WF-2530WF is ideal for the home user or small office. This printer is a 4-in-1 with ADF and features Epson Connect and is also Wi-Fi enabled.
The LCD screen on this printer is nothing fancy – black and white as opposed to some of the colour screens on other models. All function buttons are clearly labelled. It’s also possible to have this printer on your wireless network without connecting it to a computer thanks to the Wi-Fi set up function. The 16XL ink cartridges are replaced individually as and when they run out so keeps the cost down for the user, although if you are using the compatible version that shouldn’t be an issue. The single loading paper tray on this printer will accept up to 100 A4 pages and the printer has a built scanner that adds to it’s versatility. The scanner is not particularly fast but gives good contrast in the detail of a scan and the Page Manager assists you in archiving any scanned documents.
With a set of 20 replacement compatible 16XL ink cartridges costing only €24.59, the cost per cartridge comes at €1.22! The Epson WorkForce WF-2530WF printer together with the compatible version of the 16XL ink cartridges makes printing an affordable exercise both at home and in the office. All good quality compatible ink cartridges should come with a money-back guarantee, as standard meaning there is no risk for the user.
Epson ink cartridges in Limerick are among the biggest sellers due to the large quantity of Epson printers sold both
locally and online in 2015. The Epson range of inkjet printers include those suitable for home use such as the ‘small-in-one’ printer/copier/scanner and the Epson Workforce range that is ideal for the busy household or the small office.
The all-in-one small printers – as they are also known – are probably the most popular and take four ink cartridges; black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The printer is reasonably inexpensive to buy initially but the printer ink in Limerick can be not more expensive than the printer. Unfortunately this is where a lot of people get caught out when first buying the printer, they don’t do their homework and check the price of the ink cartridges for the printer they are purchasing.
Original brand Epson ink cartridges can cost up to €60 for a set of 4 cartridges but if you are clever enough you can find ink cartridges for your Epson printer for as low as €1 a cartridge! It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But never the less it’s possible. There is plenty of good quality compatible or non-original Epson inks available online and the really good ones come with a money-back guarantee. These cartridges are manufactured by a third-party (not Epson) in Asia and are copies of the original cartridges. Obviously, for the sake of copyright they aren’t exactly the same cartridge but will fit your printer just the same and work perfectly.
Today, compatible inks are manufactured to the same ISO standard as the original printer cartridges in Limerick and are designed to give you virtually the same results as their original counterparts.
Buying compatible ink cartridges in Limerick, however, might be a little more difficult, especially, for some of the more obscure brands. There is an excellent choice of compatible inks available online with next day delivery to Limerick – you don’t even have to leave the house to order! When you choose a supplier try and find one that has a good reputation, maybe one that is active on Facebook and that has positive feedback on their page about their products. Buying Epson ink cartridges is no longer be a nightmare if you have a house full of school going children whose need for printer ink is nearly as great as that of petrol for the car!
If you are planning to buy a new printer in 2016 one brand you should certainly consider is Epson. Of course the first thing to consider when buying a new printer is whether the printer is what you require and how much can you afford to spend. The printer will have to do what you want it to do. In other words, is it for occasional home use, for a busy household with school attending children or is it for the office? If it is for the busy home user where more than one person is using the printer then it’s likely that an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier will be the best bet. Epson produce this printer and label it as a small-in-one compact printer and the latest batch of Epson Expression printers are the best sellers to date. This range of printer uses four ink cartridges, T1811 black, T1812 cyan, T1813 magenta and T1814 yellow. The beauty of the four-cartridge system is that you can replace the ink cartridges individually as they run out and not a full set of inks as was the case in other printers.
For example if we choose the Epson XP-412 as a typical all-in-one we can examine its key features. This printer has wireless printing, a colour LCD touch panel is very compact an environmentally has a small carbon footprint. The need to reduce the overall size of printers is to make the printer less of an obstacle on a desk and the size of the printer has no bearing on the performance of this excellent home printer. This neat and stylish black gloss printer houses it’s flatbed scanner under a textured lid with a typical gravity fed vertical Epson paper feed. On the bottom left there is an input for SD or memory Card sticks but unfortunately not a USB socket. A useful feature of this printer is that it supports wi-fi Direct and Airprint.
Access to the ink cartridges is under the scanner section and with the touch panel on the front it is easy to access them to insert replacement cartridges. The print speeds run approximately at almost 9 pages per minute for black and 4.5 pages per minute for colour. However, printing in draft mode will increase your pages per minute by one.
For general purpose every day printing the Epson XP-412 is perfect and compares favourably with it’s HP and Canon rivals. The over-riding factor with this print is the cost of running this printer with compatible ink cartridges. The non-original version of these printer cartridges are available online for as little as €1 each + VAT. Overall Epson’s XP-412 printer is a neat and well-designed printer that will print from most mobile devices and is definitely worth putting on your short list.
It’s rumoured that one of the most popular Christmas gifts this year for students is a new printer to facilitate the printing of their assignments and boarding passes for their well earn half-term trips! On a serious note, the home printer is a practical Christmas gift for any household, and one that is becoming more and more common.
If we are choosing a printer as a gift there are several factors to consider. Firstly, the printer will need to suit the needs of the user, if it’s a home user then the printer will probably need to be colour and be able to print, scan and copy. The print speed of this printer may not be that important, but, the cost of the ink cartridges certainly will. In fact, one of the most important factors when considering buying a printer as a gift is, the running cost for the person who receives the printer. It might be OK to buy a bargain printer for a friend or loved one, but, if the running costs are astronomical then any good intentions on the part of the buyer are soon lost.
There are a couple of good tips to consider before purchasing the printer, for example, how much will the replacement ink cartridges cost and more importantly, will the printer accept compatible ink cartridges? This information will be available from any good ink seller and is very important, as some printers are more prone to rejecting compatible ink cartridges than others. What are the best printers to consider this year?
Well, we think that if you consider buying the Epson Expression XP range then you won’t go far wrong. This all-in-one range of printers is perfect for the home user or small office. They accept four individual ink cartridges, black, cyan, magenta and yellow and are all individually replaceable which makes it more cost effective than having to replace a full set of cartridges. The Epson printers are also known to be compatible ink friendly and do not give any real issues when it comes to accepting them.
Also, this time of the year lends itself to real bargains when it comes to printers’ as the more popular Christmas gifts are more likely to be TV’s or iPhones. Of course, Epson aren’t the only printers available but to give a more balanced view we also recommend Canon and Brother printers as good presents as they too will offer good value when used with compatible replacement cartridges. So, to give the perfect Christmas gift this year why not give a printer that has all the facilities that modern day life requires such as wireless printing and will be cost effective to run.