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Why Use Managed Print Services?

Do you think you've omitted all of the unnecessary expenses out of your IT operations? If you've ignored your printing and imaging systems, you may be in for a surprise. Oftentimes - printers, scanners, copiers, and fax machines can go under the budget radar – making it difficult for organizations to track how much they spend in hardware, toner, ink cartridges, machine management and paper over the course of the year. Add to this, that such equipment is usually paid for through numerous department budgets and well, how much is the organization truly spending on printing and imaging systems as a whole?

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Got a Paper Jam? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Placing a Service Call

Are paper jams cramping your work flow? Paper jams are infuriating – anyone who’s seen the movie “Office Space” can attest to sympathizing with workers lined up waiting for a printer to get back up and running after it’s swallowed a piece of paper but can’t seem to spit it back out.

When a paper jam does occur – here are a few questions you might consider asking yourself prior to placing a service call:

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Printer Specs Explained - A Glossary of Printer Terms

It's a wonderful thing that printer manufacturers explicitly list off the specs of the machines that they produce. But when DPI and PPM mean nothing other than letters – what's the point? We've consolidated a list of terms and definitions that show up in printer specs, to help you decode their meaning and essentially, help you figure out why one printer may be better for you than another.

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3 Great All-in-One Printers 2015

Back in the day you had to spend hundreds of dollars to get a decent color printer, not to mention a few hundred dollars more for a scanner, and then even more to get a fax machine. Fortunately, today there are devices that print, scan, copy and even fax for under $200.

With all the models out there, all seeming to have similar specs – which do you choose? We’ve rounded up a list of the best all-in-one printers out there – weighing in on performance, output, quality, features and value. Here you go:

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How to Print From Your Smartphone or Tablet

how-to-print-from-smartphone-tablet-iphoneWith people increasingly using their mobile devices to get work done on the go, what then happens when you need to print a PDF or a spreadsheet off your smartphone or Ipad? There are solutions for this. Printing companies have responded to this need creating apps to help you print a document without having to open your laptop or run to your PC. Here are a few options available:

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4D Printing - What does that even mean?

4D-Printing-ARCWho knew there was a fourth dimension? Apparently “the fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact,” according to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science who have created a 4D printer.

The printer builds objects that have the ability to change based on the physics of the materials used, such that “3D printed materials…morph into new structures, post production, under the influence of external stimuli such as water or heat” said the ARC team in a release.

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