PrinterWorks West Blog

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.

Read more: Printer Specs Explained - A Glossary of Printer Terms

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:

Read more: 3 Great All-in-One Printers 2015

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:

Read more: How to Print From Your Smartphone or Tablet

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.

Read more: 4D Printing - What does that even mean?

7 Tips to Save Ink and Prolong the Life of Your Ink Cartridge

tips-to-save-ink-prolong-ink-cartridge1. Print Only What You Need

Think about why you’re printing a document and whether or not you actually require a hard copy. With cloud storage options like Dropbox or Google Drive, documents can easily be accessed via mobile apps or on your desktop. Instead of carrying a hard copy, you can access your documents on the fly this way.

Read more: 7 Tips to Save Ink and Prolong the Life of Your Ink Cartridge

5 Tips to Print Efficiently to Cut Paper Costs

Printing-Efficiently-to-cut-paper-costsPrinting efficiently not only saves you or your business money, it also helps to save trees in the process. According to Natural Resources Canada in 2013, our country alone used 1,224,000 tonnes of printing and writing paper.  To help decrease the consumption of paper and the cost of purchasing paper, here are a few tips to get you printing more efficiently:

Read more: 5 Tips to Print Efficiently to Cut Paper Costs