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Best Back to School Printers 2015

With the new school year around the corner and school supplies lining the shelves of your local stores, it’s easy to forget that you’ll need a printer. This printer is going to be your lifeline when you’ve slaved away, pulling an all-nighter to get that essay done and need it printed so you can submit it in the next 10 minutes.  

Your back to school printer should be compact enough to fit on your desk amidst your textbooks and empty Doritos bags and be easy enough to operate after you’ve spent the night cramming.

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A History of Printing

In this day and age when all it takes to have an image printed is a click of a button from your mobile phone or desktop – it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when someone had to carve into a piece of wood or metal, slather on ink, and then press paper against it – to "print" an image.

To pay homage to those whose creativity and ingeniousness led to the idea that something could be ‘printed’ – please see the infographic below containing a history of printing:

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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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