Laser Printers

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Laser Printers

Like with many other things in the world of printing, laser printers have come a long way in the past few years. They have gone from being found almost exclusively in offices to being offered at $100 for a home user. Although they are better for a lot of people, some have a hard time imagining themselves buying a laser printer for their home. A lot of people have the idea that laser printers are just the big clunky machines in their offices where the toner cartridges cost a fortune. However, if you are someone who prints out a large amount of documents and is tired of always having to buy new black inkjet cartridges, laser printers can be the solution. Once you get past the initial sticker shock of buying laser toner cartridges, you will realize the numbers for an entry level laser printer versus an inkjet printer look something like this:

Typical toner cartridge – $20-$60
Page yield – 2,000-3,000 pages
Average cost per page – 2-2.5 cents per page

Typical inkjet cartridge – $20-$30
Page yield – 400-500 pages
Average cost per page – 4-6 cents per page

Although these are just averages and may not seem all that different, in general if you are printing documents, it will probably cost you twice as much to run an inkjet printer than a laser printer. It is better to think of things in the long term when it comes to laser printers, because only then will you truly appreciate their value. If you buy a laser printer and then a backup toner cartridge at the same time, by the time you will have finished that second cartridge, you would have gone through roughly 10 inkjet cartridges.

So if you aren’t into printing color, then you are probably better off going with a laser printer over a standard inkjet printer. You will appreciate the speed and low maintenance of a laser printer, while also saving money on printer ink in the long run.


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AirPrint on Any Printer!

Category : Software

In this project, I will show you how to make ANY printer in your house AirPrint Compatible. AirPrint is the service that allows all of the i-Devices to print to an actual printer without having to put the file on Google docs and print it from there. So Lets get to it!

What you Need:

  • iTunes 10.1 or better
  • A Windows PC (Preferably Windows 7, as this is what the tutorial is written for)
  • A Printer that is installed on the computer

How to do this:

  1. Be Sure that you are an administrator on your computer. Go to Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > User accounts, and on the right hand side, you will see a box with your account information. Make sure that it says Administrator under your name.
  2. Make your printer Shared. Go to Devices and Printers, and Right Click on the printer you want to make AirPrint Compatible, and click Printer Properties. Then Click the ‘Printer Properties’ Option That will bring up a window, and you want to click the tab on the top that says sharing. Check both checkboxes, and click apply.
  3. Now go to My Computer > C Program Files (x86), and create a new folder there called AirPrint with the same capitalization as I wrote it.
  4. Download AirPrint.zip from Here and unzip it into the c:/Program Files (x86)/ Airprint Folder
  5. Click the start Menu, and type cmd tn the search box and press enter. This will bring up a command prompt window
  6. Type sc.exe create AirPrint binPath=”C:\Program Files (x86)\AirPrint\airprint.exe -R _ipp._tcp,_universal -s” depend= “Bonjour Service” start=auto sc.exe start AirPrint

You will see a little bit of flashing on the screen, and there will be a firewall window coming up. You want to click Allow Access.
Now go onto your iPad. Go to Photos > Export (The Box with an arrow)>Print, and you should see your printer there!
Happy Printing!