Print your Memories on Canvas at The Cartridge Place Newmarket

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Do you love taking photos of your family, friends, trips, events, scenery, the seasons? How about decorating the bare walls in your house? Looking for a personalized gift? What would be better than your photo, your memories on canvas! The Cartridge Place is now offering Print to Canvas services.

Here is some information regarding the quality of our canvas product.

Canadian Made Cotton Canvas – Giclée Printing
Giclée (“zhee-clay”) is a French word meaning “that which is sprayed or squirted”. A state-of-the-art wide format digital printer sprays millions of drops of ink per square inch onto specially treated canvas or paper. Giclée printing produces large quality images with brilliant velvety colors, crisp contrasts and razor-sharp details. This method of printing is used for fine-art reproductions using dye-based inks. Artists and photographers can produce artwork on-demand.
The Cartridge Place offers quality affordable canvas prints for fine art, photography and interior decorating. Heavyweight quality canvas North American made (up to 36” width almost any length).

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• Outstanding color gamut and resolution
• Matte Finish reduces glare
• Has the look and feel of original art on canvas
• Hand stretched for framing and comes ready to hang
• Premium quality North American wood stretcher bars
• Choice of standard wrap ¾” or 1 ½” gallery wrap
• Light weight (ideal for areas with high ceilings)
• Size – up to 36” width – almost any length

Send us your photos. High resolution and .jpg or .pdf format preferred and we will confirm that it is a good candidate for the application. Turnaround time is about one week from order.
At the Cartridge Place, we are always striving to provide the highest quality products and services, from ink and toner to promotional products, logo wear and branded items, you can count on The Cartridge Place to provide outstanding product quality and service.

We’d love your feedback! Please leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,



The Cartridge Place Reviews the HP8600 Series Printers

printer supplies NewmarketHere at the Cartridge Place, even though we are focused on providing ink refills and toner cartridge remanufacturing, we are frequently asked to make a printer recommendation so here is our review of the HP8600 Series printers.

This series of ink printers are one of the most popular models over the last year. They are being marketed to small offices or home offices with relatively heavy-duty print needs. Touted as an alternative to a laser printer because the ink tanks are high capacity, and with claims of 2,300 pages for the 950XL black and 1,500 for 951XL colour cartridges @ 5% coverage, these ink tanks are among the largest in the market at the moment and they work really well for refilling.
The common question is, “Will I get this many prints?” It depends how much coverage you have on each page. Below is an example of what 5% coverage looks like. These two paragraphs placed on an A4 or Letter-sized sheet of paper make up 5% coverage:

“For the purpose of cartridge yield measure, almost all printer manufacturers base their black ink/toner cartridge yields on 5% coverage. This means only 5% of the whole page is covered with ink or toner. 5% coverage implies basic type with no bold characters, no graphics and no pictures.

CMYK toners for color laser printers and copiers base their cartridges yields on 20% to 35% coverage (5% to 7% per color). In reality, if a document had a 100% fill, there would be 400% coverage. Tri-color inkjet/toner cartridges base their page yield on 15% coverage (5% per color).”

(Taken from this blog)

HP offers three different models as listed below

  • HP Officejet Pro with AirPrint $149.97
  • HP Officejet Pro Plus Wireless with AirPrint and ePrint $329.74
  • HP Officejet Pro Premium with AirPrint and ePrint $429.46

If you are wondering what AirPrint and ePrint is, here are the explanations

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built in to many printer models from most popular printer manufacturers. Just select an AirPrint printer on your local network to print from your favorite iOS or OS X app. AirPrint printers are available for these devices when using the latest version of iOS available for them:

  • iPad (all models)
  • iPhone (3GS or later)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation or later)

ePrint is a printing technology developed by HP wherein their new generation of printers will now be able to print documents and images via an email system instead of the usual route of using basic computers. With the ePrint-enabled printer, users will be able to instruct the device to print by means of an email address tagged to each printer. This means that ePrint printers must be connected to the internet or “in the cloud” for them to be able to do the printing task. Working in the same concept as sending email messages, users simply type the email address of the printer and he/she can print documents right away.


These models are quite hefty for an inkjet printer measuring 11.8 by 19.4 x 18.9, with the 8600 being slightly smaller. All models have a 250-sheet paper input capacity and auto-duplexing and a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) on top. A feature missing from the 8600 which is available on the 8600 plus is direct email sending. With the 8600 you have to scan and email via an email client on a computer.

Text output is above par for an inkjet, photos are good while graphic output is below par. The printhead is in the printer and the ink cartridges are just tanks, therefore, you may have to perform frequent printhead cleanings to get the best quality print. This is a common issue with this model, and with other HP models using ink tanks. Printhead cleaning is very simple. Choose the tools menu from the touchscreen and scroll to print head cleaning.

If you are looking for a unit that you will connect to your computer with a cable but you would still like to AirPrint, then the basic model would be a good choice. With the same print, copy, scan and fax capabilities as the higher models and 32ppm prints in black and colour, this unit would more than suffice for a home or home office. You can also scan or print from a memory card or USB stick. The touchscreen is a little smaller though, measuring 2.65” vs 4.3” for the Plus and Premium models.

All in all this is a workhorse printer with large ink tanks, lots of functionality and great quality printing for everyday business or home use.

Have questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. You can connect with us via email or phone or leave a comment right here on the site.  Better yet, come on in to the store located right here in Newmarket.

Until next time,




The Cartridge Place Reviews Lexmark MS310 Monochrome Laser Printer

Lexmark MS310 Monochrome Laser PrinterOften  times, customers coming into The Cartridge Place here in Newmarket will ask us for our opinion on printers that are available on the market.  We recently purchased the Lexmark MS310 Monochrome Laser printer to use with our point of sale system after our old Lexmark T630 was laid to rest.

I quite like this printer as the footprint is much smaller than the T630 and it is much quieter boasting Quiet, Hibernate and Eco modes which help with noise levels and helps save paper and energy.

It also is very quick with the first page out in as little as 6.5 seconds, which is crucial when you have customers waiting.  Print speed is up to 35 pages per minute.

This little printer packs 128 MB of memory and a 800 MHZ dual core processor which allows it to easily print documents with graphics and images.  Graphics dpi resolution of up to true 1200×1200 helps graphics look great.

This printer is available in MS310d with internal two-sided printing or MS310dn which is the network version with duplexing.

Recommended monthly page volume is 500 to 2500 pages, with a maximum duty cycle of up to 50,000 pages per month.

This printer has a toner cartridge and separate drum unit, as do all Lexmark laser printers.  Cartridge 50F1H00 is the high capacity version, giving a page yield of 5,000.  And the good news is that this cartridge can be remanufactured saving you a least 50% off the retail price of a new one, and the quality is amazing.  It also has a separate drum unit which will process 60,000 imprints.  This unit is not available remanufactured, however the retail price for an OEM unit should be around $60 to $70.

Many of our automotive clients are using this printer for their business managers’ offices and they are very happy with the performance as are we!

We’d love your feedback. Do you have this printer? Share your thoughts with us. Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one.

Until next time,



Remembering to Print Important Documents Like Tax Files

printing important documentsAre you remembering to print off those important documents like your tax files? These days so much business is done via email that we don’t print our documents but store them safely on our computers, or so we think.

At the office we likely have a backup system in place for our hard drives, but at home many people don’t have backup systems…risky!

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5 Tips on Getting the Best Cartridge Refill

The Cartridge Place Newmarket ink refills toner refills Have you wondered about getting your printer cartridges refilled instead of throwing them out?  How do you find the right company to refill your toner or printer cartridges. I thought it might be helpful to share these 5 tips on how to get the best cartridge refill.

1.   Solidity of the Company

    • Choose a local company who has a storefront and has been in business for a period of time.

2.  Check out their Process

    • For Toner:  Ask if the cartridge is remanufactured or a compatible.  A remanufactured cartridge means that an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridge is used in the process and replacement core parts are changed for best performance.  This is your best option for a quality cartridge.  A compatible cartridge is generally an off-shore knock-off and the quality is inferior.
    • For Ink:  Bringing in your own cartridges for refill is the most cost effective.  Make sure that your cartridges don’t dry out. If they do, they won’t be good for refill.  Remanufactured ink cartridges are great, because an OEM core is used.  Most ink remanufacturing companies have processes to clean and test the cartridges, therefore the quality is very good.  Compatible cartridges are made off-shore and the quality may be less acceptable.  As well, there have been problems with the smart chip being recognized by the printer.

3.   Quality Control

    • Ask your local company if they have the equipment to test the refill or remanufactured cartridge.  This is important because it will reduce return trips if you run into trouble.

4.    The Staff

    • Interview the staff. Make sure that they are knowledgeable, can answer all your questions and are available by phone or email during regular business hours.

5.    The Guarantee

    • Ask the company what their guarantee entails.  Most reputable companies will offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, money back or exchange.

The staff here at The Cartridge Place are experts in this field.  We have been in business since 2005.  We have excellent quality products at very competitive prices.  We deliver to businesses all across Canada and we have a local storefront where you can drop in for a quick refill.  We also meet the 5 points above, so rest assured that you are in good hands with The Cartridge Place.

We’d love you to drop in and see us!



Cartridge Place Now Offers Promotional & Branding Products

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The Cartridge Place announces a new service…Promotional and branding products for your business.  Anything from:

  • Shirts with your logo
  • Pens
  • Mugs
  • Car magnets
  • Business cards
  • Any type of printed materials

We can assist you to create an item to promote your business!

Why buy promotional products?

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Paying Too Much for your Ink & Toner Cartridges?

bigstock-Computer-printer-ink--the-p-18503879Do you think that you are paying too much for ink and toner cartridges?

Many consumers do have an issue with the cost of ink and toner.  Many believe that the solution is to change their printer for one that would be cheaper to operate.  There are a couple of solutions to reducing the cost of printing, and one is not necessarily to change the printer.

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The Cartridge Place Newmarket Reviews the Brother HL-5470DW Printer

Brother 5740Here at The Cartridge Place in Newmarket, we recently purchased the Brother HL-5470DW printer for our store front-end and I thought I would share my comments on it with you.

The printer is very easy to un-pack, install and set up.  It is not that heavy and does not take very much room in your office or home office.  The printer has a nice, non-shiny, textured, conservative appearance. The versatile fold-out top tray works very well.   The control functions are good. The controls are adequate, convenient, and simple, and the display is quite readable. The cancel button is readily at hand, and responds immediately with no jamming of paper. The menu structure is fine but extensive, so I would recommend printing it out from the online user guide before using the menu controls. The user’s guide, quickly provides any information. The index is quite easy to use, and clicking on a page number in the index immediately takes you to that page.

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4 Summertime Printer Usage Tips

cartridges drying outNow that the kids are out of school or you are heading out on vacation, you might not be using your printer as much.  Here are 4 summertime usage tips to follow:

1. Print or copy something once a week. This will keep the ink flowing through the print head nicely.

2. Print head style cartridges: (those that have the copper strip, Most HP’s, Lexmark and Dell, Canon  40, 41, 210, 211, 240, 241)

  • If  you are going to be away for a month, you can put your print head style cartridges into a zip lock bag and put them in your refrigerator crisper.
  • If your cartridges are not printing, here is a trick.  Wet a paper towel with hot water and wring out.  Place the print head on the paper towel for about  30 to 60 seconds and wipe off excess water.  Take a dry piece of paper towel and press the print head onto it. You should see a nice rectangle of black ink or 3 stripes of colour ink.  If you are not seeing this, then repeat the process.  Sometimes a trip to your local refilling store might be necessary for them to use some of their special equipment.

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Tricks of the Trade to Fixing Problems with Brother Printers

Brother fixHere at The Cartridge Place in Newmarket, we’ll often get calls from customers having issues with one of their printers. Check out these tricks of the trade below to see if they alleviate the problem for your Brother printer!

Inkjet Printers

If your ink jet cartridges are not empty, but your printer won’t print, here is a fix.

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