Back to School 2014 – Printer Recommendations

Back to school time usually has folks shopping for new printers for their kids that are going off to college and university. In this blog we would like to make some recommendations for laser and inkjet printers to help you sort this out.

Some considerations that have to be made are:
a) Is colour printing required?
b) Are scanning and copying functions necessary?
c) Is a wireless printer required or will plugging direct into the computer suffice?
d) Would the ability to duplex be a valuable asset?

Monochrome laser printers in general are the most cost effective way to print. Here are our top 5
Laser – Printer only, no multi-function capability:

1. HP P1102W wireless printer. An entry level printer with a small footprint is great for dorms. Cost $165. Printer cartridge prints 1600 pages. Imaging drum is integrated. Every time the cartridge is remanufactured, a new drum in installed. Great value.

2. Brother HL-2270DW. This is another entry level yet hardy printer with duplex and wireless capabilities. Small footprint. Cost $150. Toner cartridges come in two sizes TN-420, 1500 pages or TN-450 2,600 pages. All Brother printers have a separate imaging drum unit. This unit is good for approximately 4 toner cartridges at which time it has to be replaced. Both the toner and drum units can be remanufactured, saving approximately 40% over buying brand new.

Laser – Multi-function Printers

1. Canon MF4890DW, duplex and wireless printer with fax, scan, copy, print. Drum is integrated in the toner cartridge. Cartridge prints 2,100 pages. Cost $150 on sale. I use this printer in my office and it is great. As with most multi-function printers, the footprint is larger.

2. Brother DCP-7065DN, duplex and network printer. Cost $199. Takes the TN-420, TN-450 cartridge as above.

3. Brother DCP-7860DW. Same as #2 but wireless. Cost $299. Takes TN-420, TN-450
Inkjet Printers

All the inkjet printers below are multi-function units. The inkjet printers with the best cartridges for refilling are HP, Brother and Canon. We do not recommend any other manufacturers as they are not refillable.

1. HP Officejet Pro 8600. On sale now at $129. A printer with print, copy, fax and scan options (not wireless). Quite large profile. Very quick printing at 32ppm. A four cartridge system, available in standard size or XL.

2. The big brother is the OfficeJet Pro 8600 premium, wireless. On Sale at $299. This unit is much larger than the Pro. Print speeds a little faster at 35ppm. Four cartridges which are refillable and available in standard size or XL.

3. HP Officejet 6700 wireless is the baby brother to the 8600. Cartridges don’t hold as much ink as the 8600 and speeds are a little slower at 16ppm black and 9 ppm colour. Four cartridge system which is refillable and available in standard or XL. Cost $189.

4. Brother MFC-J4710 duplex, wireless. Cost $149. This is a four cartridge system which is refillable. Printer speeds are 20ppm black and 18ppm colour. Smaller footprint than the HP printers.

5. Brother MFC-J6520 duplex, wireless. Cost $249. Very good print speeds of 35ppm black and 27ppm colour. Four cartridge system which is refillable.

If you have any questions regarding a printer or cartridge refills, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. You can connect with us via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site, or come on into the store located on Yonge Street just south of Mulock Drive in Newmarket.

Until next time,


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.

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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.
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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. Continue reading

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.

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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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