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Printer Cartridges – Ink Star launches brand new site
Our sister site Ink Star has launched. Dedicated to all things related to Printer Cartridges. Boasting a refreshed smooth easy shopping experience with a wide range of Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges to choose from. Shoppers are able to select from the cheaper money saving Premium Compatible range or the trustworthy reliable Original range of Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges, Drums, Refill Kits and Refill Ink.
Pricing on the range of Printer Cartridges is very competitive and of course you will receive the same excellent service and support that Ink Station is known for. Ink Star has the latest news regarding Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges, Printer Reviews, Printing Tips and Industry news.
Finding the correct cartridge for your printer is now easier than ever with a quick and easy search box on the home page and an advanced filter on the shopping page. Finding your Printer Ink and Toner Cartridge has never been easier.
About Ink Star
Ink Star stocks compatible printer ink covering all the leading brands such as HP, Epson, Samsung, Brother, Advent, Canon, Kodak, Lexmark, OKI and many more. All of Ink Star’s Printer Cartridges come with a money-back guarantee and all backed up with a helpful and friendly customer service department. Our compatible ink and toner cartridges are rigorously factory tested to the same ISO standard as the original brand ink. We pride ourselves on the quality and reliability of our ink and toner and aim to be the best overall value in South Africa for compatible ink and toner. Our compatible laser toner cartridges are very popular with businesses and schools offering savings of up to 70% against the original brand toner. All the laser toners are covered by the money-back guarantee! We always encourage our clients to contact us immediately if there are any issues with their Printer Cartridges as we can often put them right straight away.
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We offer next day delivery on all our items in stock if the order is placed before 1pm on Monday to Friday. If your printer ink or toner is urgent then please call us on 072 762 1357 or contact us on Live Chat or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we have the item in stock.
It’s a never ending story, HP once again has forced a firmware update unbe-known to its users. The end result being that these cartridges are no longer recognised by the printer.
The affected cartridges are HP 950 & 951 Set, HP 932 & 933 range.
For now we have stopped selling these cartridges but rest assured a solution is being worked on and we hope to have these cartridges back on sale soon.
We do advise customers who wish to continue using compatibles to stop automatic updates. You can find instructions on how to achieve this by following this link.
Fifteen years ago, opening the hood and cleaning the interior of your printer—unclogging inkjet print nozzles, wiping down gears and rotors, vacuuming up dust and grime—was standard operating procedure for those wishing to extend printer life. Unfortunately, while things may have often looked cleaner before the hood was reclosed, in fact sensitive parts had been damaged, dust had been blown about rather than removed, and printer life had been shortened, not extended.
By contrast, many printers today are typically self-cleaning. Often, the hood is bolted shut—it’s not even possible to open the printer and poke around inside. Printers just work, without any need for cleaning or repairs. There’s no need to replace parts—only paper and ink. And when a printer finally wears out, purchasing an affordable, high-quality new printer is far and away the most cost-effective response.
Still, there are steps you can take to extend the life of your printer. For instance…
Keep your printer plugged in.
As mentioned above today’s modern printers are mostly self cleaning and need little to no maintenance, but in order for the printer to conduct self cleaning it requires power. It will wake itself up and conduct a self clean and go back into standby mode. If your printer is unable to conduct a self clean then the printer heads stand a chance of packing up due to the ink drying and blocking the tiny nozzles the ink feeds through.
Put a cover over it
Protect your printer from dust and hair, this is a printer killer working its way into the printers fine parts. Paper clips, pens, pencils and coins often find there way inside causing paper jams that destroy a perfectly working printer. Pests like ants also find a nice cozy home inside destroying the electronics.
Use Quality Paper
There’s good paper—quality multipurpose or recycled paper, or paper made specifically for laser printing or special jobs like photos, glossy brochures, and iron-on transfers. And there’s bad paper, often made of ground-up newsprint, which leaves an excess of dust behind inside your printer, is more prone to jamming, and results in lower-quality print jobs. Good paper requires only a minimal additional investment, and is more than worth it if you want to produce higher-quality documents and extend the life of your printer. Keep your paper stored in a clean dry area preventing dust and moisture collection.
Laser or Inkjet printing: which is more cost-effective?
With the standard inkjet cartridge now producing a measly 200 pages, its important to look at whether laser printers represent a cost-effective alternative for the home consumer.
As home printing took off many years ago, it was cheap inkjet models – which simply hammered tiny dots of ink on to paper – that would end up in most people’s homes. The bulky laser version was a business-only product.
However, the last few years have seen the size and price of laser printers drop dramatically. Some models can now comfortably fit on a desktop, HP, Brother, Samsung and Canon offer small foot-print mono and colour laser printers.
Basic monochrome (black only) models can be bought for less than R699, although more sophisticated colour versions – with features such as Wi-Fi and duplex printing – can sell for over R3500 and more. This compares with the R1500 and less that inkjet printers sell for. So a laser will only make sense if the savings on ink outweigh the extra cost of the machine.
Standard laser cartridges – coloured toner (powder ink), typically cyan, magenta, yellow, and black – contain a lot of intricate components, print anything from 1,000-3,500 pages but can set you back a hefty R1000-R4500 each. Still, that compares well with the measly 200 pages you are likely to get from the standard inkjet cartridge costing around R350.
So do laser printers now represent a cost-effective alternative for the home consumer? Generally this depends on how many pages you print. Laser printers can be better value over the longer term, but the initial outlay can be a lot more. Another advantage of laser printers is that they do not dry up if left unattended for several weeks or months. We recommend these printers over inkjet printers as they tend to clog up if not used on a regular basis.
HP manufactures more than half of the printers sold in the SA. Its bestselling HP Deskjet 3050A inkjet retails for about R1265. The cartridges sell for R315 and have a standard page yield of 190 (black) and 165 (colour).
The company’s top-selling HP CP2025 colour LaserJet sells for about R2315. Cartridges retail for about £110 and have a page yield of 2,800 (colour) and 3,500 (black).
Cursory number-crunching indicates that if you print only, say, 1,000 pages a year – based on ISO standard 5% paper coverage – then the inkjet, at about R1.05 per page, is better value
But for anyone who prints more than 2,000 pages a year, a laser printer, at about R0.63 per page, is cheaper. The savings increase the more you print. A small office, for instance, that prints 10,000 pages, stands to save hundreds of pounds by switching.
But inkjet does have its advantages. At the domestic end of the market the print quality is higher and the colour definition better. If you print mostly photos then you probably want to stick with an inkjet printer or a small compact dye sublimation printer.
If you’re buying a laser printer it’s important to work out what you’re going to use it for before deciding on a model. As a rule of thumb, the cheaper the printer, the smaller the cartridge, and the lower the page yield.
Samsung’s ML2160 monochrome laser printer, for example, costs about R1000. But the cartridges also cost R1000 – and print a comparatively modest 1,500 pages.
For all type of printers do not buy a printer on price alone. its advisable to always look at the cost of the replacement cartridges and their print yield.
One way to save money on these is to buy refilled cartridges, which can be 30-50% cheaper than the original price, according to the European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers Association. Think about investing in a laser that supports duplex printing – printing on both sides of the paper – which cuts down on energy and paper consumption.
It may also be worth buying a printer that is Wi-Fi compatible so that one click of a button will allow you to print, whether from laptop or smartphone.
Generally, if you think how little ink is in the average inkjet cartridge compared to the average laser cartridge the economics are in favour of laser. Sometimes the cartridge prices aren’t that different. But those for the laser can last an awful lot longer. There are some inkjet manufacturers that market themselves against laser printers, Epson and HP offer business inkjet printers like the Epson Workforce Pro and HP Officejet Pro, these cartridges have a high page yield and are more comparable to laser consumption and cost per page than other standard inkjet printers.