HP silently disabled the ability to use third-party printer ink cartridges in its HP Officejet printer lines.
HP silently disabled the ability to use third-party printer ink cartridges in its HP Officejet printer lines.
SAP and UPS launched a website today that they hope will attract other companies into a partner program to test new industrial 3D printing methods.
HP wants to shake up the enterprise copier market with Samsung's multifunctional printers.
Does wood filament really look and feel like wood? That's the question David Gewirtz sets out to answer in his hands-on testing. David Gewirtz tests ColorFabb Woodfill on the LulzBot Mini.
The Japanese company strengthens capital of its local subsidiary and expects further growth despite recession.
3D printers are usually noisy. But we found one that might be quiet enough to use in an office environment. In this article, David Gewirtz puts it to the test.
HP once again revised its EPS projection for this fiscal year, which sent its shares falling around 5 percent in late trading.
The 3D printing company is unveiling new technologies and some big-name partners, with the aim of advancing additive manufacturing for end-use parts.
At the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, scientists have 3D printed tissues that could one day be implanted into human patients.
Do you know what a Tg is? Do you know what a Z-probe is? We didn't either. But knowing about these and some other interesting secrets will help you make better 3D prints.
Last week London saw the arrival of a restaurant celebrating 3D printed food, furniture, and cutlery. Could a chain of dining spots be next?
As part of our ongoing 3D Printing Discovery Series, David Gewirtz takes a first look at an inexpensive and quiet 3D printer that might just be nice enough to keep in your office or home, rather than in your workshop or lab.
David Gewirtz 3D-prints a case for his Raspberry Pi, and he adds a camera to his LulzBot Mini printer. Learn more about ABS filament. Plus, David uses a drill press. Yeah, it worries us, too. Did we mention the Spocktopus?
Ready for some buzzword salad? David Gewirtz combines OctoPrint with OctoPi on the Raspberry Pi to drive his LulzBot Mini 3D printer. It's actually harder to say than to do. Read on to learn how.
The potential of this fully functional, ridiculously inexpensive little computer is limited only by your imagination. It's not too late to join the Raspberry Pi bandwagon.
In response to the growing trend for working at home (either permanently or intermittently), Brother recently launched a new range of stylish multifunction devices. As well as the usual printing, scanning and copying, the <a href="http://www.brother.co.uk/g3.cfm/s_page/50670/s_level/31200/s_product/MFC845CWU1">MFC-845CW</a> offers fax functionality, integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking and a DECT handset.
The new WorkCentre C2424 from Xerox is the first multi-function device (MFD) to be based on the company's exclusive solid-ink technology. It’s a high quality yet cost-effective all-in-one unit that prints, copies and scans A4 pages in full colour while offering many of the features of far more costly products. Until now, the choice has been between budget A4 inkjets at a few hundred, and expensive A3 lasers costing many thousands of pounds. Designed for workgroups of around twenty people, the C2424 sits between both camps, offering a more robust, powerful and flexible solution than an inkjet with the duty-cycle and range of features you’d expect from high-end office equipment -- only in an A4 format.
Colour laser printers run the gamut in price, from the inexpensive <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/printers/0,39024000,39145387,00.htm">Samsung CLP-500</a> to the premium <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/printers/0,39024000,39175683,00.htm">Lexmark C762n</a>. Treading the middle ground is the Dell 5100cn, a sub-£500 (ex. VAT) colour laser printer with Ethernet capability, two-sided printing, solid paper handling and enough speed for an office workgroup. Although the Dell 5100cn doesn't have as many extras as Lexmark's C762n, such as usage tracking by account or trays for banner printing, the 5100cn's own stable of paper-handling extras cost much less. Except for its merely good black text, the Dell 5100cn's print quality is on a par with the Lexmark C762n's. So unless your office needs to print banners for corporate cake-cuttings or window dressing, the 5100cn should easily satisfy both your black-and-white and colour office-printing needs for less.
Brother’s latest colour laser printer is aimed at smaller networks. Offering a respectable balance of driver support, paper handling and performance, the HL-2700CN is worth considering if you need a colour laser printer that’s network-ready and is easy to operate. If print quality, speed and paper handling options are more important factors, there are better products available.
Xerox has pushed the speed limits of colour printing back even further with the launch of the 26 page per minute (ppm) Phaser 6250 range. This one-pass colour laser produces richly coloured, double-sided documents very quickly. The networked printing support is also excellent. However, some qualities of the printer's output make it more suitable for general office work than high-quality graphics printing, such as colour proofing.
The HP Colour LaserJet 1500L is the entry-level model in Hewlett-Packard's line of home and small-office colour laser printers. It has the same basic specs and solid performance quality as the LaserJet 2500 series, minus a large paper capacity and a few expansion options. Priced at £671 ex. VAT, it's one of the lowest cost colour lasers on the market. If you're a small-office or home user who needs to do inexpensive and low-volume colour printing, the 1500L is a great choice. However, if you have any plans to expand your office (or your family), the LaserJet 2500 is more expandable for around the same cost, but without the high-speed USB interface.
Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet 2300dtn (along with the rest of the LaserJet 2300 monochrome laser product line) gives offices a useful mid-range option between desktop lasers for individuals and 'big box' models for business. The most basic LaserJet 2300L, with its 20 page per minute (ppm) engine and a single stacked input tray (plus a multipurpose tray), is a step up in speed, paper capacity and print volume from the HP LaserJet 1300. It could serve one or two people who print a lot of documents, or it could be networked for an office. The LaserJet 2300dtn shows how the product line can grow to fit your needs. It has a faster engine, loads of paper capacity and a higher monthly print volume, plus a 10/100 Ethernet interface and automatic duplexing. Compared to its higher-end cousins, the LaserJet 4200 series, it offers many of the same features -- but at a lower cost. And as our tests show, the LaserJet 2300dtn fills its role with aplomb.
As successor to the popular but discontinued Canon S900 photo printer, the Canon i950 doubles the S900's resolution and halves its dot size. The result: this photo printer is quick, compact and attractively priced. Most importantly, however, it delivers high-quality pictures for photographers on a budget.
As monochrome laser printers go, the 1,200dpi Xerox Phaser 4400 is a heavy-duty, networkable printing machine. It churns out professional-quality text and graphics at lightning speeds, and it requires little or no knowledge to use -- its high-capacity toner cartridge is particularly easy to replace. Also, ample drivers and clear documentation allow companies, with or without IT support, to set up and operate this printer across a multitude of PC and network platforms. This printer can handle large, busy corporate environments, yet it doesn't take a network administrator to master its simple menu-driven user controls. This simplicity makes it ideal for small, networked businesses -- as long as they can swing the expense.
Would you want to print from your Pocket PC handheld when you’re on the road? That’s the main point of Brother’s tiny new m-PRINT portable printer. Although it’s got a USB port as well as an infrared connection, so you can connect up a notebook, the small A7 paper size makes it a better fit for a handheld because you get a screen’s worth of information on a page.
HP thinks you need to be able to print on the move, and has produced the DeskJet 450 to meet this need. This compact colour inkjet is not only small enough to carry around, but it can also be powered from a battery. Although it's admirably suited to mobile professionals, the DeskJet 450 should satisfy home users equally well.
By definition, all multifunction devices (MFDs) print, copy and scan, and they often fax too. But only a handful, such as HP’s PSC 2210, also read memory cards from digital cameras, and very few manage to cram these abilities into a compact, easy-to-maintain unit. The PSC 2210 does all of the above, with performance that rivals that of standalone printers, both in speed and output quality. For a small office or a home requiring a convenient, space-saving unit, this is an excellent choice -- unless you intend to send a lot of faxes. In that case, you'd be better off with Canon's MultiPass F50, which has a sheet feeder that allows for speedy, multi-page faxes.
Unlike many photo printers, which are basically conventional inkjets with improved photo-printing skills, HP’s diminutive Photosmart 130 prints only 10 by 15cm photos. For digital camera enthusiasts, this is hardly a shortcoming: the £106.37 (ex. VAT; £124.99 ex. VAT) toaster-sized 130 does one thing, and does it well -- printing gorgeous photographs with minimum fuss. You don't even need to hook up the Photosmart 130 to your PC: this printer works straight from your digital camera. If you want larger prints, however, look to a more conventional product.
The phrase ‘light black’ might seem like an oxymoron, but in the case of the Epson Stylus Photo 2100, it makes perfect sense. This printer’s enhanced seven-colour UltraChrome pigment-ink set and increased maximum resolution of 2,880 by 1,440 dote per inch (dpi) combine to deliver some of the best archival-quality inkjet output we've ever seen. Although it’s very expensive, the Stylus Photo 2100 is well worth the price for photography professionals who demand high-quality prints that will last.
Hewlett-Packard's latest A4 colour laser has all the things you'd expect from HP -- speed, manageability and connectivity -- but succeeds where many lasers fail: photo printing. While not your first choice as a photo printer, the ability to get good quality images in your reports and presentations can only be a good thing.
Canon's i950 photo inkjet is a sure winner for amateur digital photographers with a restricted budget.
The Phaser 4400 is a serious monochrome laser printer worthy of any busy office environment, large or small.
If you need a printed record of information on your Pocket PC handheld, this is a lightweight and portable way to get one wherever you are.
The DeskJet 450 is compact, and battery power allows you to use it in unlikely places. However, despite its good print quality, it's neither a budget printer, nor the fastest way of printing photos.
The multifunction PSC 2210 excels at basic tasks, such as printing and reading digital media, but it’s not suitable for offices with heavy fax traffic.
If you use a digital camera and want to print photos on the road, you’ll love this little printer. But if you're looking to print large sheets, consider a more versatile photo-capable inkjet.
When your photographs graduate from snapshots to art, reward yourself with the Epson Stylus Photo 2100. Its long-lived prints, first-rate output quality and ability to handle a broad selection of paper types are worth the high price.
If your organisation produces many colour documents that include photos, this is a fast and good quality way of doing it. You'd have to make good use of it to justify the above-average cost, but you do get a good printer for your money.
If you need full-bleed A3 colour printing, this printer will cost you less than a colour laser, and produce better results on photos even if it is a little slow.
The Phaser 6200DP's fast colour print speeds and useful features would appeal to any busy office, but its print quality falters at anything more complex than presentation graphics.
The Aculaser C1000 delivers solid performance and print quality at a reasonable price. A good choice of colour printer for small/medium-sized companies and departments.
An excellent general-purpose inkjet printer for consumers and small businesses.
For those who must have leading-edge kit, this is the first Bluetooth printer we've seen. However, if you just want a printer and can live with wires, you can get the same print quality for less money.
If you've got the space for it, the cp1160 is a good general-purpose printer for homes and small businesses.
Great graphics, a low price and HP's reputation make this a good choice for home users. Better text quality and lower ink costs would help, though.