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Will Discount Inkjet Cartridges Save You Money?

Here's a recurring AskBob reader question: “Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal?” Some people say they're great and can save you lots of money. But will they ruin your printer, void your warranty, or provide poor print quality? So what's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my personal experience and advice concerning discounted, refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges…

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Which Printer is Best: Inkjet, Laser or All-In-One?

Shopping for a new printer? You might be wondering if you should you look for an inkjet or a laser. Or how about a plain old printer versus an all-in-one (AIO) printer, scanner, copier, fax, and toaster? The choice -- inkjet vs. laser, and dedicated printer vs. all-in-one -- depends on what you print and how often you print it. Here's a look at the tradeoffs, and factors to consider when buying a printer...

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Will Discount Inkjet Cartridges Void Your Printer Warranty?

Here's a common AskBob reader question: “Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal?” Will they ruin your printer, void your warranty, or have poor print quality? Some people say they're great and can save you lots of money. So what's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about discounted, refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges...

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Are Discount Toner Cartridges a Bargain?

Those discount toner cartridges for your laser printer, photocopier, or fax machine offer tempting savings over the manufacturer's cartridges. But are discount toner cartridges just as good? Let's look at some of the pros and cons of those inexpensive toner cartridge deals. (I also have some advice for folks who have inkjet printers.) Read on for my advice on discount toner and inkjet cartridges...

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Here's How to Save Money on Printing Costs

Are you tired of shelling out big bucks to replace yet another empty ink cartridge? Nobody is happy about the high cost of home and small office printing. Paper prices are rising, and the cost of brand-name printer ink cartridges has always been outrageous. Here are some tips for slimming down your printing budget...

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Do This Instead of Printing (you'll save time and money)

How often do you use your printer? If it's more than occasionally, I’ve got some tips to simplify your life and save you money. Aside from wasting paper, killing trees unnecessarily, and spending more than $300 a gallon on printer ink, you’re also creating a stack of pages that you’ll have to do something with. Here are some ways to minimize those hard copies, as well as the associated filing, and tedious searching tasks...

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The Truth About Discount Inkjet Cartridges

I am often asked: 'Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal? I've heard they can ruin your printer, void your warranty, and that the quality is lacking. Others have told me they're great and can save you lots of money. What's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about discounted, refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges...

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[HOWTO] Fill and Sign PDF Forms Digitally

I recently made an appointment with a new doctor. At the end of our conversation, the appointment-setter suggested that I download the “new patient forms” from the office website and fill them out before I arrived. I’m sure you've had similar conversations. Here's an easy (and free) way to fill out those forms, without using a pen or paper...

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Save Time and Money with Printing Alternatives

How often do you use your printer? If it’s more than just occasionally, I’ve got some tips to simplify your life and save you money. Aside from wasting paper, killing trees unnecessarily, and spending more than $300 a gallon on printer ink, you’re also creating a stack of pages that you’ll have to do something with. Here are some ways to minimize those hard copies, as well as the associated filing, and tedious searching tasks…

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Your Next Printer: Inkjet, Laser, or All-In-One?

When shopping for a new printer, should you look for an inkjet or a laser? How about a plain old printer versus an all-in-one (AIO) printer, scanner, copier, and fax? The inkjet vs. laser choice depends on what you print and how often you print it. Here's a look at the tradeoffs, and factors to consider when buying a printer...

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[MATCH] Your Face Predicts Your Behavior?

An Israeli startup called Faception got my attention recently with some pretty bold claims. The company claims that its software product can take one look at a person’s face and determine, with a high degree of accuracy, whether he is a terrorist, pedophile, white-collar criminal, extrovert, genius, or another of 15 “classifiers” the software is designed to recognize at first sight. What red flags might YOUR face trigger...?

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What Is Cloud Printing?

If you bought a printer in the past few years, you may have noticed “Cloud Print" or “EPrint” among the options. Or you may have heard about “Google Cloud Print” and wondered what it is and what it’s for. Here is what you need to know about cloud printing...

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HP Playing Dirty Tricks?

I've used replacement inkjet cartridges from third-party vendors for years; they've always worked fine and cost a fraction of the price for brand-name (OEM) cartridges. But two days ago, my HP 8610 suddenly informed me that ALL of my inkjet cartridges “appear to be damaged,” and I can't print at all. Read on for the real story, which will likely make you mad...

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Is This the Most Economical Printer?

Epson is challenging the business model of the printer industry. Or maybe, Epson is capitulating to consumer demand. Either way, the new line of inkjet printers coming from Epson in September is revolutionary, and it should make you think differently about your next printer purchase. But not, perhaps, in the way Epson wants you to think. Read on!

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Five Very Affordable Photo Printers

It's true, you can print any photo on your trusty inkjet printer, but photo printers offer some features that make photo printing better and easier. Here are some high-quality, low-cost photo printers you should consider...

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A 3D Printer in Every Home?

There's a new manufacturing revolution happening. 3D printers are empowering the masses to make their own stuff. With some entry-level printers selling for less than $500, there's never been a better time to try your hand at 3D printing. Read on to learn more about these little wonders...

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Wireless All-In-One Printers

A reader asks: 'Is a wireless inkjet printer as good as a regular wired printer? I'm concerned about speed and print quality. If there's no significant difference, can you recommend a few wireless inkjets for me?'

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HOWTO: Save Money on Printing Costs

Tired of shelling out big bucks to replace yet another empty ink cartridge? Nobody is happy about the high cost of home and small office printing. Paper prices are rising, and the cost of brand-name printer ink cartridges has always been outrageous. Here are some tips for slimming down your printing budget...

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Free Desktop Publishing Tools

Desktop publishing software makes creation of printed materials easier and enables professional-grade design, layout, and printing. But leading commercial software DTP is expensive. Fortunately, there are free and budget-minded desktop publishing programs for non-profit and low-budget publishers. Here's a roundup of your best options...

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The Truth About Discount Ink Cartridges

A reader asks: 'Are discount inkjet cartridges a good deal? I've heard they can ruin your printer, void your warranty, and that the quality is lacking. Others have told me they're great and can save you lots of money. What's the scoop on cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about inkjet cartridges...

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TIPS: Buying An Inkjet Printer

Inkjet printers are the workhorses of home and office. There are hundreds of different models available, each offering dozens of features. Buying an inkjet printer can be confusing unless you know which options are really important. The good news is, inkjet printers are dirt cheap. The bad news: buying the wrong inkjet printer (even a cheap one) can be very expensive. Here's what you need to know...

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Make Your Own Stuff With 3D Printing

A reader asks: I’ve heard about 3D printing and how it enables you to make all kinds of cool things, even artwork and actual guns. How does it work, and where can I get a 3D printer?

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Is a Paperless Office Really Possible?

The year was 1984. I was a newly-hired programmer at IBM, listening to a lecture on the future of technology. At the end, someone asked the presenter about the notion of the paperless office. I'll always remember his reply: 'We will sooner see a paperless bathroom than a paperless office.' Almost 30 years later, have we made any progress toward the goal of going paper free?

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Should I Buy That Cheap Inkjet Printer?

While shopping for a new inkjet printer, I saw an HP Deskjet and a Canon Pixma on sale for $29 each at a local office store. It sounds too good to be true, but they're both well-known brands. Is there some catch I should be aware of? Other similar looking models cost over $100. Is a cheap inkjet a good idea?

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Buying an All-In-One Printer

An all-in-one printer performs four classic office functions: printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. There are pros and cons to all-in-one printers, and some factors to look at when shopping for one. Here's what you should know before buying, and a few of my top picks for your home or office...

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Discount Toner Cartridges - A Real Bargain?

Discount toner cartridges for your laser printer, photocopier, or fax machine offer tempting savings over the manufacturer's cartridges. But are discount toner cartridges just as good? Let's look at some of the pros and cons of those inexpensive toner cartridge deals...

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Free Business Cards

I'm starting a new business and I want to print a few hundred business cards. Are these online offers for 'free business cards' legitimate? What about the quality?

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Buying a Laser Printer

If you need to print high-quality text and graphics in large volumes, a laser print beats most inkjets. Laser printers churn out pages much faster and the cost-per-page of supplies is lower. Be prepared to shell out more money up front for a laser printer, but not as much as you might think. Here are some helpful tips to consider when buying a laser printer...

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Self Publishing

I have a great book idea, but I've had trouble finding a publisher. I've looked at various self-publishing options, but came away confused. Can you help me get started with self-publishing?

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All-In-One Printers

An all-in-one printer performs four classic office functions: printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. There are pros and cons to all-in-one printers, and some factors to look at when shopping for one. Here's what you should know before buying, and a few of my top picks for your home or office...

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Online Photo Printing

If you want the best quality paper prints of your digital photos, you have two choices: spend several hundred dollars on your own dedicated photo printer or use a photo-processing service. Since the original photos are in digital files there's no reason you can't deliver them online to the photo-processing service. Here are some of the best online photo printing services...

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Photo Printer Buying Tips

If you want high-quality paper prints of your photos, you need a photo printer. You might be tempted to print your photos on your all-purpose inkjet printer. But photo printers offer several advantages when it comes to at-home printing of your digital photos...

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Print to File

Often I compose a letter in Word, then paste the text into an email. But all the formatting (and sometimes images) are lost when my friends view it. Can I somehow capture in a file, exactly what WOULD appear on the printed page, then send that instead?

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Fast Color Laser Printers

I'm looking for a color laser printer that's reliable and fast. A price tag under $500 would be nice... what do you recommend?

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HP OfficeJet Pro L7780

HP is known for its versatile line of business and home office equipment. One of their latest releases is the HP OfficeJet Pro L7780 All-In-One. This office machine operates as both a color and a black and white printer, copier, scanner and fax machine. I've had mine for a few weeks, so it's time for a review...

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Share A Printer Online

Is it possible to print over the Internet? Sometimes I'm working at home and would like to print directly to my office printer. Both computers are online, so it seems like it should be possible to print over the Internet. Can this be done?

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Two Printers, One Computer

I have a laser printer and an inkjet printer. How do I connect them both to one computer (by cable)?

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Garbage From Printer

When I start up my computer, the printer starts printing out a bunch of almost-blank garbage pages, containing hearts, smilies and lots of other gibberish. I don't know why it does this, and don't know how to stop it. Can you help?

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Wireless Printing

I have a laptop with no printer attached. But I do have a wireless network in my home, and one of the desktop computers on the network has a printer. How can I print from the laptop, over the wireless network, to the printer that's hooked up to my desktop?

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Sharing a Printer

I have two computers but only one printer. I understand there is a way to share the printer so both can print to it. Can you tell me how to do that?

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Is Your Printer Spying on You?

I've heard that some printers embed a secret coded dot pattern on each printed page, and that if you decode the dots, you can determine the owner of the printer and the exact time the page was printed. That sounds like a privacy violation -- is it true?

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