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Compatible Toner Cartridges Good or Bad

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Are Compatible Toner Cartridges Good or Bad? You can save a lot of money on compatible cartridges and get a great product. But you need to understand the differences between them before going on ebay, Amazon, or SlipshodTonerInkSupply.com and buying the cheapest toner cartridge you can find.

There is a difference between the types of toner cartridges you can buy.

The available choices are OEM, Genuine, Re manufactured, Refilled or Compatible toner cartridges.

They are not all the same. Each term describes a different level of quality and expected reliability.

Here is a brief description of the differences between the cartridge types.

OEM Cartridges

OEM Cartridges are Original Equipment Manufacturer cartridges. They will be labeled with the brand name of the manufacturer. They are made to the specifications of the equipment manufacturer whether they are actually made by them or by a another company on their behalf. These cartridges will be the most expensive and have a high level of reliability. However they can still have failures or yield below the stated expected page amounts.

Genuine Cartridges

Genuine cartridges are basically the same as OEM. Some manufacturers make equipment that is re-branded by other companies. For example Ricoh makes copiers and printers that are re-branded and sold as Savin, Lanier, Gestetner and a few other names. So a Genuine Savin Toner cartridge is actually made to Ricoh specifications. And it’s not necessarily made by the original equipment manufacturer. The pricing and reliability of these cartridges will be the same as OEM.

Re-Manufactured Cartridges

Re manufactured cartridges are rebuilt OEM or Genuine cartridges. There are companies which capture used OEM cartridges and rebuild them. The quality of these re manufactured cartridges varies a lot. From very good to very poor. There has always been reliability issues with these cartridges. The process of replacing all of the components is time consuming and labor intensive. Which means there are lots of opportunities for problems to occur. From putting the wrong toner in them to reusing the old components. These cartridges will be less expensive but will have a lower level of reliability.

Refilled Cartridges

Refilled cartridges are the lowest rung on the ladder. The companies that refill cartridges do little more than drill a hole in the cartridge to empty the old toner out, and put in some new toner. Hopefully the right kind of toner. These cartridges will be the cheapest and have the worst reputation for reliability.

Compatible Cartridges

Compatible cartridges are newly manufactured cartridges that will fit into your copier or printer just like the OEM or Genuine brand cartridges. Reputable cartridge manufacturers are often ISO 9001 certified.

Will using other than OEM or Genuine supplies Void your warranty?

No, there are consumer protection laws that protect against that.

Will using other than OEM or Genuine supplies damage my machine?

Yes and no. If you have a printer that uses an all inclusive cartridge that has the drum, developer, toner and waste toner bin all in one cartridge, then no. It’s not very likely the cartridge will damage your printer even if the cartridge is bad. Because when you replace the cartridge your replacing all the above items at the same time.

However if your machine requires a cartridge that is just the toner then that toner will circulate throughout the machine and can cause potential problems in many areas. Having a printer repairman fix and replace damaged or contaminated items can be costly.

Summary

Type Price Reliability Recommended
OEM High High Yes
Genuine High High Yes
Re Manufactured Low Low No
Refilled Low Low No
Compatible Low High Yes

A Word About Guaranties

A reputable supplier will offer a refund or replacement guarantee. It’s recommended that you buy your cartridges from someone you trust. There are expected failure rates for all the cartridges. Don’t buy cartridges from a company you cannot easily contact if there is a problem or that does not offer a guarantee.

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Printers and Copiers Understanding Scanning

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A few years ago scanning options on most commercial multifunction copiers and printers were sold separately as an add on feature. Sometimes additional software, hardware, or licenses were required to provide scanning functionality. But now, in an effort to keep up with the competition many manufactures have begun to provide scanning functionality as a standard feature on new equipment.

And that’s great news for you if your in the market for new equipment. Because it means you won’t have to pay extra money to be able to use your machine as an office scanner.

The Basic Scanning Options

Scanning can be complicated, and there are many variables that can make a big impact to your workflow. Such as file size, scanning speed and resolution, file type, encryption, network protocols, scanning to cloud applications, OCR, image editing, file management, and security. In the interest of brevity this article is limited to the basic scan functions that you should be knowledgeable about when purchasing a new machine. The more in-depth information will be covered in other articles. But if you have questions please contact me. I’ll be happy to try and answer them for you.

Scan To Fax

Scanning to fax is scanning a document and sending it as a fax. Of course faxing is nothing new but with modern equipment there are a lot more options and the speed and quality are much better. One very nice feature you should know about is forwarding an incoming fax to your email or to a network folder. Fax forwarding is a used in many offices because it saves paper, prevents lost faxes, make distribution options easier, and saves a trip walking over to the fax machine. Another great feature is the ability to send a fax directly from your PC.

Scan To Email

This is a another great feature used in many offices. Load your documents on the document feeder and have them scanned as a PDF, JPEG, or TIFF file, and sent to an email address designated by you. Typically there will be a one touch button on the operation panel programmed with the desired recipients address. You can also manually designate email addresses as desired. If the scanned files will be to big for email distribution then you will need to use SMB scanning or scan to FTP, explained below.

SMB Scanning

SMB scanning is a widely used scanning process. It is similar to scan to email except the scanned document is sent to a folder located on your PC or a folder located on the network. Typically SMB scanning will result in the file getting to your folder faster (than to your email inbox) since the file does not have to travel through an email server. Not that you need to know this but SMB is an abbreviation for Server Message Block.

Scan to FTP

This scanning option is not often used in small offices but is available on most multifunction devices for scanning to a FTP server. The functionality is basically the same as SMB scanning. The only difference is that the file is sent to an FTP server (like FileZilla) instead of a file folder. Again not that you need to know this but FTP is an abbreviation for File Transfer Protocol.

Twain Scanning

This is an older scanning technology that is still supported by most manufactures. This type of scanning is used to scan documents directly into programs such as Photoshop. The difference here is that the machine does not push the documents to the application, the documents are pulled into the application from the PC workstation.

Scan To USB

This is a handy option available on some machines. Scan your documents to a USB storage device like a thumb-drive and take them with you. If you desire this feature make sure that the machine is also enabled to print from the USB device as well. Sometimes the ability to print some file types like PDF files comes as an add on feature.

Scan to HDD

Scan documents to the devices hard drive if it is so equipped. This allows for fast document retrieval and printing right at the device. With files that are printed frequently like letterhead or job applications store them on the hard drive and then print them right from the machine.

Copiers And Printers Understanding Scanning Summary

Scanning is one of the more complicated aspects of multifunction printers and copiers. Getting the right options and knowing how to use them will make a big difference in how satisfied you are with your machine selection. Consulting with a knowledgeable professional can lower your overall printing costs. At SOS we perform document workflow evaluations for our customers and help them discover the true cost of handling their documents. Typically we can save our customers 20%-40% while introducing new solutions that make document handling easier. Feel free to contact our friendly and courteous staff. In just a few minutes we can let you know if you can realize these same savings.

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PRINTERS AND COPIERS UNDERSTANDING A3 VS A4

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PRINTERS AND COPIERS UNDERSTANDING A3 VS A4

If you have been researching information about new copiers, printers or MFPs you may have come across the terms A3 and A4. These terms refer to the paper sizes the machine is designed to handle. Paper sizes are defined by two different organizations. The paper sizes in the United States are defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). All other nations paper sizes are defined by the International Organization for Standardization (In ISO 216)

A3 is 11.69 x 16.53 inches which is similar to (U.S. sized paper) Ledger 11″ x 17″.

A4 is 8.27 × 11.69 inches which is similar to (U.S. sized paper) Letter 8 1/2″ x 11″ .

An A3 printer, copier, or MFP is designed to handle A3, A4,  letter, legal, ledger and some smaller sizes like postcards & envelopes.

An A4 printer, copier, or MFP is smaller and more compact. It is designed to handle A4, letter & legal, but not A3 or ledger sized paper. An A4 machine will also typically handle some smaller sizes like postcards and envelopes.

Which one is right for your office depends mainly on the paper sizes you will be printing, copying and scanning. However there are a few other things you should be aware of before you make a decision.

Paper Sizes A3 VS A4

Many offices use only letter and legal sized paper. However some offices use the larger ledger size for engineering documents, making booklets, menus, and design layouts. Ledger size paper is the same size as two letter sized pages put together. This makes booklet making easy by simply folding the paper in half. Also because of the large size it is useful for enlarging engineering diagrams to a readable size. Ledger is also great for printing large spreadsheets on. It’s much easier to read a spreadsheet printed on ledger sized paper than reducing the font to mice type to fit on letter sized paper.A4 Paper compared to A3 paper size

The Size Difference Between A3 and A4 machines

Since an A4 machine is designed to work with A4, letter, legal and smaller paper sizes it has smaller internal components. This allows for a more compact design which results in a machine that takes up less space than the larger A3 machine. And that’s a great feature for small offices. On the other hand, an A3 machine is designed to work with the larger A3, ledger sized paper and has larger more durable internal components. This results in a larger frame and it will require more space than an A4 machine.

Available Options On A3 and A4 machines

The smaller and lighter A4 machines generally have only light duty options available. For example, if the machine has a stapler option it may be limited to stapling only 20 pages at a time. There might not even be a large capacity tray, folder, 3-hole punch, or finisher available for the machine.

If you require equipment options such as large capacity trays, 3-hole punching, folding, finishing, or stapling 50 or more sheets at a time than you will likely need a a full size A3 machine to handle these tasks.

Cost difference between A3 and A4 machines

The larger more robustly designed A3 machine will cost more in terms of equipment costs. And the A4 machines with their smaller lighter frames and lower yielding internal components will cost less in terms of equipment costs.

But equipment costs are not the only thing you should be keeping an eye on. You should also be paying close attention to how much it will cost to use the machine. Service and supplies are not cheap.

Service and supply costs are generally higher on A4 machines. This is because the A4 machine has consumable items that are light duty and do not have high page yields. In addition, many of the internal units are disposable and are not designed to be repaired or maintained. So while the A4 machine costs less, they typically cost more to use on a per page basis than the larger A3 machine.

You’re monthly printing/copying volume will be the key to determining which machine is most cost effective for your office. If you’re only running 1000-4000 pages a month than even with higher per page costs the A4 will usually be the most cost effective.

If you’re monthly printing/copying volume is above 4500 pages a month an A3 machine might be a better fit. You should consult with an industry professional. A knowledgeable person can help you get the right equipment for your office and often save you money at the same time.

Copiers And Printers Understanding A3 VS A4 Summary

A4 machines are a great option for small offices or work-groups that don’t have rigorous requirements or high copying/printing volumes. A3 machines are the workhorses that are built to handle demanding jobs and higher printing/copying volumes.

  • A3 up to ledger (11 x 17) size paper – A4 up to legal (8.5 x 14) size paper
  • A3 larger more durable machine – A4 smaller more compact & light duty
  • A3 lots of optional equipment – A4 limited optional equipment & lighter duty accessories
  • A3 higher priced equipment – A4 lower equipment cost
  • A3 lower supply & service costs – A4 higher supply and equipment costs

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PRINTERS AND COPIERS UNDERSTANDING COLOR

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Color printers and copiers in the past few years have become very affordable. Not long ago most offices had only black and white printing equipment because color machines were to expensive. Nowadays most offices have at least one color printer. We actually sell very few black and white machines any more. Most of the time our customers are asking for color copiers. Every now and then a client will come to us wanting to get a black and white machine. But after finding out how affordable a color machine is they get the color machine instead.

How Much Do Color Printers and Copiers Cost.

On average a color copier will cost roughly 20% more than an equivalent B&W model.

For example this Sharp MX B402 MFP base model from our Sharp Award Winning Line of Monochrome MFPs would cost $89 a month on a 60 month FMV lease.

SHARP MX-B402 COPIER 300

Black & White 40 PPM Multifunction Printer.

  • 40 Pages Per Minute.
  • Network Print Ready.
  • Network Scan Ready.
  • Super G3 Fax.
  • 50 Page Automatic Document Feeder.
  • Scan to Email.
  • Scan to Network Folder.
  • Automatic Duplexing.

 

Compare that to this Sharp MX C312 base model from our Sharp Award Winning Line of Color MFPs for $108 a month on a 60 month FMV lease.

SHARP MX_C312 MFP

Full Color 31 PPM Multifunction Printer.

  • 31 Pages Per Minute.
  • Network Print Ready.
  • Network Scan Ready.
  • Super G3 Fax.
  • 50 Page Automatic Document Feeder.
  • Scan to Email.
  • Scan to Network Folder.
  • Automatic Duplexing.

 

Both of these machines are fully featured MFPs that work great in a small office or workgroup.

Only $19 difference between the B&W and Color MFP.

Some people think they will save money by buying a black and white commercial printer, and using an inexpensive desktop to handle their color printing needs. But they actually end up spending more money. Because color printer cartridges for low cost machines are so expensive. How much do you spend on color cartridges for your color printer each month? I bet it’s more than the $19 price difference between the B&W and color machines.

What About Performance.

Commercial level color machines have more powerful processors, more memory, and better user interfaces that make them faster and easier to use. A new customer we picked up this week was telling me about how slow his bargain store printer was. He said his new contracts are 30 pages long. And he feels very unprofessional making his customers wait while his printer struggles to print out the contracts. With his new color multifunction copier he is done in less than a minute.

How Much Do Color Copier Supplies Cost.

The supplies can be included in an all inclusive service agreement. Some people call them maintenance agreements but they are the same thing. Our service agreements start at only $36 a month and can include an allowance for both black and white and color copies. The agreement covers all repairs, maintenance and supplies (paper & staples excluded). So no more getting hit with a $300-$400 bill when it’s time for new color cartridges for your laser printer. In addition if you have any problems with the machine or when it’s time for maintenance, it’s all taken care of for you.

Printers And Copiers Understanding Color Summary.

Color printers and copiers are very affordable. Having a color printing device in your office is convenient and can save you money over having color documents printed by a printing service. So now you can see why so many people are choosing color printers and copiers over B&W.

  • Color Printers and Copiers are now more affordable than ever.
  • They will generally cost about 20% more than comparable black and white machines.
  • Commercial Color MFPs have a lower cost of ownership than bargain store color printers.
  • All Inclusive service agreements are available starting at only $36 a month and include all repairs, maintenance, & supplies.

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PRINTERS AND COPIERS UNDERSTANDING SPEED

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The speed of Printers and copiers is rated by pages per minute or PPM. This is usually given as a best case scenario. The stated speed in PPM will usually be based on using regular letter sized copy paper. The PPM will be lower when printing on different paper sizes, using special features like duplexing, and when using different types of paper or media such as transparencies, labels etc. The higher the PPM rating the faster the machine will print out pages.

Warm Up Time And First Copy Out Time

Just as important as PPM is how long the machine takes to warm up. Due to energy saving requirements printers and copiers will go into a sleep mode after a period of not being used. Before the first print can come out the machine must warm up and be ready. This warm up period can be anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute. If you plan to use your printer or copier sporadically throughout the day, a long warm up period will be frustrating. First copy out is similar to warm up time but it is different. The first copy out time is a  measurement of the time it takes for the first page to print out on a warmed up machine. This can also vary a lot depending on the machine and the manufacturer.

Monthly Duty Cycle And Recommended Monthly Volume

Another factor related to understanding the speed of printers and copiers is the monthly duty cycle. The monthly duty cycle is the amount of printed pages the equipment can print in a month as stated by the manufacturer. The intention is for consumers to be able to compare monthly duty cycles between machines to see which one is best suited for them. Unfortunately this number is so often grossly overstated that it’s useless. Do you really think you can run 100,000 pages a month on a $200 printer that puts out 98 pages per $40 ink cartridge. A more useful number is the recommended monthly volume. Printers and copiers are designed to handle a certain workload. And it is reflected in the recommend monthly volume or usage rating. However you won’t be able to find it for all machines. Some manufactures publish it for some models and not others. This is where a professional is your best source of information.

Printers and Copiers Understanding Speed Summary

Most offices do fine with machines rated between 25 – 50 pages per minute. Your budget will dictate to a large degree what makes sense for your office. If you have very large jobs to run than you will need more speed to get them completed. Warm up and first copy out times are important and can have a big impact on how happy you are with your machines performance. Monthly Duty Cycle is misleading, find out what the recommended monthly usage (or volume) is instead.

  • 25-50 PPM is fine for most offices
  • 50+ PPM if you have very large jobs to run
  • Warm up time can vary from a few seconds to over a minute – Less is better
  • First copy out time can vary a lot between manufactures and machines – Less is better
  • Monthly Duty Cycle is grossly overstated so ignore it – Look for the recommended monthly volume instead

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PRINTERS AND COPIERS UNDERSTANDING OPTIONS

PRINTERS AND COPIERS UNDERSTANDING OPTIONS

A multifunction printer or copier (MFP) by it’s very name lets you know it performs numerous functions. But just what are all these mysterious functions? Do you really need them? If your business interacts with people or other businesses than yes you’ll be needing the multifunction capability of modern business printers and copiers.

Multifunction Printers and Copiers Basic Functions

Copying

Way back before computers ran the business world, people just wanted to make copies. The typewriter was king, but a copier was faster and would copy anything you could put on the glass. So every office needed one. And everybody was happy with the increase in office efficiency.

Printing

Then computers made their way into the office, no longer just a hobby for enthusiasts. They became a replacement for middle management and soon after the typewriters were put in the back room, just in case. With powerful word processing programs it was easy to write reports and memos. Printers were needed to printout the growing amount of documents necessary to keep business moving.

Faxing

Fax machines were there too. With all the copies, reports, memos, and printouts it was critical to be able to send them out at a moments notice. And the fax worked hard when it worked.

Scanning

Then someone figured out that all the copies, reports, memos and printouts had to go back into the computer from whence they came. And so the office scanner made it’s way into the modern office.

This is the foundation that multifunction printers and copiers are built on.

Four Office Machines Each Requiring Separate Supplies And Maintenance

With the 4 basic office machines along with computers & networks in every office. It was Happy days for office equipment companies. Because, the copier needed supplies and maintenance, the printer needed supplies and maintenance, the fax needed supplies and maintenance and the scanner, well it just needed maintenance.

Why Not Get One Machine To Do It All

Combining all 4 of the staple business machines was the obvious next step. It reduces the amount of equipment and supplies taking up space in your office. It also saves you the money and time required to manage supplies and equipment repair on 4 separate machines. Not to mention figuring out how to operate one machine easier then researching the operation manuals on 4 different machines.

Which Multifunction Printer Or Copier Do You Need

The copier industry separates Printers and Copiers by speed into different segments

Personal Copiers 1-10 cpm (copies per minute)

  • Segment 1 – 11-20 cpm
  • Segment 2 – 21-30 cpm
  • Segment 3 – 31-45 cpm
  • Segment 4 – 46-69 cpm
  • Segment 5 – 70-90 cpm
  • Segment 6 – 91+ cpm

Printers and Copiers Understanding Options Summary

Multifunction printers and copiers allow one device to perform the tasks of the 4 basic office machines. Having one machine reduces equipment costs, space requirements, supply inventory problems, and the need to pay the maintenance and repair costs for multiple machines.

  • Copier – make copies of originals from a document feeder or the document glass
  • Printer – print from a single computer or as a network printer for multiple workstations
  • Scanner – Scan to email, network folder, FTP, MFP hard drive, and sometimes to a USB port
  • Fax – Fax documents typically faster, with better quality, and with more user options

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CHEAP PRINTERS AND COPIERS FOR NON PROFITS

CHEAP PRINTERS AND COPIERS FOR NON PROFITS

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National Joint Powers Alliance

NJPA is a public agency that is a member-driven service cooperative, which serves over 50,000 members. NJPA offers a multitude of contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and other non-profit entities.

NJPA offers its members contract purchasing solutions that are leveraged nationally to enable contracted suppliers and member agencies to work smarter and more efficient as they do business with each other. NJPA does this by establishing a business and service alliance between member buyers and contracted suppliers ensuring a valued and successful national purchasing program.

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Eliminate The Time Consuming Bid Process

NJPA’s exclusive national cooperative contract with Sharp Electronics offers your non profit organization national volume pricing on the complete line of Sharp’s award winning Digital Copiers, Printers, Fax Machines, LCD Monitors and Multimedia Projectors. The NJPA contract is formally bid nationally. And is available to you through a your local authorized Sharp Dealer. This will save considerable time and effort required by a formal bid process. While offering the very best national published contract pricing to your non profit organization.

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The Value of NJPA Contract Purchasing

  • The benefit of purchasing one or more models at a National Contract Price Level.
  • Wide Selection of Multifunction Printers and Copiers with Color and Black and White capability
  • Helps eliminate the time consuming bid process
  • Purchase or lease options available
  • The contract is facilitated and serviced by your local authorized Sharp dealer

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PRINTERS AND COPIERS BUYERS TIPS

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If you have time to shop around and look at all the cool features of today’s printers and copiers at the local office store, here is what you will find.

  • Low initial cost
  • High recurring supply costs
  • Lots of features
  • Machines that break easily

Low Initial Cost

The prices of the machines are very low which makes them available to almost anyone. Low prices are great when your buying the machine, but there are costs to use and maintain the equipment. This is the cost of ownership. In our industry it’s refereed to as Total Cost of Ownership or TCO. The TCO is the entire cost associated with the operation of a printer, copier, or MFP over the expected lifetime of that equipment.

High Recurring Supply Costs

Most people tend to only consider toner or ink as supply items. But toner is only one of the supply items your equipment will require. For laser printer based equipment you will need to replace drum units, imaging units, fusing units, toner collection bottles, feed tires, and perhaps more. All of the parts have a usable life expectancy and will require replacement at some interval. This is where you’re low priced printer starts to cost you some money. And this is why commercial printers and copiers make more sense for a business. Commercial level equipment will have higher page yield intervals on these consumable parts resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

Lots of Features

The machines have lots of features but they won’t do you any good if you don’t know what they are or how to use them. Configuring machines to work on a network as a printer or scanner can be time consuming and frustrating. Some machines will come with installation software that may help with setting up the machine but configuring the equipment is tricky even for experienced users.

Machines That Break Easily

For home use the equipment typically will be adequate. However in a work environment there are other factors to consider. Does the machine have enough processing power and memory to quickly and efficiently process your documents. Is the machine durable enough to endure the office workers who will be pulling and poking at it. Document feeders and paper trays are two areas of the machine that will be handled most often. Fixing or replacing them can cost more than replacing an inexpensive machine. And they are often the first thing to break on low cost equipment,

Printers and Copiers Buyers Tips Summary

Buying SOHO (small office home office) printer or copier for your business will probably cost you more money than you think. Supplies are expensive and need frequent replacement often running out just when you need them. Low cost machines break easily and can cost more to repair than to replace.

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