Printer and Copier Repair Can Be FrustratingWay back in 1969, Gary Starkweather demonstrated using a laser beam with xerography to create what is generally accepted as the first laser printer. This demonstration was carried out at the research facility of Xerox at Webster, New York. Ten years later, IBM introduced the IBM 3800 that could print 20,000 lines per minute. The first commercially viable Laser was produced by Hewlett -Packard in 1984, the LaserJet that could print at 300 dpi resolution. It was priced at US$3,600. Interestingly, it had a Canon engine controlled by HP software.Apart from the printing job itself, laser printing, because of its precise quality of text print and high output, gave a boost to desktop publishing. Apple released its own version in 1985 for the Mackintosh followed by the Aldus Page Maker which heralded a new era for desktop publishing that has only progressed and diversified for the better with time. Subsequently, with the perfection of the laser technology where larger portions of paper are printed using a laser beam, the laser printer has today become an indispensable Computer peripheral.While most people have Inkjet Printers for home use, office work usually calls for a Laser. It may be useful to understand the business sense that goes into the purchase of lasers where there is a lot of work to be done, and fast. While Inkjets are great for printing graphics and on various different surfaces too (like cloth and canvas and several different paper qualities) and for taking personal text prints, whether for research work or for printing out the grocery list, they are, in fact, slow and expensive when compared to a Laser.It really depends upon the kind of work that you want to do. In an office environment, there is a greater need for speed and volume when it comes to the print output. Even though Lasers cost more initially, their print volume, in case of monochrome printers, is definitely higher than that of Inkjets, and the ink replacement is also cheaper. For some Inkjet printers, replacing the cartridges twice can actually equal the cost of the printer itself. Not so with lasers, which make them ultimately economical with large outputs. There is also the speed and quality: Lasers are faster, and produce a no smudge, super crisp text print. In most monochrome printers, the image print quality is at least acceptable.Colour Laser Printers are slowly replacing the monochrome for office use, but with several toners to replace, operating them is a process that takes some expertise, aside from the expense and possible misuse. Unless the laser becomes as good with photographs as it is with charts and diagrams, the transition may still take a while.
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XEROX • CANON • BROTHER • HP • KYOCERA • RICOH • KONICA MINOLTA • COPYSTAR • SAMSUNG • SHARP • MOST OTHER MAJOR BRANDSIf you’re ready to upgrade to the new models and designs in digital copiers, then you might be surprised at some of the features that are available to you. It can be very easy to be wooed by the biggest and best copier machines available on the sales floor. All the different features that they offer can seem amazing and well worth the money spent. But before you invest that kind of money, you need to look at the way your business works and what your true needs are. You need to make sure that the one you choose is right for your business.Look at Extra FeaturesToday’s digital copiers seem to do everything but make coffee and answer the phones. At least, the high-end digital copiers seem to have features that make the copy machines of yesterday look like Stone Age equipment. Sorting, stapling, document imaging and even memory storage make today’s digital copiers more like computers than ever before. But how many features in a copier machine does your business really need?Most businesses don’t make thousands of copies per month. In fact most make hundreds of copies rather than thousands. The vast majority of businesses that use a copy machine on a regular basis make less than 3000 copies each month, while another large portion of businesses make less than 10,000. The true heavy hitters that make tens of thousands of copies per month are going to need a much larger and more substantial copy machine. But most small and medium-size businesses won’t need anything so elaborate.If your business will use the copier machines as a printer as well as a copier, you may need a more substantial machine because that does add to the wear and tear. And you may also want to consider a machine that can scan and fax. These add to the cost but make the one machine much more efficient and can save space by eliminating other office equipment.There’s also a cost discrepancy between black and white copiers and color copiers. If you’re going to use the copier as a printer a great deal of the time, you should look at some of the color digital copiers. If you’re only going to need color printing occasionally, you may wish to invest in an inexpensive color printer and choose a black-and-white digital copier instead. Digital copiers cost more when they can print in color, and you might not find the price difference is worth it if you rarely need that feature. You may also choose a faster copier that costs more if you want to be able to print pages much more quickly.Keep Security in MindDigital copiers today are computers with chips and memory inside them. That means that sensitive documents that are scanned and copied are stored within the copier. If your business regularly handles very sensitive information, you’ll want to consider the risk that a digital copier poses and take steps to make sure that no one can access the memory. Talk to the salesperson about the type of memory your copier has and steps that can be taken to protect the information.