Monday, January 26, 2015

Top Eco Friendly Printers of 2015

best eco friendly printers
Did you know it's possible to use eco-friendly printers for printing? In this post we tell you all about green printers, about what makes them green, and the choices you should make if you're planning to buy a printer this year.

What Makes a Printer Eco-Friendly?

A printer that saves you money and is good for your wellbeing is also most likely to be one that has the least negative impact on the environment. We recommend picking high yield printers, they give you more printouts per ink or toner cartridges being used. So if you're getting more page printouts per cartridge that means fewer empty cartridges reaching landfills. 

Energy efficient printers are also eco friendly because they help lower your carbon footprint as well as your electric bills. When you compare  inkjet printers to laser printers, inkjets usually use less energy than laser printers. Keep this in mind when purchasing your next printer.Another tip for picking an eco-friendly printer are ones that print on both sides of the page. That is because they letter paper by default which lets you prevent  unnecessary paper waste. Other great tips: 
  • Use eco-friendly paper (recycled paper is a good option)
  • Format your papers in smaller margins
  • Print on both sides of the page
  • Pick fonts that use less ink 
  • Above all: Don't print unless you have to

Eco-Friendly Printer Recommendations 

  1. The Canon PIXMA MX922 Energy Star Wireless Inkjet Office All-in-One Printer is a good
    option because of the auto double sided print feature, border less printing option and built in copy function. 
  2. HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer helps you conserve resources with this energy star qualified printer. You can save on cartridge costs by letting you replace only the cartridge that runs out and by saving up to 50% less energy than other laser printers. 
  3. HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier lets you save time and paper with the auto two sided printing option, is Energy Star qualified so that you know it will help you conserve resources. 
  4. Epson C31CA85834 TM-T88V Direct Thermal Receipt Printer PAR Plus USB EDG PWR Energy Star, Monochrome is another good option if you're looking for environment friendly printers in 2015. 
  5. Brother MFC8510DN Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax is Energy Star qualified and has a Deep Sleep mode to help reduce energy consumption and costs. 
  6. Xerox ColorQube 8570DN Color Solid Ink Printer is another good option that is Energy Star qualified, with good user reviews and an auto duplex printing option

Pick the Right Ink & Toner Cartridges

Remanufactured inks are a good idea environmentally speaking. These cartridges are made by recycling used ones; by checking them for integrity and refilling them. 

Do you plan to buy a new printer this year? What do you plan to get and why? What are your printing needs? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Print Your Own Photo Album

photo album tutorial
Via InstaxWorld
The way that we take and store pictures has altered drastically in the past decade or so. Whereas earlier that film roll inside the camera restricted the quality and number pictures we took, the digital camera has transformed all that. With its expandable memory and the preview screen you and I have become intrepid photographers taking pictures at will, experimenting with angles, filters, light and more.

We now have practically every significant moment of life captured in our phones and digital cameras; these can easily be transformed into a photo album or a very professional looking coffee table book. Today we take a photo album tutorial to see how you can transform your Christmas pictures, New Year Party images, Valentine day pictures, birthday or anniversary pictures into a self publication such as this. So when a digital picture is just not enough, here’s what to do:

Online Photo Album Services

online photo album printing
From ViaPhoto

There are many online or in store services that offer you the option of printing photo books for you. These typically require you to take your camera, pen drive or camera to the bricks and mortar store or need you to upload pictures on to a website. These services will then print out the photos for you for a fee.

There are limitations of course: you could have concerns about the privacy of your pictures, and obviously you would miss the satisfaction of creating a DIY album by yourself. Also these professionally created photo albums can cost a packet. So why not put your home printer to good use!

Print Your Own Photo Album

photo album printer
Via A Beautiful Mess
Firstly organize your photos and sort the ones you want to use. Edit your pictures, add effects, merge photos and have fun creating collages and so on. You can create an interesting mix to make each page tell a story. You can add text of your choice, borders and cute clip art as well. There are many services that offer you free photo album software to help you create the layout of your DIY album or you can simply use the Office Suite’s Power Point presentation to create slides. You can also use photo editor mobile apps for interesting effects, filters and layouts.

You can now use good quality photo paper to printout your pictures (check ink levels in printer cartridges before you do this; you don’t want to compromise the quality of your printed images). Choose from luster, glossy, matte or canvas photo paper of the size you want. You can now have the pages bound into a book or simply arrange them together in an attractive folder or binder of your own choice. 

Did we give you any interesting ideas to create your own albums? Do share with us below what photo album you are working on. We’d love to hear about some of your own ideas about creating your own photo albums at home.  DIY enthusiasts and savvy shoppers may enjoy receiving store updates about special offers via our newsletter subscription.  You can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to know about future DIY blog posts and discounted deals.

Monday, January 12, 2015

TomatoInk's Customer Support Specialists Now Take Your Calls on Weekends, Too!

TomatoInk Wekeend Phone Tech

TomatoInk has taken 2015 a step further by offering 7 day customer service to our friends who like their ink freshly squeezed. No longer do you have to wait by your phones until Monday to call us, we're ready to put on a smile on your face from Monday to Sunday.

TomatoInk's customer support team has solutions for all your printer cartridge related questions, comments, and concerns.

How Do I Call Customer Support?

Weekend Customer Support
Contacting customer service at TomatoInk is easy and hassle-free.  Just call us toll free at:  1-877-777-0127.  Our regular contact hours have stayed the same Monday through Friday, but below you'll find the new Saturday and Sunday hours: 
  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PST)
  • Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)
Remember, you can also chat live if your ink and toner questions require immediate assistance. Just click here to start talking to a TomatoInk customer representative. All you need is your: name, e-mail address, and question (s).
So will you accept our challenge of calling this weekend? While your are it, leave us a comment on how we're doing.