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Welcome to our printer help blog where you can find answers to some of your questions regarding printers and printer consumables. If you have questions you would like us to address please email us and we will endeavour to provide answers for you on this page.

The articles on this blog are to do with the most common problems people have with printers and their associated cartridges. Often problems with printers can be solved easily by contacting our office and our qualified staff who have been in the printer industry for many years are very likely to have the solution.

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Best Printer for Home Use 2016

Looking for a new printer for home or small business? The guys at Ink Hub have the answers. Our choices are based on purchase price, reliability and the obvious one which is printing costs. 

Before deciding on buying a new printer for 2016 please have a good read of this article and then you will at least be more knowledgeable to be able to make the right choice. 

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Printers you should never buy

Most articles are written to advise people what to buy. We thought we would be a little different and advise people on which printers you should never buy. Please read this article BEFORE you buy your next printer!

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Ink Hub Launches new website

After 6 months of really hard work we have finally launched our new website. We look forward to recieving feedback from our customers on how we can even further improve the site. So far the feedback has been very encouraging. Thank you to all who have continued to support our business. Soon we will be adding customer loyalty points to most products so that returning customers will recieve discounts when checking out. Stay tuned !

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Compatible Ink Cartridges

Compatible or Generic Ink Cartridges are a great alternative to Genuine cartridges for many reasons! In saying this let me add that there are still hundreds of online stores which are selling low grade generic ink cartridges. 

As long as you do your homework first and take a look on review sites to see other peoples opinions then you are sure to be a generic ink convert ! Why not give them a go, you can save on average around 50-80% or more and usually compatible cartridges contain more ink.

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Genuine vs Compatible Ink Cartridges

The ongoing battle between genuine and compatible ink cartridges is a never ending saga. The manufacturers of brand name inks continue to develop methods to combat the generic market but they appear to be fighting a losing battle ! Brother are the latest company to microchip their ink cartridges in an attempt to slow the flow of compatible cartridges. Make sure that you buy your generic inks from Ink Hub to avoid compatibility issues as we always stock the very latest updated versions and offer a money back guarantee on all generic cartridges.

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Buying a printer for home use 2015

Looking for a new printer for the home or small business? Let the experts at Ink Hub recommend a printer that will suite your printing needs. We can guide you to a suitable printer that will do all that you want it to do and not cost you the world to run. Never pay more than about $100 for an inkjet printer as the modern printers are so unreliable and rarely last more than a couple of years before they pack up.

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Epson ink cartridges cannot be recognised

The very common problem of 'epson ink cartridges cannot be recognised' is perhaps one of the most annoying and by far the most common cry from Epson printer owners. Believe it or not it is as common with Genuine inks as it is with compatibles. The problem can occur for a number of reasons and the simplest solutions are described in this article.

Generic ink cartridges do work fine with most Epson printers as long as you know what to do if things go pear shaped.

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Brother updates firmware on latest printers

We have just been informed that Brother has released a new firmware for their latest inkjet printers. This means that once again the current generic LC133 / LC137 / LC135 and LC139 cartridges are not compatible with this new firmware version. 

Note: As a follow up on this article Ink Hub now has V3.0 (version 3.0) of all of these cartridges and compatibility issues have been completly resolved.

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Ten Most Common Printer Cartridge Problems

There is not much which can go wrong with most ink cartridges as long as they are of a reasonable quality. More often than not it is either the user or the printer itself which is to blame.

There are several common issues which can cause problems and hinder your printing efforts.Here's some tips on problem solving some of the most common ones. 

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Printers and Generic Cartridges

In recent times there has been a huge swing in popularity to the non brand name inks. Perhaps this trend has been brought on by the slowing economy and the need to cut back on everyday expenses. Whatever the reason is the non genuine inks have flooded the market and they are here to stay. Why pay over $100 for a set of genuine inks when a generic set of the same quality (usually containing more ink) are under $30.

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Cannot detect ink - Brother Printers

A common issue that many people are experiencing with the latest model Brother Inkjet Printers is the "Cannot Detect Ink" error message when installing a new ink cartridge. There are several reasons for this error message appearing and the most common cause is that retailers are selling generic cartridges with out dated micro chips attached. The micro chip is the small electronic circuit which is attached to the top of each cartridge. This is what the printer looks for as soon as a new cartridge is installed. The micro chip on the Brother cartridge is a very clever little device. It allows the manufacturer to be able to manipulate the printers firmware whenever they desire and by doing so the printer is able to detect the difference between the genuine Brother cartridge and the generic equivalent.

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hp photosmart 5520 ink cartridge problem

Approximately 6 months ago HP released an updated version of their popular Photosmart 5520 printer. The Photosmart 5520 is a very popular model and due to it's very low retail price (typically around $55-00) it has been a very good choice as a cheap, reliable home printer.

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Brother micro-chip their cartridges to gain back market share

In what appears to be an attempt to win back some of it's market share Brother has started to micro-chip all of their new ink cartridges. Up until recently all Brother Inkjet Cartridges never sported a micro-chip and simply relied on the printer to detect all of the information about the individual cartridges including ink levels, colour and compatibility.

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Why Does my printer use 2 Black Cartridges ?
Have you ever wondered why your printer uses 2 black cartridges and only 1 of each colour. The reason is simple. In most Canon printers for example the large black contains a pigment based ink which produces very crisp text etc. The other smaller black contains a dye based ink which is used more for photo or image printing.

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What Printer Should I Buy  2014

Looking for a new printer for your home or small business? There are so many choices that it can be mind boggling. To help make the decision easier we thought that we would mention two popular, current model printers and list the distinct advantages and disadvantages of each one of them. 

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