Printers and Generic Cartridges

Printer with Compatible 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 ! Many people are still die hards for the OEM or brand name cartridges however even a large amount of these have converted.

So how do you go about changing to generic inks and what precautions should you take? The first and most important decision (if you don’t already have a printer) is deciding which printer to buy that will work well with the cheaper cartridges.

Choosing the right printer for the job

If you are looking for a new printer specifically to use compatibles with then consider the following points:

1. Choose a printer which compatibles are readily available for.

2. Choose a printer which works well with generic inks

3. Make sure the printer has all the features which you require

4. Read as many reviews about the printer before making the final decision.

Which printers you need to avoid !

Here’s a few tips on which printers to definitely avoid.

1. Avoid All Epson printers as they have a print head that is renowned for clogging and also the company are hell bent on combating the use of compatible cartridges.

2. Avoid any printer which uses cartridges with the actual print head built into the cartridges. These are very expensive to replace even in generic form. Usually these printers are recognisable by their cheap sale price and also most use only 2 cartridges.

3. Try to stay with the more known brands such as Canon, Brother and HP printers.

4. MOST IMPORTANT – check which ink cartridges the printer uses BEFORE you make your purchase. Many people buy on impulse because the printer looks shiny and irresistible but the sting comes when they run out of ink and find out the price of the cartridges.

 Maintaining your new printer

Now that you are home with your wonderful new printer here are some basic tips to make sure it continues working well for years to come:

1. Make sure you buy good quality generic inks from a reputable supplier who has a phone number and address on their website. (if you don’t , expect problems).

2. Follow the instructions carefully when installing inks making sure that breather tapes are removed and any rubber stoppers, clips etc are removed before installing.

3. PRINT REGULARLY ! A printer  will be much healthier if you print at least one colour page per week. This keeps ink flowing through the print head and flushes out any residue in the print head itself.

4. If your printer has had inks installed in it for a long period it pays to remove them and GENTLY wobble them to stop sediment from forming in the bottom of the cartridge. DO NOT shake them as this will aerate the ink and mess up your print head !

5. DO NOT print until the ink has completely run out. It is fine to keep printing for a time after being warned of low ink levels but if you keep printing until no ink remains you will eventually kill your print head.

 Don’t be afraid to give compatible inks a go

Finally don’t be scared to try generic inks as the savings are huge and the chances of you running into problems is almost non existent. If you still cant decide and you need advice call our friendly staff at Ink Hub: Office: (08) 7324 3065 or Mob: 0408 691 299

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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.

By using the 2 black cartridges the printer is able to produce crisp, dark text and by switching in picture mode it can also then use the smaller dye based ink to produce the highest quality photos.

Take a look at the video below as it explains this in more detail.

Another reason the printer manufacturers do this is to make extra money. By utilising an extra cartridge it’s extra money in their pockets. Don’t you just love printer manufacturers? You may also like to take a look at the differences between Dye and Pigment based inks.

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What Printer Should I Buy 2014

Choosing a printer 2014Choosing a Printer – 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.

We chose two printers which were both under $110 each to purchase and are reliable as well as very cheap to run (if using generic cartridges). We decided to test both a Laser Printer and an Inkjet Printer and see the differences. The two printers we tested were:

HL-2240D Laser Printer

Brother HL – 2240D Mono Laser Printer

We have been trialling the Brother HL 2240D Laser Printer in our office for the past month. Having always used inkjet printers in the past I wanted something which could print fast. The HL 2240 is a very basic monochrome printer with no frills.

The paper tray is underneath the printer however the feature which impressed me was the manual paper feed at the front. This is great for printing labels or envelopes etc.

The overall feel of the printer is quite flimsy however if treated kindly it should prove reliable. After a month of printing I am quite impressed by the printers performance. It prints extremely fast and print quality is good.

The HL 2240 uses a TN 2240 toner which is good for around 2,500 pages. Using a Generic toner at around $49.90 it proves to be fairly economical to use. Another distinct advantage of the laser printer is that the toner is baked onto the page and wont run or smudge. this is great for label printing or menus etc.

My only gripe with this printer is that it crinkles the labels if they are not put into the manual feed slot perfectly straight. This however is fairly normal for most printers.

The only disadvantages I can see with this printer is that the replacement Drum Unit is around $120 and must be replaced every 12,000 pages. Basically it is cheaper to throw the printer away and buy a new one instead of replacing the drum.

Setting up this printer is very straight forward. Simply unpack the unit, install the toner, load the software and away you go.

Conclusion: If you are looking for a cheap work horse for your home or office which prints fast, cheap and in black and white then it’s hard to go past this printer. If you need to print in colour and you want the convenience of scanning and copying then maybe the next printer below is for you.

Brother DCP 152w printer Brother dcp – 152w Inkjet Printer

The next printer we tested is the Brother dcp-152w Inkjet Printer. This great looking unit will print, scan and copy as well as provide wireless capabilities for printing from any blue tooth capable device.

When setting up this printer the ink compartment felt very flimsy and would need to be handled with care. The small coloured levers which lock the ink cartridges in are even more fragile and care was taken when installing the inks.

Setting this printer up was straight forward and once the software had finished loading we printed our first test page. The first thing we noticed when printing an image was the lack of vibrancy in the colours. This however can be adjusted by changing the colour print modes in the printers software settings.

Overall however I was very impressed with the lay out of the printer, it’s ease of use and it’s wireless capabilities. Print speed was quite good for an inkjet printer and the software is very easy to navigate.

The only disadvantages with this printer that I can see is the fact that it doesn’t take the higher yield cartridges. This however is only a minor issue and it still is a very economical printer to use.

Conclusion: For the price the Brother dcp 152w is a very good buy and I would highly recommend it for a small business or home user. It prints a good picture, it is easy to operate and cheap to run if generic inks are used.

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Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709)

Printer Error MessageWhen installing or setting up a new printer you will need to make sure that you set the printer to “default” once it has been installed. Without having the printer set to default it simply wont work. So if you have tried to do this and have received the 0×00000709 Error Message then here is the solution:

error 0×00000709 Solution


1. Open the Registry editor by typing REGEDIT in the COMMAND Prompt



Next navigate untill you reach the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

2. Right Click the Windows key and click Permission (see image)





Permissions3. Select Allow on Full Control permission and click OK (see image)



4. Close the Registry Editor and restart the computer. Now you should find that the printer can be or is already set to default.

For a more visual version of the 0×00000709 Error Message fix you may like to take a look at the video below. If you get stuck and cant work it out feel free to call our friendly staff at Ink Hub’s Office:  (08) 7324 3065.

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Wireless set up for Canon Pixma Printers

Wireless Connectivity is becoming a standard feature on Most Canon Pixma Printers. Many people however are struggling to to set up the wireless feature so we thought we would use a video to make things easier.

This video covers  the latest model Canon Pixma printers and should help the user to overcome any issues they have been encountering. The following list includes printers which are applicable to the above video: Canon PIXMA iP7260 , Canon PIXMA MG5460 , Canon PIXMA MG5560 , Canon PIXMA MG6360 , Canon PIXMA MG6460 , Canon PIXMA MG7160 , Canon PIXMA MX726 , Canon PIXMA MX926

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