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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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How a Laser Printer works

A Laser Printer is an amazing piece of engineering. They use a Laser Beam to attract toner powder onto a drum which reproduces the image ready to transfer it onto the paper. Then through a series of events the image or toner gets copied onto a piece of paper. The toner powder then gets baked onto the paper at very high temperatures resulting in a crisp image.

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The ultimate guide to inkjet printers 2016

When buying a new Inkjet Printer don't be fooled by the printer on special at the front of the display for a ridiculously low price. Sure they may be cheap but remember to check the cost of replacement cartridges before handing over your hard earned cash.

Almost every time a printer is on sale for such a bargain price you can guarantee that the replacement cartridges will be very expensive. Have a read of this article before you buy your next printer. It could save you a heap of money and headaches.


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Best Printer Deals in Australia 2016

Looking for the best deals in Australia on Inkjet printers for your home or small business? Look no further as we will be listing all of the best buys but ONLY for printers which we recommend that are reliable and cheap to run! Dont get sucked in by the $50 specials that end up costing you $70 to replace the inks ! Call the experts at Ink Hub for the best advice on a new printer that wont send you broke.

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HP Printers reject Generic Printer Cartridges

HP has dominated the news headlines for the past two weeks with claims that they have released software updates which prevent existing non genuine printer cartridges from being used in many of their latest printers.

This has been confirmed, yes it is 100% correct that HP have orchestrated this in a move to try and win back their share of the ink cartridge market. 

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Turn OFF printer automatic updates

Printer manufacturers such as Brother, Epson, HP and Lexmark regularly provide automatic software updates for most of their printers. Often these updates occur without the person even knowing that it has taken place.

These updates often have no benefit to the end user and are simply done to combat the use of generic cartridges by making them unrecognisable by the printer. 

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Compatible (Generic) vs Genuine Toner Cartridges

Many business owners are now turning to “Compatible” or “Remanufactured” Toner Cartridges in an effort to save money. The modern compatible toners are guaranteed to be equal or to exceed the quality of the Genuine OEM Toners. There are so many companies online nowadays offering very cheap toner cartridges (all made in China). 

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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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Refilling Ink Cartridges

Refilling an ink cartridge is rapidly becoming a dying art. This is mainly due to the low cost of buying a brand new compatible ink cartridge.Most people figure that it is so much easier to simply buy a new compatible ink than to waste time refilling and then be stuck with the mess afterwards. 

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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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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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Brother Printer Cannot Detect Ink

Have you ever tried installing a new Cartridge into your Brother Printer and it tells you that it cant detect it? This is not uncommon and usually it has nothing to do with the ink cartridge itself. 

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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!

For advice on selecting a printer for your home or small business call Ink Hub first. Also you may want to do some research on what the running costs of the printer are and also read some reviews.

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B504 error Canon Maxify Printers

The Canon B504 error code occurs when there is no ink flowing to the print-head, which could occur when a cartridge is completely dry or no ink is flowing. What happens when you go to insert a new cartridge, is that the printer automatically looks to do a default printhead clean, but if it finds no ink at the print-head, it will report the dreaded B504 error. 


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