Brother Releases New Color Printer With High Yield Cartridges!
Brother International Corporation has released 5 new color laserjet printers. This new line of printers boasts a number of high end features without the sticker shock of most multi-functional printers. Like many Brother multi-function (MFP) printers, these are designed to be the workhorse and hub of small, medium and even large businesses.
High Yield Cartridge Options
Unlike some older Brother printers, these new models have high yield toner cartridge options. Older Brother toner series like the TN210 left consumers with little options when volume printing was required. With previous success with the TN110/TN115 & TN310/TN315 cartridges, many customers were screaming about the lack of high yield options on the TN210. The new TN221/TN225 toner cartridges will surely be great news for fans of Brother printers.
New Printer Models
Brother HL-3140CW Color LaserJet Printer
Brother HL-3170CDW Color LaserJet Printer
Brother MFC-9130CW Color LaserJet Printer
Brother MFC-9330CDW Color LaserJet Printer
Brother MFC-9340CDW Color LaserJet Printer
New Toner Cartridge Models TN221/TN225
TN221BK Black Toner Cartridge TN-221BK
TN221C Cyan Toner Cartridge TN-221C
TN221M Magenta Toner Cartridge TN-221M
TN221Y Yellow Toner Cartridge TN-221Y
TN225C High Yield Cyan Toner Cartridge TN-225C
TN225M High Yield Magenta Toner Cartridge TN-225M
TN225Y High Yield Yellow Toner Cartridge TN-225Y
Tags: Brother, Toner Cartridge, TN221, TN225
Printers Have Hard Drives
That’s right, your printer stores copies of documents on a hard drive that can be accessed, duplicated or distributed. Did you know that if you connect your printer unsecured to the internet that potentially anyone can access this data at anytime? That’s right, all those sensitive company or personal documents are at risk to internet thieves.
86,000 Unsecured Online Printers
In a recent internet search, a UK blogger found 86,000 HP printers unsecured and available. This number is staggering considering that this is not a specific problem with HP but will include virtually all major printer brands like Brother, Canon, Lexmark and more. Once you add in all the other brands, this figure will rise dramatically. Is your printer one of these?
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How To Secure Your Online Printer
Most printers come with a variety of security features, each make/ model will be different. High level security encryption and security keys used to only be available features on the larger MFP and copiers. Now most small internet ready printers have these features as well. We suggest reading your user manual on what security features are available and most importantly, Use Them!
Tags: Secure, Online, Printer, HP
Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Market By The End Of 2013
In an industry that is coming under increased competition and decreased sales, Lexmark has announced a shift in strategies and will no longer continue in the inkjet market. Lexmark will focus it’s attention on high volume business printing while abandoning the consumer market. Bad news for consumers but good news for stock holders with stocks climbing up 13.7% on the announcement.
What Does This Mean If You Have a Lexmark Inkjet Printer?
Lexmark has announced that all inkjet related production will cease by the end of 2013 and will no longer manufacture OEM ink cartridges. They will continue to provide service, support and aftermarket (Non-OEM) supplies. This means consumers will be forced to buy remanufactured cartridges or in some cases buy new printers.
Will I Have To Buy A New Printer?
Not right away since there are still OEM and aftermarket supplies available. Remanufactured cartridges are available for most models. These remanufactured cartridges are dependent on having empty cores/ cartridges and when these run out, so will aftermarket options. This won’t happen for a long times since estimates have current OEM availability at 3-6 months from the time manufacturing stops, aftermarket supplies will run out 3-6 months after that.
Lexmark has announced plans to sell it’s inkjet patents. When Lexmark sells it’s patents, the buyer will then be legally able to manufacture OEM quality cartridges. If and when this could possibly happen is unknown at this time.
Tags: Lexmark, Inkjet, Ink
What Items Are Affected?
HP has announced that this price increase will only affect select HP DesignJet Ink Cartridges effective on September 1, 2012. We do have a list of affected SKU’s upon request. Please Contact Us and let us know what printer you have and we will let you know how and if your supplies will be affected.
How Much Is The Price Increase?
HP has announced that the price increase will vary from model to model. HP has said that most SKUs will increase be around 3%. You can Contact Us to find out the exact price increase that each model will incur.
How Can I Keep My Costs Down?
HP DesignJet printers are typically specialty or production printers, these specialty inks typically cost more than regular inks. Since these specialty inks are harder to reproduce, there are less compatible/ remanufactured ink alternatives. When you can find these inks, we suggest you consider these since you can save up to 60%. Also HP usually has rebate offers when you buy 2+ cartridges, so keep an eye out for these or Contact Us for current HP promotions.
Tags: HP, Ink, DesignJet, Price Increase
We Are Now STELLAService Excellent Certified!
STELLAService is an independent company that rates the customer service performance of online businesses. Recently STELLAService has recognized Express-Inks as having outstanding customer service and awarded us an Excellent rating.
What Is STELLAService?
STELLAService leverages a nationwide network of mystery shoppers to stress test more than 300 different elements of the online customer experience using the most robust evaluation methodology ever assembled for online customer service. Express-Inks was awarded a rating of Excellent by STELLAService. Less than 50% of companies rated by STELLAService achieve this award.
What Does The Excellent Rating Mean?
Online businesses with EXCELLENT ratings are eligible to display the STELLAService seal on their sites. This seal is the only trustmark on the Web that objectively and credibly communicates to shoppers that a business is truly dedicated to providing great customer service. We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this honor as it shows the hard work and company standards are being recognized.
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Is there a difference between Compatible and Remanufactured cartridges?
Many retailers will list their 3rd party cartridges as either compatible or remanufactured. So what exactly is the difference between these two types of cartridges? We will go into detail about the exact differences and if one is better or worse than the other.
Remanufactured means that this was a brand name used cartridge that has been refurbished. Typically the cartridge is inspected and any parts that fail the inspection are replaced. These replacement parts are typically 3rd party or aftermarket compatible parts but can be parts from another similar or same type of cartridge. Compatible replacement parts are new but not made by the original cartridge manufacturer. Here are a couple of examples of remanufactured cartridges.
Brother TN350 Compatible Toner Cartridge = $33.99
HP 940XL High Yield Black Compatible Ink Cartridge C4906AN = $15.99
Compatible cartridges are commonly called new build or new mold cartridges. Unlike remanufactured cartridges, compatible cartridges have a shell or core that has never been used before. The manufacturer will construct the outer shell and use all new 3rd party internal components. With many popular cartridges, the shell and certain internal components may be patented therefore it is illegal to make a copy or clone. The amount of true compatibles on the market are much smaller than remanufactured cartridges. Some overseas companies will blatantly produce illegal new mold cartridges in an effort to save money. Please be aware that Express-Inks does not sell any illegal new mold compatible cartridges. Here are a couple of examples of true compatible cartridges.
Media Sciences MS300K Black Samsung CLP-K300A Toner = $35.99
Xerox 6R1289 Replacement HP Q2670A Black Toner Cartridge 308A = $91.99
So Which One Is Better Or Worse, Compatible Or Remanufactured Cartridges?
Both types of cartridges have their pros and cons. Some customer will prefer to know they are using as many OEM parts as possible. Some customer will prefer the new compatible cartridges because the performance may be better than the OEM version. Both kinds of cartridges come with similar compatibility and performance issues but remanufactured cartridges do tend to be a little cheaper. Their is no clear advantage since their performance can vary so greatly from model to model.
Tags: Compatible, Remanufactured, Cartridges, Better, Worse
What Items Are Affected?
Here at Express Inks, we like to keep our customers informed of all the latest developments. HP/ Hewlett Packard has announced effective June 1, 2012, a price increase of 3-5% on certain HP ink cartridges. This is a manufacturer price increase that will affect all lines of distribution. It is important to note that this increase will only affect the following types of inks and only certain SKUs.
- Small Format Inkjet Ink Cartridges
- Large Format Inkjet Ink Cartridges
- Photo Value Ink Cartridge Combo Packs
- Printhead Cartridges
How Can I Keep My Costs Down?
Although the ink value packs are increasing in price, they will still usually be the most cost effective. Make sure you take advantage of any rebates or promotion HP is offering. Also make sure you are purchasing the highest yield cartridge that fits your machine. Another alternative will be to consider remanufactured/ compatible ink cartridges. In most cases, you can save a bundle with alternative replacements. Lets compare pricing between some compatible and brand name cartridges.
HP #10 Inkjet Ink Cartridges
HP #10/ C4844A Genuine Black Inkjet Ink Cartridge = $37.99
HP #10/ C4844A Compatible Black Inkjet Ink Cartridge = $14.99
Looking To The Future?
It seems like every year we have more an more price increases to report. As the price of materials go up, we can assume that we will continue to see prices increase. It is also important to note that Hewlett Packard is not the only manufacturer that has annual price increases. Most other OEM manufacturers like Xerox, Lexmark, Canon and Brother have had similar price increases. We will continue to bring our customers as many cost saving solutions as possible.
Tags: HP, Hewlett Packard, Ink, Price, Increase
Brother DR420 Imaging Drum Overview:
When purchasing a printer, comparing the cost of the consumables should always be a factor. Lets take a good at the DR420 imaging drum cartridge. The DR420 fits in a number of monochrome (black & white) printers and yields up to 12,000 pages under optimal conditions. Although this may seem like a lot of pages, when compared to other drums, this is just an average to low lifespan. The matching toner (Brother TN450 Toner) yields up to 2,600 pages and will get replaced 4-5 times before the DR420 requires replacing. This is a good toner to drum ratio, especially when compared to some of the bigger machines that are a 1 to 1 ratio.
Brother DR420 Pricing:
This is where the DR420 really shines. Compared to other drum models, the Brother DR420 is rather inexpensive. Some Brother Drum models cost as much as $250, so the $84.99 price is rather reasonable. The low page yield and reasonable price will appeal to the lower to moderate user that do not want to break the bank every time the drum needs replacing. The cost goes down even further if you purchase the compatible drum for only $57.99.
Brother DR420 Genuine Drum (OEM) = $84.99
Brother DR420 Compatible Drum (Remanufactured) = $57.99
Sum It All Up
The Brother DR420 is a low costing drum that will fit the smaller budgets. It has a decent lifespan and a good toner to drum replacement ratio. This drum is a good fit for the average to moderate user that wants to keep a little extra change in their pockets.
Tags: Brother, DR420, Drum, Cartridge
Understanding The Difference Is The Key!
To know which is better for your particular needs begins with understanding the differences. Each type of cartridges has it’s pros and cons. Understanding these options will help you make an informed decision based upon your personal or business needs.
Genuine/ OEM Ink/ Toner Cartridges
These are brand new cartridges straight from the factory of the original maker of your printer such as HP, Brother, Canon and Lexmark. These come with a warranty from the original manufacturer and will deliver prints concurrent with the original OEM specifications.
Remanufactured Ink/ Toner Cartridges
These cartridges are used cartridges that have been collected and sent to a remanufacturer that is not the original maker. Unlike many retailers, we use only 1 time used or “virgin” cores for all of our products. Our remanufacturing process includes the following steps:
True Compatible Ink/ Toner Cartridges
- Carefully open up the cartridge and ensure no damage is done.
- Thorough cleaning of the inside of the cartridge.
- Inspection of all critical and non-critical parts.
- Replacement of any and all parts that fail quality control.
- Precision color matching of a compatible ink or toner. (OEM ink/ toner is patented)
- Advanced filling and re-sealing techniques to ensure freshness.
These cartridges are what we call “new mold” or cartridges that are newly made by a manufacturer other than the original maker. Although there are some non-patented cartridges the vast majority of them are under patent. Many cartridges on the market, especially the extremely cheap ones are illegal “new mold” cartridges. Express-Inks absolutely does not sell illegal cartridges and any “new mold” cartridges we do offer are on non-patented cartridges.
So Which Is Truly Better? Pros And Cons, Quality Vs. Cost
To decide which is right for you, here is a list of pros and cons of each type of cartridge. Depending on what type of printing you are doing will be the biggest factor in what will work best. In many circumstances the cost may override the quality since the quality is negligible or unnoticeable for many users.
Remanufactured/ Compatible Cartridges
- Pricing, save up to 90% compared to OEM.
- Price increase are rare and typically prices decrease rather then increase.
- Certain models print better, lasts longer or have additional options (jumbo size).
- MICR toners available in models not offered by the original manufacturer.
- Can be available long after the OEM manufacturer stops making a cartridge.
- Higher defect rate compared to OEM. Sometimes cartridges are not recognized by the printer, may leak or produce smudgy prints.
- Colors may by slightly off. Good compatibles should be virtually unnoticeable.
Breaking It Down: Price Comparisons
- Low defect rate and printer chip errors, leaks virtually never happen.
- Color matching is precise and are exact to OEM specifications.
- Pricing can be double, triple or more.
- Price increases are much more frequent and can be substantial. Typical about once a year around 3-5% but can be as high as 15-20%.
- Lack of options like MICR or Higher Yield Jumbo sizes.
- Sometimes unavailable or constrained due to manufacturer errors, global supplies or other factors (sever weather).
- Models may be discontinued by the manufacturer, this has been known to happen to models that are only 1-2 years old.
Lets compare compatible/ remanufactured cartridges to the OEM/ original cartridges. The savings can be massive and should always be a factor in deciding what is best for your needs.
HP #940XL Black Ink C4906AN: Compatible
| Genuine HP C4906AN
Brother TN350 Toner Cartridge: Compatible
| Genuine Brother TN350
HP CE505X (05X) Toner Cartridge: Compatible
| Genuine Brother TN350
Lexmark 64015HA Toner Cartridge: Compatible
| Genuine 64015HA
Tags: OEM, Toner, Ink, Cartridge, Compatible, Remanufactured, MICR.
Say No To Lexmark’s Firmware Updates!
Lexmark has released new firmware updates that promise end users improved prints. Many of these consumers choose aftermarket supplies because of the extreme price tags Lexmark has for it’s consumables. Unknowingly consumers have installed the new software that prevents any aftermarket cartridge from working in these printers. The consumer must install all OEM cartridges in order for the printer to print. This firmware upgrade is irreversible according to Lexmark.
Is This Anti-Competitive, Restrictive Trade Practice Legal?
Consumers are crying “Foul” and stated they were unaware that they would no longer have a choice of supplies. Many have gone farther to say they feel duped or tricked. Aftermarket manufacturers say this creates a clear Monopoly and is a clear violation of the law. Lexmark is setting a dangerous precedent not only in the imaging aftermarket but the global aftermarket. What’s next, will you be forced to buy dealership car parts and won’t be able to buy aftermarket (Autozone, NAPA) replacements? With big names like IBM, Katun and Static Control heavily invested in the aftermarket, law suits are sure to follow. We will keep you posted with any developments that happen.
What Can I Do To Prevent This Happening To Me?
Turn off automatic updates for all brands of printers. Many updates do not affect the average consumer. Make sure you read all terms and conditions for any software/ firmware update. Have employees sign employee firmware agreements that require manager approval before updating. Apply warning labels/ stickers to all your printers to not update the firmware without approval.
Download Firmware Documents
Say No To Firmware Upgrades
Firmware upgrade information.
Say No To Lexmark Firmware Upgrades
Lexmark firmware upgrade information.
Say No To Firmware Upgrades Printer Labels
Firmware upgrade “Warning” printer labels. Caution employees about firmware upgrades.
Employee Firmware Agreement.
Employee/ technician agreement preventing them from upgrading firmware arbitrarily.
Tags: Lexmark, Firmware, Aftermarket, Toner.