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Features about Printers

  • This robot from Zuta Labs may change the way you print

    The future of portable printing is rolling slowly across a piece of A4 paper on a hot Thursday afternoon in Jerusalem's early summer. After what seems like an eternity compared to an inkjet device, the prototype creates seven characters with two spaces; the end result looks like it was spit out of an aging dot matrix printer.

  • Making it real with 3D printing

    With a 3D printer that costs less than $3,000, you can start your own mini manufacturing operation -- and use open source software to create surprisingly complex designs

  • Print 2011: margins and opportunities

    As much as we’d like to think we’re headed towards a paperless office (for the environment’s sake, if nothing else), printing will still be a significant part of normal office life in 2011.

  • Why People Love to Hate Their Office Printers

    Who hasn't wanted to take a bat to their office printer? From confusing error messages to unfixable paper jams, today's office printer is a source of frustration and angst. This is why we hate you, office printer. And yet we can't quit you, either.

  • 10 downloads to power up your printer

    What's the most underused productivity tool in your home or office? Your printer. Confined within that unassuming box, however, is a lot of power--far more than you might imagine.

  • Making the case for consumables

    A printer reseller might have to make do with a 10-point margin on printer hardware, but can reap up to 30 points on consumables sales. Despite this, many still appear to be snubbing or missing these canisters of gold.

  • Embracing printing consumables

    Printers have been one of the staples of the IT channel’s hardware arsenal. But as product prices plunged, margins on these everyday home and office accessories have become virtually nonexistent. Despite this, vendors continue to report that IT resellers remain slow to embrace the much more profitable after-sales opportunity around consumables.

  • How printers can rob you blind

    Is your printer stealing from you? Yes--if it's making you replace ink or toner constantly, or if you need to buy pricey special paper to get the best output. Maybe it's stealing your time or sanity by being a lot slower than it said it'd be, or having cheapo components that break or are just plain hard to use. PC World reveals some sinners-and saints-based on our recent printer reviews.

  • Is your printer stealing from you? Here's how to tell

    Don't let that blank, boxy look fool you: Printers can steal your money and your time if you're not careful. Printer manufacturers have come up with a few creative ways to drain your wallet through ink and toner cartridge costs. Other printer models just make you waste precious minutes fooling around with complicated menu systems or stupidly designed hardware.