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Getting it Right - How to Take the Guesswork Out of Perfect Printing

Getting it Right - How to Take the Guesswork Out of Perfect Printing
August 22, 2018

When it comes to printing, with so many options on the market, it can be hard to get it right. Printing should be easy.  That’s why we have created the ultimate guide of frequently asked questions, to take the guesswork out of perfect printing.

How can I save paper?

Excess paper usage can weigh heavily on your wallet, and the environment. Fortunately, there is a simple way to reduce the amount of paper you use when printing documents.

Double sided (duplex printing)

Automatic duplex printing is a common feature of most modern printers. If you are uncertain about the settings of your printer model, refer to your printer manual or look out for the setting in your printer dialogue box.

When duplex printing is set, after printing on one side of a document, the printer will automatically re-feed the same sheet back to print on the other side. This avoids any need to manually turn the paper stack over. Utilising this feature is the most effective way to decrease your overall paper costs, and your impact on the environment.

Check out the video below to learn how to set up two-sided printing on HP printers.




Even if your printer does not support the automatic feature, most printers will allow the user to print more than one page per sheet. Consider this option if you are printing draft documents, to dramatically decrease your paper usage.


How can I help the environment?

Close the Loop

‘Closing the Loop’ is about ethically recycling ink cartridges, reapplying them for new purposes and keeping them out of landfill. The full circle. Filled with harmful chemicals that seep into the environment and other materials that take hundreds of years to biodegrade, ink cartridges that are dumped in landfill can wreak havoc on our environment.

Fortunately, Original Printer Cartridge Manufacturers pay for every one of their used printer cartridges to be ethically recycled. Sadly, no compatible manufacturers contribute financially to these sustainability efforts. If you want to enjoy your printing without harming the environment, it is essential to support environmentally- conscious businesses, and only purchase original printer cartridges.

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling - keeping them out of landfill. The program provides Australians with numerous collection boxes around Australia, a free and simple way for us to recycle our used printer cartridges. Cartridges 4 Planet Ark have also partnered up with environmentally conscious suppliers, including our team at Cartridges Direct, to support ethical cartridge recycling.  



Why do my ink cartridges run out so quickly?

Non-genuine ink cartridges are the primary culprits for unsatisfactory printing yield. Whilst generally cheaper than genuine alternatives, poor quality and low yield makes the bills add up.

Genuine Ink Cartridges

Genuine or original cartridges, are the cartridges that come with the printer, or are replacement cartridges that are manufactured by the same company. We all know that ink cartridges often become the most expensive part of owning a printer. It’s therefore imperative to ensure you choose the right cartridges to save you money down the line.

Genuine ink cartridges are specifically manufactured for your printer model, whilst non-genuine alternatives are manufactured for a range of brands and models. Like most items designed for mass production rather than the individual specifications, non genuine cartridges will never quite ‘fit’. This means sacrificing your print quality and printer health. It is therefore essential to purchase the highest quality ink cartridges available, in order to protect the health of your printer and to guarantee that the cartridge will be compatible with your device.

For an even higher volume of printing, and more bang for your buck, always choose high yield printer cartridges. These cartridges hold a greater volume of ink than standard cartridges and will dramatically lower your cost of printing per page.


What is the perfect home office device?

Multifunction Printer

The multifunction printer is the holy grail of any modern home office. A multi-function printer can print, photocopy, fax and scan, all from the one device. Multifunction printers provide an incredible cost-saving (and space-saving) measure, by allowing users to purchase one device that performs multiple functions.


How can my family all print to the same device?

Most households today, are home to multiple electronic devices for all members of the family. With kids needing to print for their study, and mum and dad trying to utilise the home office, connecting the printer to one device is a recipe for disaster.

WiFi Printing

Fortunately, most modern printers now come equipped with wireless printing. Wireless printers use WiFi to connect all devices and multiple users to the printer, without the need for any wires or cables. For the modern tech-savvy teen, wireless printing also allows printing directly from a phone or camera. This means fewer fights over the computer, and less cables cluttering your family home.


When you take the guesswork out of printing, it’s easy to choose the right device for your needs. So, whenever you have any questions about your printing needs, speak to our friendly team at Cartridges Direct.