Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Brother DCP-L2500D Review

An entry-level all-in-one mono laser printer, the Brother DCP-L2500D aimed at small office and home office (SOHO) users. With a price tag of around £70 -£80 it is very attractive to anybody on a tight budget. With print, scan and copy facilities and the ability to print duplex pages it is a very handy machine. In response to the more flexible and quicker inkjets being launched, and printer ink prices falling this range of laser printers continues to drop in price.

The DCP-L2500D has a small desktop footprint, but is quite deep when you get to the scanner cover as it tapers out from bottom to top. The scanner is a Contact Image Scan (CIS) flatbed for text and photos. The L2500D has a full-width control panel, based around a two-line, 16-character LCD display. Below the control panel is a slot for paper output and this has a small, flip-over paper stop to catch printed pages. Below that is a flip-down cover which becomes a single-sheet paper feed for special media. At the bottom is a 250-sheet paper tray for A4 sheets.

In front of the scanner is a full-width control panel, based around a rather skimpy two-line, 16-character LCD display, without a back-light. Given the cost of an LED, it’s hard to see why all display panels can’t be fitted with one.

Below the control panel is a slot for paper output and this has a small, flip-over paper stop to catch printed pages. Below that is a flip-down cover which becomes a single-sheet paper feed for special media. At the bottom is a 250-sheet paper tray for A4 sheets.

The DCP-L2500D has no wireless or network connection, though these are available on other machines in the range, connection is a USB socket at the back.

The Brother DCP-L2500D uses the Brother TN2310 toner cartridges which produce 1,200 pages, or the higher capacity Brother TN2320 toner cartridges which will give you a whopping 2600 prints. These are installed behind the front cover.

Brother rates the DCP-L2500D at 26ppm, which is pretty impressive, in real terms, this is a good turn of speed for a low-cost printer. In duplex mode the machine still manages 10.6 sides per minute
The high capacity toner cartridge gives a cost per page of 3.0p, this is good when compared with other laser printers at similar price, and even with some inkjets.

As a comparison, Samsung Xpress M2070 is perhaps the best match, at around £80 and it offers a similar specification.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

CoLiDo 3D - Bring your imagination to life.

Bring your imagination to life. Explore a new 3D world with CoLiDo. Available from our website

With Filament available in over 40 colours in both PLA and ABS, the only limits are your imagination!

Kinematics Dress by Nervous System - 3D Printed by Shapeways

Design studio Nervous System used 3D printing technology to create a dress customised to fit a woman’s body. The company have called their new design a ‘4D dress’ as similar to fabric, the dress can be compressed and then opened out into its intended shape.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Shine On Harvest Moon

 The coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with its closest approach to the Earth on its elliptical orbit is called a ‘Supermoon’. Appearing larger and brighter than usual and on the 9th September it appeared in the sky as an enormous, glowing orb.

This Supermoon is also known as a ‘Harvest Moon’ because it is the full moon closest to Northern Hemisphere’s autumnal equinox on September 22nd. The tradition is that the bright moon helps light the way for farmers bringing in their crops late into the evening.

Please feel free to print the images above or print your own Supermoon photos with printer ink or toner cartridges from our website

Image Information:

Title: Harvest Moon
Location: Keyworth, Nottingham. UK

Monday, August 04, 2014

Thinking Of Using A Franking Machine? – Here’s A Guide

If you send a lot of mail using a franking machine as opposed to stamped mail will reduce your businesses postage costs dramatically. But how do you set up and use these machines? Here’s a guide to the steps involved in getting your business franking underway.

Setting up your franking machine is usually relatively simple. Most machines install themselves, although some will require an engineer to do it for you, this should be free of charge from your machine supplier.

Before using your machine you need to have a supply of envelopes and franking machine ink cartridges. It’s also advisable to do a ‘test run’ and make yourself aware of the machines functions before spending money on franked mail.

The items to be sent will need to be weighed. Some franking machines come with built in scales and will automatically enter the weight if they are manual you will have to enter this yourself.

Select the class of postage and enter any special instructions, such as Air-Mail, using the control panel. You can also choose your company logo at this point.

With the letter facing upwards, feed it into the machine. Depending on the type of machine the letter will automatically feed into the ‘stamp’ or you may have to feed it in manually.

The franked mail will appear out the other side of the machine ready to be posted.
Whether you buy or rent your franking machine you will need a licence from the Royal Mail to use it.

There are a whole range of franking machines available from companies such as Neopost, Francotyp Postalia and Pitney Bowes and compatible franking ink cartridges are now available for all these brands which will reduce your postage costs further.

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