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Laser Printer Education | What’s Going On Inside Your Laser Printer

Laser Printers are complex machines that perform a very simple task.  Years of scientific theories and research, experiments and prototypes have all lead up to the convenience that is the laser printer.  With most electronics we use today, there isn’t much need to know all the inner workings of each individual part, unless you plan on making one yourself.  However, having a basic understanding of how your laser printer works is more beneficial than you think. It’s kind of like having a basic understanding of how your body works.

With regular maintenance on your laser printer, or regular exercise, grooming and eating right, you can ensure great performance from your machine, or a healthy body. When your ankle hurts, you know to ask a podiatrist about your ankle and not your toes. So when your papers don’t print evenly, you should know if it’s the colors you chose to print, that could be adjusted from your computer, or if it is an internal problem that may require immediate attention. Understanding how things work on the inside will not only help you with knowing when to troubleshoot and when to call a professional, but it will give you peace of mind should you have to place your investment into the hands of others.

Inside your printer there is a tiny laser beam- hence the name laser printer. This laser beam exposes a negative electrical charge onto a roller called a photoreceptor.  The photoreceptor is also given an electrical charge from a corona wire and that emits positive or negative charges accordingly. The parts of the photoreceptor that has been exposed to the laser are either neutralized or given an opposite or positive charge. The toner, which are negatively charged dry plastic particles of color, will now be attracted to the areas that have been given a positive charge. As paper goes through the rollers, the laser exposed photoreceptor charges pulls through the negatively charged toner onto the paper, the paper is then passed through another set of rollers called a fuser. This bonds the toner onto the paper with heat and pressure.  When printing on a monochrome laser printer, the paper will pass through only once. When you have a color laser printer, the paper may pass though several times to pick up on the 3 toner colors, magenta, cyan and yellow.

The physics behind lasers are complex and obviously play a key role in laser printers, but as you have just read, the basis of laser printer technology lies in static electricity. An easy way to understand all of this is to think back to your grade school science class when you learned about static electricity. Remember rubbing a balloon on your head and making your hair stand on end?  That’s because rubbing that balloon on your head separated the negative ions and positive ions then attracts each other like a magnet. Opposite charges attract and like charges repel.  That’s what’s basically going on inside your laser printer. Not too difficult, right?

We at Laser Printer Resource are committed to giving your information as well as quality service you can count on. Give us a call with any of your printer, toner, brand names, supplies, or repair questions. We’ll be glad to help. We offer on-site service anywhere in California (877) 993-3366.

Laser Printer Tips | Laser Printer Troubleshooting- Bay Area source for Repair, …

There’s trouble with your laser printer and you don’t know what it is. Do you call a technician for repair? Throw the printer in the trash and get a new one? Or perhaps give it the silent treatment, then later it’ll realize that it did you wrong and will apologize by starting to work properly again? Well, maybe not the silent treatment, but before you kick your investment to the curb, or call a technician, you can do a little troubleshooting and the answer may be simpler than you think.

Power Up
First things firsts, is your printer plugged in? Sounds a bit elementary, but we use so many electronics in our everyday that we can sometimes forget that the power supply still comes from that hole in the wall. So check the connections from the wall and surge protectors. Look to see that they are plugged in and turned on. Press the reset button or switch it off then on to make sure that it is working. Also check the cords and connections from the printer itself to the wall and to the computer, make sure that they are plugged in securely as well.

Don’t Forget Your PJs
Paper jams are one of the more common causes for laser printer malfunction. Remove any paper that may be jammed inside and pull it out in the direction the paper flows. Inspect for any small pieces of paper, or anything really, that may have been torn off, or dropped in, and lodged into the printer’s gears, and carefully pull those out. Check the paper tray to see if the paper is properly set. When paper gets fed into the printer improperly, paper jams can occur.

Tone Your Image
Is there enough toner for your laser printing? It could be time for a new toner cartridge. If there is enough toner left, try taking out the cartridge and ever so gently rock it to redistribute the toner. Also when you remove the toner cartridge, examine it carefully for any damages because that can cause image problems too. Finally, print out a test page (most printers will have this feature) to check your troubleshooting progress.

Preventative Maintenance- Cleaning
It is always a good idea to keep your electronics clean. They are in fact machines and not just magical boxes that do as we please. Taking care of your laser printer will ensure continual savings, and with simple maintenance to prevent dirt and debris from ruining your investment, you can ensure that any problems you may encounter could have been prevented. But sometimes your laser printer can experience a problem that may lie from within. For those times, you can call on Laser Printer Resource.

Laser Printer Resource
There are many solutions for your laser printer problems. Do what you can to keep your machines running well and we will do what we can to keep your machines running great. Laser Printer Resource is your source for information and quality service. We offer a range of services and products for your laser printer, inkjet printer, copiers, typewriter or fax machine. Our A+ technicians can help your machines with regular scheduled maintenance as well as on-site repairs. We are local to Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Concord, and San Jose. Your Bay Area source for all things laser printer related.

Questions or concerns? Call us locally (925) 933-3366. Or toll free (877) 933-3366. Fax (925) 935-9991.

Searching for the Right Printer- Top 5 Monochrome Laser Printers

There are many choices for printers out there, but how would you know what is right for you? If the majority of your printing in your home or office consists of black and white text, then a monochrome laser printer is what you need.  Sifting through website after website for the right printer can be quite a confusing, so we did it for you.  Based on the top 10 editor and consumer reviews from several reliable tech websites such as CNET.com and ConsumerResearch.com, here are the top 5 monochrome laser printers.

Samsung ML-2851ND
Print speed up to 28ppm
32 MB of memory
250-sheet input paper capacity
Resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi

Dell 1720DN
Print speed up to 23ppm
32 MB of memory
250-sheet input paper capacity
Resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi

Brother HL-5250DN
Print speed up to 30ppm
32 MB of memory
250-sheet input paper capacity
Resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi

Brother HL-2170W
Print speed of up to 23ppm
32 MB of memory
250-sheet input paper capacity
Resolution up to 2400 x 600 dpi

Brother HL-2040
Print speed up to 20ppm
8 MB of memory
250-sheet input paper capacity
Resolution up to 2400 x 600 dpi

Laser printers may cost more up front than the common inkjet printers, but will costs less over time. With fast text printing, the first page often in less than 10 seconds, laser printers will print thousands of pages over inkjet printers before the toner runs out. That means less time driving to the store to pick up ink cartridges, less packaging in the trash, and less money out of your wallet. Monochrome laser printers also use compatible toner cartridges which will output high quality prints equal to the manufacturer’s brand at a fraction of the price.

Questions?  We can help you choose the right printer for you.
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Laser Printer Resource is a fusion of quality and complete maintenance service and repair, local to San Francisco, Concord, San Jose, Pleasanton, Sacramento, and all over the East Bay Area. We are located in Walnut Creek but service anywhere in California. We look forward to helping you.

Laser Printer Education | Go Green with Laser Printer Toner- Laser Printer Resou…

Did you know that supporting a greener environment can leave more green in your pocket? If you own a laser printer, you are already making the move in the right direction. Laser printers are more cost efficient per page on top of giving you high quality prints. But when it comes to the toner, do you know your options? Back in May, we talked briefly about the differences between OEM toner cartridges and Compatible toner cartridges, but let’s go more in depth.

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. If you use a Lexmark toner cartridge in a Lexmark laser printer, you are using the brand name or OEM toner cartridge. OEM toner cartridges are brand new and high quality, but can be very expensive. What many people don’t know is that you can get that same OEM quality in your toner cartridge, without the OEM price when you use Compatible toner cartridges.

What is Compatible? Compatible is the ability to exist together in harmony. And what are Compatible Toner Cartridges? Compatible toner cartridges are sustainable products that allow the consumer to limit wasteful spending on the manufacturing of brand new products, packaging and shipping. Over the lifetime of your laser printer, you will spend more money on toner than the cost of the printer itself, this means more unnecessary waste to the landfills and with your money.  Compatible toner cartridges are made from recycled materials and can cost up to a third of the price of OEM ones because you are not paying for a trademark like Canon, Epson or Hewlett Packard (HP).

There are many advantages to compatible toners but there are a couple things to watch out for. Yes, it’s great that they cost less, but are also so easy to manufacture that it can be done your neighbor’s backyard. It can be difficult knowing where to go and who to trust. Avoid a drill-and-fill low quality product. Good quality products along with regular maintenance from knowledgeable people, will keep your laser printer in tip top shape, and avoid costly repairs. Get to know who you are buying from and where. If it’s an online site, read through their policies carefully, read customer reviews, or call the company itself and ask specific questions. Purchase your compatible toner cartridges from a company that not only has green practices but knows their products well and will back them up 100%. To keep even more environmentally friendly, you should seek locally. Sometimes the best deals are just around the corner.

We at Laser Printer Resource are centrally located in the East Bay Area, in Walnut Creek. We service to Concord, San Jose, Oakland, Berkley, Pleasanton, Emeryville, Sacramento, San Francisco, and every town in between, and all throughout California. We also carry compatible toner and ink cartridges that are assembled in California- that means less distance for shipping and more jobs in our community.  We give our products a 100% guarantee and go out of our way to ensure 100% satisfaction to our customers. You can feel confident with Laser Printer Resource because we will also educate you as best we can on the latest news and technology in our industry. For instance, we encourage the use of compatible toner for your black and white printing, but not for your color laser printers, as you may have read back in our August post  Should I use compatible / recycled toner cartridges in my color laser printer? We would never try to sell you anything you don’t need or that could damage your investment. Our skilled technicians will assist you any way we can. We will even pick up your used toner cartridges for recycling for you.

We want to help create harmony in our environment and our communities. We encourage you to be aware of your green choices. Not only will the environment thank you, but your community and your wallet will too. Questions? We’ll be glad to answer them. Give us a call so we can get to know you and better suit your individual needs. Toll free (877) 933-3366

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