How do I check ink levels on my HP printer?

One of the things our customers most frequently ask us about is how they check the ink levels on their HP printer. Monitoring ink levels is an essential part of owning a printer, as it allows you to keep on top of your spending and also ensure that your machine is sufficiently stocked up at all times, particularly when processing larger print jobs. In this blog post, I’m going to outline how you can check ink levels on your HP printer quickly and easily. So, let’s get to it…

First things first

The way in which you will be required to check the ink levels on your printer will vary depending on the model you own. With that said, as a rule of thumb, you should be able to print a supplies report from the device itself, using the menu on the device (providing it has this function). If the machine does not have a display, then you may be able to generate a report by pressing a combination of buttons on the machine. The necessary combination in which to perform this task should be detailed in the machine user guide.

Checking ink levels from your device driver

You can also usually check the ink status of your machine through the device driver found in the printers/devices section of your PC/Mac. If your machine is connected on the network, you can also log into the web interface using its assigned IP address by inputting it into a web browser. The web interface should also display the supplies status, too.


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Happy printing!

The Printerbase Team

Fujitsu Branded Document Scanners Hit 10 Million Global Shipments

Global shipments of Fujitsu branded document scanners recently passed the 10 million mark and helps to reinforce PFU’s (a subsidiary of Fujitsu that designs, markets and manufactures Fujitsu) position as one of the leaders in the document imaging market.

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Over the years, Fujitsu has continued to develop, reinvent and modernise their scanner portfolio and this fantastic milestone is just another indicator at their progress.

The success is also in no short part to the high level of image quality Fujitsu scanners are able to capture as well as “world-class engineering, a sophisticated manufacturing process and consistently high standards of quality assurance”.

Fujitsu’s ScanSnap scanners take the complication out of document imaging with one-button ease of use. Perfect for home and small business environments, the ScanSnap family of scanners bring duplex multi-sheet scanning to everyone, combining performance and affordability in a compact size. Plus, there are a range of fantastic software options available to enhance your scanning experience with Fujitsu, which you can find out more about here.

Mike Nelson, Senior Vice President, PFU (EMEA) Limited said: “When developing products, PFU always has a focus on users’ needs and customers’ feedback. Combined with the engineers’ creativity, this has enabled us to create winning products with unique features and build a strong market position”

Take a look at a newly launched website celebrating the 10 million milestone.

Printerbase are honoured to be an official reseller of Fujitsu. Take a look at one of their latest cashback promotions and how you can take advantage here.


How does a dot matrix printer work?

Dot matrix printers don’t just sound extremely techy and confusing, they look extremely techy and confusing, too! For this reason, lots of people find themselves being intimidated by these machines, and immediately apprehensive about using them. But there’s no need to worry – once you understand how these machines work, you’ll be fine! In this blog post, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about dot matrix printers, from how they work, to what they’re used for. So, without further ado…

The basics

Dot matrix printers are a lot like inkjet printers in that they work by implementing a moving head that prints in a line by line motion. However, contrastingly to inkjets, dot matrix printers employ an impact ‘head and ribbon’ method of printing. This method is very similar to that of a traditional typewriter, punching tiny holes through the ribbon and into the page, leaving a mark.

What do the numbers on dot matrix printers stand for? How do I know which to pick?

Dot matrix printers each bestow a matrix of pins, which are used to produce the characters on the page. When it comes to variation in this regard, you can choose from either 9 pins or 24 pins – 9 pin is usually the fastest option, meanwhile 24 pin boasts the highest resolution.

What are the benefits and uses of a dot matrix printer?

Although dot matrix machines are often perceived as archaic in some ways, these durable devices are perfect for invoicing and warehouse packing/picking slips where multiple copies are required. Dot matrix printers can print multiple sheets at once, printing directly onto the white front sheet, and then following on to the coloured carbon copies behind.  In general, dot matrix printers are more reliable than laser or inkjet machines, especially when used in dirty environments such as warehouses or car garages.

Can I buy a dot matrix printer from Printerbase?

Of course, you can! You can view our full range of dot matrix printers now by clicking here.


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Fujitsu ScanSnap Cashback Promotion

For a limited time, you can claim up to £75 cashback when you purchase one of the Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners!

These fantastic devices are perfect for home or small business environments thanks to one-button scanning for ease of use, whilst also delivering great performance at fantastic prices. All in a compact, handy design.

Across these devices there are endless features to enhance your home or office setup from wireless scanning and fast speeds to advanced paper feeding systems and scan to editable files. Whatever it is, the Fujitsu ScanSnap range will be able to help.

Below you’ll find three models that you can claim up to £75 cashback on today. Ending 21st December 2017.

Fujitsu iX500 A4 SheetFed Scanner

£75 Cashback

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Fujitsu iX100 A4 Sheetfed Scanner

£25 Cashback

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i A4 Mobile Sheetfed Scanner

£35 Cashback

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Kyocera Cashback or Warranty – A Summer of Colour

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Get Kyocera Cashback or Warranty with their Summer of Colour promotion. The promotion has nearly finished but there’s still time to take advantage! You can claim up to £175 cashback OR FREE 3-year warranty now.

These fantastic machines have been expertly designed by Kyocera to enhance productivity and workflow in your office and thanks to these incredible deals, there’s never been a better time to buy. But be quick! This deal will be ending on the 30th September 2017 so don’t miss out.

Below you can find just a couple of the fantastic printers included in this deal. To view the full range and to claim your promo, click here.

Kyocera ECOCYS M5526cdn
A4 Colour Laser Multifunction Printer

£130 Cashback OR 3-Year Warranty

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Kyocera ECOCYS M5526cdn


Kyocera ECOCYS P3045dn
A4 Colour Laser Multifunction Printer

£60 Cashback OR 3-Year Warranty

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Kyocera ECOCYS P3045dn