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Epson 27 and Epson 27XL Ink Cartridges

Compatible Epson 27XL Ink Now in Stock

Prink are pleased to announce that we now have compatible Epson 27XL ink cartridges available online for the following printers:

Genuine Epson 27 and Epson 27XL Ink

We also have the full range of genuine Epson 27 and Epson 27XL cartridges which are in stock and available to order immediately.

Genuine Epson 27XL multipack ink

The Popularity of Black Ink

Here at Prink we’ve realised that over time, ink cartridges and the use of printers in the business world has evolved on a massive scale. Not only are we constantly being introduced to new technologies, the printing technology we have readily available, has already over leaped the benchmark of what we thought was never possible.

From wireless printing to the new and improved 3D printing technologies, there’s no telling what we can expect from this particular market.

However, just for now, let’s go back to the basics of printing and focus on a tool that most of use utilise in our day to day lives; black ink. Black ink is possibly one of the most important aspects of printing. Why? Well, you may not have noticed, but we use black ink for pretty much everything. From leaflets and flyers, to proposals for clients, black ink has maintained a simple yet professional position in today’s printing market. View the markets best ink cartridge prices here now!

Whilst more and more companies are opting for lavish, vibrant designs, black ink still hasn’t lost its popularity, especially in the months leading up to Christmas.

In October right through to the end of December, black ink is incorporated in uncountable designs, arguably more so than in the summer months. As vibrancy is generally used in high heats, it’s understandable that when winter strikes, many companies turn to black ink to do their bidding.

In this blog post from www.prink.co.uk, we will be taking a look at why black ink is so popular for specific festivities.

Halloween

Ah yes, Halloween. Associated with spooky happenings and famous horror movie figures, Halloween is a key time for the use of black ink and understandably so. The Halloween season, coupled with festive-mad partakers, is a time of black cat decorations and pumpkin carving, not to mention a lot of black ink usage. Whether you’re a company advertising a frighteningly good deal or a restaurant with a few secret recipes to serve up during this season, there’s no doubt that the colour scheme you choose will mostly consist of black.

This is a lot of ink to use just for promotion. However, there are third-party suppliers that provide cheap black ink cartridges for businesses in the UK. This means you can save money, while enticing your customers this Halloween season.

Bonfire Night

Though bonfire night has become renowned for bright colours and orange flames, you’ll need a backdrop that enhances your chosen colour scheme on your leaflets, flyers or other promotional material. A popular choice for advertisement for this festivity is, of course, black.

Again, this is a lot of black ink you’ll need to go through, so consider all of your options to get the best price as well as quality.

Christmas

Now, usually associated with a blanket of white snow, you may be wondering how black ink fits into this section. Well, unlike the two above, it isn’t used to such an extent. In saying this, black ink can be used for things like text, font and borders on resources like dinner menus, posters and even Christmas cards.

These are just a few reasons why black ink is so popular in these months leading up to the New Year.

If you’re looking to buy black printer ink for promotional reasons, please feel free to browse our website to find exactly what you need.

Greatest Ink Developments: The Rorschach Test

Here at www.prink.co.uk we know that ink has seen a number of revolutionary developments over the decades. From the quill to the growth of printer cartridges in the market, it also has a variety of uses, some of which are still heavily relied on today.

Perhaps one of the most extraordinary uses and developments of ink is the role it plays in the Rorschach Test. By name, a lot of people won’t recognise this test however, by example it has become famous for not only its purpose, but what the test actually consists of.

The Rorschach Test, or the inkblot test, refers to the assessment psychologists use to determine certain thought disorders. The test is also used to pinpoint individual’s thought processes, not to forget specific aspects of their personality. The assessment involves pieces of paper with ink sprawled across the page in various, mirrored patterns. The ink images are supposedly meaningless however; the basic purpose behind the practice is to extract elements of certain thinking processes from the answer the participant gives. As an example, if a patient reported seeing a lion, it will signify something different to a patient saying they identified an elephant.

This practice was first introduced in 1921 by Hermann Rorschach however, it has been suggested that his work was actually inspired by a book of poems that consisted of an accidental sprawl of ink. It is also thought that the concept of the test i.e. to use a specific interpretation of supposedly meaningless designs dates back to Leonardo da Vinci. For mind bending prices on all ink cartridges visit our website today!

During his time, the psychiatrist published a book titled “Psychodiagnostik”. This later became the foundation of the Rorschach test. The book consisted of results of research that Hermann Rorschach had carried out. Each was the study result of a mental patient and the book also included a set of 10 cards which then became a significant resource in the assessment.

So, how does the test work? Well, typically, the tester will show the patient 10 inkblots. As mentioned these 10 are the official set chosen by Rorschach himself. Within the set, there are five that consist of only black ink, while the remaining five are divided by black and red and polychromatic ink.

The patient was usually allowed to see the inkblots twice. The first time, the set of 10 were simply shown and the second, the patients were allowed to interact with the inkblots i.e. rotate them and get a closer look. Both times would require the patient to feedback on what they interpret the inkblot to be.

Though this test has many criticisms, it arguably has made a difference to the way modern psychologists and psychiatrics operate. Although the test has little to no room to move today, it may have helped bring to light more accurate ways to diagnose and pinpoint personality traits, not to mention develop the understanding that these two professions had. This is why the Rorschach Test is arguably a great ink development.

If you’d like to read more about the greatest ink developments over time, stay tuned on Prink our blog. Alternatively, we offer a wide range of cheap ink cartridges, all of which are available for delivery in the UK. Please feel free to browse our collection or get in touch today for more information.

Smart Ink Savers

Within all industries there is always a steady flow of new and fresh products that are designed to improve or aid the way an industry works. The same applies for cheap ink cartridges and printers. With so much focus in the UK on our carbon footprint, businesses are constantly looking for ways to cut back on their ink and paper usage in the office. However, when something needs to be printed there is no avoiding it. But alas, there is a very smart way to save on your ink usage without having to print any less and it comes in the form of a font.

‘Ecofont’ is an exciting improvement within the print and ink world and a very exciting development for your business too.

It works by reducing the actual amount of ink that the printer uses to print the same documents by using a formation of ‘holes’ in the letters. This does not affect readability, which is likely to be a company’s first concern.

There are a range of these style fonts available, so you are able to trial it before committing. There is also a very large selection of characters included within the font so that regardless of your type of business the font will suit your specific needs.

Another smart ink saver to consider introducing to your company is ‘draft print’. This can be found within the printer options and prints in a slightly lighter shade, using less ink to do so. Similar to grey-scale, these options are ideal for in-house documents that won’t be viewed by clients or customers. It is also worth putting some emphasis on the ‘grey-scale’ option, for those of your team printing in-house documents in colour such as presentations. Maybe a word of advice that colour printing should be reserved for important or client documents.

Further to these two ink saving ideas, there is also the option of buying ink cartridges that don’t compromise on quality, which is what every business wants to hear. While we have plenty of technology available, there is still a requirement for printed documents. Businesses also want to find the most economical means of printing possible, and this can come down to the simple use of cheaper ink cartridges.

Prink offers a huge range of over 90,000 inkjet and toner cartridges for you to choose from, offering high quality whilst maintaining low prices. On top of this, we offer excellent high-speed delivery, with 99% of orders received by 3:30pm and dispatched the same day. We are heavily dedicated to our customer service and aim to be an efficient yet affordable supplier.

So why not browse our extensive range of supplies and see where you could start saving today!

Planet-Friendly Printing: Why You Should Recycle Printer Cartridges

Printing is the backbone of many businesses and as such an important aspect of daily office life however, it is worth bearing in mind the impact it has on the environment.

Being green is a priority for any business these days, with people making a conscious effort to turn out the lights and recycle paper, plastic and cardboard. These are the simplest and most obvious ways of being green in the workplace, but what about the less apparent yet equally effective ways of keeping your office eco-friendly?

Recycling your printer ink cartridges is one of the best – and one of the most overlooked – ways to go about planet-friendly printing. Here at Prink, we understand the need to keep your office in constant supply which is why we provide a wide range of cheap printer cartridges for you to order as and when you need, in whatever quantity you require. The other side of this convenience is a corporate responsibility to the environment.

Being able to buy a large quantity of quality cartridges at the drop of the hat is all well and good, but what happens to all of the old used cartridges?

Well, too many of them end up in the bin and clogging up landfill sites, but some are recycled and reused to make new essential items with a reduced carbon footprint. In fact, if all printer cartridges were recycled we would see a big difference. You see, most of the components in printer cartridges are made from 100% recyclable materials and many are also 100% recoverable and reusable.

Read on to find out more about why you should recycle your printer cartridges.

What a waste

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It is estimated that eight cartridges are thrown away every second even though the average cartridge can be reused 4-6 times before it can then be recycled into a new product. If just four of these cartridges were recycled, you could make another 20 cartridges with 80% less energy.

With the four binned cartridges, you could cover Old Trafford stadium 119 times and power a top of the range television for 3,593,505 years.

350 million cartridges (70%) are thrown away every year and the UK alone is responsible for more than 55 million of these.

A long-lasting legacy

A single printer cartridge will take 1000 years to decompose because of certain elements, such as its aluminium content. So every time a cartridge is thrown in the bin or onto a landfill site, whole and un-recycled, it sticks around for a millennium.

There are more immediate concerns regarding printer cartridge waste and this is because putting printer cartridges on a landfill site can have detrimental effects on the environment. For example:

  • The plastics in a cartridge are non-biodegradable
  • The oils and chemicals used to produce cartridges will leak into the surrounding soil and water supplies
  • The leaking toxins and the smaller components can harm wildlife,
  • Any soil contaminated by the cartridges’ toxins will remain unproductive for thousands of years

A new lease of life

You can give your printer cartridges a new lease of life thanks to ethical recycling. Ethical recycling actually breaks up the printer cartridge into separate components which can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the ways a recycled printer cartridge can be reused and recycled include:

  •  Milk bottles and other similar products
  • Refrigerators and other white goods items
  • Cans and other forms of packaging
  • Environmentally-friendly furniture and household items

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This is just a quick look at why printer cartridges can be green and what happens when you don’t pay attention to your printing practices when trying to make your business eco-friendly.

So next time you get in touch with us to order another batch of cheap printer cartridges, think a little more about what you do with the used ones.

Is it Time to say Goodbye to Conventional Printers?

With 3D printing well and truly entering its own, is it time to say goodbye to conventional printers?

Well, so far, 3D printing has never failed to impress and amaze us. Whether it is news relating to medical wonders or a new fashion line being printed as we speak, it is fair to say that the world is in awe of this new technology. In fact, there has been a lot of talk about how this technology can revolutionise several different industries as a whole.

According to the BBC, Dan Walmsley, of Strakka Racing, said: “It’s a very exciting technology. It gives us the benefit of reduced lead times, reduced costs and increases the flexibility for our engineers to be creative.”

He continued: “Concept to final product used to be a minimum of maybe four weeks, whereas now it can be the next day.”

With a cut in costs and a speedy delivery time, 3D printing has the potential to change the racing industry as we know it. But how does it help in other industries?

In the medical world, there has been a very exciting development in the way that 3D printing is used, specifically during surgery. According to Inside3DP, Dr Hélio Rubens Machado performed an operation on a baby using 3D printing. The infant was suffering from a disease known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). Sufferers of SWS grow an additional layer on the surface of the brain.

During the surgery, Dr Machado used a model that had been produced by 3D printing technology as a guide.

This model allowed him to remove the parts of the brain that had been damaged, and gave him an accurate replica to study beforehand too. The operation is said to have been a success and Inside3DP claims that this “could prove to be a benchmark for further surgeries concerning infants with SWS.”

Whilst 3D printing itself is still a relatively new concept that is now being put to good use, has it really pushed conventional printers below the bar?

In short, no. Admittedly, conventional printers aren’t yet capable of such achievements, but they still have plenty of room for development and in a few years’ time, they too could be hitting the headlines. In addition, without conventional printing, we wouldn’t have things like traditional means of marketing and entertainment, such as flyers and books.

A printer is essential for a business, small or large, and even in the high-tech medical word, printing is used every single day for things like discharge letters. Without conventional printers, all the little details would essentially be lost.

Here at Prink, we are a leading third-party supplier of cheap ink cartridges in the UK. So if you need some advice or you want to enquire about a product, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. Alternatively, feel free to browse our site for everything you need for your printer.

Streamlining Your Business: How Printing Can Help

Whilst the benefits of a streamlined business are there in abundance, you may be struggling knowing where to start. A lot of thought should be put into company policies and procedures to ensure an efficient business, but too often, we overlook the basic necessities of day-to-day office life.  Printing is one of these essentials that we take for granted.

If you are looking for ways to streamline your business, read on. In today’s post, we will be looking at a few ways printing can help your company, efficiently and effectively.

Schedules

If you find your meeting room constantly overrun with staff when you need it most, it may be time to put your foot down. A great way to keep a check of everyone that uses the meeting rooms, and at what time, is to create a timetable that everyone can see and has to stick to. All it takes is a printed table, a pen and your employees remembering to fill it out before they enter the meeting room. This way, you can make sure you have the meeting room when you need it and it helps to reduce conflict between employees too, as everyone has equal opportunity to book themselves in.

Furthermore, printing off work schedules for the week is also a wonderful way for managers to keep track of individual and team progress, plus they allow everyone to come in, settle down and crack on with their work. You could even ask each employee to tick off their tasks throughout the day, so it is easier to see what’s been done.

Cost

Printing efficiently is a great way to save money on office bills. However, in order to do so, you need to set some boundaries and implement procedures that all employees must adhere to. Check out the below tips on how to save on printing costs:

Third-Party Suppliers

UK third-party suppliers of ink cartridges usually offer a cheap and cheerful deal when it comes to purchasing high-quality ink. This can help you save money upfront and allows you to stock up on ink without completely blowing your budget.

Don’t be Wasteful

You should encourage your employees to save digital copies instead of printing out documents they really don’t need. This way, not only do you save on resources, but you also save money because you don’t need to keep stocking up on supplies every week.

Keep it Green

Lastly, keeping it green can help your business to maintain an eco-friendly status which is great for business as well as for the environment.  Below we have listed a few ways that you can keep it green in the office:

Print on both sides of the page

Too often, we waste paper by not printing on both sides of the page. This would not be the case if you simply implemented a policy that requires employees to print on both sides of the page. If everyone follows procedure, it will help to save on paper and, in the long run, it will offer economic benefits too.

Recycle!

If you have printed out a page that you don’t want, don’t forget to recycle! Recycling is so important and if you already recycle then a big green thumbs up for you! If you don’t, it is never too late to start. All you need is a bin to pop all of your paper and recyclable goods in and you’re off.

These are just a few ways that efficient printing can help you to streamline your business. Do you have anymore that you would like to add?

Walking Away from your Printer Duties

The water cooler and the photocopier are not the only sites within an office that can be the cause of awkward conversations, followed by an awkward silence while the water agonisingly drips out. The printer also plays its part in the office environment as a pivotal object of good favour or dreaded use. The printer has the power to bring admin assistants and managing directors alike to their knees in frustration. So what are some of the deadly sins that can be committed while using the office printer?

Denial

Having printed off your 30-page document, the printer has run out of paper and a red flashing light is highlighting that you have not fed the printer. Fight or flight kicks in and you decide the best possible solution is to walk away and ignore the lack of paper and red flashing light. However, another member of the team comes to use the printer next and of course fills up the paper and openly questions who it was that left it empty… You shamelessly continue to ignore the issue. This is a terrible crime and it must be addressed for the benefit of all businesses. Stand up and accept your paper filling duties. The office clerk would rather show you how to fill it up than have to structure their day around re-filling the paper.

Don’t be jammy

A jammed printer is not what any office needs on a Friday afternoon; nerves are beginning to fray, the air-con is broken and now the printer has been left jammed until 4:45pm. Gulp down your pride, raise your hand and admit to your part in creating printer-anarchy. A jammed printer is easily fixable 98% of the time. It is a simple case of opening up the paper tray and removing any crumpled and jammed paper, including any torn pieces. It is also advised to remove any unused paper that has creases or crumples in it, as these can cause another potential jam.

A lack of ink can cause a stink

You’ve printed off your documents and left them in the printer while you reply to some emails before the end of the day. Most of the office is now vacated and you’ve just noticed that only half the words are legible because the ink has run out. There is no need to be shy with ink; cheap ink cartridges are available in the UK at competitive prices here at Prink. So, in the interest of keeping a placid office, keep the ink flowing and consider giving a brief tutorial to everyone on how to change the ink and where it is kept.

These are just a few of the minor, but incredibly frustrating issues that can arise in an office surrounding the printer and the correct conduct relating to it. As with anything in life, putting things off never achieves much apart from extra stress. So for the benefit of all within your business, keep the ink cupboard stocked up, the paper store plentiful and ensure everyone is aware of some basic printer maintenance. Should you require any advice regarding printer cartridges, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful staff here at Prink.

Troubleshooting Common Printing Problems

These days, offices around the world would struggle to operate effectively without the humble printer; however, sometimes they fail to work as well as they should causing frustration and annoyance. Luckily, the majority of problems associated with printers can be easily remedied. Below are a few of the most common problems that can occur how to solve them.

Running out of ink quickly and frequently

As a basic rule of thumb, higher end printers are usually more economic when it comes to ink but the majority of printers will have an ink saving mode built in. Also, to make things more confusing, low ink warnings vary drastically between manufacturers.

Ultimately, the best way to save on ink is to use a little common sense when it comes to printing office documents; you don’t need to print everything. Also, if you find that you are going through ink a lot, but it is unavoidable, then Prink has a wide range of cheap ink cartridges available so you can keep your costs down.

Not printing

Firstly, without being condescending, you should ensure that the printer is properly connected to your computer and, more importantly, switched on. Also, you should check the printer software installed onto your computer if it is corrupt or out of date then you may need to uninstall and then reinstall the printer for it to work.

If you are unsure if you have the correct software installed then simply check the devices and printing folder on your computer. Should you find that you do not have the necessary software, and then, it can usually be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

The infamous paper jam

Though uncommon in modern machines, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind. To begin with, don’t fill your paper tray to capacity and keep it properly aligned; most paper trays come equipped with a slider to ensure paper is fed neatly into the printer.

Try to stick with plain paper when you are printing, if you must use photo paper of another sort, then check to see that your printer is properly set up for the task.

Here at Prink, we appreciate that a printer is nothing without its ink, so if you need a reliable source for your business ink needs, then look no further. We have a wide range of printer ink cartridges from all the major manufacturers. Our complete range can be browsed and purchased through our website!

Reducing the Hidden Costs of Printing

Though on the surface printing seems like a fairly simple procedure – paper goes in, ink is applied, and your document comes out – there are actually a great many costs associated with this simple process. For a small to medium business, these costs can add up if they are not properly managed.

But what are said costs? Obviously you have the initial cost of the printer as well as the ink and paper, but what else do you end up paying for? Here at Prink, we understand that businesses are looking to save money wherever they can. So we have compiled a list of a few of the often overlooked or even ignored costs of printing, and how you can reduce or eliminate them.

Poor print management

Since printing is so commonplace, it is natural that those who work in an office environment will take it for granted, after all, if you print off dozens of documents a day then you are not going to think anything of it. However, it is this indifference that ends up costing companies money; especially when it comes to paper and cartridge ink costs.

Arguably, there is no such thing as a paperless office; you are going to have to print something eventually! But, you can reduce the amount you print by having a set company policy as to what and what does not need printing.

Colour Printing

Sometimes it seems that your colour ink cartridge is always running out faster than the black, and this could be a real indication that your office documents are too colour heavy. If you print documents regularly, but they all have pie charts, or the company logo on them, then you are going to go through a lot of ink very quickly.

At the risk of stating the obvious, simply print in black and white or “draft mode” when you are printing internal documents. If it is for a client, then obviously make sure it looks as good as possible, but if it is just an internal memo then black and white will suffice.

Personal Printing

Some employers may be shocked to learn that some of their employees use their printers for personal use, but it is more common than you may think. Most people will think there is nothing wrong with printing off a few cheeky documents as and when, but if everyone in the office is doing this on the sly, then it will start to impact on the company’s resources.

It might be worth implementing a stricter policy when it comes to personal printing; simply put, the office printing is for work related documents only.

If you want to further reduce your printing costs, then here at Prink we have a wide selection of cheap ink cartridges suitable for all manufacturers. Our full range can be viewed online but if you have any further questions then do not hesitate to get in touch!