Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Make your own Valentine's Day card with IJT Direct's help!

The team here at IJT Direct love a handmade Valentine’s Day card so they have put together a few super easy tips for making Valentine's cards at home. 

Make it personal 

It is the season of l'amour and there is no better time to go to town and make your card as personal, romantic and mushy as you like! You can add quotes from famous writers, include pictures of precious memories together, even refer back to a favourite memory you have with your significant other.  
But, Valentine’s Day rolls around quite quickly after the Christmas season so be prepared. Make sure that you have all of the supplies you need to make your card. You will need a printer, printer ink, card or high-quality printing paper and of course, a clear idea of what you would like to say in your card.  

Printable Valentine’s Day cards 

Printable Valentine’s Day cards are great! If you don’t have quite enough time to put together your masterpiece, then this is a really easy – and personal – solution. All you need to do is find a free printable design that you like, print it from your printer and then stick them to some quality card. Then, add the all-important personal touch with a sweet message inside.  

Get your children involved 

Sneaky we know, but if you just don’t have the time to make a card yourself, but you still want something devoting, then why not ask your little ones for some help. 
Print any of the free online printables, or even our designs below (right click, save image as, save) and let them get creative! It will hold their attention for at least 10 minutes and it’s fun and easy for them to do.  

But it doesn’t have to be a card...   
How about purchasing your loved one’s favourite bottle of wine/beverage, take off the label and then print off your very own design and stick it in place of the original label. You could print off a personal message, a photo or even a recipe of your admiration for them. You could do this with most things... flowers, boxes of chocolates – or even print your favourite picture of your loved one and insert it into an empty key ring or picture frame.  

We hope that has given you some inspiration. This is a time for celebrating your loved one and your love for each other so soak it up, it’s the only time of year the whole world gets starry eyes all at the same time.   

If you are looking for a new printer for your home or business, take a look at our FREE PRINTER DEALS, and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. You can email us at info@ijtdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 08345. 

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Printing Photographs at Home

Nothing beats capturing moments on a camera and then being able to print them straight away. Some of the latest Canon and Epson printers can print 6x4in prints in less than 15 seconds and print an A4 print in under 1 minute. Go up a paper size to A3 and you can expect 19x13in photo prints in under 10 minutes! And of course, you are in full control of the entire process - great right!  

Well, as with everything, there are some downsides to printing your own photos at home and that comes in the form of cost. Extra costs that must be spent in order to print at home. The two key costs are ink cartridges and quality photo paper. It’s hard to say exactly what your printing costs will be because of the amount of cartridge ink you will use will largely depend on your print size and subject matter. Some inkjet printers offer more value for money when it comes to ink cartridge cost and if you choose to buy recycled inkjet cartridges opposed to originals (OEM), then your costs will be lower.  

But size really matters when it comes to printing your photos. For example, 6x4in prints have been a popular size since 35mm filming days and are perfect for aspect ratio DSLR pictures. But, A4 is wrong for digital images which mean that you need to crop your pictures.  

An obvious advantage of having a photo lab print your pictures is that you can choose any size photo you want – but this can be pricey with prints costing anywhere from 40p - £1.20 per photo! Of course, this differs depending on which lab you go too.  

Printing small to medium sized prints at home to put in photo albums are relatively easy and If you want larger prints for framing, then you simply need to change the printing size in the settings of your printer when opting to print your photo.  This might sound technical if you don’t print at home very often, but there are printers out there which make it very simple to print in various sizes. 

One of these printers is the Canon Pixma MG5750. Not only is it simple to set up and use, but ink cartridges are very reasonably priced with XL ink cartridges costing as little as £8.95 each!  
Another printer which is easy to set up, print from and is also affordable is the Epson Workforce WF-2750DWF. Ink cartridges for this printer cost just £6.95 per cartridge and that’s for the XL’s! 

If you need to print your photos for a frame or collage style frame, then we recommend finding out the dimensions of each picture space in the frame and then selecting that size in the printer settings.  

Printing paper is also easy to come by and IJT Direct sell photo paper at £1.99 for a pack of glossy 7x5in. Online stores like Amazon also sell photo paper at decent prices.  

So, there you have it, it’s easy to do, it doesn’t have to cost a lot, it’s instant and most of all it’s fun!  

If you are looking for a new printer for your home or business, take a look at our FREE PRINTER DEALS, and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. You can email us at info@ijtdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 08345. 

Thursday, 24 January 2019

3 of the Best Printers for Small Businesses.

You are thinking about buying printer for your business but you need to weigh up what is most important before making any decisions. Efficiency, longevity and cost are all big considerations and it can be tricky to find something that encapsulates all of this. To make it easier for you, we have put together a small guide to help you along your way.  

Inkjet or Laser printer? The age-old question...  

Typically, people consider inkjet printers to be mainly for personal use, and businesses should use laser printers but for small businesses, an inkjet printer should suffice 

But what’s the difference between the two?  

Well, simply put, inkjet printers use ink and laser printers use toner. The ink within the printer works just like a pen, which means they take time to dry, can blur on low-quality paper, the print might smudge or bleed. By contrast, toner is bonded to the paper so it doesn't have drying time – even if it gets wet. But – laser printers are bigger and bulkier and they usually cost more to buy and run.  

So, questions to ask yourself... how much will you be printing? If it’s more than a few pages a day then it might be worth getting a laser printer, but, if you need to print high-quality images, then an inkjet printer would be a better option. Do you need an all-in-one printer? Well, if you are going to use more than one of the features on an all-in-one machine, then it’s probably worth investing in one.  

We’ve been looking at machines on the market to see which are best for small businesses and here are our top three models. 

  1. HP LaserJet Pro M281FDW 

This printer has been acclaimed as the best small business laser printer. As a laser printer, it’s a little bigger than an inkjet printer – but it is an all-in-one so it can print, scan, copy and fax... all in colour. You can also print wirelessly or straight from a USB.  
  • Automated document feeder 
  • Fast print speed 
  • Will only scan one side of multiple sheets 
  • Set up can be complicated 

The toner for this machine is available from IJTDirect and we sell not only the original’s (OEM’s), but also the IJT Direct branded toner with the black costing £48.95 compared to the OEM’s for £57.95.  

  1. Brother HL-3170CDW 

Digital trends call this printer the best colour printer for home offices. It has a decent paper capacity and good print speeds but also has a good print quality – printing in both colour and black and white.  
  • Great print quality 
  • Fast print speeds 
  • Large and heavy 
  • No scanner 

IJT Direct sell their own branded toner for this machine with the black costing £30.95 and the colour toners, £26.95. We also sell the OEM’s from £59.95.  

  1. Epson WorkForce WF-7110DTW    

The Epson WorkForce WF-7110DTW is perfect for small businesses, especially if they need to print A3 prints as well as other print sizes. It is an all-in-one inkjet printer which gives you the option to purchase large capacity inkjets, capable of printing over 2,000 sheets each!  
It might not be as fast as a laser printer, it is one of the fastest inkjet printers on the market and prints high-quality colour images.  
  • XXL cartridge option 
  • Expandable paper trays 
  • Small display and fiddly controls 
  • Particularly tall 

IJT Direct sell their own branded ink cartridges for this printer with the XL colours and the XL black being just £9.95 each, compared to the OEM’s XL’s costing £27.95 for the black and £24.95 for the colours. 
If you are looking for a new printer for your home office/small business, take a look at our FREE printer deals. If you have any questions at all on ink for your current printer or for a new model, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team. You can email us at info@ijtdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 0834555.