inkjet printers

How Can I Print My Digital Art?

GiClee

Episode 1779

Jim from Green Valley, CA

Jim uses an iPad Pro to create artwork using ProCreate. He wants to show off his work online, but he's concerned that it'll be stolen. Leo says that's pretty inevitable. You can watermark it. But that's about it. How about printing them? Leo says that you can get an archival, art quality print with special inkjet printers, but they aren't cheap. You can get a service do it. Leo recommends GiClee.

What Wireless Printer Should I Buy?

Episode 1709

Max from Newport Beach, CA

Max is looking for a small and simple wireless printer that's easier to use. Leo says that most printers are wireless these days, connecting to the network. An inkjet is probably the best if one needs color, but understand that they'll need to use it regularly in order to keep the ink flowing without getting the heads clogged. If one seldom uses it, a color laser printer is the best bet, but the colors aren't bright and not for printing photos. 

How can I keep my inkjet from clogging?

Epson 2750

Episode 1672

Randy from Dallas, TX

Randy got an Epson 2750, but he can't get it to print in color. Leo says that Epson will do a few nozzle cleans, before running a thorough nozzle clean. It'll take up a good portion of ink, but with the EcoTanks, you have plenty. Leo says that Inkjets tend to clog when not used regularly. Epson says that they coat their heads with a special coating to prevent clogging, but if you rarely use color printing, even with that, the printer will clog up due to dried ink in the head. It's just the nature of inkJet printing. So if you don't print at least once a week, maybe an inkjet isn't for you.

What's a good printer to buy?

Epson ET-3750

Episode 1647

Grant from St Paul, Minnesota

Grant wants a printer that he doesn't have to spend a ton on ink. Leo suggests the Epson Eco Tank printer (Epson is a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show & the TWiT Network). It comes with all the ink you'll need for two years - a great buy.

Grant also wants to know how his parents can get better reception in their area? Leo recommends TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. It'll let you know what channels are available in their area. But living in a remote area may be an issue. So Leo recommends streaming via YouTube TV. SlingTV is another option.

Why doesn't my printer read my new ink cartridges?

Episode 1516

Diane from Banning, CA

Diane's printer ran out of black ink, and she bought a new cartridge, but the printer doesn't recognize it. She's tried three times. No joy. Leo says that it sounds like a printer issue. You want to be sure you hear the "click" when you put the cartridge in. Perhaps bringing the printer into the store and have a technician take look, perhaps clean it out.

How can I unclog my printer?

Epson Expression ET-2550 EcoTank

Episode 1511

Steven from San Diego,CA

Steven bought an Epson Eco Tank 2550 and it's starting to lose colors. Leo says that it sounds like the printer head is clogged. Epson Eco Tanks have specially coated heads to prevent clogging, but if he doesn't use his printer all the time, it will eventually clog up. That's why a laser printer is better for infrequent use. In the meantime, he can use the ink cleaning procedure several times, and then it will ask if he wants to do the thorough cleaning. It'll use a lot of ink, however, but that should solve it.

Why can't I connect my iPhone to my TV?

Apple TV 4K

Episode 1505

Tim from Murrietta, CA

Tim has an iPhone 6S and when hooking it up to his smart TV, nothing happens. The TV says it has the signal, but nothing happens. It has worked in the past. Leo says that it sounds like HDCP may be the issue. That's digital copy protection. Everything in the chain has to be HDCP compliant to work. But that should only be an issue if he's watching YouTube or a movie. It should work with photos and home videos no problem. Tim says a friend's iPhone works though. Leo says it sounds like an iOS issue, then.

Why is the image quality so bad on my Epson inkjet?

Expression Home XP-340 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

Episode 1502

Robert from Bakersfield, CA

Robert has an Epson printer and the print quality isn't good. Leo says that inkjet printers need to be used a lot in order to keep the nozels clean. Ink can dry and it can clog. He can run the cleaning utility several times to clear out the clog. The downside is that it uses a lot ink. But it's the only way to get it back to printing good prints. If he only uses a printer occasionally, a laser printer is a much better option.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)

How can I save money with an inkjet printer?

Epson WorkForce ET-4750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer

Episode 1501

Frank from Huntington Beach, CA

Frank wants to get an inkjet printer, but he doesn't know if they're really worth the money. Leo says that while the printers themselves are cheap, the ink is extremely expensive. And he can't refill the cartridges because 1) they're messy and 2) they often won't work in the printer because of proprietary circuitry. It also affects the print head. So Leo doesn't recommend it. Frank could buy re-manufactured cartridges, but at that point, he may as well just bite the bullet and buy a new one. Plus, some cartridges replace the print head in the process.