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As a little homage to Epson, we thought we’d review one of their most popular laser printers – the Epson C1100! Now we sell Epson C1100 toner cartridges, but we’re also interested in how well the printer itself performs. Here’s how we got on:


The Epson C1100 is a great printer for small offices or workgroups. With a speed of 25 ppm (pages per minute) this is a fairly speedy machine that will make light work of large documents. If it’s vivid colour you are after the Epson C1100 creates uniform colours using special AcuBrite toners!


The Epson C1100 has a fairly simple control panel that is intuitive and pleasantly illuminates. With a 180 sheet multi-purpose tray this device will more than suffice for small workloads and office duties. Though you shouldn’t need to purchase Epson C1100 toner cartridges too often, when you do you will be pleased with the clear, colourful results it produces – this is thanks to Epson AcuLaser Colour 2400 Resolution Improvement Technology no less.



What we mainly like about this printer is just how simple it is to use and maintain. The last thing you need in a small office environment is an arduous machine to drain precious time. The Epson C1100 is perfect as it is a great little workhorse of a colour printer that even has some gusto too.


Should you need Epson C1100 toner cartridges, you can find a stunning selection here at City Ink Express.

The right printer for your workplace will, of course, depend on where you work. Most offices can make do with a basic black-and-white printer (after all, boring work memos are never especially vibrant), but what if you work in a design studio or somewhere similarly colourful?


We can't recommend a printer for everyone, but what we can do is look at the printing requirements of the 'average' office:


  • Heavy Usage: Printers aren't the centre of the office like they were in the days before email, but work printers still tend to be very busy machines. Your office printer should be capable of working at a high capacity, and you'll want an appliance that isn't running out of ink every five minutes.

  • High Speed: This is related to the 'heavy usage' thing - your work schedule is probably pretty full, and you don't want to waste any time waiting for stuff to print (especially if your colleagues are waiting for their documents to go through as well).

  • Multiple Functions: While the average office won't necessarily need a colour printer, the scan and copy functions can still be very handy in even the most monotone working environments. An all-in-one printer can solve a lot of problems and save quite a bit of space to boot.


With all of the above in mind, we think that an All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer is the best choice for the average office. Laser printing is quicker than inkjet printing (you don't even have to wait for the ink to dry), so even on a really busy Friday afternoon, the print queue should never get too hectic.


Moreover, a laser printer is arguably much better value for money. Toner cartridges cost a little more than standard ink cartridges, but they also last a lot longer, saving you money in the long run. Note also that colour printers use four different toner cartridges whereas mono printers use only one - it's best to stick with black and white if your company can manage that way!


So which printer should I buy?

We recommend something from HP's LaserJet Pro range. The HP LaserJet M1536dnf, for example, is a heavy-duty monochromatic laser printer that also functions as a scanner, copier, and a fax machine.


And don't forget, when your office printer needs a new toner cartridge...we can help!

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Canon Toner Cartridges make up a large percentage of our toner sales, and when you consider the quality of Canon printers it's not really a surprise is it? Due to the immense popularity of Canon printers, we like to make sure that our range of Canon toner cartridges is well-stocked, diverse and full of compatible and genuine Canon toner to fit a variety of printer models. We also strive to offer competitively-priced Canon toner, offering a Canon toner cartridge to meet every budget! 


Canon MF-4450 - Compatible Toner Cartridges


Where possible, we will always try and offer a genuine Canon toner cartridge and a high-quality alternative replacement toner for each and every Canon printer model we supply toner for. Currently we have toner cartridges available for the Canon CLC Series, Canon Fax L Series, Canon Fax Series, Canon FC Series, Canon FP Series, Canon GP Series, Canon Image Class Series, Canon IR Series, Canon Laser Class Series, Canon LBP Series, Canon MF Series, Canon NP Series, Canon P series and the Canon PC Series.


Of course, there are numerous model numbers within these manufacturer types, so simply head over to our Canon Toner Cartridges page and select your model to see a list of the available toner cartridges. 


Canon Mf8580CDW - Compatible Toner Cartridges

As well as toner cartridges we also strive to offer a variety of general Canon spare parts including feed rollers, fuser units, drums, imaging units and imaging toner drum cartridges to help nurse your printer back to full health! 


If we don't stock toner cartridges compatible for your Canon printer or you are looking for another replacement part for your Canon printer then please don't fear, simply drop us a note over on our Contact Page or give us a call on 01332 832752 and we will do our very best to find you a suitable and affordable toner cartridge or printer part to get your printer working back in tip-top condition in no time! 

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Laser printers can seem like complicated machines, unfathomable to anyone without an engineering degree. The average person simply prints his documents and gets on with his day, never stopping to wonder how his business memo materialised on that piece of paper.


Still, if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you did stop to wonder, and now you’re naggingly curious about the inner workings of your laser printer. So...


How Do Laser Printers Work?

Well, for one thing, they don’t just squirt ink onto the page like inkjet appliances. Ink and toner are two very different things (click here for more info on that front), and the laser printing process is a little more intricate than printing with ink.


Laser printers make clever use of things like static electricity and oppositely-charged ions, but here’s an analogy that’s slightly easier to swallow: printing with toner is a lot like playing with glitter and glue. You probably did this when you were small; wrote your name in glue, covered the page in glitter, and then shook off the excess to reveal that the glitter had stuck to the glue in the right shapes, spelling your name out in glimmering golden letters.

Well, laser printing is actually very similar to that. Toner is the glitter that spells things out, and because the toner is positively-charged, it sticks to the negatively-charged parts of the imaging drum, which then transfers your images and/or text to the page.


So where does the ‘laser’ enter into it?


Ah, well, the laser is what creates the negative charge on the imaging drum, effectively telling the toner where to stick and what shapes to form. In our glitter analogy, the laser is YOU, squeezing glue onto the page to spell out your name.


This is a somewhat simplified explanation of the whole process, of course, but next time you look at your laser printer, at least you’ll have a reasonable idea of what’s going on in there!


Any other questions? Pop over to our Contact page and the City Ink experts will help you out!


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It’s no wonder we sell a lot of Epson toner cartridges, they make some of the finest laser printers on the market. To celebrate the wondrous Japanese manufacturers, we have thrown together a list of our top 3 best-selling Epson toner cartridges, and a little about the printer models themselves.


Epson M2400D

We sell a shed load of Epson M2400D, which is somewhat surprising considering how long their cartridges usually last - due to their high page-yield. The Epson M2400D itself is a fine little workhorse of a machine making it ideal for small to medium-sized office spaces. The quality of the print itself is nothing but professional, and with a speed of up to 35 ppm (pages per minute) it is a fast little worker too. If you need Epson M2400D toner cartridges – original or compatible – please visit our model page.


Epson C1100

A significant amount of Epson C1100 toner leaves our store, whether it be black or coloured, or indeed Epson’s own cartridges or a compatible alternative. This is another fine Epson laser printer, though intended for slightly less-ample use than the previous model. As such, the Epson C1100 is aimed at small workgroups, or even individuals. This affordable printer still benefits from a swift speed of 25ppm, and the fact it’s a colour model means you needn’t waste money on separate devices. Should you need Epson C1100 toner, we have plenty of options for you to choose from.


Epson M2000

 Last but by no means least, customers just can’t seem to get enough of our Epson M2000 toner cartridges, and with the selection we have to offer it’s no wonder! The printer itself is equally popular, and with its 28ppm speed and flexible duplex options it is a high-quality machine also. The Epson M200 was aimed at individuals and small workgroups, where it reliably produces professional looking prints time after time. To see our selection of M2000 toner, follow this link and see what we have to offer.