There are many, many printer companies in the market – Wikipedia lists more than 100 – and so you might think that providing a truly comprehensive range of ink and toner solutions would be a near-impossible task.


But while staying on top of the ever-expanding range of available models is certainly a challenge, we have found that certain brands are mentioned far more frequently than others. There may be 100+ manufacturers in Wikipedia’s list, but the five or six biggest names on that list account for the vast majority of our sales.


With that in mind, here’s our countdown of the 5 Biggest Printer Companies in the World:


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5. Samsung

Founded: 1938

Home Country: South Korea

 Samsung is a huge name across dozens of different industries – aside from printers, they also manufacture smartphones, televisions, cameras, kitchen appliances, and goodness knows what else. Why are they only #5? Because, unlike most of the other companies on this list, printers aren’t really Samsung’s main export; they’re just a single string in the company’s bow!


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4. Epson

Founded: 1942

Home Country: Japan

Epson is part of the Seiko Group, but while the Seiko brand is synonymous with watches and clocks, Epson have carved out a huge name for themselves in the printing game. As of Autumn 2012, their market share was more than 15%, and they’ve continued to flourish in spite of controversies regarding their ink cartridges.


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3. Canon

Founded: 1937

Home Country: Japan

 One might argue that Canon are better known for their cameras than for their printers, but let’s not split hairs – printing and photography go hand-in-hand anyway, and Canon are international leaders in both markets. They’re also the only company on this list without a blue-and-white logo, so more power to them for bucking the trend!


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2. Brother

Founded: 1908

Home Country: Japan

Brother are by far the oldest company on this list (they were founded almost three decades before Canon, although admittedly they were called the Yasui Sewing Machine Company throughout a large chunk of their early history).  While companies like Canon and Samsung have complemented their printing products with successful forays into other markets, Brother have mainly been all about the printers for some time now. And it’s paid off – their machines are some of the very best available.


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1. Hewlett-Packard

Founded: 1939

Home Country: USA

You thought Japan were going to run away with this list, didn't you? 'Fraid not - America, as usual, are at the top of the tree, and even though printers are only a part of HP's massive hardware and software range, Hewlett-Packard printers still appear to be the most popular worldwide.


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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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HP's LaserJet 1000 Series

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The LaserJet 1000 series from Hewlett-Packard was a line of black and white laser printers designed with fast, efficient printing in mind. These models were extremely popular among businesses and corporations, and while HP have now discontinued the LaserJet 1000 series, the printers are still being used in homes and offices all over the world.


Speed is one major advantage that laser printers have over inkjet models. If you need to print a massive, multi-page document, you’ll find that a laser printer gets the job done much faster – you won’t even have to wait for the ink to dry! Being unable to print in colour, the LaserJet 1000 printers obviously aren’t much use when you need to print photographs or images, but if you’re printing out business documents or ten-thousand word dissertations, something like the LaserJet 1320 is absolutely perfect.


Of course, the continued use of LaserJet 1000 appliances means that there is still a demand for LaserJet 1000 toner. If you still use one of these printers – and why wouldn’t you? – you’re probably well aware that, in spite of the  fact that the printers themselves are no longer widely available, compatible toner cartridges are still exceptionally easy to come by.


And if you need more toner for your LaserJet 1000 printer, you’re already in the right place! Here at City Ink, we sell a wide variety of HP toner products, and regardless of which HP printer you use, you’re sure to find the right cartridge at a very reasonable price.

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If you've opted for a snazzy Hewlett Packard (HP) printer then we can't say we'd blame you. A firm contender in every race within the printing world, HP are printer giants that won't be leaving any time soon. But how can you get the best out of your HP printer? With so many different ink cartridges and toner cartridges available it can be difficult to get to the bottom of what will simply make your printer work in the way you need and want it to.

The aim of this blog post is to quickly give you the lowdown on what is avilable for your HP printer and which of these options is best for you, so that is exactly what we hope to do! If you need any further guidance please don't hesitate to get in touch. We're on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ too - just give us a nudge and we'll be happy to help.


1. HP Ink Cartridges

Now we're sure that your standard ink cartridges are the printer ink you're most familiar with. You get 4 - black, magenta, cyan and yellow and different levels of each combine to make any colour you could ever want in the whole world, which is quite magical really. What isn't magical, however, is the price that ink cartridges are. For a full replacement set you're looking at upwards of £55, which is a large whack of money to pay every time your ink runs out on top of the £100 or so you already paid for a printer! One option which you'll see by clicking on 'HP Ink Cartridges' is our range of refillable dye ink options. These are ink cartridges with a twist, and allow you to manually refill the ink (which comes with the purchase) - saving you that hefty cost. We've got lots of videos on doing these sort of things, so perhaps a little tricky at first, with our guidance you could save a lot of money. We'd perhaps recommend that either your standard ink cartridges are the best choice for the very rich (ha!) or those who will print only very occasionally. 


2. CISS for HP Printers

Continuous ink supply systems are one of our specialities here at City Ink Express. Your ink cartridges come attached to a lovely ink tank which is filled of the printer blood which makes your work come to life on paper. This is a much cheaper option if you're looking at printing a lot - and again, we've got lots of handy tutorials to help you input this fantastic little CISS system to your HP Printer. One of these continuous ink systems can save you up to 80% on your printing costs which is so important if you're printing a lot of stuff. 

3. HP Toner Cartridges

Toner cartridges are the cousin of your standard ink cartridge, and essentially are provide your printer ink in a powder form as opposed to the gooey stuff that gets everywhere and stains! Toner cartridges are most often found in laser printers, so if you have an HP laser printer then a toner cartridge will be what you'll need. Luckily for you - we have them by the bundle ready for you to replace quickly and cheaply at any time! 


4. HP Printer Bundles 

If you're yet to purchase your HP printer but you know that you want to, or if you know your old printer is on his way to the big PC World in the sky then you might need one of our HP printer bundles. With a HP printer bundle, you can choose the HP printer model from the list available (different printers vary in price of course) and it will come fitted with a CISS system so you can print to your heart's content! The beauty of our HP printer bundles? You get a great printer, a full continuous ink system which will save you stacks of cash on your printer and we'll set it up for you - so you have literally no work to do. So what are you waiting for?

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This is our discount review and ink system photos.
We installed this system on HP Office Jet Pro 8000 and its really impressive.

"This is a great alternative to normal everyday ink cartridges.
Very easy to install and use. Anyone can install this system within 5 minutes.
Offer a great quality print and a massive reduction and cost saving on the everyday printing.
Its lightweight and could be placed right next to the printer, donĀ“t requiring much space at the office."

We hope this review fit your needs and we will be waiting for the discount code for ower next order.

Best regards from Portugal,