How to improve copy/print quality

Copiers are an essential part of today’s office. A lot of work is done with multifunction products like copying, printing and scanning documents. Did you ever notice that most users just press the start button when they make copy, scan or print skipping their first chance to optimize the image quality?

Every copier machine has different modes for different kind of documents. Copier machines can’t decide the type of original itself. You need to tell the device what kind of document you are going to scan. Applying wrong setting may give poor results.

If you look on to the operational panel you will find a mode labeled “original type” or something like that. Under this mode several sub-settings are available like “Text”, “Photo” and “Text/Photo”. In case you want to scan a page that contains only text you should select “Text” mode so that characters print with high contrast and sharpness. “Photo mode” is ideal for photos. Some advanced copiers may ask more details like whether the “photo” is glossy, printed or a copied photo etc.

This is an example of what you can do to improve your copier experience. For detailed instructions and available functions refer to the user guide of your device.

Override toner low alarm on Brother laser printer

Laser printers have a lot of advantages. The biggest advantage is that they can print thousands of pages by using only one toner cartridge. If you are a user of Brother’s laser printer you can print thousands of pages even after low toner alarm displays on the panel. Let’s see how to override the alarm.

Open front door of the printer

Take the cartridge out of the printer.

Press green tab on left side of the cartridge and take the toner unit out.

On right side of the printer you’ll find a clear plastic lens. A laser beam shines through this lens and detected by a sensor on the other side. In case sufficient toner is present in the cartridge the beam is blocked and can’t hit the sensor. However if it successfully passes through the lens it means that toner is near to end. In this condition printer will display a message to replace the toner cartridge even some amount of toner is still there. You can consume the remaining toner if you prevent the laser beam to reach to the detector. Masking tape, a piece of paper or any other hard material can be used for this purpose. Some youtube videos suggest that you might print more than 3000 prints on MFC-7860DW, TN-450bcartridge and other models.