HP LaserJet M607, M608, M609 First Look Video

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 | HP Toner | No Comments

HP has released the new LaserJet M607, M608 and M609 series. Andres has made up an introductory video to show you some of the new features. This is a great line of printers!


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New MICR M607, M608, M609 HP LaserJet Printers are here

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments


Tips & Tricks – When Businesses Should Print Their Own Checks

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

Interview with John Miller, ADVANTAGE

Managing a company’s finances isn’t always easy. As a veteran with Advantage Laser Products (ALP), he knows the challenges you face. For more than 30 years, the Advantage Team has helped accounting and finance professionals and their teams overcome those challenges.

In this exclusive interview, John provides his insight into the advantages and disadvantages of printing your own business checks.

Question 1: When does it make sense for a business to print their own checks?

John:  “There is no one-size-fits-all solution. I try to answer each customer’s questions based on my experience working with thousands of business customers. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense for customers to print their own checks. You might be better off with a payroll service or a good bookkeeper, or it may make more sense financially to order pre-printed checks.

Here are a few questions to consider:

  1. How many checking accounts do you have?
  2. How many checks do you write per week in each?
  3. How often do your checking accounts turn over? (Do you have to open new accounts all the time?)
  4. How many people in your organization will be printing checks for these accounts?
  5. And are these people at the same location?

The decision to print your own checks depends on your answers to these questions. We advise clients daily about these decisions. It’s exciting to help guide them through this process.”


Question 2: What equipment does a company need to print their own business checks?

John: “If your check printing volume isn’t very high, and you have check printing software, I recommend a suitable printer, depending on your budget and needs. Printers range from $199 and up.

If you’re printing 1,000 checks a week, the HP Laserjet M602 ($920) can print 500 checks in just 10 minutes. Of course, there is a range of printers to consider, but it’s important to choose one designed for check printing.”


Question 3: What other technology do you recommend to make the check printing process easier?

John: “We also sell machines that fold, insert, and seal checks into envelopes.  You can also print checks on z-fold pressure-seal form. Once you print the checks, you put them in a pressure sealer and stick a stamp or metered postage on each sealed check.”


Question 4: What are some best practices of companies who print their own checks?

 John: “We recommend that they use that printer solely for printing checks, because printing checks requires a special magnetic toner called MICR toner.  We manufacture high-quality MICR toner cartridges and provide our customers with a satisfaction guarantee.

What not everyone knows is that MICR toner is not all the same quality, and using bad quality MICR toner can cause serious problems during the check printing process. I also recommend that every company has few printers in case one goes down. Missing a payroll date is a no-no for most employers. No excuses.”


Question 5: Does Advantage help companies set up the check printing process?

John: “Absolutely. If you have issues with quality and need to know how to fix your printer, we perform free document testing. We don’t require any service contract. That is just a free benefit of being our customer.

When we sell software, we provide one-on-one support. We will personally walk you through how to set up accounts properly and print checks consistently.”


Question 6: Is there special software needed to print?

John: “Yes, and we do offer a variety of software options. We want our customers to be completely satisfied so we’re happy for them to try it out first. To check this out go to advlaser.com, and look for the GC Former software.”


This interview with John Miller is brought to you by Advantage Laser Products (ALP). Since 1987, ALP has specialized in check printing supplies, including MICR toner, blank check paper, laser printers and more. ALP also provides high-quality products and exceptional customer service every day.

We’re ready to offer you the excellent service and high-quality products you deserve. Contact us at 800-722-2804 today!


Get free printers from HP – Join HP PurchasEdge

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 | HP Toner | No Comments

Join HP PurchaseEdge

There’s a program from HP that few people use, but many could benefit from, it’s called PurchasEdge. HP PurchasEdge is designed for businesses that buy more than $2,000 of HP consumables (inkjet and toner cartridges) in a year. With PurchasEdge, you get 1 point for every $4 USD of HP inkjet and toner cartridges you buy. Once you accumulate some points you can purchase HP laser printers, inkjet printers, ScanJet scanners with your points. I’ve worked it out and it represents a 2-3% additional savings normally. However last year HP had a sale and you could buy any printer for only 1/5 of the points it normally took. For example during the HP sale last summer, the HP LaserJet Pro M402n normally cost 3,250 points was on sale for only 650 points. The smart move is to join PurchasEdge, accumulate points and look for a points sale like HP had last year.

The best thing about the PurchasEdge program is that we do all the work. Once you sign up for PurchasEdge, all you need to do is give us your 6 digit PurchasEdge number and we’ll submit the invoices to HP. It’s very easy.

Note you can only accumulate PurchaseEdge points for Genuine HP toner cartridges, Advantage Brand and New HP MICR Toner Cartridges are not eligible.

To get started, enroll in PurchasEdge today: http://www.purchasedge.com/join/549688

Here’s a video on PurchasEdge signup, it’s easy…

Once you are registered, you’ll need to email us your 6 digit HP PurchasEdge Account number. HP usually emails your account number the day after you register. We need your account number to submit your invoices. That’s it, we’ll handle the rest.


New Product – HP CF237A / CF237X New MICR Toner Cartridge

Monday, July 31st, 2017 | HP Toner, MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

HP LaserJet M607n

We’ve just released MICR Toner cartridges for the HP LaserJet M607, M608 and M609 series laser printers. There are three different yields for the CF237 series of cartridges, CF237A (11K), CF237X (25k) and CF237Y (41K). At this point we are making New MICR toner cartridges for the CF237A and CF237X models.

HP CF237A MICR Toner Cartridge 11,000 page yield – $277, 2.52 cents per page
HP CF237X MICR Toner Cartridge 25,000 page yield – $459, 1.84 cents per page

For the moment, we are not manufacturing a CF237Y MICR toner cartridge. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know.

This new series of printers replaces the HP LaserJet M604, M605 and M606 series of printers. The printers are slightly faster than their predecessor at 55ppm, 65ppm and 75ppm respectively. Our prediction is these will be a reliable workgroup printer. In the months to come, we will have HP MICR Laser Printers for all of the new models: M607, M607 and M609.

As with their predecessor, we highly recommend the M608 and M609 series over the M607 series as the M607 can only accept the standard yield CF237A MICR toner cartridge. The cost savings of using the CF237X high yeild MICR toner cartridge with it’s lower cost per page will easily pay for itself over the life of the printer. Plus you get a faster printer out of the deal.

Here’s a compatibility list for the CF237A.

Note the CF237X won’t fit into the M607 Series.

HP LaserJet Enterprise M607n
HP LaserJet Enterprise M607dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M608n
HP LaserJet Enterprise M608dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M608x
HP LaserJet Enterprise M609dn
HP LaserJet Enterprise M609x
HP LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M631h
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M631z
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M632h
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M632fht
HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M633fh





New HP LaserJet P607, P608, P609 Series Includes Radical Design Change

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | HP Toner, MICR Toner and Check Printing | 4 Comments

We just received the new HP LaserJet M608N printer. This is a radical internal redesign from the previous few generations of Enterprise Level HP LaserJet printers. The M608 and it’s sisters the M607 and M609 will be replacing the M604, M605, M606 models as the go-to networked work-group monochrome printer in the HP lineup.  This new line of printers now has three toner cartridges to choose from: CF237A (11,000 pgs), CF237X (25,000 pgs) and the CF237Y (41,000 pgs). As with previous generations, the lowest printer in the line, the M607 will not accept the two higher yield toner cartridges. The ability to accept the larger toner cartridges makes the operating costs much lower for the M608 and M609 series.

We are working on MICR Toner cartridges for the new series of toner cartridges. We don’t have an ETA of when the CF237A and CF237X MICR toner cartridges will be available. Stay tuned for more information…

Here are some pictures of the new P608n.




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New Products: HP CF287A and CF287X MICR Toner – Remanufactured

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 | MICR Toner and Check Printing | No Comments

Canon 137 MICR TonerWe now have the HP CF287A and CF287X Remanufactured MICR toner cartridges for check printing in stock. The remanufactured cartridges offer 30-40% savings over the New HP MICR Cartridges. If you are printing volume, the CF287X High Yield toner cartridge saves you 50% over the standard yield cartridge.

The CF287A/X cartridges fit the HP LaserJet M501dn M506n M506dn M527 MFP printers.

Check out our CF287A and CF287X MICR Toner Section

CF287A MICR Toner Cartridge, Page Yield 9,000, $180.00
CF287X MICR Toner Cartridge, Page Yield 18,000, $210.00

We have standard remanufactured CF287A and CF287X toner cartridges as well.

CF287A Remanufactured Toner Cartridge, 9,000, $99
CF287X Remanufactured Toner Cartridge, 18,000, $125


New Printers from HP – HP LaserJet M203, M227 Series

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | HP Toner | No Comments

HP has just released a new series of HP LaserJet printers, the M203 and M227 MFP. This printer appears to be a replacement for the P1102w line of printers. Like their last release, the M102 series, these new printers use dual cartridge technology. This means you instead of one consumable to keep track of, you have two: a toner cartridge and an imaging drum cartridge. The printers are inexpensive and at the disposable end of the HP LaserJet range.

Theoretically a two cartridge system make sense, as there doesn’t seem to be a need to replace your imaging drum every time you change your toner cartridge, assuming your drum isn’t worn out.

There are several problems with this system.

  1. It is more expensive.
    Let’s compare two comparable HP printers with new HP toner/drum cartridges.
    The P1102w uses the CE285A toner cartridge, with a page yield of 1,600. We sell the genuine HP CF285A for $68.99, or 4.3 cents per page.
    Now take let’s look at the new HP M203dn. It uses the CF230A Toner, 1,600 page yield, our price $64.34, plus the CF232A imaging drum, 23,000 page yield, our price $91.19. Cost per page on the imaging drum is 0.39 cents per page. Cost per page on the CF230A toner cartridge is 4.02 cents. So your total cost per page is 4.41 cents per page vs. 4.3 cents per page. While it doesn’t cost much more, still you are paying more for an inferior system. You can get the price down by buying the CF230X high yield toner cartridge, but I didn’t have an equivalent cartridge to compare it to for this example.
  2. It’s more complex and difficult to troubleshoot.
    Say your printer develops a line down the lefthand side of the page. Normally we say change out the toner cartridge and 99% of the time the problem is solved. Simplicity is the beauty of the one cartridge system. With a two cartridge system, you first have to try the toner cartridge, and if that doesn’t work you have to try the imaging drum. This means more hassle and more cost.
  3. It will be difficult to remanufacture / recycle these cartridges.
    One aspect of these new two cartridge systems is that there is virtually no waste toner reservoir. While this fact doesn’t concern the average printer user, is does concern us as a toner cartridge manufacturer. It means that the transfer efficiency must be at virtually 100%. Right now we cannot achieve such high transfer rates with the toner and drums that are available to us. The bottom line is we won’t have a remanufactured product for this system for some time. So if you typically use remanufactured cartridges, you will be spending more money buying Genuine OEM.
  4. No MICR availability…for now.
    At least for now, we cannot produce a CF230A MICR Toner cartridge. We are actively working with our toner manufacturers to get a toner cartridge that won’t damage the drum cartridge by overfilling the waste reservoir. We can get a cartridge to work, but with the lower transfer efficiencies, the drum cartridge will fill up with wasted toner long before it’s time. So until we can achieve near perfect efficiency you will not be able to print checks with this printer.

We still recommend HP printers, but we advise you avoid any of the two cartridge system printers. It appears HP is only going to this two cartridge system on their lower end printers. Another brand we recommend is Canon. Traditionally HP printers were actually manufactured by Canon. In addition to making great printers, Canon also provides a much thinner driver with less bloatware than HP. When you install Canon drivers, you’ll notice how quickly the drivers install and how they don’t load you up with software that you don’t need.

We are stocking both the standard HP CF230A and high capacity CF230X toner cartridges, as well as the CF232A Imaging Drum Cartridge.

You can get them here: http://www.advlaser.com/Toner-for-HP-LaserJet-M203dn-M227-MFP-Series-s/678.htm 

LaserJet Printers: HP LaserJet Pro M203dn, LaserJet Pro M203dw

LaserJet MFP’s: HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227d, LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdn, LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw, LaserJet Pro MFP M227sdn