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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

KODAK Unveils ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:52 PM

http://store.kodak.com/store/ekcons...uctID.227123200

"It's hard to make business decisions when you're thinking about the cost of ink. Stop overpaying and make the smart investment with the KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer. Kodak offers the lowest total ink replacement cost[1]. And a suite of features that will keep you productive in your home office. Features like the 25-page automatic document feeder, easy wireless functionality, easy-to-use controls, low ink alerts, and direct printing from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or BLACKBERRY device. It's an affordable 4-in-1 bundle of business efficiency that makes the most of every dollar, and every minute. So you'll never worry about hitting print again."

If you're looking for an all-in-one printer, scanner, fax, and copying machine, this $149 wireless wonder (802.11 b/g/n) should do the trick nicely. The fact that you can also print from iOS devices, and Blackberry devices, is a nice touch - though I'd be curious to know how often someone needs to do that? I suppose with the proliferation of tablets replacing laptops, printing might become more common. Add Kodak's low ink costs into the mix - black ink is $9.99 and the colour cartridge is $17.99 - and I'd say you have a winning combination here.

I've never owned a Kodak printer before though, so I'm unsure about the print quality. Any owners care to weigh in?


Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: Memjet's One Page Per Second Printing Technology

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.memjet.com

When people ask me what I saw that was most interesting to me at CES, I have two answers for them: Seagate's Data Lunchbox hard drive prototype, and the subject of the above video: Memjet's crazy-fast printing technology. Memjet has a core technology that they're licensing to printer OEMs around the world; what this means is that you won't see a Memjet-branded printer, but you might see a Lexmark or HP printer with a "Powered by Memjet" logo on it. It's been a long time since there was much of anything interesting in the printing world, so I'm personally pretty jazzed about this. I have an Epson R1800 that has served me well for years, but it's not a terribly fast printer when you're cranking out 50 or so 4x6" prints for family members. If I could have technology like this implemented in a printer, I'd be all over it.

Since it's ink-based technology, the question of ink cost always comes up. Memjet says their system can reduce the cost of ink up to 50%, but that's of course completely dependant on the printer OEM to pass/not pass the savings on to customers. They might look at it as an extra slice of profit pie, or they might look at it as a way to gain a massive competitive advantage in the market. Memjet was tight-lipped about exactly who their partners are in the consumer space, but 2011 will likely be the year we see a few Memjet-powered printers make their way onto the market. I'm looking forward to it!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

HP's Touchscreen Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Printer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://h71036.www7.hp.com/hho/us/en...ity-photos.html

"You won't believe how many photo fixes are at your fingertips with the simple-to-use touchscreen on the HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web All-in-One. Watch this video to see how you can edit and print your images like a pro-without even turning on your PC."

I think this is a pretty neat concept, but the real revolution would be if HP dropped the prices of their ink cartridges by about 50%. That would make home-based printing more feasible; right now ink is so expensive, I'm not sure I'd be all that interested in printing an image without making sure it looked good via my computer. What about you? Can you see a printer like this sitting in your kitchen and being used for photo prints, sans computer?


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Samsung's CLX-3175 Colour Laser Multi-Function Printer: Not a Good Choice

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Printing" @ 07:00 AM

Late last year, I did a bit of office re-configuration, and retired my old Canon MP780 inkjet all-in-one in favour of something that would get the old "dried out ink cartridge" problem, and something that had a lower cost per-page. That something was a colour laser multi-function printer.

I had a specific space for the printer, and since most of them are quite large, I was seeking something as small as possible. The Samsung CLX-3175 fit the bill: it printed, scanned, faxed, and was much smaller than any competing product. It fit exactly where I needed it to fit, so I thought I was all set. It didn't turn out that well in the end.

The first problem when I set it up and did a test print was the horrible stench - I'm used to laser printers being a little oderous, but this was extreme. Thankfully, after a few days it lessened to the point where it was tolerable. What wasn't tolerable, however, was the print quality of the CLX-3175. The first sample print I did looked awful - the colours were horribly washed out. I thought perhaps I had it set on some sort of draft mode, but after triple-checking every driver checkbox and drop-down menu there was, I couldn't see any way to improve the quality. Read more...


Friday, July 10, 2009

Canon Announces Two New PIXMA Printers: The MP560 & MP490

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:01 AM

http://www.canon.ca/english/index-p...n&gid=2&sgid=20

"For the consumer who wants and needs to have a printer that can print, copy and scan, the new Canon PIXMA Photo AIO Printers provide all this and more. The new PIXMA MP560 Wireless2 Photo AIO Printer is the most compact Canon inkjet printer to have both wireless capabilities and built-in Auto Duplex Printing. This new AIO Printer, the successor to the popular PIXMA MP620 Wireless Photo AIO Printer, also is the first Canon PIXMA Printer to have the ability to print out pictures directly from a USB Flash Memory device3. With a new sleek design, the PIXMA MP560 Photo AIO Printer features five individual ink tanks with the ChromaLife100+ ink system providing more vibrant and longer-lasting photos. The PIXMA MP560 printer can print out a photo-lab quality borderless 4"x 6" in approximately 39 seconds6. The 5.1-centimetre LCD screen and integrated Easy-Scroll Wheel allow for easy navigation through menus and viewing images. Under the new ISO print speed standard, the PIXMA MP560 AIO Photo Printer will deliver output at approximately 9.2 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 6.0 ipm for colour4. The estimated retail price of the PIXMA MP560 Photo AIO Printer is $169.995."

First the printer: looks nice. Canon printers have always been nice and fast, and produce high-quality prints. The fact that you get built-in auto-duplex printing and wireless connectivity for $169 CAD is impressive. If you need a good all-around printer, one of these two new printers look like a safe bet. Now for a tangent: Canon has a problem. Read more...


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