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What's a good projector for outdoor movies?

Episode 1279

John from Menifee, CA

John is looking to get a projector for home theater that he can use outdoors and he's been looking at the specs, like Lumens. Leo says that specs can sometimes be used against him because of how a company measures those specs. Lumens are a perfect example. Many measure based on the color white, but others measure across the entire spectrum. But he'll also want to measure "throw," or how far it will send out the image and stay in focus. He should also consider sound. There's also the choice of DILA, LED via mirrors. There's very good projectors in all areas. Leo likes Epson.

What's a good, yet small all-in-one printer?

Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank

Episode 1271

Christine from Albany, CA

Christine needs a small all-in-one printer for her tiny house. Leo says that the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank isn't too big and has the benefit of coming with 2 years of ink. That's great for regular use. They do stick out over the edge just a little bit. Worth taking a look at. Any all-in-one which does scanning and printing will be a bit larger than a standard printer. Another option is the Epson Artisan. Canon makes a very good printer as well, with the Pixma line.

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What printer should I buy?

Episode 1270

Christie from Long Beach, CA

Leo says that the first ransomware appeared on the Mac last week. It was through a bittorrent program called Transmission. A bad guy hacked it and added a malware program to the installer that would encrypt the user's data. It only happened for a few hours though. Apple has also yanked the certificate of the company that tried it, updated the signatures of the malware screener on the Mac, and it's extremely unlikely that anyone else will get infected by it.

Why can't I use Epson's Scan to the Cloud feature with my EcoTank Printer?

Episode 1269

Christian from Tarzana, CA

Christian bought the Epson EcoTank ET4550 printer and the ET2550 and he really likes the scan to cloud feature. But the problem is that that 2550 doesn't support it, even though it says it does. Leo says that the menu system may be different and it could be located in another place.

Leo also says to be sure he has an Epson Connect account set up. He should also update the firmware. He should check out this FAQ page on epson.com for more information.

What printers have accessibility for the blind?

Episode 1262

Den from El Segundo, CA

Den's older inkjet printer died. He's blind, though, and finds it difficult that most printers use touch screens now. Are there any printers that would be better for accessibility? Leo says that's a serious problem. Office printers are often different from home printers because they have to adhere to the American with Disabilities Act. Leo says that the best thing to do is use software so Den doesn't have to use the printer screen. Everything he'll want to do with a printer he can likely do in the software. Then he can use NVDA, an open source screen reader, which Den says is excellent.

What color printer should I buy?

CANON PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Color Printer

Episode 1259

Armando from California

Armando needs a good photo printer for his DSLR. He has a three in one printer but he's not happy with the quality of prints. Leo says that while there are printers that can do double duty, a photo printer and a text printer are two different animals. He'll want a good photo printer with photo printing paper to get the kind of results he's looking for. They are more expensive, though.

What's a good cheap black and white printer?

Brother Lazer Brother HL-L2340DW

Episode 1251

Rose from Los Angeles, CA

Rose needs an inexpensive black and white wireless printer. Leo says she can get a black and white wireless printer for $50, but the cost of consumables (ink) is the true cost of the printer. Ink Jet printers are generally more expensive than laser printers on a per page basis. But Epson has lowered the cost of ink so that it costs about 1.3 cents per page. Another option is the Canon Pixma, costs 4.3 cents per page, and 2.8 cents for color. Epson also has a line of printers that come with the ink in the box. They have a long lasting line that has two years worth of ink included.

What computer and accessories should I get for drawing?

Microsoft Surface

Episode 1203

Pat from El Segundo, CA

Pat is a watercolor artist, and is wondering what computer, printer, and DVD player she should get. Leo suggests getting something that would allow her to draw into the computer, though. For that, Leo would recommend the Microsoft Surface tablet, even though Pat has always had a Mac. He recommends that because of the stylus and the touch screen of it. To do a similar thing with a Mac, Pat would need to spend more to get a Wacom Cintiq, which is very expensive.