Epson

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.

How can I scan to my Mac?

Epson WorkForce Printer

Episode 1164

Kathy from Oxnard, CA

Kathy has an Epson Workforce printer and she can print to it, but she can't scan from the front panel and output it to the computer. Leo says she can scan to Google Drive, but to scan to her computer, she would probably need to scan from the computer itself. It works on her Windows computer, just not her Mac. Leo says that may be a driver issue. Epson has an FAQ on its support site, though.

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What's the best portable printer?

Epson WorkForce WF-100

Episode 1162

Claudia from North Edwards, CA

Claudia is a notary and sometimes she does it remotely. She needs a laptop and printer that will work off her car's cigarette lighter. Leo says that there are mobile printers, made by HP and Epson, and she can buy an inverter that she can plug into that lighter. There's also battery powered printers, and even printers she can power directly from the laptop. Leo recommends the Epson Workforce WF-100.

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Can I use remanufacturered or third party ink cartridges with my Epson printer?

Epson Workforce Printer

Episode 1155

Julian from Santa Barbara, CA

Julian bought an Epson Workforce Printer with Precision Core. Can he use third party ink cartridges with it? Leo says that he thinks those solutions are a false economy. First, they may replace the head when they replace the ink cartridge. But if it's a multi cartridge printer, then they probably won't.

What's a good printer that's cheap on ink?

Printer ink

Episode 1150

Donald from Lion, IL

Donald would like to find a printer that's really good with ink. Leo says that companies don't really care about selling printers anymore, which is why they're so cheap. They make up the money with ink. Ink per gallon is one of the most expensive fluids around. They won't let consumers use third party cartridges, and they actually use circuitry to prevent it. It requires special formations of ink to print it out. And much of the ink doesn't get used on the page.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1121

Scott joins us this week to talk about the laser video projectors he saw this week at the CEDIA convention. Scott says there was a few different ones there this year including one by Epson that had one for under $8,000. Sony also had one, but that was $50,000, and Digital Projection had one for $120,000. They use a blue laser which is then divided up and one part is shined on a yellow phosphor which glows different colors. It then gets split into red and green, and you have RGB light from one laser.