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What Video Projector Should I Buy?

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Episode 1819

Rick from San Diego, CA

Rick needs to buy a video projector for his job. He needs one that can display in a bright room. Leo says he doesn't want one that has a bulb. He'll want a laser or LED. Lumens indicate "peak brightness," and the higher the better. 

Epson makes some excellent ones, including the Epson Powerlight 1781W. $649. 3200 lumens. Wireless connection. Scott Wilkinson also recommends Viewsonic.

How Can I Restore my Epson Printer?

Epson Printer

Episode 1814

Tara from Bainbridge Island, WA

Tara has updated her printer firmware after ignoring the updates for a while. Now it's totally inoperable. What can she do? Leo says that a firmware update will rewrite the software on the physical chips of the printer. So you'd have to reboot those chips to roll it back. That's a challenge. Sometimes, if you plug in your printer to the computer, you can reset it through the Epson software. But a call to Epson support is probably in order at this point. 

What's a Good Laptop, Portable Printer, and Scanner?

Thinkpad X1 Nano

Episode 1813

Larry from Tampa, FL

Larry needs a basic laptop that will work with a portable printer and scanner. Recommendations? Leo would recommend the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano. It's a powerful 13" laptop that's very thin, yet robust. But it isn't upgradeable. 16GB of RAM, good battery life. Type-C and Type-A ports. It's a very good machine. As for portable scanners and printers, Leo recommends getting an all-in-one, if you can find one. Don't fall for thermal printers though. Those aren't what you're looking for. The paper isn't the best quality. HP makes a portable Office Jet, and a photo printer called the Tango.

What Happened to My Printer After a Firmware Update?

Epson 2750

Episode 1781

George from Bayonette Point, GA

George has an Epson printer, but he tried to update the firmware, and now Windows won't recognize it. Leo says you can access the recovery mode by hooking the printer up to your computer via USB. But it may require repair by Epson. Contact Epson and see if they can help you. From the chatroom, there's a discussion on REDDIT about how a recent firmware update can brick your Epson Printer. Read it here.

How Can I Get My Scanner to Work With Windows 10?

Epson Perfection 1260

Episode 1771

Mitzy from California

Mitzy has a problem with her Epson Perfection 1260 scanner and their recently bought Windows 10 computer. They just won't work together. Epson says that the model isn't supported by Windows 10. Leo says that the Windows 8 64 bit drivers may actually work. It's at least worth a try. Epson also has a scanner driver and scan utility for that model. Mitzy can also run the scanning program in Compatability Mode, which could make it work.

How Can I Automatically Print Out a Weekly Test Page for My Inkjet Printer?

Epson Printer

Episode 1761

Dave from Twin Falls, ID

Dave has an Epson Inkjet printer, and he constantly has to clean the ink that has dried out of the printer's head. Leo says that inkjets aren't really good for people that only print occasionally. And the routing to clean out the clogs wastes a LOT of ink in the process. So a laser is a much better option. Leo got an inexpensive Brother Laser printer.

Why is my printer "offline?"

Epson Printer

Episode 1742

Rick from California

Rick is calling about his Epson Workforce EW750. After 3 months, it stopped being available in Windows. Listed as "offline." He updated the drivers and re-added it, but it won't stop reading as offline. Leo says that's a call to Epson. Leo says that Epson printers will "expire." They just stop working: preprogrammed obsolescence. And since Rick bought two of them five years ago and kept one in reserve, it's unfortunate. Call Epson and see what they can do to get it back online.

What's a Good Outdoor Projector?

EF-100

Episode 1719

Thomas from Costa Mesa, CA

Thomas recently performed a walk across America and wrote a book while he did it. Now he wants to know what's the best video projector for his next project. Leo says that there's a lot of choices out there with a price range of $200-20,000. Leo says a laser projector is the best option. They'll be a little more expensive, but he won't be changing bulbs. Epson makes an excellent one for under $1,000. The Epson Home Cinema 1060 is around $650. The EF100 has streaming built-in. $999. 

 

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