We used to point out that laser printers were cheaper in the long run because the ink was cheaper. Now some of the printers themselves are cheaper. Inkjets are still much of what you see when you go to an office supply store, especially the all-in-one (fax, copy, scan) units. These seem like a great idea, but we’ve found that the individual features of the all-in-one aren’t great. And what’s more they never have been; if you want a scanner, buy a scanner. But the all-in-ones are cheap. So we’ve bought models from HP, Epson and Canon, the major makers. How can you resist? As usual, we’ve been dissatisfied. We should ask ourselves over and over: why do they sell […]
When we were in Laguna Beach, California about 12 years ago, we stumbled upon a Dr. Seuss collection in a fine art gallery. Bob said they were just selling inkjet prints. But “No,” said the salesman, “it’s a Giclee.” “Giclee” is French, the verb form means “to squirt,” which is what inkjet printers do. (They put it in French to spray the buyers.) So we can “Giclee” a lot of copies of any print, but if you want it on canvas and wide, the inkjet printer that can do that costs about $5,000. That was the price for a Hewlett Packard inkjet printer we first saw in Pasadena a dozen years ago. You could print on paper or canvas and […]
Remember the “Replicator” in Star Trek? It would reproduce anything from guns to butter. Well, we’re on our way to replicating what no one has replicated before: 3D printers are coming. Right now, the “MakerBot Replicator” sells for $1800 to $2000, which is what desktop printers cost in their early days.
We’re not big on all-in-one office machines – which are a combination of printer, fax machine and scanner in one unit. But there’s a new one coming out later this year from HP that beats anything we’ve seen so far. It adds a fourth component, a detachable seven-inch tablet computer that’s sort of like an iPad. Take it with you and surf the Internet, listen to music , read ebooks or answer your email. Critics note that the tablet is confined to using Yahoo! mail, photos and other Yahoo-branded stuff, so it’s very much a closed system, not a full-featured tablet computer. It runs on the Android operating system, however, so it shouldn’t be long after it appears that some […]