Printers and Scanners
Epson, bucking the trend of ever-bigger devices, has announced a newcomer to their printer family. The Expression XP-410 features a printer, scanner, and copier, but crams it all into a space that’s only as big as two pieces of standard computer paper laid side by side. For small desks, apartments, or just anybody looking to conserve space, this focus on compactness is sure to be appreciated.
We’ve heard about the paperless office, but how easy is it really to live a paperless life? With cumbersome scanners and poorly designed software, the answer is “not very,” but the Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 and accompanying mobile app are a confident step in the right direction. You can now scan documents straight to your iDevice and send them to your chosen cloud storage, meaning your vital documents are available whenever and wherever you need them.
The Epson Expression XP-850 Small-in-One Printer does make some concessions in order to accommodate the needs of as many users as possible. If you’re doing nothing more than printing photos or printing documents, you can get faster prints and better quality for your money. But if you want a printer that does it all, can do it wirelessly from many sources, and can grow with you as your needs do, the Epson XP-850 is an exceptional value.
Imagine converting your entire paper-based life of tax documents, medical forms, receipts, and other paper paraphernalia into searchable PDFs you can back up safely to the cloud. It’s been theoretically possible for some time, but Fujitsu’s new iX500 scanner and companion iOS app let you do it at amazing speeds with a minimum of technical fuss, bringing the paperless office dream one step closer.
Epson didn’t announce a new AirPrint enabled printer today, they just want to make sure everyone knows the’ve already got 105 of them. AirPrint, of course, it Apple’s technology for printing emails, photos, web pages, and documents directly from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch; no printer-specific drivers or cables required.
Last week, Epson America announced the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One printer aimed at photo enthusiasts and families. The Expression XP-850 uses Claria Photo HD six-color inks for smooth gradations and true-to-life skin tones in your photos, which you can print wirelessly directly from your iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.
Apparent is showing the newest addition to their line of portable scanners with Doxie Go + Wi-Fi at Macworld | iWorld 2012. With a built-in rechargeable battery and memory chip you don’t need to plug it into an outlet or computer to start scanning. The Wi-Fi sends the scans directly to your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Evernote, Flickr, or FTP account with the iOS sync app.
A promotion has been around since at least 2004 in which Apple offered $100 rebates to customers who purchased a new Mac along with an eligible printer directly through the company. At first, the promotion would continuously renew after each of its three-month cycles. Then, it became a permanent offer more. But as of yesterday Apple has decided to discontinue the program.
Apparent Corporation recently announced the “Doxie Go”—a portable scanner that doesn’t require a computer. Doxie Go comes with a simple design that is very portable and mobile friendly. This portable scanner will wirelessly sync photos, documents, and receipts to your Mac, iOS device, or several online sharing services (Dropbox, Flickr, Evernote or other cloud-based data-sharing services).
Many printer manufacturers have been adding AirPrint suppor recently, and another to join in is Canon. The company has announced that three of its all-in-one PIXMA printers now support Apple’s AirPrint. The three models are the MG8220, the MG6220, and the MG5320. Canon has posted more information regarding updating your PIXMA printer(s) in order to add the new support feature, as a firmware update may be required in some cases in order to be able to now use AirPrint.
Apple’s AirPrint feature introduced in iOS 4.2 is definitely great if you have a printer that can support it. Unfortunately, many models by many different manufacturers still don’t, and users with unsupported printers will have to either turn to third-party apps or just live without the feature. Hewlett-Packard, however, has stepped up and added AirPrint support for 8 more of its LaserJet printers.
Lexmark has some SmartSolutions and, specifically, Envelope Wizard SmartSolutions, for their web-connected AIO printers. Before you head over there, though, you should check out FX Photo Studio Pro for Mac. It’s the right thing to do. Other updates today include yType, X4Shortcuts, a bundle of productivity apps from Apparent Software, and a 70% discount on QuickScale 3.8.