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Epson expands EcoTank line with new Heat-Free premium printers

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If you wanted more proof that laser printers are on the way out then look no further than Epson’s latest printers now on the market.

Epson has introduced the EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170, ideal for home offices and small businesses.

And … two photo printers that also print documents .. just fine (video reviews coming soon).

Using EcoTank Pro these printers make a compelling argument to replacing heat-producing laser printers.

If you haven’t used an EcoTank printer you are throwing your money away – in the mid-to-long term.

I’ve had the ET-4750 for a couple of years now and still have more than half of my ink supply in the tanks.

Until this printer .. when I ran out of ink .. I was always buying cheap, cartridge driven units from various brands to get an urgent print job done – usually late at night.

It was easier to buy a budget printer than find a store with the right ink cartridge which prevented me printing a document.

Just like the laser printers I’ve had over the years, these tuned out to be a waste of time, money and resources once the first print job was complete.

Since converting to EcoTank I’ve not had a single printing issue.

It changed the game.

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KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
· Heat-Free Technology uses far less power than laser printers.

· Cartridge Free Printing – Print 1000’s of pages straight out of the box1!
· Extremely Low Cost Per Page – Less than two cents per page with replacement ink bottles2. 
· Low-cost replacement ink bottles from $24.99 – and easily refillable ink tank with replacement ink bottle.
· Fast First Page out Time – in only 7 seconds3.
· Easy Wireless – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones®4 includes Wi-Fi Direct®5.
· Do More – 35-Sheet Auto Document Feeder (ADF); auto 2-sided print.
· Easy Touch-and-Swipe Setup and Navigation — large 2.4″ colour touchscreen.
· Bonus One Year Warranty – upon registration within 12 months6.

The EcoTank Pro Series saves up to 90 percent with low-cost replacement ink bottles vs. standard capacity black and XL capacity colour laser toner cartridges, equivalent to about 2 cents per colour ISO page versus 27 cents with standard-capacity colour laser toner cartridges. 

The EcoTank Pro ET-5150, powered by PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, offers revolutionary cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks. It includes thousands of pages of ink in the box.

That’s enough to print up to 5,200 colour pages.

It features auto-stop ink bottles with each colour uniquely keyed for easy filling of each tank.

The ET-5170 also offers a high-capacity 250-sheet paper tray, fax, 2.4″ colour touchscreen, 35-sheet ADF, fast auto 2-sided printing, no warmup time, first page first printing plus wired and wireless networking.

Pricing and Availability

EcoTank Pro ET-5150 (RRP $639.00) and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 (RRP$649.00) are now available now at www.epson.com.au and retailers.

EcoTank Photo Multi-Function printers

When it comes to printing documents and photos you often had to buy two printers.

One for text and one for images.

But now Epson has two new options that will allow you to print A4 or A3 documents or photos without compromise.

Targeted at amateur photographers, the wireless, multi-function EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and ET-8550 use 6 colour Epson Claria ET Premium inks, can print up to 2,300 high-quality photos or 6,700 pages in black and white or 6,200 pages in colour with one set of ink bottles at low running costs. 

After inspecting the prints I believe these printers are good enough for pro prints as well.

Both new printers come with the new 6 colour Epson Claria ET Premium ink set to produce high-quality, long-lasting, borderless photos of up to A4 size with the ET-8500 and to A3+ with the ET-8550.

The photo black and new photo grey ink makes it easy to achieve detailed, high-contrast black and white photos.

The pigment black ink ensures sharp text when printing double-sided documents on plain paper.  

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ET-8500 KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS

· Cartridge-Free Printing – print 1000’s of pages straight out of the box
· Includes enough ink equivalent to approximately 185 individual cartridges
· Exclusive Auto-Stop Ink Bottles – uniquely keyed for easy filling of each colour
· 6-Colour Claria Inks – for printing high-quality documents and photos up to A4
· Versatile Paper Handling – dedicated photo and paper trays
· Easy PC-Free Printing – with built-in USB and memory card slots
· Large, Easy-to-Read 4.3″ Colour Touchscreen – simple setup and navigation
· Complete Wireless Solution – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones4; includes Wi-Fi Direct®6 and Ethernet

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ET-8550 KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS 

· Cartridge-Free Printing – print 1000’s of pages straight out of the box
· Includes enough ink equivalent to approximately 185 individual cartridges
· Exclusive Auto-Stop Ink Bottles – uniquely keyed for easy filling of each colour
· 6-Colour Claria Inks – for printing high-quality documents and photos up to A3
· Borderless printing – up to A3
· Versatile Paper Handling – dedicated paper and photo trays
· Easy PC-Free Printing – with built-in USB and memory card slots
· Large, Easy-to-Read 4.3″ Colour touchscreen – simple setup and navigation
· Complete Wireless Solution – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablets and smartphones4; includes Wi-Fi Direct®6 and Ethernet

Pricing and Availability

The EcoTank ET-8500 and ET-8550 are available now from www.epson.com.au with an RRP of $999.00 and $1149.00 respectively.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Film is King – Oppenheimer IMAX 70mm

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we explained the different formats available to view Christopher Nolan’s epic film ‘Oppenheimer’.

In the age of digital video and massive smart TVs .. the traditional film experience is getting harder to find but Oppenheimer is showing film is still the king. 

People are flying to Melbourne from all over the country and overseas just to see it in IMAX 70mm.  There are only 30 theatres in the world showing this format and Australia has one of them.

Oppenheimer, the story of the man who led the team that created first atom bomb, was shot in IMAX 70/65mm, including black and white, a large format film invented for this movie. 

I’ve seen it in 70mm projection and while magnificent (I prefer the widescreen look) it’s not the same as IMAX 70mm as we explain in the segment.

IMAX 70mm runs through the camera/projector horizontally while 70mm or 35mm film runs through the projector vertically. As a result, you can fit three 70mm film frames into one IMAX 70mm frame. IMAX 70mm is also known as IMAX 1570 film. The 15 in 1570 relates to the perforations along the 70mm frame.

If you can’t see it in IMAX 70mm (it might take a month) don’t be too concerned. You will see the benefits of the original negative being shot in IMAX because all smaller versions of the film will look better. When a film is shot in higher resolution then watched in a lower resolution it will be sharper and more brilliant thanks to the quality and size of the original.  

NEW PHONE IN AUSTRALIA THAT’S SO POWERFUL IT COMES WITH A FAN

The ROG (ASUS Republic of Gamers) Phone 7 Ultimate is insanely powerful and fun. It is one of the most powerful phones ever made and it’s now available in Australia.

It’s targeted at gamers but it’s also a great phone for normal use. There are two models but the Ultimate is what we’re showing in this segment.

It has a massive battery – 6000 mAh – a couple of USB ports and 16GB of RAM.

The 165 Hz Samsung AMOLED display’s peak brightness has significantly increased compared to the previous model. The brightness is now up to 1,500 nits for easier viewing outside. It also has 720 Hz touch-sampling rate and ultrasonic buttons for rapid-fire shooting.

Keeping the phone cool while gaming is key so ASUS has included an AeroActive Portal. The air inlet activates automatically when the AeroActive Cooler is attached, directing a constant flow of cool air from the cooler onto the cooling fins of the vapour chamber. 

When the AeroActive Portal is activated, the phone’s thermal efficiency can increase by up to 20%.

It also delivers 2.1-channel sound when the new AeroActive Cooler 7 accessory is attached, which houses a powerful subwoofer.

THE BLUETOOTH HEADSET THAT’S IDEAL FOR HYBRID WORK

If you’re always doing Teams or Zoom meetings in the office and on the road all day – then the Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex could be the headset for you.

It’s the most portable professional headset with unique fold and-go design paired with best-in-class Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation.

It’s extremely comfortable – soft on your ears for people using headsets all day. The flexible ear cups rotate to move whenever you do. 

Its 360° busylight glows red, sending out an easy-to-see “STOP” sign to anyone around you.

Evolve2 65 Flex is certified for all leading virtual meeting platforms – including Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

Plug-and-play setup is easy and with Dual connectivity letting you switch between devices, it’s easy to jump from listening to music on your phone to taking an incoming video call on your laptop without missing a beat.

Wireless range is up to 30m.

It will cost around A$500 – bit more with the charging stand, which the headset neatly sits on.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Google Pixel 7a

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we took a look at Google’s latest Pixel devices, the Pixel 7a and Pixel Tablet.

We also covered some of the software announcements from Google I/O, Google’s yearly developers conference. And of course, that includes AI.

GOOGLE PIXEL IS SMART BUT THE NOKIA XR21 IS TOUGHER

The Nokia XR21 is the new toughness champion without the bulky looks. It’s just gone on sale in Australia and I’ve been testing its ruggedness.

Tough phone with good looks: Nokia XR21

IP69K – MILITARY GRADE RATING BUT LOOKS LIKE A NORMAL PHONE

  • Survive being dropped from 1.8m high 
  • Last in 1.5m of water for up to an hour 
  • Withstand a 100-bar pressure water jet at 80°C
  • Operate in temperatures between -20°C and +55°C
  • Capture imagery at night thanks to a double flash camera and advanced low light imaging capabilities 
  • Be used with wet hands and gloves  
  • Keep you going with 2-day battery, and fast charging should you need to make a pit stop
  • $799 

CANON’S NEW CAMERA FOR VLOGGERS

Next month Canon will start selling the PowerShot V10. A purpose built vlogging camera which reminds me of the original old Flip Video camera. 

Canon PowerShot V10 for vloggers

The PowerShot V10 key features:

·       Wide angle lens focal length 6.6mm (35mm equivalent focal lengths are 18mm in stills and 19mm in video mode), f/2.8 maximum aperture 

·       Movie recording in 4K UHD at 29.97/25.00 fps and Full HD at 59.94/50.00 fps 

·       Face-tracking AF 

·       Movie IS Mode

·       Large stereo microphone

·       Built-in stand (easy tilt adjustment up to 30 degrees)

·       JPEG still image shooting, equivalent to Scene Intelligent Auto

The PowerShot V10 will be available in Australia from June 2023. RRP of $699 

AWARD WINNING COVERAGE

My mini-doco on Wing Aviation – ‘Delivering the Goods‘ was recognised at the Australian IT Awards, Friday night. It was my third award.

It was the night of nights for the Australian tech media industry. I produced a behind-the-scenes global exclusive at Wing HQ in Canberra.

Djuro Sen winning his third Australian IT Award

In previous years I won best reviewer. This is most important category to me when it comes to our Weekend Edition viewers and at the top of the list are TV reviews. They are expensive products and consumers deserve quality, in-depth reviews. 

The first of the 2023 TV review videos will be online today. 

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Elon Musk Responds to Tonga Disaster

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal) we looked at Elon Musk’s offer to help restore internet services to tsunami ravaged Tonga.

Musk said on Twitter: “This is a hard thing for us to do right now, as we don’t have enough satellites with laser links and there are already geo sats that serve the Tonga region. That is why I’m asking for clear confirmation.” 

But Musk is right about the difficulties in getting Starlink to provide internet coverage over Tonga at this point. We discuss the reasons.

UNDERSEA CABLES V SATELLITES  

Satellite is a great backup and for some it is the only option for internet access and communications. But undersea cables are faster, carry more data and are more reliable. Satellite still needs base stations connected to a network. Satellites are also susceptible to atmospheric interference. The difference between Tonga and larger population hubs is redundancy. If a cable breaks coming into Australia the data flows on another cable. Tonga has one cable connected to Fiji.

Tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook/Meta are investing billions in undersea cables linking major hubs. We discuss the benefits of both technologies.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FOR PARENTS

As we head into a third year of pandemic uncertainty – we look at some tech bargains for home office setups for parents ahead of school starting. The LASER 5-in-1 combination pack comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, wired headset, webcam 1080p|30fps and a mouse pad.  Although it has a RRP of $99 AUD I found it going for $49AUD at Officeworks.

Tablets are big for education and TCL’s TAB 10S is good value at $399 AUD RRP. It features a solid chipset for great performance, 64GB of internal memory that can be expanded, intelligent eye protection and TCL’s outstanding NXTVISION Display. The 10-inch TCL TAB 10S offers a portable learning and entertainment experience for kids and adults/ Standard inclusions of a Stylus Pen and Flip Protective Case. 

FUTURISTIC BMW CE 04 ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Any day now we’re expecting BMW’s futuristic electric scooter to hit the streets.

Officially unveiled last year (been talking about for 5 years) the BMW CE 04 has an estimated range of 131km. A full charge is approximately four hours – 20 minutes .. quick charge option is one hour – 40 minutes. It has an SOS button, USB ports and phone connectivity. A 10.25-inch colour screen with integrated map navigation and it can reverse.

On road in Australia it will cost $21,915 AUD.

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