Posts Tagged ‘Epson’

Following my post on the power-packed, 8GB ASUS, with Windows 7 Home Premium, being offered by Best Buy for a compelling $650, I was alerted this afternoon to two other very tempting Windows 7 deals from Best Buy.

  1. The same ASUS, but now packaged with a 20″ LCD monitor and an EPSON NX110 3-in-1 multifunction printer for $760. I have always liked Epson printers. I bought my first in 2003 having carefully studied specs of Epson vs. HP. Never regretted it. Then in 2007 I got a Christmas gig as a Epson weekend warrior. I had to bone up on Epson technology and pass a number of online tests. So I was forced to learn a lot about Epsons, quickly. I was never disappointed. Selling Epson printers, at Best Buy, during the the 2007 Christmas period was, indubitably, one of the best jobs I have ever had … and I have had some plumb jobs with unlimited expense accounts, offices the size of conference rooms, company cars and first class air travel. The printers sold themselves.  I would outsell HP, Canon and Dell day-in, day-out. I really don’t think that a single Kodak got sold while I prowled the printer aisle. I would provide free counseling for those that came in to buy a Kodak, beguiled by the misguiding TV ads. they had seen. So anyway, the Epson MAKES the bundle. So for an additional $110 you are getting a 20″ LCD and an Epson 3-in-1 printer. Have a look. What do you have to lose?

  2. There is also a Gateway bundle with the same Epson 3-in-1 and a 20″ for $630. It is a dual core with 6GB. The 6 gig will compensate a bit for the lack of quad core. I have studied quad core usage on my i7. Unless you genuinely have long-duration background tasks, you are unlikely to truly make use of all four cores — concurrently. Yes, there is load balancing between the cores to keep them from getting too hot, but that is just gravy. The 6 gig will eliminate a lot of paging, especially with the browsers.

So check these out. Go play with them.


Anura Guruge


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My friend Mike, the PC whiz, just managed to install a ‘not-new’ HP all-in-one printer on his Windows 7 rig. He used Windows 7 USB ‘plug-and-play.’ According to him, it worked flawlessly, first time. Windows 7 found the right driver, ONLINE, installed it … and as we say in the U.K. “Bob, was his uncle” [though in his case “Bob, is his friend’].

Mike, ever the optimist, urged me to try my LaserJet HP P1006 again. You may recall that I was totally foiled, a week ago, from trying to install this relatively new, and still in production, printer on my Windows 7 rig.

Well, it only took 2 minutes for Windows 7 to tell me, not once, but twice that I was out of luck. That is the advantage of my ‘fast’ rig. You get BAD NEWS real quick. You don’t get to sit back and wait for mesmerizingly spinning egg timers. Error messages flash at you even before you have stopped typing.

No compatible printer driver. Damn you, HP!

Well, in my dotage, I know better than to sell stock based on emotion. That guy Jim Cramer, on CNBC ‘Mad Money,‘ taught me that. So I didn’t sell my HP stock immediately. Though, miracles of miracles (as they said on ‘Fiddler on the Roof’) I have actually made money on it … though I had owned it DURING the downturn of the last 18 months! So, I did some option action. Milked a few more cents BEFORE I get rid of it. Joys of old age. You no longer cut your nose to spite your face. But that is IT. I am done with HP.

By the way, IF you own an HP all-in-one or inkjet printer and wonder why they jam so often. Very simple. Look at a comparable Epson. See the difference. HP tries to FIGHT GRAVITY! I am not kidding. Take a look. HP insists on feeding paper from underneath. So the rollers have to overcome gravity to feed them through the printer. Now take a look at an Epson. Other way around. Always TOP FEED. Work with gravity. If you know Latin, QED. As I have mentioned I, for a brief but very enjoyable stint, sold Epson printers at BestBuy. Selling against HP was easier than stealing grapes from a goldfish. It was a hoot. There used to be an HP rep. I would outsell him 4::1 most days, 8::1 on better days. One day, I switched a customer over when the HP rep. went back to pick up a printer. When he came back his ‘customer’ was gone. He was looking all over. He then finally asks me “you didn’t sell him an Epson, did you?” I am honest, as the day is long. I admitted that I did. He knew I was on a mission. To make sure BestBuy customers always ended up with the Best printers. We were cool. We were ‘friends.’ He knew I owned HP share. He didn’t.

Anura Guruge

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