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  08/07/2019 - Do Epson EcoTank Printers Change This Rule of Thumb?
  07/01/2019 - Epson's Buy 3, Get 1 Free, Sale is Back!
  06/25/2019 - Rice Is a Food, Not a Tool.
  06/12/2019 - Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh
  06/11/2019 - Can That Canned Air
  06/02/2019 - Epson Business Printer First Time Buyer Program
  06/01/2019 - Epson EcoTank Printers for Business with 2 Years of Ink
  05/24/2019 - Epson Out-of-Warranty Service for 24 and 44 Inch Printers
  03/10/2019 - Don't Use Google Chrome with Windows 7
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Do Epson EcoTank Printers Change This Rule of Thumb?


"The more that you pay for a printer, the less you pay for ink."

And, are Epson printers really this small?

Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 All-in-One printer - 88.39
• T302 XL Black Ink, 550 pages: 27.39
• T302 XL Color Ink, 650 pages: 20.39
• Cost per black/ color page: 6.7/ 18.7 cents

Epson Workforce Pro WF-3730 All-in-One printer - 129.99
• T702 XL Black Ink, 1,100 pages: 44.39
• T702 XL Color Ink, 950 pages: 28.39
• Cost per black/ color page: 5.8/ 13 cents

Epson Workforce Pro WF-C5210 w/ ink pack - 129.99
• T902 XXL Black ink, 10,000 pages: 149.99
• T902 XL Color ink, 5,000 pages: 86.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 2.1/ 6.8 cents

Epson ET-2720 EcoTank All-in-One printer - 193.99
• T522 XXL Black ink, 4,500 pages: 14.69
• T522 XL Color ink, 7,500 pages: 14.69
• Cost per black/ color page: 0.9/ 0.5 cents
Highlights: low cost ink, low cost per copy

Epson Workforce WF-7210 printer - 199.99
• T252 XXL Black ink, 1100 pages: 38.69
• T252 XL Color ink, 1100 pages: 32.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 5.3/ 12.5 cents

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 All-in-One printer - 243.99
• T277 Black Ink, 240 pages: 11.99
• T277 Color Ink, 360 pages: 11.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 4.7/ 10.9 cents
Highlights: 6-color photo printer, 11 inch wide prints

Epson Workforce ST-2000 All-in-One printer - 246.99
• T502 Black Ink, 7,500 pages: 19.99
• T502 Color Ink, 6,000 pages: 13.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 0.4/ 1.0 cents
Highlights: low cost ink, low cost per copy, 2 years of ink guarantee*

Epson Expression Photo XP-15000 printer - 313.99
• T312 XXL Black ink, 500 pages: 19.99
• T312 XL Color ink, 830 pages: 23.39
• Cost per black/ color page: 5.3/ 12.5 cents
Highlights: 6-color photo printer, 13 inch wide prints

Epson Expression Premium ET-7700 All-in-One printer - 529.00
• T512 Black ink, 8,000 pages: 19.99
• T512 Color ink, 5,000 pages: 13.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 0.5/ 1.3 cents

Epson Workforce Pro ET-8700 All-in-One printer - 949.00
• R02X Black ink, 10,000 pages: 89.99
• R02L Color ink, 5,000 pages: 24.99
• Cost per black/ color page: 1.2/ 2.4 cents
Highlights: 13 inch wide prints

Click this link for a listing of the printers shown in this comparison.

* Click this link for information about the "Two Years of Ink" program.

Epson's Buy 3, Get 1 Free, Sale is Back!


Buy 3 packages or rolls of Epson Signature Worthy and/ or Legacy media - and get reimbursed for the cost the least expensive item via mail-in rebate. Media includes Epson's Luster, Hot and Cold Press, most Epson canvas, all of the Legacy papers and more - in sheets and rolls. For complete details, please download the Epson rebate form for this promotion.

For a complete listing of eligible Epson Signature Worthy and Legacy media, please click this link. This offer is valid through September 30, 2019.

Rice Is a Food, Not a Tool.

Another interesting article from iFixit - "Rice can transform an economy, save a boring meal, and stop winter drafts. One thing it absolutely, positively cannot do is save a wet cell phone. In fact, submerging your phone in rice makes the problem worse, especially if it’s still powered on...Dry, uncooked conventional rice was the worst of the seven options we tested. It absorbed the least water in 24 hours, losing out to silica gel, cat litter, couscous, instant oatmeal, classic oatmeal and instant rice."

Most of the content for this article came from repair shops, and the moral of the story is to use a repair shop rather than rice (or cat litter or couscous). But, it's useful to know that using rice to repair water damage can do more harm than good. Click this link to read the iFixit article.

Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh

The gallery is featuring a photography and video installation titled Memories running from June 25 through July 30, 2019, with artwork from Victor Grauer, David Aschkenas and Masha Tatarintseva.

The gallery is located at 5126 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201, phone 412-407-9319.

Can That Canned Air

We received an interesting news article from iFixit - a self-help repair website - about the downsides of using canned air to clean electronics and other stuff. Per iFixit: "Canned air, or gas duster, is what you probably reach for when there’s hard-to-reach gunk inside your gear. It’s easy to find at big-box stores or online, it’s relatively cheap (if you don’t think about paying for air), and it moves dust. It seems like the right tool for the job. But you shouldn’t use it." And, here is a list of cautions provided by one of the prominent canned air suppliers:

  • NEVER shake or tilt can before or during usage.  Use in upright position only.
  • NEVER spray into an enclosed space, such as a trash can or paper shredder.
  • NEVER use on camera mirrors.
  • AVOID skin contact with product in a liquid form, may cause frostbite.
  • AVOID contact with product in liquid form, may cause plastic to discolor.
  • ALWAYS use only in accordance with directions on this can.
  • ALWAYS use with adequate ventilation.
  • DO NOT store in direct sunlight, enclosed vehicle, or expose to temperatures above 120°F (49°C)
  • DO NOT pierce or burn, even after use.  Contains diffluoroethane.
  • THE INTENTIONAL MISUSE BY DELIBERATELY INHALING MAY BE FATAL.  Contact physician if such contact occurs.

Click this link to check out the iFixit article. Or, if you want to clean stuff with an electric air blower, check out the MetroVac DataVac Electric Duster/ Cleaner ED-500. We've used one for a few years and it does a great job.

Epson Business Printer First Time Buyer Program


Businesses who are new to Epson business printers can get up to 45 percent off their first Epson Business Printer purchase. Please download the First Time Buyer flyer for details of this promotion.

For a listing of printers eligible for this offer, please click this link. Please call our office for more information.

Offer valid through September 30, 2019.

Epson EcoTank Printers for Business with 2 Years of Ink

Epson is offering great deals on their Workforce ST-2000, ST-3000 and ST-4000 EcoTank printers that include up to 2 years of ink. For a listing of the printers, please click this link. And, to check out the details of the free ink program, please visit the Epson 2 Year Guarantee website.

There are two current promotions for these printers:

- the Epson Business Printer First Time Buyer Program where first time buyers can get a 35 - 45 percent discount on their first Epson Business Printer purchase. Please download the First Time Buyer flyer for details of this promotion, or call us for more information.

- the Buy 3 and Get the 4th Free promotion where the purchaser can get a fourth printer for free. Please download the Workforce ST-Series EcoTank flyer for complete details.

Epson Out-of-Warranty Service for 24 and 44 Inch Printers

Epson has just announced an out-of-warranty One-Time Service Plan for Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 and SureColor P7000 and P9000 printers. As a member said on the Luminous Landscape forum: "For instance it would put them in the ballpark of what the replacement of an out of warranty Canon print head would run, though with the Canon you do it yourself. 90 days is plenty of time to evaluate the quality of the part and workmanship. I mean for me it might make the difference between choosing an Epson over a Canon for my next 44” and keep people buying Epson ink rather than jumping ship to another brand is smart."

For the Stylus Pro 7900 and SureColor P7000 24 inch printers - $895.00.

And, for the Stylus Pro 9900 and SureColor P9000 44 inch printers - $1,195.00.

Don't Use Google Chrome with Windows 7

From an article that just appeared in Forbes: "Now a Google security engineer, Clement Lecigne, has warned that another zero-day vulnerability that is also being exploited, impacting Windows 7 users, was being used together with the Chrome exploit to take over Windows systems." (A link to this article).

According to this article, Windows 7 and Google Chrome combine to allow hackers to use this exploit. Google Chrome has the highest market share for browsers (up to 50 percent), but it seems like dropping it (by switching to FireFox or Opera) if you are running a Windows 7 computer is a good idea (or, follow Google's advice and upgrade to Windows 10).

The New Epson SureColor T3170 Is a Great Printer!

We have been putting an Epson SureColor T3170 printer through its paces - and the results are in - as Epson says, it's brilliant by design. It's compact (it prints 24 inches wide but it's not big and bulky), has a separate sheet feeder, provides the best color print quality that we've seen from a 4 color printer, and it's economical to buy and reasonably economical to use. The SureColor T3170 and T5170 (36 inches wide) printers are designed for architects, engineers, educators, and for anyone with in-house poster production needs.

Epson SureColor T3170 / T5170 Printer Features:

• Easy to Set Up and Operate
• Compact, Clean Design
• Replace Ink Less Often with High-Capacity Cartridges (50ml Color, 80ml Black)
• Print from Virtually Anywhere in the Office
• Performance You Can Count On
• Durable, Vibrant Prints
• Versatile Media Handling
• Precise, Sharp Detail for Engineering Drawings

You can download a T3170 data sheet or a T5170 data sheet. Or, you can check out our special T3170 bundle with a high-capacity ink set at this link. Or, you can call our office and get a copy of the print samples that we've done with the T3170 printer.

Now, This is Fun!

Or, is it?

Local photographer David Aschkenas is doing a one night show of his photographs of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance matches in Millvale, PA, that he has taken over the past 10 years. The KSWA has been entertaining their fans, the "Krazies," since 2000 - and it's a labor of love, not one of wealth and fame.

The show will take place at the studio of Mark Gualtieri, 179 43rd Street, Lawrenceville, PA 15201, on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 9 PM. One hundred photographs will be on display, and will be specially priced for this one night only event. Have fun, meet the wrestlers, become one of the "Krazies," and enjoy the great photography!

More KSWA photographs and David's other collections can be found at David Aschkenas Photography. And, here's a link to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about David Aschkenas, his work, and the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance.

Microsoft Seems to Have a Different Focus

And, it doesn't seem to be on the users of their operating systems and software.

A few days ago, we ran Windows updates on a customer's Windows 7 computer and the updates broke Windows file sharing (The Register article).

We also found an announcement from Microsoft describing how bad Internet Explorer is (Forbes article). According to Forbes, the problem is that Internet Explorer is still the second most popular browser. So, is Microsoft saying that they really don't care about you - get over it, and move on?

And, for die-hard Windows 7 users (like most of the business world, and about 37 percent of PC users per Computerworld), support for Windows 7 is ending in January, 2020. Get over it and move on to wonderful and robust Windows 10.

Oops, that might be a problem, too - Techradar points out problems with Windows 10 updates.

 Get over it and move on...

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