Where else could I brag if not in my own tiny corner of the ‘sphere?
Especially if the occasion is so rare, with my usual gadget idiocy.
I researched! And bought ! And installed (all by myself)! A brand new printer!
Yeah, you think – what’s the big deal? It is a huge deal – for me.
I was procrastinating since January when my old Epson (13 yo, to be exact) developed dementia and blackouts. Indecisive Phase lasted all spring, till at last I almost lost a job opportunity due to its caprices. And then it went into coma: power light was on, the cartridges were new, PC-connection confirmed, but it refused to print categorically.
So 2 weekends in May many excruciatingly boring hours were spent on consumer boards and then finally I bought it online, my new Brother.
First, its industrial design is perfect. A box, simple smooth box that unfolds its hidden sub-devices as needs occur. Digital screen’s angle adjusts; paper tray gets out completely and slides back effortlessly; copy function requires lifting up one piece of black cover on top, scan function – lifting whole top panel @ about 1/5 height, ink cartridges (smartly designed, too) install into economically-packed slots in small compartment inside right side door, etc etc.
Second, it is small and light.
Third, it has capability to print not just 8.5×11, but variety of other formats all the way up to 11×17 (important! all other models capable of doing it jumped in size and price 2.5-3 times)
Fourth, the precision and clarity of color printing is superb. I haven’t tried yet printing photos, but discovered that installation contains bonus software for various photo-tricks. The paper slot adjusts for photo-quality paper. It can also work as a fax machine – maybe I will turn the fax on if sometime in the future get a landline…for now, email is enough.
Fifth: it can work via cable and wireless (and for this last one has capability for 4 different installation methods). It can listen to smartphone and to remote commands, too (if I have had one, I’d tried).
Sixth: the description in the manual is so clear that a gadget dummy (me) can and did install it myself! That is the most important thing. I dreaded the process and postponed it for whole 2 weeks – yep, unpacked printer sat waiting for whole two weeks. My pleas to Competent Members of my Family were left cruelly unanswered – and so, with heavy premonitions, I ventured to do it on my own this morning. It took all of 3 hrs (only because of my casual stupidity) – and I didn’t try 2/3 of its functions yet, only printing, copying and scanning – but it is so logical, icons so easily identifiable, manufacturer’s site is so helpful and CD’s language so clear – if I could do it, anyone can. Premonition is a lie.
Turned out, it was fun! The thing talks to me through the digital screen, in pleasant voice and tactful tone, and – last plus – it’s not black&white: it’s black&violet-grey: exactly like the color of my walls.
Do you want to see my first scan? Here is it – a postcard from my former coworker, native of Barcelona, while on a yearly home visit. I was given a choice of saving the scan as pdf, as jpeg; to send it in email, to file it on PC, to upload directly to FTP site and something else I didn’t understand…
Terrific, isn’t it?