Home projector excels at 3D and bulb life, but has brightness issues and poor color presets
With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater experiences. Epson, however, hopes to simplify that with the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a projector that offers full 1080p without breaking the bank like some home theater choices. But does the projector exceed the TV experience, or will users want their flat panels back? Find out in our review.
New projectors deliver 3000 lumens, designed for ambient light
Projector manufacturer Epson today introduced two new EX Pro series projectors, delivering high brightness and advanced connectivity options, including built-in wireless projection and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support. The new EX7235 Pro and EX7230 Pro are designed for meeting rooms with ambient light, and deliver WXGA resolution for widescreen HD presentations, 3,000 lumens of color light output, and 3,000 lumens of white light output.
Bevy of Epson printer models promise better prints, faster speeds
EpsonÂ today announced its new WorkForceÂ business printing solutions, featuring seven business and SOHO models powered by PrecisionCore, the company's next-generation printing technology. The company claims that the new models can "produce print shop-quality color prints, laser-sharp black and color text, and fast print speeds at up to half the printing cost of color laser."
Augmented reality uses pair of optics, hand-held controller
Epson today announced its second generation Moverio "smart glasses" have shipped to retail. As opposed to the Google Glass, the Epson Moverio BT-200 is a true binocular display, using a miniaturized LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide in each side of the glasses.
Epson introduces WorkForce DS-40 document scanner
Epson announced this past week the introduction of its first portable document scanner, the WorkForce DS-40. Enabling users to scan documents with a Wi-Fi connection directly to a PC, Mac or mobile device -- as well as offering one-touch scan-to-cloud capabilities -- the DS-40 offers full functionality while being small enough to carry in an average computer bag. The scanner can be powered by battery or USB source, and is able to scan a variety of original documents up to 8.5 by 36 inches. Featuring auto-sizing and text enhancement correction tools, the WorkForce DS-40 allows for integration into workplace infrastructures with the availability of a TWAIN driver, offering broad third-party software compatibility. The Epson WorkForce DS-40 is priced at $180, and is anticipated to be available this summer.
ITA to promote VR and to collaborate on Virtual Reality technologies
A collective of companies working on virtual reality technologies is rebranding itself in time for the Game Developers Conference. The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now calling itself the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content makers can support on a wide scale."
DS-760 and DS-860 offer up to 65 pages per minute
Epson America today announced the WorkForce DS-760 and WorkForce DS-860, Epson's fastest professional sheetfed document scanners. The new WorkForce scanners deliver scan speeds up to 65 ppm, improved paper-feed technology over predecessors, scan-to-cloud functionality, and compatibility with virtually all document-management software suites.
Epson brings second-generation, BT-200 video glasses to CES
Epson brought its second-generation augmented reality smart glasses to CES, and Electronista staffers had a chance to check them out. Following up on the BT-100 launched two years ago, the Moverio BT-200 glasses use a miniaturized LCD projection lens and optical light guide in the arms of the eyeglasses to produce sharp images.
New low-profile projectors offer HDMI, USB OSX and Windows connectivity
Epson today introduced three new VS-Series projector models. The new low-cost Epson VS230, VS330 and VS335W allow for bright images for small- to medium-sized meeting rooms, are lightweight and travel-friendly, and offer Epson's simple setup suite for flexible positioning and rapid setup.
Epson adds printer support for Kindle Fire HD and HDX
Epson has announced its printing support for Kindle Fire Printing this week, offering an integrated wireless print function for Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. By adding the Kindle Fire tablets to its mobile printing capabilities, a wide range of Epson Connect-enabled printers can now print with tablets that run Amazon Fire OS 3.1.
Solution is a small package with a low price, is there any quality?
When looking for a consumer level printer there is quite an array of options to consider. Features like special printing features, all-in-one print setups, and even cloud printing enter the fray when in the past purchasers considered if it was worth paying the extra fistful of cash for a laser printer over an inkjet. Since then, options have only grown larger since the main consideration has become the cost of ink over the cost of the machine itself. However, is there a balance between getting everything you need at a good value without having to break the bank on ink cartridges? Does the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One might strike the line between ultimate value and quality? Read our review and find out.
All-in-one from Epson capable of 11-second photo print
Epson is adding to its range of "small-in-one" printers with one capable of printing photographs measuring up to 11 inches by 17 inches. The Expression Photo XP-950 follows on from the XP-850, Premium XP-810 and the XP-610 in being a compact printer, with the XP-950 using Claria Photo HD six-color inks for smooth graduations and improved skin tones.
New scanner capable of photo, negative, slide, and document scanning
Epson America today introduced the latest addition to its line of Epson Perfection scanners -- the Epson Perfection V550 Photo. The Perfection V550 delivers 6400 DPI resolution, whether scanning film, slides, negatives, photos, or everyday documents. In addition, the scanner can create enlargements up to 17 x 22, as well as the ability to automatically upload scans directly to Facebook, Picasa and other popular social and cloud services.
Adds one new camera, corrects lens and white balance issues, more
Alongside other OS X and security updates on Thursday, Apple also released updated drivers for Epson scanner and fax models, as well as a small update to its Digital RAW Compatibility file for iPhoto and Aperture. The RAW Compatibility update follows on the heels of the recently-released version 4.08, and adds support for only one camera, the Olympus PEN E-P5, but also restores lens correction to images shot by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and addresses a white balance issue with some Nikon images modified by third-party apps.
New printers capable of 11 pages per minute, with color prints in 12 seconds
Epson America today launched the feature-rich Epson Expression Premium XP-810 and XP-610 "Small-in-One" printers. The Expression Premium series uses Epson's MicroPiezo printing technology and Claria Premium inks to produce quality prints at home or on-the-go with Epson Connect for printing from a tablet, smartphone or computer.
New home-oriented projector boasts MHL-equipped HDMI port
Epson America today expanded its lineup of home entertainment projectors with the addition of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, delivering full 1080p cinematic performance in both 2D and 3D. The Home Cinema 2030 offers a HD experience with what the company calls "bright and vibrant image quality virtually anywhere," plus a new MHL-enabled HDMI port that transforms the projector into a smart display with the use of MHL-supported devices, including a range of Android phones and tablets, and the Roku Streaming Stick.
New IMU half the volume of current iPhone, Galaxy S4 chipset
Seiko Epson Corporation has successfully developed the world's smallest inertial measurement unit (IMU), widely used in mobile devices to detect movement. Epson will begin shipping samples of the M-V340, the first product in the new V series of IMUs, in December 2013 with mass production likely to begin some time in the second quarter of 2014. The chip is intended for smartphone and other mobile applications, is less than 10 percent the volume of its Epson-made predecessor, and takes 40 percent less power to operate at 18mA.
Epson printers to get non-discounted push
Starting on Tuesday, US Apple Stores will see an updated summer assortment of layouts, posters, and accessories, according to leaked information. One of the layout changes is expected to be a focus on third-party printers, particularly ones by HP and Epson. Some HP printers will get a $50 discount valid through September 6th. A leaked promotional "magnet" states that the HP discount actually started July 2nd, but the item was allegedly delivered to stores prematurely.
Expansion to 4000-series boast high lumen count, Faroudja DCDi
Epson today introduced a projection solution for a wide range of venues –- the PowerLite 4000-Series installation projectors. Suitable for a conference room, school auditorium, house of worship, sports bar, or home theater, the PowerLite 4650, 4750W and 4855WU projectors deliver bright, vivid imagery in full HD resolution. The new line includes features including Faroudja DCDi video processing, a centered lens design, up to two times optical zoom, and lens shift for flexible installation.
Product designed to utilize any surface into a digital whiteboard
Epson today introduced the BrightLink Pro 1410Wi -- an ultra-short-throw meeting room projector designed to provide increased organizational productivity and efficiency. The BrightLink Pro turns a traditional whiteboard, wall or virtually any flat surface into a new digital surface and offers a variety of features to boost meeting room collaboration, including video conferencing compatibility and remote collaboration.
Props Power case for iPad and iPad mini
Digital Treasures has launched a new iPad case that integrates either a 12,000 or 8,000 mAh battery for charging the device. Available for the iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPad mini, the more
VS220 and VS320 aimed at small business, home office
Computer peripheral manufacturer Epson today introduced new VS-series projector models, designed to provide small businesses with high-brightness units inexpensively. The VS220 and VS320 offer SVGA and XGA resolution (respectively), and deliver 2,700 lumens of white and color brightness with HDMI connectivity for audio and video using only one cable.
Startup Meta has partnered with Epson to break into the nascent wearable devices market. In contrast with Google’s Project Glass single display approach, Meta’s planned product will utilize dual 3D displays. It also aims to add further depth to the AR experience by incorporating 3D tracking for gesture control, which his highlighted in the video embedded below.
W16 and W16SK bring inexpensive 3D to the classroom
Epson today introduced two 3D projector solutions designed to enhance the learning experience in classrooms -- the PowerLite W16 and W16SK. Epson is offering two 3D projection choices, with one based on active 3D technology and the other on passive 3D technology. Both deliver three times brighter colors than most other offerings aimed at education, allowing 3D content to be easily viewed in typical classroom settings. Both the PowerLite W16 and W16SK deliver WXGA (1280x768) widescreen resolution and supports multiple HDMI 3D formats out of the box, with no external converter required.
New projector aimed at new home theater users
Epson America today expanded its line of 3LCD home theater projectors with the 3LCD PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD. The new projector is tailored for families and first-time home theater enthusiasts as an affordable 2D and true 3D big screen entertainment solution. The Home Cinema 750HD is Epson’s brightest home theater projector to date -- projecting up to 3,000 lumens of color and 3,000 lumens of white brightness for dark or light rooms. Offering full HD in 2D or active shutter 3D with 720p resolution, the Home Cinema 750HD simplifies display of movies, videogames, sporting events, and other media.
Epson Perfection V37 and V370 scan to cloud services
Epson today announced two additions to its line of Perfection scanners, the Epson Perfection V37 and V370. The two new scanners offer 4800x9600 dpi optical resolution and integrate scan-to-cloud capabilities, allowing them to scan, access, organize, and share documents through services like Google Docs, MS SharePoint, Evernote, and other services.
New all-in-ones claimed to save on ink, paper costs
Printer manufacturer Epson America, Inc. bolstered its line of business printers with four new WorkForce all-in-one printers -- the Epson WorkForce WF-3540, WorkForce WF-3520, WorkForce WF-2540 and WorkForce WF-2530. The new models continue to deliver business printing at fast speeds and high-quality, professional-looking documents. In addition, these models offer new features for productivity and affordability including an improved user interface, multiple paper trays, and automatic duplex paper handling.
printers, headphones and more
DealNN deals this week include printers, headphones and more. Amazon.com's Gold Box deal of the day today is on the Epson WorkForce Pro wireless all-in-one color inkjet printer, it was $299.99, but has been reduced by 49% to $152.99 with FREE shipping. The Epson WorkForce Pro is an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine. It features AirPrint compatibility with iOS tablets, and smartphones.
2D-to-3D movie conversion, split screen built-in
Epson has issued details of new projectors it is bringing out in the near future. The PowerLite Pro Cinema 6020UB, Home Cinema 5020UB/5020UBe, and 3020/3020e are all 3D-capable projectors that offer a full HD resolution, and also feature built-in 2D-to-3D conversion of movies and a split-screen mode allowing users to watch two different 2D sources simultaneously.
Aimed at corporations, churches, schools
The Epson PowerLite-series projectors has been dramatically expanded with six new models added to the line. The new models are optimized for medium-sized boardrooms, classrooms, and churches. Two of the models can also be controlled remotely via iOS or Android apps.
Build To Order desktops feature new Intel chips
Epson has become the latest manufacturer to make computers based on Intel's Ivy Bridge chipset available to customers. On Tuesday, the manufacturer debuted a line of customizable, business-to-business oriented entry level desktops for the Japanese market.
Epson to add 720p, 3LCD home theater projector
Epson on Tuesday added the PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD to its lineup of 3LCD home theater projectors. It offers 720p resolution at screen sizes of up to 120 inches. It can produce 2,800 lumens of brightness, and users have a choice of four pre-set color modes to pair the projector with various viewing environments.
Epson to ship PowerLite X15 in May for $600
Epson has just unveiled its latest business projector, the PowerLite X15. The design is intended for small- and medium-sized classrooms and businesses, and sports 3,000 lumens brightness. The native resolution is 1024x768, and a captioning decoder is built-in.
Epson Moverio BT-100 ships in the US for $700
Epson America has just revealed it brought its Moverio BT-100 for sale in the US. Billed as the first wearable, Android-based and see-through display, the display uses micro-projection to stream 2D and 3D video on what wearers perceive as an 80-inch screen. There is Wi-Fi onboard and a wired remote control, with battery life rated at six hours.
SixtyFour helps manage system memory
Epson has launched a new iOS app that allows users to wirelessly display documents and photos on networked Epson projectors. iProjection is a free tool that works with most iOS devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch. In addition, the app also features cloud integration, allowing users to access files from several cloud services such as Dropbox. Full support is offered for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Keynote, and PDF documents, as well as JPG, TIFF, and PNG images.
Aperture update makes small number of bugfixes
Apple has released a trio of software updates, beginning with Aperture 3.2.1. The patch is said to fix just four issues, the most critical being one that caused the software to suddenly quit while running on a Core Duo processor. Also eliminated are glitches that caused the Crop tool to malfunction, a rendering issue when cropping with Onscreen Proofing on, and bad display of location menus on the map in the Places view.
MegaPlex projectors have iPod/iPhone/iPad dock
Epson took Wednesday to reveal two new portable, combo projectors with the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50. Both have a built-in dock for accommodating an iPod, iPhone or iPad and throwing images or videos contained on any of them. The high-brightness projector also has integrated speakers. Other smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles as well as computers can be connected as well.
PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010
Epson has introduced its first 3D home theater projectors: the PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010, Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e. All of the projectors feature 1080p resolution and active shutter 3D, driven at 480Hz. The 6010 and 5010/5010e models are claimed to offer 200,000:1 contrast ratios and up to 2,400 lumens of color or white light output.
Stylus NX430 printer allows for PC-free printing
Epson just introduced the Stylus NX430 Small-in-One printer that the company said offers the most features for its size. It can print without the need for a connected PC thanks to integrated memory card slots, wireless technology and a 2.5-inch color LCD. It can scan and copy as well.
Update supports Lion, Snow Leopard
Apple has released a new set of drivers for Epson printers. Now at v2.8, the drivers technically include both printing and scanning software. The download is a sizable 961.5MB, but is compatible with both Lion and Snow Leopard, and also supports a variety of languages.
E Ink, Epson collaborate on 300PPI e-paper screen
At the currently ongoing SID Display Week show, E Ink and Epson have been showing a jointly-developed e-paper display. The panel sets a record in terms of resolution for e-paper screens, with a 2400x1650 resolution in a 9.68-inch screen. At 300 pixels per inch, it compares favorably to the 160PPI displays of current devices.
Epson shows four new educational projectors
Epson on Tuesday introduced its new PowerLite D6000 series and the PowerLite 1850 projector. The former includes the PowerLite D6150, D6155W and D6250, all of which tout high brightness and a dust-resistant design that helps them achieve long lamp life. All three have an electrostatic filter that is said to last 10,000 hours and a lamp with a 5,000-hour life rating.
R300 also aimed at fine artists
Epson has introduced the Stylus Photo R3000, a high-end printer for photographers and fine artists. It delivers gallery-quality black-and-white output and color prints. It supports new Epson high-capacity individual ink cartridges and a wide range of paper types and sizes. Connectivity is provided by way of Ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11n.
App designed for wireless all-in-ones
Epson has introduced an update to its iOS app, PrintJinni, that now allows users to take advantage a new interface dedicated to the iPad. The interface is said to be optimized for the iPad's larger screen, while overall usability is claimed to be more intuitive. Aside from the iPad optimizations, the update also offers faster navigation to multiple e-mail accounts, downloaded files, and printer settings.
835 offers numerous creative functions
Epson has released its new Artisan 835 All-In-One printing and scanning solution. It offers what Epson claims is the world’s fastest 4”x6” photo print speeds and a large 7.8” multi-function touch panel. It is capable of wireless networking for remote printing and also supports Apple’s forthcoming iOS 4.2 update, which allows wireless printing from the iPhone and iPad.
Well-built and flexible, but will it do the job?
Although many homes use all-in-ones to save space, when the need to scan archival material turns serious, so does the need for a flexible, good-quality scanner that can handle a variety of formats. This Epson scanner handles photos, slides and medium-format postivies, but is it good enough when your family's history is at stake? Our Epson Perfection V600 review compares results and offers guidance on getting the most out of this $200 scanner.
Slew of new projectors with 3LCD tech
Epson has launched the world’s first projectors that use 3LCD reflective technology. The technique is purported to deliver advanced video quality with higher contrast ratios, richer colors, smoother gradations between colors and enhanced black levels. The flagship PowerLite Pro Cinema 61000 can produce TV-like contrast as high as 1,000,000:1.
Entry-level printers for home and small office
Epson today introduced the Workforce 320 and Workforce 325. The new entry-level all-in-ones offer the ability to scan directly to PDF and e-mail. Other business-friendly features are the inclusion of a large 30-page automatic document feeders and fade, water, and smudge resistant ink that comes in individual color cartridges.
Six-ink Printers print from iPhone, Wireless N
Epson has launched three new all-in-one printers, the Artisan 835, Artisan 725 and an all-white Artisan 725 Arctic Edition. The printers feature speeds of up to 10-second-per-print, 4x6 photo printing, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, and wireless iPhone printing support. They also offer scanning and copying and automated two-side printing, along with support for SD, SDHC, Compact Flash and Memory Stick cards.
Includes manual two-sided printing
Epson has unveiled a new all-in-one printer with built-in wireless support, Epson Stylus NX420. The sub-$100 printer is designed for home use and provides print speeds up to 6.4 black pages-per-minute, or 3.3ppm for colorp pages. Features include a 1.5-inch LCD color display, one-touch copying, and both red-eye removal and automatic photo correction technology. The built-in scanner offers support for a maximum scanning resolution of 1200x2400dpi, as well 48-bit or 24-bit color output.