One-Fifth Of Computer Chips Come From Japan – Prices To Rise While Supplies Shrink

The devastation and loss of life continues to make the news as the people of Japan survey the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami. We are now learning that some of the nuclear power plants in Japan could be leaking dangerous amounts of radiation and it is not clear how this danger may affect the country. What is known is that some 20% of the world’s supply of various computer chips are produced in Japan, and with dwindling supplies the cost is starting to rise. Though these price increases will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher pricing, what is unknown is what effect it will have in the production of new and existing products.

Apple sold out of its popular iPad 2 tablet computers last weekend. It is being said that the waiting list is now four weeks before you can expect delivery of a new unit. But now with the disaster in Japan looming, and the unknown availability of chips from the country, this could impact just how soon the units will actually arrive in the US. In addition, other companies such as Toshiba, Canon, and Sony have shut down their plants, and it is unknown if and when they will start up again. These companies make products that are used in a large variety of products including LCD panels and parts.

Texas Instruments, which has two major plants producing chips in Japan, has stated that its plants will be down until at least July. It is also not known how long other plants may be closed nor when they will return to production.

What could be the biggest disruption and which could also affect production of chips is the unknown effect that the nuclear plants exploding and radiation leaks will have around the country. In addition, the Japanese auto plants have ceased production of new cars, because parts distribution has also been disrupted. The entire Japanese economy is teetering with all of these unknowns and the possible ramifications that could ripple around the world.

While many of us believed that 2011 would be filled with new tablet computers from various companies challenging the Apple iPad, this may be delayed until next year or beyond.  IHS iSuppli gave us some insight into the situation when it stated that a two-week supply disruption would be felt until the third quarter of this year. One can only guess that if the supply of chips went on for months at a time that this could disrupt the distribution of new devices into next year or beyond.

My prayers are with the people of Japan and I would hope you would join me.

Comments welcome.

Source – Reuters

5 Myths About HDTV

This is the time of the year when millions of Americans will be shopping for their first HDTV. Over at The Blade I have written an article about what to look for in buying a HDTV and this article is a follow-up to the original. IMO it is important for all consumers to know the terminology of HDTV technology and also to know what is Fact and What is fiction before buying your first HDTV.

Here are five myths about HDTV you should be aware of:

1. Claim: “HD” signifies a specific standard of quality.

Status: False

Though “HD” does stand for “high definition,” HDTVs come in several resolutions; and in any event, a set’s resolution doesn’t completely determine the exact image quality you’ll see on your screen. For one thing, screen sizes vary. Other factors affecting the picture include the transmission—over the air, via cable, by satellite, or from the Internet—and the original source material.

These variables help explain why you can get high-def content from Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix streaming, a Blu-ray disc, and other sources, and yet encounter wildly different picture quality.

Over-the-air broadcast standards top out at 720p and 1080i, but you can obtain the full 1920-by-1080-pixel frame in 1080p from Blu-ray discs, certain Xbox 360 models, and the PlayStation 3 units.

When choosing for picture quality, remember: 1080p is at the top, 720p and 1080i look similar, and anything below them won’t be as good. Keep those terms in mind because they represent official standards, not marketing terms.

I don’t know if I can make this any less painless, but I’ll try. 1080p is the very best picture you can currently receive on a HDTV. This highest standard is basically limited to Blu-ray movies. All over the air transmissions, whether they are received by antenna, cable or satellite are currently limited to 720p.

However, if you are watching a HD broadcast of an old black and white movie, you may notice little or no difference in the picture quality.

2. Claim: If you don’t buy a 1080p HDTV, you’re wasting your money.

Status: False

In all likelihood, you want a 1080p HDTV—and you should be sure to get that resolution if your set has a diagonal screen size of 32 inches or greater, since you’ll be able to see the additional resolution on a big-screen from across the room. Furthermore, there’s no reason to avoid a 1080p HDTV if it doesn’t cost substantially more than sets with alternative resolutions, given that 1080p is becoming ubiquitous. If the difference is within $100, I recommend going for a 1080p set if your budget can handle it.

But having said all that, I should warn you that you probably won’t see any improvement in picture quality from 1080p versus 720p on a smaller HDTV. And you may not even have any 1080p sources to exploit: Over-the-air broadcasts and most cable feeds top out at 1080i.

I personally own two 42″ plasma HDTV’s which both are limited to 720p. The picture quality is fine when watching broadcast TV or playing DVD’s. If you plan on buying a large HDTV and hooking up a Blu-ray player, go with 1080p HDTV.

3. Claim: You bought a HDTV, so everything you view will be in HD.

Status: False

Today, not everything on television is broadcast in high-definition. DVDs and shows that were recorded for broadcast under the prior analog standard will continue to look about the same as before. (Some HDTV sets even make old shows look worse, by showing off more imperfections of the original recording.)

For satellite or cable TV service, you may need to ask your provider to activate HD content. The transition might require setup on both the provider’s end and your end; some cable boxes need to be reconfigured to output HD signals even after you connect them with the proper cables.

This can be a real disappointment for those who do not have access to broadcast TV or have a cable company that doesn’t provide broadcasts in HDTV. I went through this when I lived in an area where the cable company did not provide HD broadcasts and I was to far away to receive over the air TV.

4. Claim: Brand-name cables are worth the extra money.

Status: False

Don’t buy cables strictly on the basis of their brand name. A cable’s connector type, length, and gauge are the most important factors in signal quality. As a first criterion, choose a digital cable if possible—either HDMI or DVI (just about any new HDTV will include a digital connection). Such cables can carry a 1080p signal if your content supports it, they’ll play nicely with DRM, and they won’t pick up interference the way an analog cable can.

This is the best advice you will receive. HDMI cables can be purchased for as little as $7 and will provide a great picture.

5. Claim: You’re in imminent danger of burn-in from letterboxing and on-screen graphics.

Status: False

Burn-in is no longer a serious issue for HDTVs. Years ago, static on-screen graphics from network TV logos, stock tickers, videogames, letterbox bars, and other patterns could wear unevenly on a TV. If you left your set on and tuned to a station that showed such stationary elements for hours at a time, you might have been able to see them lingering when you tried to watch other content. First-generation plasma screens were the ones most susceptible to this effect.

LCDs and other TV types haven’t exhibited this issue, and recent plasmas have incorporated effective countermeasures against the problem. If you’re buying a new set, don’t worry about burn-in.

Do you have any suggestions you would like to share?

Comments welcome.

Source – Macworld

HDTV Buying Guide – What Should You Buy?

Over at Macworld they have a great article on what type of HDTV you should buy and why. Also covered in the article was information concerning the difference between 720p and 1080p, HDMI cables and the differences between LCD, LED and Plasma TV sets. In addition they covered the size of the HDTV you should purchase and why a specific size may be best for your particular TV viewing habits. Overall the information provided was some of the best, straight forward information I have seen presented on the Internet and is a must read for anyone who is shopping for their first HDTV this holiday season.

Here are some points that you should know before making your purchase:

Should I buy a LCD or a plasma TV?

Both types of TVs have their good points and bad points, but the bottom line is price. If you’re looking for a large TV on a shoestring budget, plasmas are your best bet. They’ve been falling out of favor, though, as many manufacturers are increasingly focusing on LED-backlit LCD TVs. In our most recent HDTV roundup, we found that while plasmas have a price advantage over more-expensive LCD sets, and can produce better black levels than LCDs can, they usually didn’t fare so well in overall image quality. Also, LCD TVs are far more power-efficient, so you’ll spend more keeping a plasma TV on over the years.

Remember that plasma TVs aren’t really cost-effective below 40 inches, so if you’re looking for a smaller set you won’t have that option.

My opinion. If you can afford it, get a LED. The picture quality is superb. But if money is your main concern go with a LCD for under 40″ TV sets and Plasma for over 40″. The newer plasma sets are more energy-efficient and meet the more stringent  Energy Star 4.0 requirements. Panel life for plasma sets is approximately 100,000 hours, so if you plan on keeping your TV for while, a plasma will last you a long time.

Generally speaking, bigger is better—and not just because you get to brag about how awesome your TV is. The main thing you should consider when evaluating a new TV (besides your budget, anyway) is how far you’ll be sitting from it.

Audio/video quality certification company THX recommends that a display occupy 40 degrees of your field of vision, which is approximately 3.5 feet away from a 35-inch TV, four feet from a 40-inch model, five feet from a 50-incher, and six feet from a 60-inch set.

I found a guide on the Amazon web site that provides a general guide for you to use:

Why do I want an ethernet port or Wi-Fi adapter on my TV?

Many new HDTVs can connect to your network via ethernet or Wi-Fi. Once you’ve connected your set, you can stream content from the Internet via services such as Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube (if your TV supports them), and if your TV has the “DLNA Certified” logo, you can also stream media from PCs (but not Macs) and other devices on your home network. We’re just starting to see TVs with Google TV baked in, which brings a fully functional Chrome browser, among other features, to the TV.

If your new HDTV doesn’t come with network capability built-in, don’t fret. Many of the new Blu-ray players are network ready and you also have the option to connect your TV to a network via a Roku, Boxee, Google TV, Apple TV or other device.

What’s the difference between a big-name brand and a no-name brand?

If you’ve been following Black Friday ads, you’ve probably seen some very, very low prices for HDTVs ($200 to $300 for a 720p 32-inch set, $400 to $500 for a 40-inch 1080p set). Sony, in contrast, charges $1700 for its high-end 40-inch KDL-40HX800 set. So what do you get for that extra $1200?

For starters, HDTVs from less-established brands typically don’t have the features of a brand-name set, so don’t expect 3D, network connectivity, calibration options such as 10-point white balance, or a particularly eye-catching design.

You’ll also notice a dramatic difference in image quality. Sets from companies such as Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio generally have better image-processing functions and higher refresh rates, which means that their colors will look more vivid and they’ll handle motion more smoothly.

Great advice. Stick with the major brands and you can’t go wrong.

Why do HDMI cables cost so much?

They shouldn’t. We tested a pair of $3 cables from MonoPrice and Blue Jeans Cable against a $60 AudioQuest cable and a $150 Monster Cable, and found no discernible difference in quality. For short cable runs, even the $30 house-branded HDMI cables are a rip-off. If you’re paying $100 or more for a HDMI cable, well, you’re probably pretty popular at your local electronics store.

I buy my HDMI cables from Amazon and buy their in-house brand called Basic. Pricing is $6.99 for a 6′ HDMI cable and $7.99 for their 9′ cable. These cables provide satisfactory performance for all TV applications and device hookups.

Do I need a 1080p TV? How about a high refresh rate?

LCD TVs with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rates have become increasingly common in the past few years. You’ll still see 60Hz TVs (in both 720p and 1080p resolutions) out there, but typically they’re older inventory or low-end models, or they have smaller screens.

If you’re leaning toward a 720p TV, note that there are a few good reasons to shell out the extra cash for a 1080p set. Although most over-the-air and cable programming is 720p or 1080i, Blu-ray movies and games can take advantage of 1080p, as can some set-top boxes. And the price difference between a 720p set and an equivalent 1080p set is usually no more than $100 or $200—not bad, considering 1080p’s image quality advantages over 720p.

Another rule of thumb is that if you buy a HDTV under 40″, 720p works just fine. But over 40″ you may wish to go with the 1080p set.

Hopefully by using this advice you will be able to make an intelligent decision on which HDTV will best meet your needs.

Comments welcome.

Source – Macworld

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, What Is The Best HDTV Of Them All?

Yesterday a friend of ours posted on Facebook that her and her husband were looking to buy a 55″ HDTV. The responses were all over the chart, with sincere people making sincere comments. Don’t buy this model, do buy this model, and a host of other recommendations. As we enter into the holiday season, millions of Americans will be looking at buying a new HDTV. These consumers will be faced with a variety of different manufacturers, models, sizes, prices and different technologies.

I am going to explain the differences between different HDTV technologies, so that you as a buyer can make an intelligent decision when you enter a retail store. There are currently 3 different types of technologies currently available. The technologies are:

LCD vs LED vs Plasma

Here is a rather simple description of the three technologies. LCD, which stands for Liquid Crystal Display, is the most familiar technology for most of us. The is the same technology that makes up flat panel computer screens. The LCD panel gets activated when an electric current is applied. LED is very similar to LCD, but light-emitting diodes are used in the back light. Plasma HDTVs are completely different. Plasma works when electricity is applied to a sheet of separate plasma cells.

So which technology is the best?

My personal opinion is this. All 3 technologies provide excellent picture quality. Currently the most expensive of the three is LED, since it is the latest and greatest. Both Plasma and LCD sets have dropped dramatically in price and will be the best bargains this holiday season.

720p vs 1080p

I won’t get into the argument about which is better. Here is a simple formula to use. HDTV over 50″ go with 1080P, under 50″ HDTV 720P will suffice.

Energy consumption

LCD sets use less energy than Plasma. LED use less energy than either LCD or Plasma.

What to watch out for

Your local retailer may have a wall filled with different HDTVs, playing  looped material to show off the sets. I know of one local retailer that uses animated playback of popular movies. Animated movies make any set look great, even the cheap ones.

Another thing to watch out for is a HDTV that is set to demo mode. This makes the set look great in the store, but may not look as good when you get the TV home. Have the store clerk change the menu to home use.

Most HD sets come with factory presets. such as movie, game, sports and more. These settings change brightness, contrast, tint and such. See if the set comes with a manual preset so that you can adjust the set manually, just in case you do not like the factory settings.

Listen to the audio of the HDTV you are interested in purchasing. One of the biggest complains from reviewers is that some sets sound tinny and the speakers are inadequate. If you are going to hook up the set to a home theater system, you need not be concerned about the built-in speakers.

Reviews

Read the reviews. CNET is an excellent source for finding out what the experts think about a particular HDTV. Also do a search on the Internet for the TV set as well and see what others think. Stop by Best Buy, Amazon, or other retailers and read what others say about the set you are looking to purchase.

Friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and more

Ask others what they bought and how well they like their HDTV. This is an excellent source to find out what others think and will help you to make a intelligent decision. Think about it. Who would your trust more: Uncle Bill or the salesperson at your local retailer? :-)

Share your buying experience with us. Also, what would you recommend to a first time HDTV buyer?

Comments welcome.

Walgreens Is Selling A Maylong 7″ Android Powered Tablet For $99.99

Walgreens is entering into the tablet market place with entry-level 7″ Android powered tablet PC. The surprising part is that it is priced at only $99.99 plus $4.99 shipping. Unfortunately the tablet is not sold in stores, which causes a problem for me. I like to play with my toys before I buy them. So what do you get for your $100 bucks?

On their website Walgreens lists the following components:

FEATURES

  • Google Android™ Operating System
  • LCD color touch-screen 7-inches
  • Full Internet browsing capability
  • Experience YouTube at your fingertips
  • Easy access to emails
  • Download and play games
  • Included digital music, video player and digital picture viewer
  • Digital picture frame
  • e-Book reader
  • Download and install custom Google Android™ Applications

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CPU: ARM9(VM8505+)
  • Memory – RAM: 256MB DDR
  • Memory – Flash: Built-in Flash
  • Display – Touch Panel: 7-inch TFT LCD
  • Display: Resolution 800 X 480 Pixels
  • WIFI: 802.11b/g
  • Input/Output – Touch Panel: Resistive type touch panel
  • Input/Output – Speaker: Built-in loud speakers
  • Input/Output – SD/MMC: T-Flash card slot
  • Input/Output – Network/USB: Dongle for RJ-45 network and USB connection
  • Buttons/Switches: Power On/Off, Volume adjustment
  • Battery: Built-in Li-Polymer battery
  • Charger – Input: AC 100-240V, 0.5A
  • Charger – Output: 9V, 1500MA

INCLUDED

  • Tablet device with 7-inch color touch screen
  • Stylus
  • AC Adapter
  • Network/USB dongle


The tablet is made by a company called Maylong. So who is Maylong? I did a Google and found a web site for the company. The tablet comes with a one year warranty. There are also phone numbers for an RMA return as well as locations where the tablet can be purchased. I contacted their sales department via email and asked to receive a test model of the device. I will let you know the results of my request.

If anyone has purchased the Maylong tablet, share your thoughts and experience with us.

Source – Walgreens

Source – Maylong

Windows 7 Built-In Color Calibration Tool

Windows 7 comes with its own color calibration tool which is very simple to use. groovyPost has provided screen shots that will walk you through the process of calibrating the color on your computer system. To start the process you just click on the Windows 7 Start Menu Orb and in the box type in dccw.exe. This will start the calibration process.

In the groovyPost article it also states the following:

If you’ve just purchased a new LCD screen and the color seems off, there’s a good chance the fault lies within Windows 7 and not your hardware.  When borrowing a friend’s laptop, the first thing I noticed was that the Aero theme didn’t quite look right.  At first I thought the video card was fried, but it turns out it was just a messed up gamma setting.Using windows 7 built-in Display Color Calibration tool you can easily adjust the appearance of your screen accurately and perhaps… improve how things look.

I tried using the calibration tool on my laptop system and my system required no adjustment. Your mileage may vary. If you do decide to try the tool, let us know how the tool works for you.

Comments welcome.

Source – groovyPost

PS The link below provides step by step screen shots on how to use the tool.

It Is Smaller, Faster, And Lighter, But Will The New Kindle Sales Take Off?

Amazon has been pleasantly surprised that eBooks have taken off and now outsell hardback books. The company is now selling a new and improved Kindle that it claims is smaller, faster, lighter, and has 50% better contrast. In addition the new Kindle Wi-Fi only version will be priced at only $139.00. The anticipated release date for the new device is August 27, 2010 and is expected to be what the company CEO describes as a ‘mass-market device.’

In a recent Interview, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also stated that:

Q: Amazon is selling more Kindle e-books than hardcover books. When will you pass paperbacks?

A: I predict we will surpass paperback sales sometime in the next nine to 12 months. Sometime after that, we’ll surpass the combination of paperback and hardcover. It stuns me. People forget that Kindle is only 33 months old.

Q: What accounts for that growth?

A: I think it’s a combination of the electronic ink display, which makes reading for long periods very comfortable. There’s the 3G wireless we built into Kindle so that you have that convenience of (being able to download) books in 60 seconds. And we have 600,000 titles in the Kindle bookstore, not counting the 1.8 million pre-1923, out-of-copyright titles that you can get for Kindle for free.

Q: Who do you think will buy the $139 Wi-Fi-only Kindle as opposed to the pricier model with 3G?

A: Evidence is starting to accumulate that this is a mass-market device. I predict that at the $139 price, people will buy multiple Kindles. We’ll have to wait and see. People might buy Wi-Fi-only models for the kids and 3G ones for themselves.

Q: Are you in the device business for the long haul?

A: This is our third generation of Kindle. I hope we’ll be sitting here talking about the 10th and the 20th generation of Kindle. We will also make our apps available on a wide variety of devices so people can read on LCD-based devices, tablet computers, smartphones, laptops. We have taken as a mission to have the best purpose-built reading device. We want to have the best Kindle bookstore.

I personally believe that at a lower price, the new Kindle is going to attract those who may have been put off by the previously higher price of Kindles. I know at $139.00 this is a very attractive price point. I will be buying one once they are released. My wife is an avid reader and this new Kindle will be perfect for her. I hope she doesn’t read this, but guess what she is getting for her birthday? LOL

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6

Source – USA Today

Amazon Lowers Pricing Of Its Kindle DX To Only $379 – Is It Enough?

Amazon has recently lowered the pricing of its Kindle DX model from $489 to $379.  Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for its latest creation and the new devices should be available on July 7, 2010. The DX model includes the following features:

Beautiful Large Display: The 9.7″ diagonal E-ink screen is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs

Read in Sunlight with No Glare: Unlike backlit computer or LCD screens, Kindle DX’s display looks and reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Books In Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

Free 3G Wireless: No monthly payments, no annual contracts. Download books anywhere, anytime

Long Battery Life: Read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks.

These are other features make the Kindle DX an attractive proposition. I have the small Kindle and I have ordered the new DX model. I believe the latest model will vastly improve the way we read books, now and in the future. I think this latest offering is worth a look. Just click on the link below for more information or to pre-order the Kindle DX.

Comments welcome.

Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7

Would You Like 3D TV Without The Dorky Glasses?

During the past 50 years since 3D has been around, 3D glasses have been needed to view a movie. There is now a new innovative process being brought to us by Microsoft owned Applied Sciences Group that could eliminate the dorky glasses once and for all. By using a process called ‘lenticular lenses,’ the 3D image can be split to viewers’ left and right eyes, giving a 3D effect. In a recent article it stated further that:

3-D technology has seen a renaissance recently. Thanks to the success of movies like Coraline, Up, and Avatar, Hollywood is spending more money than ever to give audiences a stereoscopic experience. And electronics manufacturers are racing to replicate the 3-D theater experience in the home. The market for 3-D-capable televisions is expected to grow from 2.5 million sets shipped in 2010 to 27 million in 2013, according to the research firm DisplaySearch. However, the glasses required to watch 3-D video is a turnoff for many would-be early adopters.

Microsoft’s prototype display can deliver 3-D video to two viewers at the same time (one video for each individual eye), regardless of where they are positioned. It can also shows ordinary 2-D video to up to four people simultaneously (one video for each person). The 3-D display uses a camera to track viewers so that it knows where to steer light toward them. The lens is also thin, which means it could be incorporated into a standard liquid crystal display, says Bathiche.


I have to agree that providing 3D glasses for everyone who views the TV is a huge turn off to me, since the glasses are still relatively expensive. But as noted the system currently will only provide a picture for two viewers at a time. It is an improvement, but having everyone in the room able to view 3D at the same time would be the ideal solution. The way technology is being developed it will only be a matter of time before this becomes available.

Bottom line: This is a good time to wait until 3D has evolved without the need for 3D glasses.

Comments welcome

Source – Technology Review

Plasma vs LCD HDTV – And The Winner Is?

It seems at least once a year or so, we need a new lesson on the differences between plasma HDTV and LCD HDTV.  The folks over at PC World have completed a fairly accurate article and have described the basic benefits and  disadvantages to both technologies. Yes, there are good and bad features to both types of HDTVs, which could make your purchase decision difficult if you don’t do your homework first. It is actually fairly simple to understand, if you just consider the basics.

One of the best things that the article pointed out was how  buzz words such as refresh rate and contrast ratios need to be considered, but not be worth the higher cost. In fact, the reviewers at PC World pointed out that, while the benefits between 60Hz and 120Hz were noticeable, they felt that going to 240Hz may not be worth the additional cost. Next, when it comes to contrast ratios, this seemed to be something that HDTV manufacturers made a big thing about, but that this wasn’t that important for most HDTVs.

So what should you buy: plasma or HDTV?

Plasma HDTVs use more energy, so if you live in an area with high electric rates, you want to take this into consideration. Most consider that the plasma picture is better than a LCD, but that is purely personal taste, IMHO. You will get a better picture from a plasma set when viewed from most any angle.

LCD HDTVs are currently the most popular sets on the market. They are energy efficient and provide a very good picture. The only downside is that, when viewing from an angle, the picture may appear washed out.

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the new plasmas or LCDs.

For the people who already own an HDTV or two, what brand are you using and why? Also, is it an LCD, plasma, or DLP? Most important, would you buy the same HDTV again? Share your experience with us.

Comments welcome.

Source – PC World

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Kodak Printer Revisted – After A Year, Negative Comments Continue To Flow

Back on March 31, 2009 I wrote an article ‘Who’s Using A Kodak Printer? Opinions Needed,’ in the hope of finding out how well these printers functioned. I was in the market for purchasing a new printer and what originally intrigued me was the thought, according to the Kodak ads, of cheap ink. Having been an HP printer person since Windows was still DOS, I don’t even want to think about how much money I have sent to HP to line the pockets of its corporate executives.! So when I asked for opinions, I was hoping to get positive responses. Unfortunately that was not the case.

Since writing the original article [linked below] there have been about 110 comments with the bulk being anything but flattering. There appear to be issues with the print heads needing replacement often and also issues with Kodak technical support. Again, I do not own a Kodak printer myself so I can only pass on what others are saying. You can read the comments and make an informed decision for yourself.

Kodak is in the process of offering a new model, the 7250 All-In-One printer, that offers some advanced features at a reasonable price of $166.99 for pre-sale on Amazon.com. A Crunchgear article states:

The cost of ink is also excellent for this printer. At $9.99 for black and white and $17.99 for color is pretty great. The print outs weren’t absolutely stellar but they were sufficiently sharp and crisp with a fresh ink cartridge.

Crunchgear ended with this ‘Bottom Line’:

Kodak tried stuff a lot of power into a small package. It’s an impressive printer but they did cut corners on the resolution of the 2.4-inch LCD. As I mentioned before, I’ve seen sharper prints from other, more expensive printers, but if you’re looking for something that’s inexpensive, you’re going to do just fine with this thing.

I took a look for any comments about this model, and there was one from a person who had tested a pre-sale test model and was impressed with the results. She stated that:

My family was lucky enough to get one of these printers to test for a few months. We had to send the test printer back yesterday but I’m putting my own on order today. The print quality and speed are incredible, the printer design is sleek and highly functional and the supplies are cheap compared to the dinky HP deskjet we had been using. I found the Kodak technical support unparalleled, especially compared to HP, and Canon. Kodak even built in a photo help center for photo editing, and printing. I did all 100 Christmas photo cards only with this software, and I used less than one black and one color cartridge. The Wireless function is great; my husband could print from his Windows work laptop and my daughter printed from her MacBook files from her room. We didn’t know you could print from an iPod touch, but she’ll get the free app to print from that. I didn’t get paid to write this, but you ought to know what a cool printer it is (I am not a techie, just a mom).

It should be interesting to see what others will have to say about this new model once it is released for mass consumption.

Amazon Pre-Order Kodak ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer

Crunchgear article – Kodak 7250 printer

March 31, 2009 article – Who’s Using A Kodak Printer? Opinions Needed

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