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  • macOS Monterey review: A compelling refinement of Big Sur

    DAalseth said:
    I’ll update, but really only to keep currant. Everyone is crowing about Focus. I don’t use DND so an improved DND is just of no interest. The Privacy improvements are good. I never turn up my nose at improved privacy/security. TBH the rest of the list is interesting but I doubt I’ll use them much. 

    EDIT: To make it clear, I hope that this ends up being this decades Snow Leopard. Refined and rock solid. The standard we compare the next ten or so releases to. I don’t see a lot of the new features as being of much interest, but I am pleased by all the talk about back end improvements, and refinements. 
    Agreed Snow Leopard was one of the best releases

    My preference is always a 2 release cycle, 1st release new features, 2nd refines the features and optimises performance so the changes are more gradual but the OS says solid.
    elijahg
  • Epson's EcoTank ET-4760 review: a multi-function powerhouse at a steep price

    dewme said:
    Personally I cannot fathom why anyone would ever buy an inkjet printer. I switched to a laser printer ages ago and saved so much money in the long run. I do need color from time-to-time so I added a color laser a few years ago. It’s more expensive than B&W (duh) but still much cheaper than ink, way faster, higher quality, and no smudges or worrying about my printouts getting wet and smearing.

    The only legitimate use that I can think of for inkjet printers is for photographs, and it’s far more economical to send them out than to print them at home.

    Canon’s ImageClass printers are top notch and feature rich. My color printer not only prints duplex but also scans duplex which is handy when I’ve got a stack of double-sided documents to digitize.
    I'm in the same boat except I understand why some folks would want an inexpensive-to-acquire inkjet if they absolutely need color and can live with the relatively high consumables costs that drive up the cost per page printed. The biggest problem I had that led me to abandon inkjet printers (and never look back) is more related to the frequency of use rather than size of print jobs. I found that when the inkjet printer sat idle for too long it would need to go into a head-cleaning cycle upon being accessed again, which would accelerate inkjet cartridge depletion. With my laser printers I haven't had any idle related issues at all, the print speed is fantastic, and the overall cost per page is very reasonable for me. I've been more than pleased with the reliability of AirPrint support on all of my Brother printers, even the lowest end models.

    One thing that seems to have alleviated all of the connectivity issues with my printers is setting them up with static IP addresses, either directly or by using DHCP reservations in my DHCP server (typically part of your router). I cannot over stress the benefits of using static IP addresses on your networked printers. I also connect them via Ethernet whenever possible. The combination of static IP and wired Ethernet makes them essentially maintenance free, other than adding paper and occasionally changing the toner cartridges, which are often available online, e.g., Amazon at substantial discounts for third-party equivalents. 
    I've had really high quality lasers (HP & Samsung) over the years, and always thought the cost per page was better than inkjets and to be fair in nearly all cases this was true.

    But the ET is extremely cheap to run, replacement ink is cheaper than laser cartridges. I couldn't believe it myself, but it's true, cost per page is extremely impressive.
    This was definitely not the case with earlier injets I've owned.
    Someone pointed out that he does duplex printing and duplex scanning, my ET-7750 does duplex printing and I don't need duplex scanning.

    Comes down to what do you get for your money and what are the economics over the life of the printer or the life of the time you want to own the printer before selling it.
    I like the small form factor, it's super quiet and cheap to run.
    Does it work with my Macs - yes, does it work for iOS - yes, usb - yes, wIfi - yes, duplex - yes, cheaper than good laser to buy - yes cheap to run - yes, quality printing - yes, easy maintenance - yes.

    As I said in an earlier comment - I'd buy another.
    watto_cobra
  • Epson's EcoTank ET-4760 review: a multi-function powerhouse at a steep price

    I bought the ET-7750 about 18months ago.

    It's stunningly good, colours are nice and it's very stingy on the amount of ink it uses - very cheap to run.

    I replaced a Brother MFC with the Epson. The Epson doesn't have a large in-paper tray but it's smaller, nicer looking, better printer and much quieter,

    I'd buy another ET.
    watto_cobra
  • Apple Watch anniversary gift saves runner's life

    This is exactly the reason I wear an Apple Watch now instead of a more expensive Swiss watch that was purchased several years earlier. 

    I was very active at sports when younger but experienced some heart racing after decent gym one day which was unusual, it wasn't a heart attack and I felt ok but was concerned enough to look into it.
    The racing kept happening It kept appearing so I bought the Apple Watch to monitor what was going on. The watch confirmed a suspicion and I saw it peak around 150bps, I saw a Dr, he put me on to beta blockers then I had an ablation surgery a couple months later.
    The consultant said I'd lost 30% of the muscle strength in the heart by it racing over a short period of time and I probably would have had a stroke.

    When I work out now I make sure I keep under 120bps to save any stress.

    These watches literally save lives for a few hundred dollars.
    GeorgeBMacRayz2016watto_cobra
  • Dell's $2,100 UltraSharp 40 connects over Thunderbolt 3 with 90W power delivery

    lkrupp said:
    Why, oh why did Apple leave the display market? The XDR doesn’t count as it is a purely professional reference monitor priced accordingly. If Apple can make a car why can’t they make a consumer level 5K display? I would much rather have a well designed display with the Apple logo on it than a Dell, no matter attractive it is. An Apple 5K display priced in the range of a tricked out Mini would take off... in my useless personal opinion.
    I agree & we can say they same thing about the router market.

    If Apple had added Siri into the Airport Express and then Airport Express capability into the HomePod, they would have kept a good chunk of the router and smart speaker market and as the Airport Express and Extreme have become obsolete it's really hard finding a simple easy to set up router solution, which picks up all the apple devices automagically and extends the network range easily.

    Dell do make a good monitor though. I've bought Dell monitors for 25 years, they're alway rock solid, highly adjustable, accurate and sometimes attractive :-)
    I recently needed to replace a pair to Dell 27" which I used with my old 2013 MBP when I upgraded to MBP 2019. I bought the 34" LG 5K2K monitor about 9 months ago. I really like the LG, but I would have waited for Dell if I knew they were going to bring out a curved 40" version.

    I've never been able to justify buying an Apple monitor in all my time with Macs :-( so I hear you. It would be the first choice for most of us if there is a similarly priced or even a bit more than the rest of the market.

    That too is my useless personal opinion
    viclauyycwatto_cobra