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Month: February, 2011

Epson WorkForce 840 color inkjet wireless All-in-One printer test / review by Printer Comparison

17 February, 2011 (19:36) | Epson, Printer, Review | By: Camera News

Epson WorkForce 840
Epson WorkForce 840

Printer Comparison has tested an All-in-One printer from Epson. The inkjet printer is called Epson WorkForce 840 and is able to print, copy, scan and fax.

Some key features for the Epson WorkForce 840:
-Able to print, scan, copy and fax
-Print speeds up to 15 pages per minute in black and 9.3 pages per minute in color
-Two 250-sheet paper trays
-30-page automatic document feeder (ADF)
-Automatic duplexing
-USB, ethernet and wireless connectivity

Printer Comparison ends up giving the WorkForce 840 an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 possible. On the positive side the reviewer find several things including very fast single page printing, easy to use the printer with the touch panel and the wireless printing is useful. There are some negative points to like you can’t print automatically from the second tray and you can not print certain types of documents from USB.
Read the full review of the Epson WorkForce 840 color inkjet wireless All-in-One printer here.

HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw color printer test / review by PC Magazine

17 February, 2011 (12:44) | HP, Printer, Review | By: Camera News

HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw
HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw

PC Magazine has tested a color laser printer from HP. The printer is called HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw and is able to print up to 17 pages per minute in black, or so HP claims. Let us hear what the reviewer thinks about this HP printer.

Some key features for the HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw:
-Print speeds up to 17 pages per minute in monochrome and 4 pages per minute in color
-Wireless printing
-Color LCD Screen
-Memory Card Slots
-Auto Document Feeder (ADF)

PC Magazine ends up giving the CP1025nw a “good” rating with an overall score of 3.5 stars out of 5 possible. On the positive side the reviewer finds the printer to have a compact size, useful wireless printing and the printer is pretty fast compared to other printers in the same class. There are some negative aspects too, including low paper capacity, no duplexer and it can be slow compared to printers with USB. If you are not in a hurry to get your color prints, this HP printer might be your choice.
Read the full review of the HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw color printer here.

Brother MFC-J6910DW A3 color inkjet multifunction printer test / review by Trusted Reviews

16 February, 2011 (22:30) | Brother, Printer, Review | By: Camera News

Brother MFC-J6910DW
Brother MFC-J6910DW

Trusted Reviews has tested an A3 printer from Brother called Brother MFC-J6910DW. In addition to being able to print A3 pages it can also copy, scan and fax. Some other nice features are auto document feeder, wireless printing and two main trays that can hold 500 sheets.

Some key features for the Brother MFC-J6910DW:
-Able to print, copy, fax and scan
-Print speeds up to 12 pages per minute
-6000 dpi print resolution
-Two 250-sheet trays
-35 sheets Auto document feeder (ADF)
-Duplex scanning
-Wireless printing
-Touchscreen control

Trusted Reviews ends up giving the MFC-J6910DW an overall score of 6 out of 10 possible points which is a lower than usual score on that website. The inkjet printer from Brother scores highest on features where it gets an almost perfect score, a little lower on print speed and value for your money, while it scores lowest on print quality. If the printer had being able to make prints of higher quality it would get a higher score, but as it is the print quality is a bit disappointing from the MFC-J6910DW.
Read the full review of the Brother MFC-J6910DW A3 color inkjet multifunction printer here.

Panasonic annouces Panasonic HM-TA20 HD Mobile Camera

16 February, 2011 (22:03) | Camcorder, Panasonic | By: Camera News

Panasonic HM-TA20
Panasonic HM-TA20

Panasonic has announced a so called Mobile Camera. It is called Panasonic HM-TA20 and has several nice features including being waterproof, shockproof and dustproof.

The camcorder also has a Night View mode for shooting in low light.The TA20 also has a 3.0″ Touch LCD screen and uses MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4).

Press release:
Panasonic Releases Two New HD Mobile Cameras

The new Panasonic HM-TA20 HD Mobile Camera has a tough design and provides great performance even in dim lighting, so anyone can capture beautiful images easily—anywhere and anytime.

London, UK (February 15, 2011) – Panasonic today announced the release of the tough designed new HD Mobile Camera HM-TA20. The TA20 features a triple tough design that is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, and Night View mode for shooting in dim lighting. These features greatly expand shooting possibilities—for both movies and photos—and allow users to enjoy active movie shooting during all kinds of sports and recreational activities. In addition, a large 3.0-inch Touch LCD enables easy and intuitive operation anywhere and anytime. The TA20 features the MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4), which is convenient for uploading and editing images with a PC or the Internet.

The TA20 includes an integrated USB terminal in its compact body. After editing images inside the camera, the user simply connects the camera to a PC and the built-in software launches automatically. This makes it easy to upload movies online, such as to Facebook or YouTube. The new model can also be used as a web camera.

Panasonic introduces the new HD Mobile Camera especially for use in active lifestyles, making it possible to capture Full-HD movies and high-resolution photos as you like.

Some of the other new features of the new HM-TA20 include:
1. Full-HD Shooting with a 3-Meter Waterproof, 1.5-Meter Shockproof and Dustproof Design
The TA20 can be used underwater at depths down to 3 meters. The TA20 is dustproof for use in sandy or dusty places, and shockproof against drops from up to 1.5 meters1 for active movie shooting fun in various situations. The TA20 features high picture quality with Full-HD recording in MP4 format making it ideal for clear, high-resolution viewing both on a large-screen TV and a PC.
1. This doesn’t guarantee no destruction, no malfunction, or waterproofing in all conditions.
2. Night View Mode for Bright Movie Shooting
When shooting in dim lighting, the TA20 will automatically prompt the use of Night View Mode. This new function enables shooting at a frame rate of 1/15 with a single operation, which makes it possible to shoot bright images even in dimly lit conditions, such as a birthday party scene where someone is blowing out candles or a party at night.
3. Large 3.0-inch LCD with Touch Operation
The TA20 features a large 3.0-inch LCD with Touch Operation providing smooth, intuitive operation for anyone. The Touch Operation controls not only essential operations such as play, record, stop and zoom, but also enables users to edit, upload and configure settings with one finger. By holding the camera horizontally, images that were taken can be immediately viewed on the large LCD screen.

Other features of the HM-TA20 include:
– Tripod stand included for self-portraits
– Shooting faraway subjects with 4x Digital Zoom
– 8-megapixel still picture recording
– Blur-free shooting with E.I.S (Electrical Image Stabilizer)2
– Automatic optimal settings with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode3/4
– Captures faces beautifully with Face Detection
– 1-button simple operation for easy recording
– Simultaneous linear PCM sound recording with still pictures
– Still image cut out from video clips5/6
– Three playback effects: sepia/monochrome/soft skin
– Use as webcam with Skype
– Direct connection to high-definition TVs with a single HDMI cable

In addition to the TA20, Panasonic will also introduce the TA2 HD Mobile Camera which features Night View Mode for Bright Movie Shooting, a larger 3.0-inch LCD with Touch Operation and a bundled tripod stand for self-portraits.

2. Only for movie recording.
3. iA for movie recording includes 5 settings: Normal/Scenery/Portrait/Low Light/Spotlight. iA for photo shooting includes 6 settings: Normal/Scenery/Portrait/Night Scenery/Night Scenery & Portrait/Macro
4. The functions included in iA may not be applied when conditions do not call for them.
5. Cannot be cut out while shooting a movie.
6. The size of the cut-out still image is the same as that of the movie image.

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.42 trillion yen (US$79.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company’s website at

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