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  • chris h
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    T,

    Thanks for the cable info and I offer a cringing apology to HP who provided a 6' USB cable for the scanner (5490c) which I've just got, mainly for digitising transparancies of which I've got thousands. I usually run scanners on SCSI but its USB or parallel with this one. However its been chugging away quite happily on the USB connection so I'm happy.

    TG
    I'm familiar with the hubs but a couple of front sockets would be handy for a couple of devices I use occasionally and would enable me to connect them rapidly.

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  • jeaniesa
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    Thank for a great review, T! Sounds like a great printer. Maybe someday I'll be able to get one too. Meanwhile, feel free to share any other interesting tidbits you discover as you play with all of the options so I can live vicariously through you.

    Jeanie

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  • T Paul
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    Thanks ED...I will try to remember that.

    -T

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  • Ed_L
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    Hi T,

    I'm glad you finally got everything on "go" status. Now you can fill your days playing with your new toy. One note on the "ink left" indicator. On mine (the 900), and probably on yours, if you should take a partially used cartridge out of the printer for any reason, then put it back in, the indicator will give a false reading, indicating that you have a full cartridge. Just thought you might want to know since it's not a good idea to completely run a cartridge dry.

    Ed

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  • T Paul
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    Oops I almost forgot, the best part of the printer is that you can upgrade to the full version of Adobe PhotoShop 6.0 for just $299. I just ordered the full version and it looks like I will be sending it back and going with the Epson offer and saving a few (okay numerous) bucks!

    -T

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  • T Paul
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    THE REVIEW

    Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Review (FINALLY)

    Sleek Design
    Easy setup
    Comes loaded with software:

    1. EPSON Software Film Factory: Photo management software that lets you organize, beautify, and print your photos in a flash.

    2. Adobe PhotoShop Elements: Offers unique features designed specifically for amateur photographers, hobbyists, and business users who want an easy-t-use yet powerful digital imaging solution

    3. Adobe PhotoShop LE: Provides a basic set of the image-editing tools from Adobe PhotoShop

    4. Qbeo PhotoGenetics (trial version): Lets the casual computer user improve digital photos dramatically in a matter of seconds.

    5. Monaco Systems MonocaEZcolor 2.0 software (demo version): Lets you build ICC device profiles for accurate color between scanned, displayed, and printed images.

    One of the differences between the HP 890C and the EPSON 1280 is that the EPSON has a gravity feed device so you load the paper face up whereas the HP you load the paper print side down. You also have a lot more control over your prints from the basics of grayscale or color, paper quality, and paper orientation, to reducing and enlarging your printed image and even adding a watermark. The EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 allows you to stop or pause your print, shows you the estimated time for completion of the print, as well as shows you the ink levels (the color of ink with the least amount left determines the level for all the colors shown). You can also set up default settings which can be very useful if you usually print one type of document in different applications. You can always change the default settings in your application when you want to print different types of documents. The EPSON book explains this in more detail.

    The printer also allows you enhance your photos such as adjusting image brightness and contrast and adding special effects. If your photo was taken with a digital camera, select Digital Camera Correction to give your printed images the appearance of photos taken with a film camera. You can ever perform more fine-tuning by selecting from a specialized list of settings for photographs such as People or Nature, or select special filters, such as Soft Focus or a Sepia tint. You can even enhance primarily blues and greens using EPSON Natural Color. This mode restores vivid colors lost due to limitations of digital still cameras and color monitors. Note, PhotoEnhance will not affect your original image; it only affects your printout. The printer software also includes custom project types with preset printing options to allow you to quickly select the best settings for your type of documentation, or select a color-matching method for your project. An example of this is the ICM (Image Color Matching) which is for matching colors as closely as possible with ICM-compatible monitors or scanners.

    Overall the Epson 1280 printer has a lot of options especially focused on fine tuning photographic images. I can’t wait to experiment with all the settings. I have done one test print to compare the results with my HP. The EPSON printed much more vivid colors and crisper images. I still need to play with the profiles to get my colors to match up better so my screen images match my printed images, but I definitely think this was a great investment!

    -T

    (*eyes her computer nervously to make sure that is is still running*)

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  • DJ Dubovsky
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    Thanks Tom. I'll pass that info on to Dave because I know he wants to get a hub since we have so many things that connect to the USB ports.
    DJ

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  • thomasgeorge
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    Dj, The tablet works fine when plugged into the hub I use. When the hubs first came out for some reason they didnt work well with certain devices, but from what I've seen, that seems to be a thing of the past. However, the hub I use has an independent power supply and perhaps that makes a difference. Tom

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  • DJ Dubovsky
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    T
    You're just having a bummer of a time there. I feel so bad for you and if it's any comfort, that's usually the way it goes for us as well.

    Tom
    Have you plugged your Wacom into a USB hub? Dave thinks he read where that wouldn't work in a hub and had to be plugged in direct. Just curious because we could use one but that was one factor to consider.
    DJ

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  • thomasgeorge
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    Chris h, If there is room and the internal layout of the computer is right, you can add a USB board and have it facing forward. Another way is to get a USB hub which attaches to an open USB port on the back of your computer and allows for a varing number of USB devices to be plugged into it. The hub can be placed anywhere within length constraints of its cord. Some devices are reported to not function properly when connected in this way, but I've been using a hub for about a year and all the USB devices I've tried have worked well, including my flat bed scanner which is connected by two patched USB cords for a total lenght of 12 feet.
    T Paul---Maybe your new printer wants a new computer to play with. Tom
    Last edited by thomasgeorge; 10-11-2001, 09:24 AM.

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  • T Paul
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    Just got my computer running AGAIN. The 3.5 floppy died last night....thinking it may have been caused by the computer store I went to yesterday. Personally I think they broke part of the cover into is as it started making a grinding sound. Of course I couldn't prove anything and had to get a new floppy drive, but I picked up my USB printer cable while I was there. Chris, I got a 10' USB cable and I am finally about to set everything up...as long as nothing else dies on my computer. I thought I was just doing house repairs this week... didn't know I would be doing computer repairs as well.

    -T

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  • chris h
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    Every printer I've bought over here has come with a cable(parallel) but that's not been in the box its a handout from the dealer. The cables are about £2 over this side but they are never long enough. I finish up getting the 6' ones as I run two printers and they live on another table.
    T, As a matter of interest how long is your USB cable ?


    While I've got it in mind are everybodies USB connectors on the back of their computers ? I've often wondered if theres a panel that would enable you to have connectors on one of the spare drive bays on the case front.
    Last edited by chris h; 10-11-2001, 01:08 AM.

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  • T Paul
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    Capitalism....got to make the largest profit possible. I am still excited about the new printer...even if it is lacking the cable.

    -T

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  • Ed_L
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    Yeah, that seems to be a ripoff. I had to buy mine too.

    Ed

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  • DJ Dubovsky
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    Well, I guess if the box says it's not included you have to go out and buy it. You would think for the price you are paying they could stick in a cable or two.
    DJ

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