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Cogito Classic – A Smartwatch That Looks Like a Watch Not a Gadget

July 21, 2014 – 10:27 am |

What is it?  The Cogito Classic Smartwatch from Connected Devices looks dramatically different from most of the other smartwatches on the market.  The main difference is that it looks like a watch, not like a Dick …

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Epson XP-950 Not So Small-in-One Photo Printer

July 24, 2014 – 9:01 pm |
Epson XP-950 Not So Small-in-One Photo Printer

xp950-2The official name for this printer is the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-In-One Printer.   But frankly there’s very little that’s small about it.  Not the name.  Not its footprint.  Not its price. And certainly not the 11″ x 17″ paper that it can swallow to create stunning photo prints.  The XP-950 has many of the features you’d expect to see in a home/small business printer.  It can do two-sided printing.  It scans  It copies.  It has two different paper trays that can handle both full sized letter paper as well as small photo paper.  It also has a single sheet feeder that can handle 11″x 17″ paper for tabloid sized photos or big spreadsheets. You can even print a label directly onto a CD or DVD.   It can print via WiFi, Ethernet,or  USB cable.  You can use it to print from a mobile device or from a USB flash drive or an SD card.  I found it easy to setup from my desktop computer.  However, adding it to a laptop without a CD drive proved a bit more challenging, requiring a search for the right drivers.  One tip here, if you have to add the printer so you can print wirelessly from  a laptop, go straight tot he Epson website for the driver, don’t bother hoping that Windows will provide the right one.

The XP-950 uses six ink cartridges, adding a light cyan and a light magenta to enhance photo printing.  And that’s where xp-950 cartridgesthis printer really shines, creating photo prints with excellent quality that you’ll be proud to put up on your wall.  Standard document printing was adequate, though other reviewers are critical of both its black and white photo printing as well as document printing with small fonts.  There are a few places where the XP-950 comes up short.  The main paper tray holds 100 sheets, which is a little light for my taste.  It does not have a sheet feeder, which means you can only copy documents one page at a time.  And it does not have a fax capability (which I think is becoming less and less important these days anyway).

Is the XP-950 a good value?  Depends on what you want a printer to do.  We’re seeing it priced at between $191 and $230, which makes it slightly more expensive than many small footprint home/office printers.  I think the lack of a sheet feeder is a drawback.  On the other hand, I do a lot of photography, and this offers me the ability to create gorgeous 11″ x 17″ prints right at home.  And for me, that’s worth the price of admission.

Staying on the Roads Longer, and Safely

July 23, 2014 – 6:42 am |

A 70 year old friend of mine is in Stuttgart, Germany this week, picking up his latest Porsche sports car from the automaker’s factory.  Two weeks ago his 94 year old mother bought a new …

Wrist Watch – What’s Your Wearable?

July 14, 2014 – 1:43 pm |
Wrist Watch – What’s Your Wearable?

Within the past few days, the first generation of Smart Watches using Google’s new Android Wear software hit the market.  Two devices, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, are already out on …

Fugoo – The Best Portable Speaker For Your Tank

July 8, 2014 – 4:51 pm |
Fugoo – The Best Portable Speaker For Your Tank

Wireless speakers, headphones, and smartphone cases.  I am deluged.  And creating  a product in any of these categories that rises above the noise level (pun intended) is a tough job.  But Fugoo does it with …

CathMaps+ This App Could Save Your Life

July 7, 2014 – 7:22 pm | One Comment
CathMaps+ This App Could Save Your Life

If you have suffered a heart attack or you know you are at risk for one, life can be a little like a serious game of musical chairs.  Every time you go on a trip …

Grado SR80e – Sound Performance at a Remarkable Price

June 30, 2014 – 1:39 pm |
Grado SR80e – Sound Performance at a Remarkable Price

Grado Labs of Brooklyn, New York, is a family owned company known among audiophiles for making terrific headphones, many with some hefty pricetags.  But of late, Grado has taken its expertise and started to take aim …

DacMagic – Not Quite the Magic Spell

June 21, 2014 – 6:06 pm |
DacMagic – Not Quite the Magic Spell

The Dac Magic  XS  from Cambridge Audio is one of the smallest USB Digital Audio Converters we’ve seen.  It is both a converter and a headphone amplifier, ideal for listening to your hi-res audio tracks …

Samsung Doubles Down on the Smart Home

June 19, 2014 – 5:34 am |
Samsung Doubles Down on the Smart Home

This past week the Samsung public relations machine was in overdrive, with events for digital cameras, new tablet computers, and home appliances. First up, Samsung took over a piece of New York’s Times Square for an …

Audioengine D1 DAC – The Little Engine That Does

June 17, 2014 – 11:28 am |
Audioengine D1 DAC – The Little Engine That Does

One of the fun things about covering the burgeoning Hi-Res audio segment is finding out just how many great products are on the market for a reasonable price.  This means more of us can rediscover …

Gifts for the High School Grads of Boomers

June 15, 2014 – 11:34 pm |
Gifts for the High School Grads of Boomers

If you have a high schooler who is graduating, chances are he or she wants everything in the store.  And in every store.  If you need to narrow that done some, here are  some of …

Technology Can Help Vets Navigate the Healthcare Quagmire

June 13, 2014 – 10:09 am |
Technology Can Help Vets Navigate the Healthcare Quagmire

 Both Congress and the Administration are moving to relieve the backlog of Veterans waiting for access to medical care by authorizing them to get private treatment at the VA’s expense. But those Veterans are still …