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  • Xerox Work Centre 3210 Printer review | Teic.ie
    replace However this is where the issues really begin While it is a great advantage to have a large long lasting black cartridge to print from any benefit from this is counter balanced by the fact that the 3210 does not have any colour printing capabilities at all What is more the 3210 uses this ink in the same kind of printing technique known as Xerography as a standard photocopier This allows for much faster printing and copying than ink jet machines but also less reliable prints with more chance of the page streaking even on a full cartridge The result is that small print jobs are done in seconds but larger ones may need to be repeated as the cartridge struggles to print properly the more it does in one go The physical design of the machine is also not suited to large print jobs unless you are willing to stand by it as it works The paper out tray at the front of the machine is quite shallow and can only really store a few pages before becoming full This means that after 15 or so pages are printed the machine stops working until they are removed assuming another page has not jammed inside it as a result of the obstruction With pages not printing properly and paper jams happening far too easily it is hard to see how the 3210 would make a workplace printing any more convenient than its rivals There are a few nice features to it like the ID card copy button and front facing USB connection for printing from external devices but they are not enough to make up for the significant failings that exist in the core functions of the machine Ideal users of this device would be looking to do small

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  • Epson Stylus SX515W review | Teic.ie
    and most relatively new machines do you can set up a number of devices to the one printer and leave it to one side from then on No longer do you need to put the printer next to the computer in order to connect the short USB cable and no longer do you have to worry about transferring files or piggybacking on one computer s connection to the printer through a network just to get that CV printed up Of course if you want the SX515W does connect via USB and ethernet opening the potential for you to plug it straight into your network Besides this the printer can also take a connection directly via USB from a camera or from the likes of an SD card meaning you can print and copy files without even having a PC attached Epson promise up to 36 pages per minute of printing which is quite fast but is only really applicable if the pages being printed are simple text The speed promised by the company does not seem to be as apparent in the scanner either assuming you want the quality of the scan to be good which can be a pain if you have a lot of photographs you want to digitise The printer is not the cheapest WiFi enabled device on the market but the extra may be worth spending for the sake of replacement ink costs which in this case are reasonable and in others may not be The SX515W is a very usable machine however and is easy to set up and operate Its panel buttons and LCD screen make that all the easier making some printing tasks as easy as using a basic photocopier The fact that you can put it out of the way even out

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  • Canon Powershot A2100 IS review | Teic.ie
    any decent camera there is also face detection technology motion capture and red eye reduction The controls are easy to master quite quickly especially for those that have used Canon cameras before and the presets mean most types of photograph is catered for already assuming you can flick to the right setting in time While the default function for most users tends to be the Auto setting there is also an Easy setting on the A2100 IS aimed at making the camera even more point and click than it might normally have been Of course that is the idea of the Powershot range it strives to be a point and click device that allows users to up skill if they so desire Technically speaking these kinds of cameras are referred to as compacts although the A2100 IS is not the neatest device going by a long shot That said it is relatively easy to stow away in a good sized pocket As is becoming standard for most manufacturers the Powershot uses SD cards to record the photograph but oddly it is powered by traditional AA batteries rather than a propriety battery pack In some ways this is good as it means dead batteries can be replaced easily while on the go but in other ways it is also sure to cause headaches for users tearing the house apart for that packet they just know they put somewhere If the worst thing that can be said about a camera is its use of regular batteries and its slightly chubby frame then you know it cannot be too bad The truth is the A2100 IS is extremely easy to use and takes some fantastic pictures without any real hassle If you are adventurous you could do an even better job with the

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  • Samsung Solid Extreme review | Teic.ie
    painfully high levels if required However the phone s alert melody volume is drastically more muted making it easy to miss a call even when the device is as close as your trouser pocket This is not Samsung s first foray into the durable phone market indeed the Solid Extreme is a follow on from a similar device marketed by the company last year Likewise this is a feature set that has been sold by other brands too including JCB and Nokia The re occouring theme amongst these devices has been their low spec feature set and their less than flattering looks which are to be expected when so much space is required to keep everything dust and water tight Arguably the reason why durability is so absent from most phones on the market today is because it does not matter to most users except in the aftermath of those accidental drops and spills at which point the damage is done anyway At the very least it is true that most people prefer to take their chances with style or good features and do not see the necessary trade off as worthwhile As Samsung and others in this space know all too well this is a niche product for builders and part time adventurers and even then it is likely to be a second phone for them pushed aside for something more feature laden once in the comfort of their own homes The fact that it costs relatively little will make this all the more probable The Solid Extreme does do what it promises and even some of its more mainstream features like the camera are good enough to be worth having Because of its looks and its restricted functionality however the most likely fate of this device is that

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  • Canon IXUS 110 IS review | Teic.ie
    when looking through previous shots and in this model s case it can also be used as a navigation tool with a shake to the side telling the camera to flick to the next picture in the gallery Things like this especially can reek of gimmickry but they are unobtrusive enough to be of little concern to anyone who does not want to use them It does have the same 12 1 megapixel lens which is not the best Canon offers but likely to be far more than any user would really need even at a semi professional level Much like with all of Canon s digital range the ability of the phone beyond simple shot taking is what sets the 110 IS apart from the herd The pre and post shot options for photo editing and manipulation are impressive even if it is simply to accent a colour or change the filter being used at any particular time So overall the 110 IS is a good package It has plenty of power behind it is very easy to use and gives users freedom beyond the basic point and click of cameras gone by As it is a consumer targeted camera it looks good too although it is far from super slim and is available in a choice of colours If you are looking for a straight forward camera that captures the best aspects of Canon s output you cannot go too far wrong with this device even if it does come at a premium to rival cameras with a similar specification For people who already own an IXUS device particularly one purchased in the last year or two the appeal of the 110 IS is reduced considerably It is a very nice camera but it does not have any

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  • Samsung Tocco Ultra review | Teic.ie
    screen and keypad the phone is extremely slim and stylish while the screen itself is responsive The operating system being used is a slight advancement on the one used in the original Tocco thankfully as the Omnia s use of Windows Mobile 6 made it a frustrating experience at the best of times Overall the Ultra is a well made phone It looks well runs well and has plenty of functions to keep people entertained Its use of both the screen and keypad can be a bit confusing from time to time however especially when composing a text message The delete button is on screen for example while the actual keypad is used to type the text out meaning you can find yourself jumping from place to another while trying to write The operating system itself as usable as it is can be a bit sluggish at times too making it feel as though the power of the phone is not matched with a suitable processor The lack of a regular headphone jack is a slight niggle too as it means you need a Samsung attachment to listen to music or the radio one is provided with the phone naturally but it does mean an extra wire that needs to be carried from place to place All of this said the Ultra shows that Samsung still know how to make a good touch based phone and even though it feels a little over stretched it is better than many of the other devices in the market Oddly enough however the original Tocco did feel like a slightly more usable phone even though it did not have as much functionality one can only assume this is because the Tocco knew its limitations but the Ultra does not Related Posts HTC TyTN

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  • Nokia MusicXpress 5800 review | Teic.ie
    is for the phone s camera while the main menu on the home screen has to be customised if you want to have a shortcut link to the player on it Failing that you can find the music function after a short wander through the menus The player itself is an improvement on previous Nokia iterations but is still clunky and frustrating at times In its defence the sound quality is good be it via headphones or on loudspeaker Overall the device replicates this half hearted feeling The Symbian S60 feels relatively well tweaked for touchscreen use but can be very hit and miss at times specifically when trying to scroll through lists like contacts or messages A stylus is provided to make this easier which suggests that Nokia knew it had interface problems too The Carl Zeiss camera is surprisingly bad given its 3 2 megapixel label and in many cases takes pictures that are of sub 1 megapixel quality The decent flash makes up for this only marginally Perhaps most important however is the touchscreen itself which is often slow to respond and fiddly to use Nokia chose to use a Resistive touchscreen which responds to touch of any nature unlike the Capacitive screen used on the likes of the iPhone which responds to little other than direct contact with skin The upside of Nokia s choice is that the device is usable even when you have gloves on or are using a stylus the downside is that it is far easier to answer or reject phone calls in your pocket as the touch of your jeans works just as well as your hands Nokia has made a lot of improvements to make the 5800 work but it feels like there is much more to do This is

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  • Canon Selphy ES3 review | Teic.ie
    the ES3 with a door on the side of the machine opening to allow users to slide it in A novel extra feature of the paper is that it has markings on the back of each sheet allowing owners to design and print their own custom postcards There are a number of ways in which pictures can be sent to the Selphy for printing The device can be connected to a PC and treated like any other printer it can connect directly to PictBridge enabled cameras via USB it can receive photographs from mobile phones over Infra Red and has slots for SD miniSD microSD CF and MS MSPro cards Bluetooth printing is also possible with a separately sold attachment Once the photographs are selected it is just a case of hitting Print for a copy there are also options for multiple prints or for a selection of photographs to be printed after each other Interestingly the ES3 comes with built in editing options which allow you to tweak some detail of the photograph such as the brightness or even add effects such as speech bubbles and frames For some people this kind of tweaking can be done on PC but when printing directly it is a very nice touch The scroll wheel on the device makes it relatively easy to make changes even if it is to trim edges from the photograph Unfortunately the device failed to recognise some of the pictures sent to it for printing even though they were set to the right format and size as specified in the troubleshooting guide This may be an isolated problem but if not it would defeat the purpose of buying such a printer if it would not let you print your existing digital photographs Despite this minor niggle the

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