The win continues…

I seem to have hit a rich seam of win with my recent technology purchases. OK, so it’s only 2 in a row and I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s always nice to have one’s decisions reaffirmed. It’s like the opposite of buyers remorse.
So, first I bought my MSI Wind netbook and it got voted product of the year. Then, last weekend I finally got round to replacing my colour printer and scanner. I had decided I wanted to get an MFP (Multi-Function Printer) rather than separate devices as this would free up some desk space, plug sockets and USB ports in my office and make photocopying easier. So, I shopped around a little and quickly settled on the Epson PX800FW (also known as the Artisan 800).
Not only does it look gorgeous and do all the things I want and then some, but the price has just dropped from £299 to £195. Add a duplex module for an extra £25 and free delivery from Amazon and what gets delivered is a box full of win.
For your £195 you get a 40 page per minute, 6-colour, 5760 x 1440 edge-to-edge photo printer, a 1200 dpi photocopier and 4800 x 4800 dpi flatbed scanner with auto document feeder and a Group 3 fax with colour LCD screen. The unit also communicates via USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and PicBridge with an expansion slot for Bluetooth, has dual paper trays and a CD printing tray and supports about 20 different kinds of removable memory card including USB drives. It probably does more but I don’t want to labour the point.
When I finally get it out of all the packaging and remove the 30+ strips of that heavy blue tape they use to secure everything for shipping it looks even more gorgeous than in the pictures. How rare is that ? Not only that but the LCD control panel folds down at the touch of a button with a slow, silent hydraulic action that is perversely gratifying.
Could things get any better ? We apparently yes because today Kevin Rose blogged his list of Top 10 Gifts For Geeks and there’s my printer at #7. Now I know this is not the be all and end all of affirmations but, like the hydraulic whirr of my new LCD, it’s the little things that make us happy.
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