Epson Workforce 2540 Review

I have recently bought the Epson Workforce 2540 (Amazon.com, Amazon.de), after my other Epson printer died. Luckily it was fairly shortly after buying that one, and I’m assuming just a random occurrence.

I went for Epson because they have recently (a few years ago) abandoned their Laser Printer department and focused completely on Inkjet technology. They now make printers who print faster and cheaper than most laser printers. And that while cutting power and not putting out toner dust or ozone. I don’t really print enough for a laser printer to make sense, and I don’t print so infrequently that the inkjet will dry out. So I decided to go for the Inkjet.

I decided to go for that specific model because I really wanted to have an automatic document feeder, it also has Ethernet and WiFi. Setup was reasonably easy (would probably have been flawless had I not had the drivers for the other Epson still on the machine).

The printer is amazingly fast. As fast as, or faster than, a laser printer. Definitely gets the first page out a lot sooner, even if it’s just getting turned on for printing. Quality also doesn’t lack anything, cost of one page is reasonable. There’s XL cartridges available in case you print a lot.

The scanner also doesn’t leave anything to be desired, Quality is good, speed is a bit slow, but manageable. The Software that has to be installed is pretty good. I really like that it can just scan multipage PDFs and even rearrange pages or delete pages and scan them again.

The Automatic document feeder, which again was the reason I went with this model, is pretty bad. It’s pretty slow and doesn’t always pull the pages in straight. It does work quite nicely besides that, though. If you do want to scan a lot of pages I would definitely advise getting a standalone scanner (either in addition to this printer, or getting a cheaper printer with it).

Overall I’m very happy with this printer. Haven’t used the document feeder as much as I had intended to, however.

Gigabyte M6900 Gaming Mouse review

More than a week ago I didn’t even know that Gigabyte produced mice but I’m pretty broke and my Logitech mouse somehow has a very weird issue where it clicks twice when I want to click once sometimes.

Anyway, the Gigabyte M6900 comes in pretty awesome packaging. It actually comes in a black plastic case that I wouldn’t mind showing off.

The mouse itself looks very nice. It has a fairly wide base that I wasn’t used to, but now think is pretty comfortable. It has the usual 2 thumb buttons and a mouse wheel button. You can also move the mouse wheel to the sides for 2 additional buttons.

On the top there are 2 buttons to set the dpi and 3 LEDs of which 2 are showing dpi settings while the bottom one is always on.

I thought it was very nice that everything just works after plugging in the mouse. No hassle of installing additional software. And the mouse is very precise and has a nice feel.

Most of all, I bought it for 23 euro (it’s on amazon.com for $24.99) which is far lower than a comparable mouse from Logitech which doesn’t look as nice. The only thing that I think it needs is the button to change to smooth scrolling that Logitech has (I like the rasterized scrolling most of the time but for fast scrolling the smooth thing is nice).

In summary it’s a great mouse for the price.