In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 18, 2011 / 15 Adar I, 5771

Epson's Artisan 835 ideal --- for home office use

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'll confess to a not-so-mild obsession with computer printers. Longtime readers know this goes back to a gigantic, now-ancient Qume daisy wheel printer (and even before), as well as to all the dot-matrix, inkjet and laser printers with which I've worked since shortly after Noah landed the ark on Mt. Ararat, or so it seems.

Yet whenever I think the printer market has been fully saturated, that there could be nothing new to add to all this, I'm often surprised. Epson America, based in Long Beach, California, last fall introduced the Artisan 835, a $300 list price, home-friendly inkjet featuring a touchscreen display, wireless connectivity and a passel of features. Even better, you can find it online or in area stores for between $179.99 (at Amazon.com) or $199.99 at BestBuy.

But saving money off the list price is only one aspect of the savings you'll find with the Artisan 835. You'll save space over some competing models and you'll save cabling because this is a wireless printer that supports both the Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. And you'll save (some) hassles, because everything works rather well. (There's one notable exception, which I'll address in a moment.)

The basics: the Artisan 835 is a lower-profile multi-function printer, meaning its smaller size is better suited for home office décor than the bulkier office-style machines. It's generally available in black, with a white-colored model on sale only at BestBuy.

The printer features a full-color LCD panel that swings out of the unit for easier viewing. It can show various printer, fax and copier functions, as well as images from a camera's memory card when inserted into the included card reader. You can select and print images from the LCD screen, no computer required. The printer has a separate paper feed for photo-quality (and print-sized) paper. You can also print photos from a mobile device

At least one of Epson's claims for the Artisan 835 came through without a hitch: the firm boasts the device prints "lab quality photos [that] are smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant." Well, I didn't pour water over the print I made, but an 8-by-10 print was certainly lab quality.

If, as I suspect, the bulk of a printer's use is generally to print on basic paper stock, then it is there that a printer such as the Artisan 835 must be judged. Here, I was also pleasantly surprised: print quality is superb, and speed is excellent, matching the claims of 9.5 pages-per-minute in monochrome. There's even built-in double-sided printing for professional results and paper savings.

An "acid test" for me is in the printing of envelopes: here, the Artisan 835 worked in a sublime fashion, printing from a pre-defined template in Microsoft Office 2011 for Macintosh with great ease. On my first attempt at printing an envelope, a perfect specimen popped out, something that didn't happen with a Kodak inkjet I tested about two years ago. Bravo, Epson.

If "every rose has its thorns," then a flaw in the Artisan 835 is its handling of wireless scanning. Where the HP OfficeJet 8500, reviewed here within the past year, worked seamlessly with the Mac, Hewlett-Packard having developed a version of its scanning software for that platform, Artisan users face a different challenge. Here, Mac users are directed to Apple's Preview.app software for wireless scanning, a process that adds an extra click or two, and a bit of uncertainty when scanning in receipts and small items.

Epson provides software for PCs, and I imagine the Artisan 835 might work differently with a Mac if connected via a USB cable - there's an option for "wired" scanning on the printer's LCD display. But if the idea of a wireless unit is to work untethered, then Epson, in my view, needs to catch up on the Mac scanning side. The Mac platform is taking an increasing share of the desktop/notebook computer market - particularly for home users - and there's no reason for Epson's Mac-loving customers to be second-class scanners.

Barring this, however, I like the Artisan 835 as a product worth having in a home office. Epson's done a very good job here; with some scanning tweaks, it would be 100 percent perfect.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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