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Epson has extended its range of Ink Tank System (ITS) printers with five new models that are designed to deliver ultra-low-cost printing without the need for ink cartridges.

Including models that come with enough ink to print up to 12,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour, Epson is offering a new way of printing that delivers hassle-free results for home and office users. The range includes models with 1200dpi scanning functionality (L365), copying, faxing and Wi-Fi capabilities, a large LCD screen and SD card slot for easy PC-free printing (L455).

Epson’s new printers for the home come with two years’ worth of ink included. The L130 and L220 can print an incredible 6,500 pages in colour and 4,000 pages in black using only the ink included in the box. Also for the home, the L310, L365 and L455 include two extra black ink bottles increasing their combined black print output to 12,000 pages.

The L365 features both copying and 1200dpi scanning functionality, Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless printing, and the L310, offers print speeds of up to 9.2ppm. For the home, the L130 and L220 deliver the same ultra-low-cost printing with print speeds of up to 7ppm. For additional peace of mind, all models benefit from a one-year warrantee (30,000 pages for the L455, L365 and L310 and 15,000 pages for the L130 and L220).

The L455 meets the needs of homes for a fast solution for printing, scanning and copying – and occasional photo printing – without requiring a PC. Its large LCD screen and SD card slot makes it even easier print out a range of A4 colour office documents, including graphics, advertising materials and presentations.

All new models with Wi-Fi allow users to utilise Epson Connect, which allows printing from anywhere in the world just by emailing photos and documents to the printer, or via a remote print driver. Epson Connect also includes the Epson iPrint app for easy printing over Wi-Fi from smartphones and tablets. Documents and photos can also be printed with L455 and L565 direct from mobile devices thanks to compatibility with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Easy Wi-Fi set-up helps to connect these printers to a wireless network.

Kelvin Reynolds, general manager, Epson South Africa, says: “Complimenting our line-up of existing products, these models feature Epson’s Micro Piezo technology and offer unrivalled durability, quality and reliability. Over 10 million end users worldwide made their choice in favour of Epson Ink Tank System printers in less than four years. They are ideal for home and small office users who want to print high volumes of everyday documents and for whom price and convenience are key factors.”

These models are all available to the South African market at a recommended retail price as follows:

L130: R2 542.11

L220: R3 242.11

L310: R3 046.49

L365: R3 797.37

L455: R4 955.26

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record

A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.

DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?

“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.

At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.

It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.

Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.

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Dakar Rally

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The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.

Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.

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