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Say goodbye to cartridges

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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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Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER

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Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000

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By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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