Today, technology has become as essential as food and water. Don’t you agree? Most of us freak out whenever our phone stops working or our tablets running slower than usual, because these gadgets have inevitably been part of our lives. Helping us be more efficient with our day to day lives. Gadgets are here to make everything easier for us. I have to admit, I’m more eager and happy to know that there are innovations that can make my role as a mom and homemaker much easier than the latest designer shoe or bag.
Just the other week, I was on a cleaning frenzy. Given I had no maid nor yaya to help me clean, I allotted one whole day to clean, purge and organise.
Boxes from gifts or products that I got were not thrown but rather were put to good use as I recycled them into storage containers that have helped me organise our home.
To know what’s in what box, I labeled them with my pre-cut Post-Its. It’s a bit tedious writing and sticking these labels on as I had to do it manually, since I find printing labels on my computer just as tedious.
Then, while I was dusting, I noticed how we never get around to change the photos in our picture frames.
The reason? It always takes forever for us to select and collect all the photos we’ve taken. Then, finding time to bring them to a printer is another story, it has become a task that’s not even fun to do. I never liked printing pictures on our printer because I always end up wasting more than a few photo papers (especially when I use the 8×11) as alignment and sizing have always been a struggle for me.
So our wall of photos are not really updated, except for the one on the lower right, which is our 2013 family portrait.
How I wish I can do these ordinary things efficiently, fuss-free and whenever I want to. These tasks may seem so easy to do but the real challenge is finding time to actually do them, because one needs to have the right tools. These ordinary things that are needed to be done are oftentimes put aside especially for the busy homemakers, as we have other important things to do. But what if I tell you that these ordinaries can become extraordinary all thanks to Epson? If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Twitter, you all know by now that it is possible.
Last week, Epson presented two of their latest products over brunch to a handful of SoMoms. I was able to witness these products prove themselves worthy to be dubbed as innovations that can turn the ordinary into extraordinary.
First up, Epson LabelWorks LW-300, the ultimate labeling machine.
It’s an easy-to-use, professional solutions for all your labeling needs.
We were all amazed that Epson’s LabelWorks prints on ribbons and iron-on that you can put on clothing. Here’s Janice of Mommy Mundo’s sample ribbon.
Epson PictureMate PM 245 is a mobile photo lab that prints pictures in as fast at 37 seconds! This picture pack priced at Php 1,200 comes with a photo catridge and a set of 4R photo paper. With this bundle, you get to print 150 4R photos. About Php 8 per 4R print, not bad considering you won’t have to go out to a printing store, pay for parking and for gas.
We were so surprised when the Epson team announced that we would be receiving our very own Epson LabelWorks LW-300 and Epson PictureMate PM 245. OMG. NKKLK! We totally didn’t expect it as we were too consumed listening and watching the demo featuring how these products work.
Being the atat person that I am, I immediately played with my new babies as soon as I got home. All that being enthusiastic has its benefits as I was able to tinker them, providing a quick review for all of you.
EPSON LABELWORKS LW-300, Php 2,268
Print technology: Thermal transfer
Tape width: 9.12 mm
Resolution: 180 dpi
Print speed: 6mm/sec
Maximum number of printable lines: 2
Maximum text length: 80 (awww, pwedeng gumawa ng cute na love letter or pa-sweet na note, parang tweet lang)
Fonts: Sans serif, Sans serif HG, Sans serif ST, Gothic, Bold Gothic, Roman, US Roman, CL Roman, Mincho, Gyosho, Reisho, BR, CB, Script PL
Font style: Normal, Italic, Bold, Outline, Shadow + Outline, Bold + Italic, Outline + Italic, Shadow + Italic, Shadow + Outline + Italic
Font size: 5
It has a QWERTY keyboard and has a manual cutter, plus it can do multiple printing per one label design. It can also save up to 30 label designs and will always save the last label created, making it ready for the next use.
The best feature of Epson LabelWorks LW-300 is that it has flexibility when it comes to labeling. With about 14 font types, 10 different font styles (bold, italic, outline, shadow, etc.), 457 symbols (including icons and smileys) and 87 frames, one can create unique labels suitable for almost every use- home, school, office or personal. You get to label away while unleashing your creative side.
It has its own adaptor that you can plug on a 220v but can also be operated with 6 AAA battery so you can label on the go. Winner!
An Epson LabelWorks LW-300 comes with a sample pack black ink on white label.
You can also get additional labels such as the iron-on -perfect for your clothes or even your bags made of cloth and the ribbon tape- that can make ribbons fun and personal, perfect for wrapping presents or packing products.
I actually started labeling the storage boxes I have for our kitchen. See how nifty and more presentable they look? No more tapes and hand-written Post-It labels in our home. Love how so professionally done it looks.
While I was taking photos of the products, my lil’ Mr. GJG couldn’t help but smile and pose in front of the camera. Somebody wants to be featured! That’s his I-fake-cried-so-you’d-notice-me-smile.
Now, the second product of Epson is something I know not only moms would love, but also teenagers even kids who just like taking photos and would want to instantly print them.
EPSON PICTUREMATE PM 245, Php 7,995
This handy photo lab prints instant and cost-saving photos that lasts up to 200 years! Whaaaat? We’d be long gone and even our great-great-grandchildren but the photos printed in this baby would still be as clear as yesterday’s dream. Winner!
There’s also an option to purchase a bluetooth adaptor so you can print directly from your mobile phone, tablets and other bluetooth enabled devices. You can also purhcase a rechargeable battery pack so you can print on the go.
Uses on-demand ink jet (piezoelectric) printing
Printing direction: Bi-directional printing and uni-directional printing
Print speed: Approximately 37 seconds per photo (using the default, borderless settings)
LCD screen: 2.5″ color with a resolution of 480 x 240 pixels
It has 4 built-in slots for Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SD/MMC and xD Picture Card. You can direct print through the use of any of these slots or connect your digital camera directly using PictBridge or USB Direct as PictureMate PM 245 has a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port, which you can also use to connect your PC. The operating system is compatible to Windows XP, XP Professional x64 Edition, Vista/ 7, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.
Upon initial use, it will prompt to charge which will take about a minute or so. Navigation is easy as each button has a specific function. The LCD tilts up so you can easily view the photos you want to print.
I tried it using my camera’s memory card which has more than a thousand photos. And because of this, it has automatically grouped the photos by batch according to the date taken, making it easy to locate the photo you want to print. I suggest, to make it easier, transfer your photos na into your computer, so when you use your camera’s memory card, you can choose only among the photos you want to print.
Upon choosing a photo, a print preview will let you see it before printing. Did I mention you can also edit your photos using Epson Claria PhotoEnhance? You can adjust the skin tone, color casts and exposure levels, You can even add cool effects, cliparts and even reduce red eye and so much more with the built-in features at a touch of a button.
I’ve never been this eager and happy with gadgets ever since I got my phone and laptop! Thank you so much Epson Philippines for the wonderful treat! As I mentioned on my Instagram posts, I’m having a contest for everyone to join but for you to get a chance to win, I need your help!
In order for me to raffle off one of the three Epson products, I need your help as I myself need to win as a blogger. I need to garner the most number of comments for this post. The three SoMoms to get the most comments get to give away these Epson goodies to their lucky readers o di ba?
Just answer this question: Why do you want Epson LabelWorks and PictureMate?
Follow this format: “I WANT AN EPSON PICTUREMATE AND EPSON LABELWORKS BECAUSE….” (answer with your reasons why you want to win, example: I WANT PICTUREMATE AND LABELWORKS so that I can creatively feature my baby’s milestones on the scrapbook I am making for her)
Please include your complete real name (you will need to present a valid ID should you be the chosen winner), email address, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram user names.
SOME GENTLE REMINDERS FOR THOSE JOINING THE CONTEST:
I will only get to win the raffle prize for my readers and get to choose ONE winner if Epson has confirmed that I am one of the three SoMoms bloggers to get the most number of comments/contest joiners for this post. So the more commenters/joiners, the more chances of winning!
The blogger with the most number of valid comments gets to raffle off an Epson PictureMate PM 245 valued at Php7,995
The blogger with the second most number of valid comments gets to raffle off an Epson LabelWorks LW-400 valued at Php3,175
The blogger with the third most number of valid comments gets to raffle off an Epson LabelWorks LW-300 valued at Php2,268
So if pasok ako in the top three bloggers (parang beauty queen lang) I am guaranteed to raffle off one of the products I stated above. Winner!
Only one entry per person, so I encourage you to let your friends and family join too bilang padamihan ng comments ‘to. Multiple entry per person will only be counted as one. So keri na one per person!
If ever I am one of the top three SoMoms bloggers to have the most number of contest joiners, Epson & I will choose my winner based on his or her answer. The winning commenter (if living within Metro Manila) will need to claim his/her prize at Epson Philippines Main Office – 8th Floor, Anson’s Centre, 23 ADB Ave., Ortigas, Pasig. Please look for Ella Dinoy.
If the winning commenter resides outside Metro Manila, Epson Philippines will ship his/her prize via courier.
That’s it pancit! Contest will start today and will end March 21, 2014. I shall update you on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram kung nag wagi tayo! Hopefully, Epson will announce the winning mom bloggers by March 25, 2014.
If you cannot wait to get your hands on these innovations, order yours at http://www.printers2go.ph. They are an authorised distributor of Epson here in the Philippines.
Let’s cross our fingers pati na din legs na isa ako sa may pinaka-maraming joiners! This is your chance to own your very own Epson PictureMate PM 245 valued at Php7,995, or an Epson LabelWorks LW-300 valued at Php2,268 or an Epson LabelWorks LW-400 valued at Php3,175.
I really want one of you guys to win one of the Epson products as it is super useful and I’m sure you’ll enjoy and love it as much as I do! So please spread the word about this contest to your friends and family, encouraging them to join.
Thank you again Epson! I, together with the GJG readers are hoping we’d win!