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HP Ink Tank 415: Print more and then some

Thanks to its high-capacity ink tank

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It’s not every day that I get to play with a printer. When I was still studying, a printer was a must-have. Not all professors and teachers are into online submissions, because they’re still fond of writing and reading from a piece of paper.

Since high school, I’ve owned an HP printer. I started with a basic one which was quite expensive back then considering it could only print. But, compared to other brands, the ink cartridges were almost 50 percent cheaper. I then upgraded to an all-in-one HP printer in college. I needed the photocopy feature, so it was a good decision.

Now, I have the HP Ink Tank 415. It’s quite similar to my previous all-in-one printer, but this has a continuous ink system. It has a refillable ink tank (hence its name) for four colors: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow.

This is how the printer looks. It’s quite bulky, but the design makes it appear unintimidating. The printer doesn’t look boxy and office-like. Instead, it has a rounded body and curved corners.

The exterior of the printer is made out of quality polycarbonate, and mine is in black. Most of the surface is matte, which I am a fan of.

There are nine buttons on the left portion of the printer. This includes the power button and all of the necessary operations users need to print and scan.

Yes, this printer can also scan. It’s an all-in-one, so the top portion lifts up to reveal a scanner. This can be used directly and there’s no need for computer software. There are buttons for instant photocopy — one in monochrome and another for color.

The ink tanks are located on the right side of the printer. As already mentioned, it uses four colors of ink to print. The biggest portion of the tank is for black, which is logical because it’s what people use the most.

Filling them up is easy and spill-free. All four tanks are included in the box, so you can get to printing right after the initial setup. Users can easily check the level of ink by looking at the tanks, or by using the PC software provided by HP for free.

During the setup, there’s an option to set the device as a wireless printer that’s connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network. This is the most convenient way of printing, may it be from your phone or laptop.

Now let’s get some printing done!

How many pages can you print with the available ink? HP promises up to 8,000 pages with one set of color bottles and up to 6,000 pages with a single bottle of blank ink.

The printing time is average. It’s not the fastest printer around, but it gets the job done. A full color page takes about two minutes, while black and white printing is a few seconds faster.

Since we had a lot of ink to spare, we also printed memorable photos. Of course, we used photo paper for these and the prints turned out okay. Anyone can easily fill up a photo album in the comfort of their own home.

We did notice that the prints have higher contrast than shown in the preview, but we don’t have any major complaints. All of the photos look lively and are well-saturated.

Apart from office use, this printer is also meant for fun. Maybe it’s time to bring back the old way of keeping photos? Why store your photos in your phones or in the cloud when you can easily print them? 📸

This particular printer is priced at PhP 8,790 in the Philippines and it’s available at authorized HP dealers nationwide. It’s pretty cheap if you need a new all-in-one printer that has it all. It even has a low cost-per-page considering how many pages it can print with its high-capacity ink tank.

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How the MatePad 11 fits in your workflow

Can it be a substitute laptop?

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MatePad 11

We often get asked what’s a good “budget” laptop. And there’s never an easy answer.  Most decent options start at PhP 35,000 but the budget of people asking is capped at around PhP 30,000.

Then, we got to thinking — Do they really need a laptop, or just something that functions like one? Exploring this idea, one of our editors used the Huawei MatePad 11 for daily tasks, and this video chronicles the experience.

Typing away

For any writer or editor, it’s impossible to get anything done without a reliable keyboard.

The task ranges from writing your own articles to copy-editing the staff’s work. You also have to respond to emails and correspondence within and outside of the team.

That’s a lot of typing. And while we’ve come a long way in terms of getting accustomed to hitting a flat surface to type, nothing can replace a good, functioning full-sized keyboard for some real productivity.

Thankfully, the MatePad 11 has a compatible Smart Magnetic Keyboard. It looks tiny at first, but the keyboard is full-sized and offers a good amount of travel for its size.

In fact, parts of the script for this video was written on the MatePad 11-Smart Magnetic Keyboard Combo.

It’s also sturdy and balanced enough that you can pull it out in a pinch and prop it up on your lap. From experience, this isn’t the case with most other similar setups due to the weight of the tablet.

Thankfully, the MatePad 11 is light enough that it won’t topple over even when placed on a not-so-even surface.

Access to your usual apps

What most people really need is access to some type of Office apps. Thankfully, there are plenty of options available right from the App Gallery.

You can opt to go with Microsoft Office and link your existing subscription. Or select any of the other set of Office apps available.

Microsoft Office runs perfectly fine on the MatePad 11. Quickly set it up and you’ll be balancing sheets, making decks, and writing essays in no time.

If what you need is on Google Docs or Google Sheets, there’s a way to quick-launch these apps so you can work on the document or work file you need to.

Since plenty of our work files are on Google Docs, this was the editor’s primary way of accessing the stuff needed to get things done.

And if you’re having trouble with anything else you normally use, you can always access them via the browser like you would on a laptop.

There’s also Petal Search baked into the App Gallery that’ll scour the web for sources of the apps you desperately want and need.

Huawei understands the pain points it had to deal with and has addressed them with the App Gallery and Petal Search combo.

Multitasking master

The ease of switching from one app to another on a laptop is still pretty much unparalleled. But the MatePad 11 offers unique multitasking capabilities that offer an effective way to multitask.

What the editor found most useful in particular is how you can have smaller versions of the apps float on the screen.

And when minimized, it goes into this tiny app icon on the right side of the device functioning somewhat like a dock.

This is perfect for placing chat apps to look at messages at a glance. So even if the editor is in the middle of writing or copy-editing, glancing at messages is easy and doesn’t take the full attention away from the work at hand.

This is especially helpful for someone who juggles plenty of messaging apps.

Additionally, if you have a Huawei phone with you, the multi-screen collaboration feature takes this even further.

You can have your phone screen on the side and just open it up when needed. From here you can open any app whether that’s for messaging or something else you may need to reference for the work you’re doing.

It’s an incredible feature and one we hope will be adopted by other brands in some shape or form.

Not just for work

It’s recommended that you take short breaks in between tasks to keep yourself fresh and focused.

Breaks can be anything from standing up and walking around for a little bit, mindlessly browsing social media, or playing a quick game.

If the type of breaks you take fall on the latter two categories, the MatePad 11 is great for that as well.

The 120Hz refresh rate that this tablet has makes it a sight to behold and a joy to touch. Your general interaction with the device will feel incredibly fast and smooth.

It’s great whether you’re just swiping from one TikTok video to another or playing a quick round of whatever mobile game you’re into.

The M-Pencil is truly handy

Not everyone needs a stylus. But just because you don’t need one, doesn’t mean it can never come in handy.

An editor’s work also entails signing a lot of documents. This can be anything from loaner sheets or non-disclosure agreements.

It’s also great for providing a rough illustration of the visuals you need. Sometimes, the only way to really get your point across to visual artists is to show them what you have in mind, and then just let them work their magic on it.

On the Nebo app, you can draw rough sketches to show your graphic artist how you want something to look like. It’s a helpful guide and one that prevents miscommunication.

You can also use the app for taking notes and doodling which is a pretty underrated way of clearing your mind.

Mate just be what you need

The MatePad 11 is an excellent tablet. One that can be more than a stopgap to your laptop needs.

It gives you access to the work stuff that you need, while offering features that laptops in its price range aren’t capable of.

It’s a fine mate for work, play, and everything else in between.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei MatePad 11 retails for PhP 24,999 and comes with two freebies: Wireless Charging Table Lamp and MatePad 11 Cover

Buy here: Huawei Online Store | Lazada | Shopee

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Tempo Move Hands-On

This Compact $400 Home Gym Changes Everything!

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Tempo has just launched a new sub $400 system that fits into a console table! Not only that they a lot less space than regular home gym systems, it also uses advanced tech like the LiDAR sensor on your iPhone. Their new 3D Tempo Vision technology is also there as a complement to make workout reading and tracking more precise.

But could this be the future of home workouts? Watch our Tempo Move Hands-on now!

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Apple 14″ M1 Pro MacBook Pro: Unboxing & Hands On

Is this the right MacBook Pro for you?

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Finally, the newly-redesigned M1 Pro MacBook Pros have finally arrived after years of waiting!

For now, Michael Josh unboxes and spends more than 24 hours with the new M1 Pro silicon chip-touting 14-inch MacBook Pro — as well as the software experience with the new macOS Monterey update.

If you’ve been wanting to buy one today, you have to wait for our review video baking up real soon.

For the meantime, all the basic things you need to know about the new M1 Pro MacBook Pro are in this unboxing and hands-on video.

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