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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New Epson Printer

Epson has introduced a new high-end amateur inkjet printer, the $1200 3800 (unfortunately named since Epson already has another product with that number). I'd tell you more about it, but the official website is one of those flash sites set to incredibly annoying synth music—to give it, presumably, all the drama of being on hold with the phone company. Note to webmasters: don't provide music. I'm already listening to music. That means I either have to turn off my own music and sit there in silence to visit their site, or listen to Epson's, which drives me away like one of those supersonic rat repellers. Yes, I know what that says about me. But I'm going to have to read about the 3800 later on on the Luminous Landscape or something. You'll have to read about it on your own.


Featured Comment by Dan: Forcing a user to listen to music is a big design no-no. It's disrespectful.

A site playing music usually lets you hit escape to stop the music if it's built into the html. Flash sites are a bit more irritating as that rarely works.

If you hit the button to skip the intro on Epson's site, then you will be presented with an option to turn off the music at the top-right. An option that should have been available from the start.


Blogger jw52tx said...

Weren't you "talked to" earlier about listening to music while perusing the internet? Something about not giving music its proper attention?

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Brendan said...

At first I thought you were exagerating, until I went to the website myself. Even with a high speed connection it took a long time to view. Thanks for the warning about sound, I turned my volume down before following the link. Once the whole thing finished loading, it was impressive looking though.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Wituniasty said...

Flash sites are annoying,
but you've got a choice.
Here are the HTML versions:

11:27 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Thinking about the threads nazis and staying in topic. I really don't care about the printer at all Mike, but it makes me feel incredibly good to know I'm not the only one extremely annoyed by in-site music.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Jon Bloom said...

Hey, I didn't hear any music. Maybe that's because the site requires a Flash player newer than the newest one Adobe makes available for Linux.

11:36 AM  
Blogger John said...

"Grumpy Old Man"? Not nearly as grumpy as this, older than you, dial-up user. When seeing any site using flash, most particularly, any commercial site, I usually move on. I'll cut the sites of 'artists' a little more slack...but only slightly more. Flash is a curse! Now that's grumpy!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Gary J. Wood said...

"Skip Intro" -- the most frequently used link on the internet.

12:48 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

The problem is that most designers are frustrated artists. They'd rather be doing an animated show for MTV, but they're not, so they try doing it while working on an innocent commercial site.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Carlos Quijano Altamirano said...

Yes, I hate music in web sites, but in this case there's a button to turn it off. Anyway, the printer looks very nice!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Dierk Haasis said...

Curious how stupid Web design gets excused by many. Why should I search for a non-Flash, non-auditory-pollution design - it should be provided by the ones wanting something from me!

Epson wants to spread information cheaply [that is via Internet instead of printed material], they want to sell their product to me. So they should see to it that I am not turning my back disgustedly immediately.

I actually do turn away the moment such a site plays music without asking me; and go away when Flash is used as the technology behind the site instead of HTML/XHTML. Poor Crumler, everything you did for your sites is futile.

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think music's bad? Letsgodigital had a Nikon ad with very loud thunderstorm sound effects that couldn't be turned off. Thankfully it's gone now. I guess I'm not the only curmudgeon to have fired off a nasty email to Letsgodigital and to Nikon Europe. (I should note I'm a Nikon user.)

Flash is a waste of bandwidth.

One sidenote about this printer. The price certainly is attractive considering the size of the ink cartridges (lower cost per ml) and the wider carriage compared to the 2400. This could bring wider format printing to a larger group of consumers. However, the specs mention the shelf life of the ink to be six months from first use. If the quality degrades or (more likely) the printer forces you to replace "expired" cartridges, you would have to print a buttload of prints to justify the higher cost/higher capacity ink tanks.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous juze said...

I tested it briefly at Photokina. Impressive printer, but unfortunately, the booth staff was not quite up to the job (in stark contrast with HP, which manned their booths with engineers who really knew their stuff), so my print came out all soggy because they used the wrong paper.
It will be a very strong competitor to the B9180 or whatever the A3+ HP printer was called in a stroke of marketing genius - sure it's more expensive, but you get A2 capacity, it has a SMALLER (or just about the same) footprint, bigger cartridges and four blacks.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to get some prints done on the Z series, but those are far more expensive.

6:28 AM  

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