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Sponsor: Essential tech to have this fall

Sponsor: Essential tech to have this fall
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Fall is here, so now is the perfect time to grab the tech you've been waiting for. Whether you're swooping up the last-minute deals of Back to School shopping, or jumping at the first opportunities to save while getting a head start on buying Christmas gifts, there are some essential items you really can't miss.

These three items are just what you need for your family this fall season.

1. Epson Ecotank Printer

Now that the kids and grandkids are back in school, one of the first things you'll need this fall is an efficient printer. Epson's new line of EcoTank SuperTank printers will help you save money as you print those homework assignments, art projects and research papers.

With yields of up to 11,000 black and white pages or 8,500 in color out of the box, Epson's EcoTank printers forego the use of the traditional inkjet cartridges by using their own refillable high capacity tanks. Compared to the mere 500 black and 450 color pages you get from even the high capacity inkjet cartridges, this is an extremely significant improvement.

Replacement EcoTank ink sets are much cheaper, too. A complete EcoTank will set you back about $58 with yields of up to 6,500 pages. A complete color inkjet set for a comparable non-EcoTank printer will cost about $150 and that will only yield up to 2,300 pages. That's a whopping 80 percent savings compared to traditional inkjet cartridges.

The initial cost of the Epson's EcoTank line of printers may be a bit steeper than conventional inkjet printers but they more than make up for it in the long run. Epson estimates that with the initial ink that comes with EcoTank printers, an average user won't need replacement ink for two years!

Epson's EcoTank lineup currently has two home all-in-one models (ET-2500 and the ET-2555 with an added 1.44-inch LCD screen), two for business printing (ET-4500 and the ET-4550) and one for high volume, heavy-duty business printing (WF-R4640).

For more details about these revolutionary printers, check out Epson's EcoTank SuperTank page.

2. Kindle Paperwhite

Who doesn't love to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace? That's what makes fall one of the best seasons. As the leaves turn and the temperatures cool, it's nice to snuggle up indoors and get lost in a novel. And one of the easiest ways to do that is with an eReader.

The only downside is that eReaders usually come with big price tags. That's not the case with the new Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon added some great new features to its eReader without jacking up the price.

On the surface, the new Paperwhite doesn't look much different. But, once you turn it on, the upgrades come to life. The biggest change has to do with the screen. Amazon outfitted this new eReader with a 300 dpi screen, compared to 220 dpi screen on older models.

Amazon also added a new font called Bookerly to further improve readability.

With the Kindle Paperwhite you'll also enjoy advanced hyphenation, a feature that should improve layouts and make reading certain eBooks less awkward.

You won't realize how awkward Kindle line spacing was until you've seen your first properly hyphenated Kindle page, and then you'll never want to go back. The new layout engine is also much better at handling drop caps and embedded charts in Kindle books.

How much is all that going to cost you? You can purchase the new Kindle Paperwhite for the same, affordable price of $119. Click here to order yours on Amazon.

3. Eero mesh router system

Before the winter snows trap you indoors, check your home for Wi-Fi dead zones. If you're not sure how to find these areas where your internet is sluggish, click here for three apps that help you map out your network.

Getting rid of these dead zones is now easier than ever. In the past, the typical home tasked a single router with the job of spreading the network connection signal to every room. This is why the signal strength was extremely low, or non-existent in certain rooms. Many of today's routers struggle to project the signal over large distances.

Now, router manufacturers are creating "mesh" systems that are designed to spread your network's connection signal throughout your entire home. These mesh systems are a series of smaller routers that sync with one another to boost the coverage.

There is a downside, however. Routers are already an expensive piece of equipment to purchase, and mesh systems won't be changing that anytime soon. In fact, you can expect to pay more for these systems than you would for a traditional router. Considering standard routers can cost hundreds of dollars, adding a few hundred more is a pretty hefty price jump. However, this Eero system 3-pack will only set you back $280.

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