Last Sunday, 7.18.10, I picked up the new HP D110a printer. http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/printer/Photosmart/1/storefronts/CN731A%2523B1H These are the first wave of HP printers with the “ePrint” technology. We seldom have any need to print from our iPads, but were needing a new printer anyway, so why not.
The ePrint technology is simple. The printer is wireless, works on the network like any other modern network printer. It also connects through your router to the Internet. It connects through the internet to a server at HP. Your printer is given an email address (that can be changed anytime) that is used to sent print jobs. You can leave the printer open to receive print jobs from any email address, or restrict it to only receiving print jobs from a user defined list of email addresses.
So to print a MS Office file, PDF, txt file, photo ….etc… you simply attach it to an email, and send that email to your printer. It does not matter if you are in the same room, or halfway around the world. It does not matter if you are sending from a smartphone, desktop, laptop, iPad…. Any device that can send an email, can print to this printer. Of course your desktop/home computers can connect as any “normal” network printer can.
Even though HP just got the server up on Thursday (7.15.10), it seems to be working well. I did have to re-boot the printer once, never figured out why, but it worked perfect again after the re-boot. Formatting, and such of your docs is exactly the same. There is no difference between the file being sent from a Palm Pre, iPhone, iPad or a desktop. Wife printed a file from her desktop at work, perfect.
I know from reading reviews of the other print options on the iPad that they have a lot of problems. This method does not. I really like that you don’t have to worry about drivers, compatibility…etc. I can be at my daughters 50 miles away, and print just like I was sitting my my living room. Combined with Dropbox you can set at any connected computer and print to your home printer any Documents on the cloud.
The printer is nothing special, other than the ePrint ability. At $99 at Best Buy, it is an average price for its type (it is multi-function – copy, scan, print…etc). But as you can tell by now, I am very pleased with it. Prints fast, looks good, and prints from anywhere or any email device.