HP Photosmart D110a

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  1. Bremen

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    Last Sunday, 7.18.10, I picked up the new HP D110a printer. [FONT=&quot]http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/printer/Photosmart/1/storefronts/CN731A%2523B1H[/FONT] 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.
     
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    I've had bad experiences with HP printers. For instance, leaving the printer on standby dries the ink, so that when a print job comes in, it doesn't print correctly and you have to redo it after a cleaning cycle. And even though a printer is cheap the price of the cartridges needed to refill is more than its original price.

    Of course it can be that they've improved their products since then but I'd hate to be a guinea pig again.

    I'm looking forward to see other manufacturers jump in the fray.

    Keep us updated Bremen.
     
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    I am not a fan of HP ether, usually buy Canon... but needed a printer, and this had the features....etc.... and yes, cartridge cost is very important. The last Canon we owned would hit us for $23 every time for a black cart! We don't use the color ones, so just leave them in forever and print "gray-scale".... anyway, checked before I bought this one... black cart is $12.99 in Best Buy store, and $14.99 at HP site, Staples, Wal-mart...etc. That is for the 200 page cart. There is a 600 page cart for about double that price. Not what I would call "cheap" but actually on the low side compared to others.....
     
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    Good Review Bremen

    I was very interested in this as an aux printer when I saw them announced a month ago.

    Can you print directly to the printer over wifi from the iPad when you are near it? I want a printer I can dump in the trunk of my car for printing while out and away from any office.

    I use lasers for all the rest of my printing so ink jets are something I would never consider for routine printing.
     
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    Pretty cool! Too bad I just bought a new printer about 3-4 months ago. My next printer will definitely have this.
     
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    First off there will be laser versions of this "ePrint" technology, this little printer is just the first one released..... As far as printing directly to the printer over WIFI from the iPad.... not sure what you mean..... It really prints the same if you are near or far, makes no real difference.... I simple attach a (for example) Word file to an email, and send to the printer.... and it prints.... It can be a photo (of course I have to have the right paper loaded) MS doc, PDF...etc.....

    It prints "directly" in the sense that I do not send it to a desktop. But "technically" not so because it goes through the HP server because of the email address. Hope I didn't confuse the issue any further.... :p

    Also, I checked when out and about and yes, my tethered WIFI iPad can print from anywhere.....
     
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    I guess there's no way to set any particular options? What if you want to print 4 pages to a sheet, or send 3 photos to print as 5x7s on a single sheet? This is great for basic printing though even if it cant do all that. Most of the time you want each page of your doc to print to one page of paper.
     
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    Cannot do anything except print. Again, this is a "print from any device" with no drivers or software. That is it's power, and why it prints from the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre, any Android smartphone...etc.

    I do want to be clear that this "ePrint" technology and feature set is just that, a feature. The printer has drivers for PC/Mac and has tons of options, just like other network printers... it is just that you also have the email option.

    My wife got a kick out of it... a co-worker emailed her a recipe. she simply forwarded the email from her desk at work. When she got home the recipe was printed out and waiting for her. Not a have to have kind of thing, but cool to have as an option...
     
  9. iVan

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    That's cool. So you CAN print from the web...
    Thay means that I'd be able on 3G too...
     
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    Yes, I printed from Wal-mart (hey, had to play with it) with my iPhone, worked perfect....
     

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