I lately got an offer to perform a hands-on evaluation of an ePrint-enabled printer; the HP PhotoSmart Premium e-All-in-One C310 Printer. Exactly what I discovered is this: HP's ePrint technology and iOS products are made for each other; the printing ability with iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads is actually smooth and quick.
Setup of this particular unit is amazingly easy. Without the need of studying the instructions or even quick-start document, I unwrapped the box, took out the unit, detached all the tape and plastic that safeguards the printer during delivery, put in the print cartridges, popped paper in to the main paper tray and also photo paper in to the photo tray, and switched on the unit. There's a simple first-time setup which the unit runs automatically that takes around six minutes to complete. When you finish following simple prompts on the vibrant, built-in touchscreen display, I finally arrived at the point where I needed to key in my network passphrase. The printer registered with the network and I was prepared to rock and roll.
There are numerous of Print Applications that may be downloaded and placed directly on the printer. Using the Print Applications, it's not necessary to even start up ones personal computer or iOS gadget – finding a map, recipe, news, or perhaps weather report is in fact as simple as dialling up the Print App with the touchscreen, and after that tapping a print button if you want a hard copy.
The next great element is known as a zero-configuration printing ability. Using a Mac, you will still require to add the printer using the Print & Fax System Preference, there is however no reason to add drivers or software unless you want extra functions such as scanning, copying, and so on. I'd wish to see Apple add in the ability for these models to be automatically put into the collection of accessible equipment on the Mac. On iOS products, the machine just shows up within the collection of accessible models. The new PhotoSmart machine just showed up on the collection of models on the network accessible to my iPad as well as iPhone, without any configuration called for.
One more major function is the capability to print from virtually anyplace. Each ePrint-enabled HP printer features its own email address. When you register the unit on the internet, every Word, Excel, PowerPoint, text, PDF as well as image (JPG, PNG along with other formats) file may be sent to the specific email address and inside a short timeframe, it can print on your printer. I could understand exactly where this could be ideal for someone like my mum, who will not work with a computer of any kind. I could send emails to her with pictures, recipes, or even just a sweet thought, and they would show on her printer in order for her to get and read through.
Just about the only thing you can't presently print from email are webpages, yet HP claims they are implementing dedicated solutions to help support printing webpages from mobile devices. There's a max attachment size for the print from email feature – at present this is 5 MB per email.
I was impressed with how the iPhone as well as iPad performed with this particular model. Any time I printed from Pages, for example, the unit “knew” that I wished to print it out with standard 8-1/2 x 11-inch paper. Printing a photograph from the Photo Library, using the HP PhotoSmart Premium eC310 ink cartridges from, the unit chose photo paper right from the photo tray. Very neat.