When it comes down to it there are a lot of benefits which HP’s AirPrint Printers can bring to the table, but as with all things good there are the bad too. Find out more below.
When it comes down to it AirPrint by Apple and HP is a great concept and has some terrific advantages over other printers. Firstly I’ll quickly summarize what it is and what it allows. It enables printers to connect to a wireless access point (generally home networks) and receive printing instructions from Apple’s various devices (Ipad, Ipod Touch, Iphone) using a simple interface.
Sending whatever needs to be printed is as easy as pressing a few buttons, and you can select from Safari, text documents, emails and most other interfaces to be printed. So if you were reading a particularly interesting news story on Safari on your Ipad, you could press just a few buttons and then information would be sent over to the AP enabled device which would then proceed to print what you sent it.
But just as a quick reminder they don’t just have to use Apple’s various devices, they still work from laptops, PCs, Macs and are also ePrint enabled. ePrint assigns each printer an email address which if emailed will print out what is attached or within the email – assuming both devices are connected to the internet. However that’s another article.
The benefits are obvious both in consumer and corporate environments because of the ease of use associated with printing. It also has implications for reducing the amount of printers necessary because if everyone can connect to any printer all the time, there’s no waiting around if your allocated device is being used – you can just send the information to another one.
If you’re in your home and your son needs his homework printing of, you need your real work printing of, your wife wants some baby pictures printing of and your daughter wants to go on Facebook then both the regular non wireless printer and the desktop computer are going to be jam packed with your family each vying to do what they want.
If you’re using HP AirPrint on the other hand, everyone can just sit in there room and send the documents to the printer which will proceed to queue up the documents and print them in the order it was sent (unless settings are adjusted). Your daughter isn’t kicked off the computer, you aren’t stressed out, and it’s a first come first serve basis so it’s fair too.
There are of course a few downsides to the whole thing. I’d say one of my main criticisms is that they’re quite expensive for what they do. They’re essentially wireless printers which are programmed (more likely allowed) to function with Apple’s devices – which of course means the premium price goes up by around 100%. You can buy better wireless printers for cheaper and still be able to connect to everything you own bar Apple of course.
If you only want to have it to use Apple’s Ipad sporadically then I probably wouldn’t recommend it for the price because overall several of the printers have been absolutely plagued with different errors – both related to software and hardware. Also it’s important to note that HP’s customer service support is absolutely terrible and it won’t get you anywhere. After hours and hours spent on the phone following the requests of people who are reading of a screen and don’t know what they’re talking about then you’ll eventually be sent a refurbished item – not a refund or a new replacement.