HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer
I recently started the search for a replacement for my Canon Pixma MP500 all-in-one printer.
In my home office the Canon printer was connected via USB to the Apple Time Capsule router, allowing all the computers on the network (wired and wireless) to print to it. This worked well, but when it came to scanning, the Canon had to be directly connected to the computer by USB. This time I wanted an all-in-one printer that would scan wirelessly.
After researching the pros and cons of various printers I decided upon the HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer available at the online Apple Store for Au$169.95. My choice was based on its ability to connect wirelessly to my home network and to both print and scan wirelessly.
The purpose of this post is not to give an in-depth review of the HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer, but to say whether or not it fulfilled my personal printer requirements, namely:
Network printing, wireless scanning, good quality text and colour printing and copying. My need for photo printing was very limited.
My first concern was whether there would be the expected battle for the printer to join the wireless network and then, whether the promised wireless scanning would actually work. I had my doubts.
Once unpacked, I connected the HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer to the mains and hit the power button. The 8.9cm colour touch screen sprang to life. A finger-tap on the screen and we were into the Setup Wizard which guides you through cartridge insertion and wireless setup. Network name chosen, WPA password entered and we were connected.
So simple, oh ye of little faith! I had not expected it to connect up so easily.
Printing from the networked computers worked nicely, with each of the wired and wireless Macs printing successfully to the HP printer.
Now to test the promise of wireless scanning. I opened Preview on the Mac and chose “Import from scanner”. There in the list was the HP Photosmart printer. A few seconds later a document scan was appearing on my Mac – success!
The HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer has fulfilled my requirements.
There are however many other features and tricks of which this printer is capable.
One clever feature is the ability to print to this printer from anywhere in the world. Just configure the HP printer with a unique email address via the HP website and it will print documents sent as email attachments. A feature some travellers may well find useful. There is also web app that allows photos to be sent to HP’s online printing service direct from the printer.
The photo print quality of the HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer is a little flat, this may be partly due to there only being 4 ink cartridges. Other printers with more cartridges can produce better quality photo prints. Document print quality is fine. The printer itself can be very noisy though, with a lot of rattling about as it prepares to print.
On the whole, I’m happy with this printer, especially its wireless connectivity and its printing and scanning without the need for a USB connection.