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Sat 24 Mar 2012

AirPrint

Category : Technology

I bought an AirPrint-capable printer from HP - the Deskjet 3070 - and I can now send print jobs to it, wirelessly, from every Mac and iOS device that I have in my home. It's the first HP product that I've ever really liked, since the HP calculator that I had in the University, and that, believe me, had been a very very long time ago.

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It was actually easy enough to set up - initially, via USB. I only tripped up because the printer seemed to need to be turned off, and then on, to get onto my Airport network. But after that, it turned up on its own on all my Macs, iPhones, and iPads. 

If you're using a Lion-based Mac to set up the printer for the first time, you'll need to download the installer from HP because the one on the provided CD only worked for machines on Snow Leopard. On the other hand, Apple's software update mechanism will automatically download the client printer drivers for you when you set up the individual Macs. No special drivers are needed for the iOS devices. They all just work.

AirPrint, from Apple, is wonderful. And so is ePrint, from HP, which goes one step further to allow you to send print jobs to your printer from anywhere on the Internet (with the appropriate security safeguards turned on, of course).

OK, so, a printer to fall in love with. Recommended for small home offices.

Posted at 5:23PM SGT | permalink


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