The prince of printing
Wireless printing can free your documents, photos and more, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
layman’s terms, the ability to print directly from your iPad, iPod or iPhone.
HP’s ePrint machines are the first to use Apple’s AirPrint software, delivered in the latest iOS download. It allows iPhone users to snap a photo, view it and, with three taps of a screen, demand the nearby follow instructions 3.45-inch touchscreen.
Even when ready, this printer looks stylish and compact. Its top is black with a mirrored finish, its sides curved and, best of all, the Envy 100’s paper tray is hidden beneath it. Even a paper guide only appears from the machine when printing.
A hidden panel on its right lets users plug in a USB stick or memory card for printing and saving, and this printer’s lid flips up for scanning.
But it’s that AirPrint feature that could earn it new fans. The printer must connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your iGadget for the wireless printing trick to work.
Once you achieve that, printing is as simple as finding an email, photo or document,
a finding the Print option in the menu, selecting the printer and a number of copies. It’s simple, prompt and avoids the hassle of syncing, selecting and connecting files and devices.
The quality of this printer shouldn’t disappoint, either. Photographic enthusiasts would be better served with a dedicated picture printer, but the Envy 100 does an admirable job with the right paper and it handles text with ease.
On the downside, quality prints do not arrive quickly, the printer doesn’t support all Wi-Fi networks and, at $399, it’s a costly iPad accessory.
But Apple users and potential wireless printing fans could find a capable companion in the Envy 100, its convenience and stylish looks impress.
Print it: HP Envy 100 e-AllIn-One D140 printer