The prince of print­ing

Wire­less print­ing can free your doc­u­ments, pho­tos and more, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son

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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,

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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

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