A few weeks ago, I received the nicest printer I've ever owned.
The thing I like best about it is that I don't have to be connected to a cable to use it. My last printer had a USB cable, and I always ended up walking away with my laptop like a dog on a leash. I'd get snapped back when I reached the end of my rope.
That was more than a little annoying.
Enter the HP TouchSmart Web
I don't have to worry about my short leash any more because the HP TouchSmart Web connects to a home network via wireless or ethernet connections. We use wireless at my house.
The same technophobic husband set the printer up in under 30 minutes. It was that easy.
The HP TouchSmart Web is much more than a printer. It is a fax, copy, scanner, mini-computer, printing genius, and it's simple to use.
My last printer required me to take a printed page out, turn it around just so, and refeed it in order to print double-sided pages. The HP TouchSmart Web does all of that by itself! We watched it print again and again, trying to figure it out. We never did, but take my word for it. The two-sided printing is pretty awesome.
A Touch Screen with Cool Apps
My technophobic husband can use the printer's large touch screen to print photos via a Snapfish app, coupons via a Coupons.com app, and coloring pages for Gracie via apps from Disney and Nickelodeon – all without touching a computer.
The HP ePrinting site will show you the wide variety of apps that are available, though I wasn't able to get the ePrinting site to download apps directly to my computer. No matter, it's easy enough to add apps from the touchscreen on the printer itself.
There's a separate paper tray for photo paper, so I can leave the small paper loaded all the time. It's been simple and very easy to take the card out of my camera, pop it into the printer, and print photos without spending the time to upload them to my laptop.
In the interest of honesty and transparency, there is something about the HP TouchSmart Web that I don't love, and that's the ink. I am already getting low ink messages about my black ink.
The printer uses five – yes, really, five – ink cartridges. It looks like an XL black cartridge is going to cost me around $35, so I hope its 800 pages last longer than the original cartridge did.
On the other hand, because each color is individually packaged, I won't have to buy a whole new color cartridge when the red runs out. Or the yellow. Or the cyan. (Get the idea?)
HP Creative Studio
If you aren't familiar with the HP Creative Studio, you should look it up. It's not specific to the HP TouchSmart Web, but it is really cool anyway.
The HP Creative Studio features hundreds of crafty projects from all over the internet. All of the projects have printed components – coloring pages, cards, personalized story books, wrapping paper, iron-ons, and on and on. It's a wonderful site that anyone with a printer will find useful.
I received an HP TouchSmart Web to evaluate for this review.
Happily submitted to Things I Love Thursday
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