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AirPrint for iPad: Advantages and Disadvantages

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Apple iOS 4.2’s Airprint is one of the most awaited applications for iPad. You will now have the added capability to directly print your emails, documents, photos and web content from your iPad.

Just like any new application, and depending on your personal preferences, Airprint for iPad has capabilities and limitations that will likely make you a loyal fan or turn you off for now.

Advantages

1. Airprint is packaged as an update to iOS 4.2, which means there is no additional software to download. You can print from various iPad applications like Mail, Safari, iWork, Photos and other third party applications that have built-in printing.

2. No printer drivers to install. Once you get your iPad on iOS 4.2, you will get that extra “Print” button that you didn’t use to have. Just a few taps on your device and you’re all set.

3. True wireless printing. There are no cables that will keep you tethered to your workstation. Your iPad will automatically locate and connect to AirPrint-enabled printers on your wireless network. It won’t matter if you’re in the kitchen and the printer is back in your bedroom, you won’t have to run up just to print something. Just tap away on your iPad while finishing your meal, your printouts will be waiting for you when you’re done.

Disadvantages

1.   AirPrint currently only supports specific ePrint-capable HP printers, so printing from your iPad will be somewhat limited. Seven HP printers work with AirPrint right off while five models need a firmware upgrade. By December 27, 2010 there is another firmware upgrade that will add AirPrint compatibility for six other HP Officejet printers.

The iPad market along with everybody else fully expects Apple to support AirPrint on non-HP printers in the future, but there has been no announcements as of yet.

HP ePrint Enabled Printers:

  • Photosmart eStation (C510)
  • HP ENVY100 e-AiO (D410)
  • Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410)
  • Photosmart Premium e-AiO (B310)
  • Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210)
  • Photosmart Wireless e-AiO (B110) (EU, AP)
  • Photosmart e-AiO (D110) (Americas)

HP Printers That Require Firmware Upgrade:

HP Printers with Firmware Upgrade Available December 27, 2010:

  • Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
  • Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A e-AiO

2. There aren’t very many printing options like collating pages or some minor format changes like you’re able to do on your standard printing set-up. From your iPad, all you will be able to do is tap on the “Print” button and select how many pages you want to print.

3. If you want to be able to print from your iPad on existing networked printers, that are non-HP to boot, you may be able to do it but you may need a sizable amount of patience setting it up. The good news is that others have done it and are generous with their tips. Check out some helpful tips to get it done.

Overall, to be able to print wirelessly, iPad offers some experiences and conveniences that you probably never thought you needed, but soon enough won’t be able to live without.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Tips on How to Reset HP, Lexmark, Dell, Samsung and Brother Printers

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Want to know how you may troubleshoot problems with resetting your printers? First things first, you have to consider what brand you own. In this regard, you should take note of the following tips.

1. Resetting your HP printers. If you own an HP laser printer, you should basically use cold resetting. This process will bring back the HP printer to its factory default settings. This will affect all control panel settings.

2. Resetting your Lexmark printers. Simply switch off your printer first then while turning it on, make sure you’ve pressed the RETURN and READY buttons as well. After that, you will reach the diagnostics mode with the display mode showing the phrase “performing self test”. Reset the “Maintenance count” to zero before going back to diagnostics mode. Then reset the printer to get your printer back to the normal mode.

3. Resetting your Dell printers. This can be done by double-clicking over the “Reset Dell Printer” icon that can be found after you’ve clicked “UAN” and “System Utilities”. Make sure that the printer’s USB cable is connected to the PC.

4. Resetting your Samsung printers. There are four MENU keys that you should press quickly in succession. These are numbers 1, 9, 3 and 4. Once you’re through with this, make sure the display shows the word “TECH”. Then press on the MENU and ENTER keys and you will see the words “TECH MODE” on the display. Click on the “<” twice and you will see “New Printer Cartridge” displayed. Select ENTER and when the panel shows the word YES, press the ENTER key once more. Exit using Menu keys 1, 9, 3 and 4.

5. Resetting your Brother Printers. You just have to press the UP and DOWN keys until the word “Maintenance 99” shows up on the display. Hold the “SET” button down to bring the printer to standby mode.

    Now that you’ve known how to troubleshoot any printer brand, you can perform this very well. Take note however that some printer models from each brand may have varying resetting techniques as well. Better check on that with your printer manual or with your manufacturer.

    Best Contact Information on HP.com and Phone Numbers to Use to Reach Customer Support for HP Printers

    Sunday, February 7th, 2010

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when your HP printers are not working? You will certainly look for ways to contact the company. You may locate some numbers through your printer’s manual or you may browse HP.com instead.

    There are actually many ways on how you can contact Hewlett Packard. You can interact with HP online and chat with its support technician after your purchase. You may also e-mail the company for questions before you buy their products or for technical support after your purchase. The e-mail address can also be used if you have other questions or feedback. There are also US phone numbers for any of your concerns regarding HP printers.

    Best contact information on HP.com

    Here is a list of contact information that you may consider when you have concerns regarding your HP product:

    1.  Hewlett Packard Company (Hewlett-Packard Headquarters)

    3000 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1185 USA

    Fax: (650) 857-5518

    This is open from Monday to Friday, between 8am to 5pm Pacific Time.

    2.   Hewlett Packard USA

    20555 SH 249
    Houston, TX 77070
    USA

    Fax: (281) 514-1740

    This is also open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm Central Time.

    3.   Hewlett  Packard Regional Headquarters

    • Asia Pacific

    Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific

    450 Alexandra Road

    Singapore 119960

    Tel: + 65 6275-3888

    Fax: + 65 6275-6839

    • Hewlett-Packard EMEA

    150 Route du Nant d’Avril

    Meyrin

    Geneva

    Switzerland 1217

    Tel: + 41 22 780-8111

    Fax: + 41 22 780-8542

      • Latin America

        Hewlett-Packard Latin America

        Waterford Building, Suite 950

        5200 Blue Lagoon Drive

        Miami, FL 33126

        USA

        Tel: +1 305 267-4220

        4.   Hewlett Packard Subsidiary Headquarters for US

        Hewlett Packard Company

        11445West Compaq Center Drive Houston

        Texas

        USA 77070

        Tel: + 1 281 370-0670

        Fax: + 1 281 514-1740

        Best phone numbers to use for customer support for HP printers

        You can always call Hewlett Packard for your printer problems. Here are some phone numbers that you may use.

        1.   For HP and Compaq products for the home

        Phone Number: 800-HP Invent or 800-47-4698368

        This is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for almost all HP and Compaq products.

        For Customers using TTY

        Phone Number: 877-656 -7058

        This phone line is open only from Mondays to Fridays 6am to 3pm Pacific Time. It is not open during holidays.

        2.   HP Technical Support for Standard Warranty

        Phone Number: 800-474-6836

        3.   HP Technical Support for Out-of-Warranty Products

        Phone Number: 866-234-1377

        Use this phone number to contact HP for diagnosis, troubleshooting and other general concerns you have for your HP printers. You can call this number for repair options as well.

        Lexmark Laser Printers vs. HP Laser Printers – Which One to Buy, Why?

        Sunday, February 7th, 2010

        Lexmark and HP have both established their names in the world of printers. They have made a good impression for buyers all these years. They continuously produce high quality printing gadgets such as Lexmark laser printers and HP laser printers.

        If you are thinking of buying a new laser printer in the market, you might as well want to consider one that comes from these two brands. Wonder which company is better than the other when it comes to manufacture of color laser printers?

        Lexmark laser printers

        Lexmark had just released a new line of color laser printers. The list includes the following:Lexmark c500n

        1. The C500n. This printer can print up to 31ppm in black and 8ppm in color. This space-saving printer contains front-loading toner cartridges. The black and color print resolution is set at 1200 x 600 dpi. The starter printer cartridges can print 5,000 pages for black and 3,000 pages for color. This costs around $350.

        2. 2_Lexmark C532nThe C532n. This is one of the Lexmark laserprinters that can help you save money and time. It also uses the green approach to printing. It has an Eco-Mode that allows you to save on paper wastage and energy consumption. It prints a maximum of 22ppm in black and 21ppm in color. Print resolutions are set at 1200 by 1200 dpi. This one costs around $700.

        3. The C782dtn. This is one of the most expensive colo3_Lexmark C782dtnr laser printers released by the company as it costs around $1,800. The hefty price tag comes with a load of features though. It helps save on color printing costs as well as guarantees to perform well even when it comes to large volume printing. It can print 38ppm in black and 33ppm in color.

        HP laser printers

        HP, on the other hand, is known for providing home and business color laser printers. A 4_HP Color LaserJet CP1215few of the examples include:

        1. The CP1215. This color laser printer is good for the home. It can print as much as 12ppm in black and 8ppm in color. This compact printer saves you space and printing time. It also gives you a warning when your HP toner cartridge is low. You can buy this color laser printer at $299.99.

        2. The CP1518ni. Also a home color laser printer, this is almost similar in features with that of th5_HP ColorLaserJet CP1518nie HP Color LaserJet CP1215 in that it can also print 12ppm and 8ppm in black and color respectively. It contains photo card slots and the latest in HP color tec hnology – the HP ImageREt 3600. It also contains the latest printer drivers. This is $100 more expensive than CP1215 as it costs $399.99.

        3.HP Color LaserJet CP2020 The CP2020 printer series. This series contains the newest from HP laser printers. Products are priced in between $449 and $599. These color laser printers are ideal for businesses as they contain standard Ethernet connectivity. They can print as much as 21ppm both for black and color toner cartridges.Products on this list include the CP2025n, CP2025dn and CP2025x.

        Now which is the better choice – Lexmark laser printers or HP laser printers?

        If you will look into the price of these products, you will definitely favor HP laser printers over Lexmark laser printers. It is also great buying from HP as you are entitled to rebates and the prices are presented through its website in a more organized manner.

        But when printing capacities are considered, Lexmark laser printers win the battle. Add to that the fact that some its color laser printers contain an Eco-Mode – a feature that can help you start going green.

        If you’re going to buy a laser printer for the home, HP is the wiser choice over Lexmark. But if you need heavy duty color laser printers, Lexmark is an option to consider.

        This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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