- The future of printing is here: HP ePrint now available
HP's ePrint feature made headlines when it was announced a few weeks ago and today it was rolled out to all customers who have purchased the new HP Photosmart e-All-in-One Printer. Other printers in the Photosmart e-All-in-One line will be equipped with HP ePrint when purchased.
The key behind HP ePrint technology – or more simply put, a 'send to email' print solution – is that each web-enabled HP Photosmart e-All-in-One printer has its own unique email address. Once activated, the ability to print PDFs, Microsoft Office documents, and photos from anywhere, anytime, with any device is possible.
Getting started with HP ePrint
The trick to getting started with HP ePrint begins by ensuring your web-connected printer is connected to the Internet wirelessly. From there you need to activate the e-All-in-One
printer's web services and obtain the printer's email address. Web services include both print apps and HP ePrint, so even if you never intend to use the email-to-print functionality, you'll still want to enable web services so you can take advantage of the many print apps that are available on your e-All-in-One.
- Customers who have already set-up the new Photosmart e-All-in-One may have already enabled web services. For those folks, obtaining an email address for the printer will be as simple as accepting the free system update (activated via the notice on the printer's front panel).
- Brand new customers of the Photosmart e-All-in-One will be guided through an installation process that will give directions for activating the printer's web services and obtaining the email address.
Once you've enabled web services on your printer, head over to the HP ePrintCenter to access even more functionality, such as creating a list of email addresses allowed to send print jobs to your printer, using your online ePrint job history to view and manage print jobs, and adding print apps on your printer.
If at any time you'd like to revisit your web services settings, you can do the following:
- Press the "Wireless" button on the printer's front panel, which is next to the power button
- Navigate to the "Web Services Settings" option and press OK.
To activate web services, navigate to "Enable Web Services" and press OK. Your printer will print out one page displaying the printer's email address as well as directions for how to add your printer to the HP ePrintCenter.
To view your printer's email address, select "Display Email Address" and press OK. This will provide you with a reminder of your printer's email address, which can be handy.
I've been playing with HP ePrint functionality in the office for the past few weeks, and I'm hooked. To me, HP ePrint is the drop-dead simplest and most convenient way to print. You may find yourself saying the same thing after experiencing the benefits.
A couple of notes on photo printing
It is worth mentioning a couple of things with regard to photo printing via HP ePrint. HP ePrint will know a .jpg file attached to an email sent to your printer is a photo, however, the e-All-in-One model on the market today doesn’t have a dedicated 4x6-inch photo paper tray. So if you send a photo print job to your printer and just have office paper in the tray, your photo will print on an 8.5x11-inch sheet of paper. You can of course remedy this by putting 4x6-inch photo paper in the tray when you intend to print a photo.
Secondly, there is a temporary limitation with photo scaling functionality for 4x6-inch photos when using ePrint. What this means is that depending on what aspect ratio the .jpg was captured or saved in, the printed photo may include a small blank white area in the lower right-hand portion of the photo. Photo scaling functionality will be enabled next month (August 2010) and until then, you may choose to print your photos the "old-fashioned" way – as in directly from your computer or directly from a memory card inserted into the printer. Or, if you want to print photos directly from your smartphone, you can still use the HP iPrint Photo mobile app for iPhone (or iPod Touch), Android, Symbian or WinMo operating systems.
More resources available
You should have enough information by now to get started... there are lots of other tips and tricks (such as setting up your printer’s white list and checking the status of print jobs) that are covered elsewhere, such as the FAQs, which you can find links to below.
Those of you embarking on this journey should take note you are among the very first to send emails directly to a printing device! We’d love to hear what you think of the experience. If you run into any snags, feel free to check out the HP ePrint FAQ and Print Apps FAQ. We also have Support Forums to answer other questions not already addressed, and please feel free to reach out to me here or on my @LizAtHP Twitter account.
- posted by LizatHP, July 15, 2010 (46 comments)