HP Shipping ePrinter: Printing Without a Computer


HP (s hpq) has started shipping its first ePrinter — the e-All-in-One-D110a — a network printer making it possible to print wirelessly from anywhere. The D110a has integrated Wi-Fi and its own email address, which provides the ability to print from any device via email. This opens up image printing from the iPad (s aapl) or smartphones that are not connected to the local network where the printer lives.

The D110a is an all-in-one printer that connects to any network via Wi-Fi, and provides scanning, copying and printing wirelessly. Since it’s connected to the web, the printer will even notify you when updates for its software are available. This may be a good addition for small offices and home workers, and for less than $100. We took a look at this cloud printing system when it was first announced.

HP has stated it will be bringing webOS to its printer line after the Palm (s palm) merger is final, and the D110a shows good promise for how that technology can be leveraged. The printer is becoming a computer in its own right, and opportunities abound (sub. req’d) for those willing to take advantage of this new capability.

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I’d prefer a small travel printer so printing on the go is possible. If I’m at home or office, I’ll use my computer with a large desktop printer.


It sounds so good on paper. So did my current HP AIO. The hardware may be fine (well, most of the time) but the software is just horrific. The drivers are poor (in my case the Windows drivers were even worse than on Mac), the so called snazzy software is poorly integrated with the OS and has the finishing touches of a graduate programming class.

The new printer only makes the software aspect more critical which leads me to wonder how wrong can it be. Fear not, Palm comes to the rescue. IMHO, WebOS doesn’t make much sense. My printer has a cool color monitor that let’s you edit images and do all sorts of crazy things. I never use that. Give me proper interface on my main machine and keep the printer hardware simple (it only has 1 year warranty, mind you).

My $0.02.


Maybe I’m just paranoid but this sounds like a security exploit just waiting to be exploited.


Totally awesome and makes perfect sense. Fits the new Cloud Computing model that is sweeping the nation perfectly.

This is one smart printer indeed.

ALERT: Skynet just informed me that my new HP printer has become self-aware as of 08:21am CST today !

Printing will never be the same again.

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