iPad/smartphone printing solution: Buy a Pogoplug, wait for update

A new software update to Pogoplug allows iPads, iPhones, and any other smartphone or laptop to wirelessly print to a connected Epson or HP printer.

Pogoplug: doorway to iPad printing? CNET

If you've been looking for a way to print from your iPad or iPhone without too many headaches, your prayers might have been answered--provided you've already invested in a Cloud Engines Pogoplug.

The plug-and-play device, which we've already reviewed in two different iterations, is a versatile box. It already turns USB hard drives into online-sharable volumes; streams music and photos to phones and the iPad; and can send video, music, and photos to an Xbox 360 or PS3.

Pogoplug cloud printing, available in a software update that hits later this summer, should work with all HP and Epson printers after 2005, according to a Cloud Engines press release issued Monday. A connected printer plugged into the Pogoplug will also be able to print directly e-mailed attachments, or act as a networked printer over the Internet.

Of course, iPads and smartphones do not have a "print" command. How will all this work? We'll just have to wait and see. It sounds useful and magically driver-free, but we honestly would have preferred if the Pogoplug had focused on making some of its existing features work a little better, instead of adding even more.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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