It's important to note your home networking situation prior to buying the D110a, as you absolutely need a wireless network to take advantage of ePrint and the multitude of apps available for download--remember, the D110a has no Ethernet port. The first part of the ePrint setup process is to connect the D110a to your wireless network using the printer's Wireless Set Up Wizard. Once you establish a wireless connection and establish a partnership with your home computer (note that the printer and computer must be use the same wireless router), you can enable Web Services through the printer's settings menu, at which point the D110a will print a document with the unique ePrint e-mail address that identifies your printer to HP and lets you begin downloading applications through the ePrintCenter.
The ePrint system can print e-mail message attachments in the form of images, document files, PDFs, and photos, and it will send a separate job for any text that appears in the body of the e-mail. The default preferences let anyone with the address print wirelessly, but you can also set up a list of verified senders to allow on a private network. We confirmed in testing that the ePrint functionality works with a wide variety of Web clients: we used Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and Microsoft Outlook with positive results, and you can even e-mail articles directly from an RSS feed like Google Reader.
You can track the progress of print jobs sent to the assigned address through the HP ePrintCenter. The printer recognizes and begins printing a job immediately after it receives an e-mail, and we like that you can queue up several jobs and track them all just as you would using a desktop client. Still, we'd also like to find some of this functionality on the printer itself.
Although the D110a gives you the additional benefits of ePrint and the ePrintCenter and its app store, the retail price is low for a reason--the two-ink cartridge system can't produce pictures as vivid as those from a five- or six-ink printer, and you'll end up spending more money refilling the $32 color cartridge since it bundles three colors into one package.
Fortunately, HP also sells extralarge-capacity cartridges and value packs that save money in the long term, but the cost of replacing these consumables (especially with ePrint and HP Print Apps encouraging you to increase your printing output) sooner than others in the same price range may ultimately be higher than the cost of the printer itself.
In the same vein, you can see that the D110a's dual-ink cartridges are easily outpaced by multicartridge printers in the same price class, especially in our graphics and photo speed tests. Our timing results show that the D110a printed photo and color graphics much more slowly than the rest, with text document and presentation print speed coming in just below average.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Presentation speed (PPM)||Photo speed (1 sheet)||Color graphics speed (PPM)||Text speed (PPM)|
Finally, the overall print quality also suffers as a result of the tricolor cartridge. Outbound prints, especially graphics-intensive samples, are marred by various line patterns that run throughout the images, and colored bars look faded and blotchy even in the best-quality print option. The biggest offenders are 4x6-inch snapshot photos, and it doesn't take a printer editor to see the color inconsistencies and the overall lack of vibrancy.
Service and support
The HP D110a printer is backed by HP's exclusive enhanced support services: a dedicated toll-free number, troubleshooting over online chat with an HP expert, and a one-year warranty that guarantees repairs with "Next-Day Business Turn Around" and offering brand-new replacement units for the first 30 days after purchase.
In addition, HP offers an added Accidental Damage Protection and a Pick-Up-and-Return program that sends an authorized courier to pick up your failed equipment and deliver it directly to an HP-designated repair facility.
You can find more warranty information by visiting the HP Support Web site, which also features online classes, FAQs, driver downloads, and troubleshooting tips, as well as a new shopping buddy that puts you in a chat room with an HP sales rep so you can ask questions before you buy.
The HP Photosmart e-All-in-One D110a wireless printer is not without its faults; it's slower than the competition and prints average-quality graphic documents and dismal photo prints, but we're excited about using ePrint and the HP ePrintCenter Web apps for things like news updates in areas without Internet, quick coloring-book printouts for the kids, and easy access to flight itineraries and boarding passes. With room for growth and future apps, the D110a is the least expensive way to try out HP's extended printing features, and we recommend it as a light-duty printer in the home.
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Editors' note May 9, 2011: This review initially misstated the size of the touch screen on the printer. It is 2.3 inches.