Printing is usually far from the minds of most technology fans. HP is hoping to change the old fuddy-duddy image of paper-spitters by getting down with the cool kids.
The Photosmart Wireless e-All-In-One (we'll call it the B110 from now on) ticks the boxes on price and looks, plus it's got a touchscreen of sorts. But, it's the print-from-email feature that is supposed to make the hipsters sit up and take notice. After setting up the printer, simply send an email to its designated address and watch it go. More on this later.
Look and feel
A piano-black finish is the order of the day, with a curiously attractive honeycomb pattern on the top lid of the all-in-one (printer, scanner, copier). It's Wi-Fi enabled, with 802.11b/g/n and weighs just over 6kg when unpacked. There's also an array of apps so you can totally pimp out your printer, though at the time of writing the list is rather sparse.
As with other HP printers, the B110 comes with a reusable "green" bag around the printer and a reusable pouch for peripherals and cords. It's a nice touch to lend some enviro-cred, but we can't help notice the excessive amounts of plastic packaging, styrofoam and tape that needs to be binned before you can put the printer to use — not unique to HP, indeed, it's endemic among printer manufacturers.
Normally, getting a printer ready for its close-up is anything but easy. So it is with great pleasure that we report the set-up process for the B110 to be painless. The software installation (drivers compatible with Mac and Windows) takes about 10 minutes, during which you can unpack the printer, install the four ink cartridges and wait for it to finish gurgling and warming up for the first time. Wi-Fi set-up was very easy, with the printer automatically detecting the correct network.
To set up the printer for email use and to connect it to the internet at large, you need to enter the HP ePrint centre and create a log-in and associate the printer with your account.
First impressions count when it comes to electronic communication; and wouldn't it be better if that first impression was made by an easy-to-remember printer alias like Study_Printer@hpeprint.com rather than email@example.com? As far as we could tell there's no ability to make an alternative address; only to reset it to an equally confusing string of letters and numbers.