As I mentioned before, HP recently contacted me about participating in a ‘virtual focus group’ and since I accepted, they sent me comparable models of HP and Kodak photo/print/scanners. This is my second post evaluating the experience. If you’re thinking of getting a new printer that can ‘do it all’ this Christmas, I hope these posts will help!
In my previous post, I was still evaluating the merits of getting the printers unpacked and arranged in my home. I was also considering the very physical attributes of the printers – i.e. the Kodak printer is black and built like a tank while the HP printer is white and silver and doesn’t seem quite as indestructible. Well, the printing has begun and here are some initial thoughts:
- These babies are WIRELESS (cue the hallelujah chorus!). That means that I can sit on my couch and print whatever I want without getting up (because let’s face it, I am WAY to active *snicker*). So, I can be typing away on my laptop in the kitchen and I don’t have to scramble into the office and plug the printer into the usb port to print my New Moon tickets. I just hit print – and voila! *sigh* Of course, if I really WANTED to plug them in, I could. But why on earth would anyone want to do that?!
- I may have mentioned at some point that I do not like (aka LOATHE) reading directions. I like things to be intuitive. And these printers were not going to be the acception. So, setting them up for their wireless connectivity needed to be easy breasy. And…it kinda was. Both of them were very easy to connect to my network with the ‘connection wizard’ waving his magic wand all over the place, making my life that much easier. I love it when things are simple. Don’t you?
- I could NOT figure out how to get the Kodak printer to print a picture. I know, I know – most likely a user error – and given that I loathe (LOATHE) directions, I usually do not even bother unpacking them. So, I could not figure out how to print a picture. Oh, I could print them on paper, just not on photo paper. Grrr.
- And then I figured out that all I had to do was push in the tray. Oh. Hmm. Maybe I should have at least glanced at the instructions.
- In the spirit of keeping things simple, in my opinion, HP has blown it out of the water. And maybe gone a WEE bit overboard. Kodak put a single icon on my desktop – when I click on the ‘Home Center’ it gives me options to print, buy supplies, copy and scan, tips and tricks and a mess of other stuff. HP on the other hand put 3 icons on my desktop – for shopping, a ‘Solution Center’ and then the program application. That’s a LOT of stuff on my desktop…but that’s what the delete button is for…so….
- Where did HP get it SUPER right? In my widget toolbar on my desktop, there is now a little image of an HP printer. All I have to do to print a picture, is DRAG a copy of it to the top of the little printer. And it prints. That’s it. Easy – peasy – 1 – 2 – 3-sy. Seriously. Honestly, that is such an awesomely nifty little thing that for me, that it is a decision maker. Really, I know I say this a lot. But it is the LITTLE things that count.
That’s all for now – I’ll keep printing away. So far I’ve done some document printing, photo printing and a wee bit of scanning…but I’m considering a project for the holidays. A couple of them actually. And I need to find some little cards to put my handmade earrings on…so they look fancy. Ooooh – projects, projects, projects! YAY!