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New printer

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Man, have things changed. I just installed my new HP Photosmart 7510 wireless printer/scanner/copier/fax. I took it out of the box last night, just to see what I had. I was highly annoyed to see yet again that the printer manufacturer failed to include a cable, which I have to buy separately. Only later in the day did I realize, duh: it’s wireless, stupid—no cables required.

Setup is pretty easy: remove all the packing tape, plug it in, turn it on, and follow on-screen instructions (which include little videos when you need help). Totally easy. The only problem I encountered was figuring out how to set it up for double-sided printing, and a Google search found that.

Much easier these days. And it’s a largish unit, though well designed with no floppy plastic extensions to break when a cat sits on them. And the paper feed and delivery are pretty well cat-proof. A widget shows me on my Apple dashboard the amount of ink in each cartridge.

One nice thing: separate cartridge per color, which means that you don’t have to replace the entire color cartridge just because the yellow dots finally exhausted the yellow even though you print almost exclusively in black.

Hmm: I suppose one could readily get privacy by removing the yellow cartridge and print (as usual) in black: no yellow dots because no yellow ink. Of course, it is seldom an issue: what I print mostly are letters and the like, and it’s perfectly obvious who printed them—I sign them. But in some countries, political action is punished by death, and in those cases removing the yellow cartridge is probably wise.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 March 2012 at 9:18 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

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