When the printer arrived, I put it aside thinking I would need a little time to get it set up. Then, it came time to have a few friends over and I needed to get the printer set up ASAP! Thankfully, the set up process was easy and the printer and included software walked me through the steps. I think it was about 10 minutes from unpacking to printing!
One thing that was a little thing, but that I thought was clever, was that the plastic bag the printer was in had a handle to make it easier to lift out of the box. Sometimes, it's the small things that really add up.
I easily created a personalized HP email address, and thought it was so cool that I could email documents to the printer from anywhere and they would print. It's like a fax machine without the telephone line! (Especially useful since we don't have a land line.) The only thing that occurred when using that feature was that a couple of the documents I sent didn't print because the printer thought they were spam.
I also liked that I could set the printer to only accept emails from select email addresses. That would ensure I wouldn't receive any junk sent to my printer.
Then, I tried printing from my iPhone. It quickly printed an email and also a picture from my photo album with no problem. When I tried the same from my iPad -- again, no problems!
And, finally, to be truly useful I need to be able to print to it from my laptop. Again, it quickly connected and printed out a document that I was working on and wanted to edit with a red pen. I was ready to show it off!
Once my friends with smart phones connected to our home's wifi, they were able to easily print from their phones, too! If I didn't want to connect them all to my wifi, I could have allowed all email addresses to print to my printer and they could have sent emails to print documents or pictures.
HP has some great templates available on their site for download and use. Things like greeting cards, recipe cards, and even small boxes that can be put together. We had fun checking out the different templates available and printing them out.
This printer takes HP XL Cartridges. The cartridges (black and tri-color) are less than $30 each and print more than cartridges in the past.
The HP 3052A is also a copier and a scanner, so it's an excellent all-around printer.
Right now, the printer is under $100 at Wal-Mart. In fact, I was sent $10 gift cards to share with my friends who came to look at the printer, and I have one left over to give away to one of my readers! To enter the giveaway, CLICK HERE to fill out my giveaway form. Use the following information to fill it in completely:
Name of Giveaway: WalMart and HP
Mandatory Question: What's the first thing you would print from your smartphone / tablet / or via email?
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I'll choose a winner on my birthday, November 10, 2012! Good Luck!!
*Disclosure: I received a printer, ink cartridges and gift cards from HP, WalMart and MomSelect. All opinions stated are my own.*