It was exciting news when Hewlett Packard has announced the release of the HP AirPrint printer. Whether you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, with an HP Airprint compatible printer, just a couple of taps and you can be printing any print project you might have. It’s easy to use and hassle free.
Apple introduced the AirPrint capability. Initially there were only a handful of printers that were AirPrint capable, but today there are tons of choices in AirPrint capable printers. If you want to enjoy a direct to printer solution with an HP printer, you’ll be able to take advantage of a number of HP printers.
With an HP AirPrint compatible printer, you’ll be able to seamlessly prince recipes, movie tickets, iWork documents, web pages, email, Safari, photos, iBooks, and the list goes on. There’s nothing you won’t be able to print with just a couple of taps. Remember there are no software to install, no downloads, and no cables to connect, no drivers to install. Just hit “print” and it’s done. You can queue as many print jobs as you like.
The HP AirPrint compatible printer will allow you to connect to your Wi-Fi network with no software and no setup. If you want a direct to printer solution, the printer must be shared on a PC or Mac computer. HP also offers their own ePrint technology, which allows for driverless printing on any iOS device as long as you are connected to the internet.
3 Ways for HP Enabled Printing from Mobile Devices
AirPrint – print functionality is embedded natively in the Apple operating system that connects with an HP ePrint enabled printer.
HP ePrint – a cloud based solution that enables the ability to print from any mobile device.
HP mobile apps and/or drivers that provide print functionality when there is an embedded solution.
Understanding the Difference between HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint
Apple AirPrint will allow all iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone users to wirelessly print to any local printer that is on a wireless network using the embedded OS print functionality. Whereas, the HP ePrint, will allow you to print from any mobile device, anywhere in the world, to an HP ePrint enabled printer that is using HP cloud. This is done by providing you with a unique email address to your HP printer. You print the files by emailing them from your mobile device.
It’s important that you do not confuse these two options. They are significantly different. AirPrint and ePrint do not require any software or driver downloads making both of them appealing and allowing mobile users a great deal of flexibility.
HP AirPrint Printers
HP recommends you upgrade your firmware before using your HP AirPrint printer with you Apple device. The following are HP AirPrint compatible printers. There are a number of HP Deskjets, HP Envy series, HP OfficeJets, HP Photosmart, and HP LaserJet printers compatible with AirPrint.
HP AirPrint provides you with the flexibility to print anytime anywhere!