I am a total technology NERD. New electronics make me giddy. Like a two year old boy getting a box full of matchbox cars giddy.
I almost kissed the UPS man when he dropped this at my house.
I dropped every thing I was doing in order to get it set up, including my baby. I mean it took me almost 20 minutes to realize he was crying not because I wasn’t paying attention to him but because he had kicked his toy over. What? At least it wasn’t on top of him, and I totally put something heavy on the base when I set it back up so he couldn’t kick it over again.
Even Kitty got in on the action. She was totally excited about the new printer, or maybe just the snazzy bag it came in. Whatever.
I can’t tell you how easy the set up was. The printer itself walked me through virtually every step once it was plugged in. See that little button there that says “Show Me”? If you clicked on that at any point in the set up it would show you an animation demonstrating the step you were on. DUDE.
One of the things I miss the most about my office job, besides the paycheck of course, is access to the copy and fax machines. It was so easy to take everything to work. For several years we didn’t even have a functioning printer set up in our house. My husband spends his days at the top of a 40 foot electric pole so asking him to take stuff to work and make copies or send faxes is like asking Brittney Spears to actually perform…live..it could happen but chances are it wouldn’t be pretty. Scanning is a total breeze on this thing. You put the paper in, you hit scan, tell it where to send it and off it goes. I don’t even have to my computer anywhere near the printer to scan to it.
A few nights ago I was baffled when I realized that I had to fax something. There was no other option. The company specifically stated that only faxes were accepted. How can this even be? Anywho, I asked all the other girls if they had set up the fax option because quite honestly it was 10:30 at night and I didn’t want to mess with the set-up. Well none of those other slackers had it set up, so I put on my big girl panties and dove in. Let me tell you the hardest part of setting the printer up to fax was finding shoes to put on to trek to the basement for a phone cord. (I’m pretty sure the printer comes with a phone cord but I needed my super extra long one because my living room only has one phone outlet)
I plugged the phone cord into the back and opened up the utility on my computer. I plugged in my name and phone number where noted. I figured there had to be more to the process but just for fun I clicked to “test the device for fax set-up” button. I am not even kidding when I tell you it was 100% ready to send and receive faxes at that point. Oh it gets better, I got my letter all ready to fax and I faxed it FROM MY COMPUTER! No printing required. Hello paper saver!
I could go on and on about all the cool stuff this printer does. I mean I didn’t even tell you about any of the cool web apps, or how the printer sends messages to my computer when it is low on ink (even when I’m not actively printing). Or how about that time I forgot I was going to a scrapbook crop and had no pictures printed out, I printed 20 4×6 photos in less than 15 minutes. I didn’t tell you how I printed coupons for grocery shopping on my way out the door, while holding the baby in his car sear. Clearly when I can teach my kid to fetch me things I’ve printed and bring them to me on my throne the couch I will be one step closer to complete domination (of my home).
**This printer was provided by HP for me to test out and review, but the opinions you see here are 100% mine.