Our New HP PageWide Printer, Perhaps Of Interest To Some Here Shopping For One, Or If Only From Technical Curiosity

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    Sep 28, 2016 9:42 PM GMT
    A great home business printer in my opinion, we got it a few days ago. (Disclaimer: I have no financial or other interest in maker Hewlett Packard). It's a new approach to color ink-jet printing.

    Instead of the standard time-consuming back & forth shuttle action of the print heads, the PrintWide's print jets are fixed, covering the entire paper at once. Enabling it to print much more quickly & precisely. Its speed being virtually identical to a small desktop laser printer. And very quiet.

    With a great monthly output capability. We print a ton of stuff, had been overworking our previous poor HP inkjet until it finally died last week after 8 years. So this time I got us a printer that exceeds our actual needs.

    It's again a wireless, so both our computers can use it from different rooms, plus our nearby mobile devices can, too. And it's also multi-function: fax, scan, copy, print, and output can be auto-duplexed (2-sided) if desired. We used all those features on our last printer, all essential to us.

    So if you do a lot of home printing, especially for some business work, or in our case a lot of our charity activities, as well, you might look into one of these. I always believe in getting the proper tools, whether it's for working on cars (me), or cooking meals (my husband), or producing office-quality business output (both of us).
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    Sep 28, 2016 10:34 PM GMT
    Incidentally, I remember when impact "pin head" printers were cutting edge. We had those in our Army offices, and the first home computer printer I had in 1983. The more "pins" you paid for the better, because that increased the print resolution. Noisy as Hell, and rather slow, at least the desktop versions.

    Best to use with them was perforated tractor-feed paper. And printer stands from that era had a slot in the top shelf where the printer sat, to accept the continuous tractor paper, which fed from a shelf below.

    I had an Apple printer, when Apple still made those kinds of hardware peripherals. Sturdy, and heavy as a tank, it performed very well for that time frame.

    You could do limited feeds of individual sheets & letterhead as well, even envelops. But you first had to disengage & remove the tractor paper, and be careful about paper alignment. Just like with an old typewriter platen.

    Making today's computer-related stuff just that more amazing to me. Not that I can't manage to use it, and I think successfully.

    But when you compare it to what we had previously, or when we had nothing (I thought I was hi-tech when I bought an IBM correcting Selectric II typewriter when I returned to college in the mid-'70s, and I had learned to type on a manual), sometimes I step back and say: "WOW! Just WOW!"

    With perhaps the appreciation & respect that comes with seeing the advances that brought us here. And not taking them for granted. Able to move forward and exploit them to the max. And the next ones, too, I hope.
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    Sep 29, 2016 2:40 AM GMT
    opps... I neglected to provide an image. icon_redface.gif


    It's kinda tall, nearly 19 inches, but the desk footprint isn't too big otherwise. Although you do need to allow space for the second paper tray opening on the left side, not seen in this pic. But still suitable for many small home offices.

    And of course the touch-screen flips into notched upright positions, if you wish. The ink access is from the front, behind the "HP" logo, but fortunately that won't be too often with its enormous cartridges, unless you're an exceptionally heavy user.