Review: HP’s ePrint Print Driver for Windows

By now, we’re all probably familiar with Hewlett-Packard’s ePrint remote printing application: during the printer installation, the ePrint-capable printer is assigned an e-mail address; then you register your printer at HP’s ePrint Center and assign printing defaults and security settings;  finally, you send an e-mail with an attachment to that e-mail address and the ePrint-capable printer will automatically print the attachment. However, ePrint was only capable of printing attached images, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents, Adobe PDFs, and photos. You were our of luck however if you simply wanted to remotely print (File/Print) from within an application such as Microsoft Excel – until now.

Introducing HP’s ePrint Mobile Print Driver for Windows

The HP ePrint Mobile Driver makes it easy to print to any HP ePrint-capable printer or MFP from any print-enabled application installed on a desktop or mobile PC running the Windows OS (Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 7 [64-bit], Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista [64-bit], Microsoft Windows XP). All you need to do is click File and Print from within the application.

You can download the HP ePrint Mobile Print Driver here.

Installation


After accepting the licensing agreement, you can set up new ePrint credentials
or set ePrint Mobile as your default print driver.

Next, enter your registered ePrint e-mail address.

The ePrint Mobile Print Driver installation is complete.

Setup

Once you’ve installed the ePrint Mobile Print Driver, you can locate available ePrint printers from Printer Properties.

Click “Add Printer” to search for available ePrint-capable printers.

 The list automatically populates with your existing ePrint-registered printers.
You can search for other ePrint-capable printers by e-mail address, IP address or hostname.

You can also specify to search for locally installed network printers.

Finally, you can give your discovered printer a friendlier and more recognizable name.

Using ePrint

Now you want to print using your new Mobile Print Driver. It’s simple – from within your Windows application, select “Print” and then select the Mobile Print Driver (if it’s not set as your default printer). If you want to adjust print-job settings, select “Properties” and the following dialog appears:

You can adjust the print settings boxed in red. You can also select to print from a list of discovered printers that were added via the “Add Printer” button .

Summary

Strengths:

  • Easy installation.
  • Easy printer discovery.
  • Print directly from any print-enabled Windows application without going the e-mail attachment route.
  • Print remotely to virtually any HP ePrint-capable printer around the world where you have permission (an allowable e-mail address) specified in HP ePrint Center for that particular printer.

Limitations:

  • Even if your ePrint-capable printer has multiple media trays, jobs always print from tray 1. This means that if you want to print on photo paper, it must be installed in this tray and other ePrint jobs sent to the printer will print on photo paper as well. If you have multiple ePrint printers, you may want to dedicate the most appropriate printer to printing photos.
  • The number of print settings is extremely limited compared to that of the traditional print driver.

Traditional print driver for a contemporary ePrint-enabled printer.

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9 Comments on “Review: HP’s ePrint Print Driver for Windows”

  1. activator May 23, 2012 at 2:57 AM #

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation however I to find this matter to be really one thing that I feel I would by no means understand. It seems too complex and very vast for me. I am taking a look forward to your subsequent post, I will attempt to get the hang of it!

    • Terry Wirth May 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM #

      I went back and reviewed the post and changed up a few words in the introduction to (hopefully) make it a bit easier to understand.

      Thanks for your input!

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  3. Kelle Kimbel June 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM #

    Spot on with this write-up, I really assume this website wants rather more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read rather more, thanks for that info.

  4. Schlatter January 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM #

    The download link does not work.

    • Terry Wirth January 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

      Thanks for pointing that out. The link has been updated.

  5. Rob Wijkowski February 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM #

    Does HP make the e-print driver so that it will work with older HP printers that are on a Wi-Fi network ?

    • Terry Wirth February 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

      Rob,

      NoHowever, some printers. The printer must be ePrint enabled. The best way to remotely print to non ePrint printers is using Google cloud print, but you need Chrome on the PC with the print drivers and it must be left on. Google cloud print for the messy details.

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