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If Apple iOS 5 is Such a Big Improvement for iPad, Why Will My Next Tablet Have Android?

(I take an in-depth look at the effectiveness of Apples iOS 5 upgrade versus the Android Gingerbread OS.) I loved my original pre-ordered Apple iPad for Web surfing and content consumption. I have a cool Incase case that folds open into a cool stand for my cool Apple Bluetooth keyboard. I have a stylus that […]

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Review: Hewlett-Packard Universal Print Driver and the New Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise Printer

As detailed in our first-look evaluation of HP’s new Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise Printer, one of the printer’s most significant features is its compatibility with standard PCL 6 page control and PostScript Level 3 page description languages rather than the line-by-line PCL 3 GUI print driver used by most other HP Officejet imaging products. As […]

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Review: Hands-On With Apple’s AirPrint Mobile-Device Printing Solution

We recently evaluated Apple’s AirPrint Printing Solution for Apple iOS 4.2 Mobile Devices.  Alas, we did not have access to an AirPrint compatible printer at the time.  You can read more about it here. We also recently evaluated HP’s ePrint, a firmware-based solution that enables select HP printers to print e-mail attachments sent from any […]

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A Pictorial Review of HP iPrint Photo 3.0 Application for Apple IOS 4.2.1

OK, let’s cut to the chase here.  To make things easier, let’s assume that you’ve already read our companion piece discussing the significance of HP’s iPrint Photo 3.0 app for devices running the Apple iOS 4.2.1 mobile operating system. The key upgrade to HP’s iPrint Photo 3.0 is the ability to print Adobe PDF and […]

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With HP’s ePrint and iPrint, who needs Apple’s AirPrint?

The quick answer is – anybody who does NOT own a network-ready HP printer, MFP or All-in-One that was purchased in the B2B or retail channel.  Ho-hum . . .  However, please stay with me here, since the numbers we are about to present are significant either way. Considering that HP has the leading market […]

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Deflated by AirPrint

I pre-ordered an Apple iPad and have been a happy camper ever since.  I knew going in about the lack of printing and Flash support, but purchased one anyway.  In fact, I never even thought about printing from the iPad until Apple started pumping us up about iOS 4.2 and AirPrint. Since then, I have […]

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Does HP’s Smart Install Live Up to its Name?

Does HP’s Smart Install Live Up to its Name?

On Monday, April 26th, we received a surprise from UPS—the delivery of an early production version of the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP. In case you’ve been living in a cave with no Wi-Fi Internet access, this little gem retails for $199.99 and was just introduced earlier this month.  It’s HP’s latest and least expensive […]

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‘Universal’ Print Drivers Part 4 – Xerox Mobile Express Driver

Before we begin the final leg of our investigation into Universal Print Drivers (UPDs), you need to know that the Xerox Mobile Express Driver (X-MED) only works with PostScript printers.  You also need to know that I have high expectations for Xerox, since I regard them as the best in the industry when it comes […]

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‘Universal’ Print Drivers Part 3 – Ricoh Universal Print Driver

Day 3/Part 3 of our evaluation has us dipping our toes a bit deeper into the world of Universal Print Drivers (UPDs).  Why paranoia today and nirvana yesterday?  For starters, Ricoh’s Universal Print Driver (by far the smallest download of the bunch) has two components:  1) Ricoh Universal Print Driver v 1.0; and 2) Ricoh […]

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‘Universal’ Print Drivers Part 2 – HP Universal Print Driver

While the very notion of a Universal Print Driver has a calming effect on me (assume the lotus position, stabilize your breathing and chant “”UPD, “UPD,” “UPD”. . .).  However, as with meditation, is a Universal Print Driver all that it’s cracked up to be?  Let’s begin our investigation. Hewlett-Packard Universal Print Driver Company Line […]

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Universal Print Drivers Test the Definition Of “Universal” (Part 1)

When I hear the term “Universal Print Driver” (UPD), I think of it in relation to the many print-driver related problems that I’ve encountered with print drivers over the years in extensive testing of hundreds of printers and MFPs, during my business travels, and in personal use. While UPDs have been out for quite a […]

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Free and Green Printing Tools – Part Deux

Immediately following our last post, we were notified by a reader that Hewlett-Packard also has a free printing tool that works with any printer.  Here’s a look: HP Smart Web PrintingReleased in November of 2008, version 4.05 of HP’s Smart Web Printing Tool give users the ability to print only what they need from a […]

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Three Printing Tools That Are Free AND Green

We at Wirth Consulting have harangued you from day one about how efficient printer management can save you money.  Managed printers are also more efficient and produce less waste, minimizing their impact on the earth’s natural resources —a win-win situation. Fortunately, most manufacturers and vendors also realize the importance of protecting the environment, and on […]

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Review: HP Easy Printer Care Printer Management Software

At Wirth Consulting, we constantly stress that you should manage your printers and/or MFPs so that you can manage printing costs.  At the very least, printer management will help you minimize the number of times that you have to run out at the least inopportune time in order to spend your hard-earned cash on toner […]

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