I’m completely lucky to get the new HP Fancy Pants printer

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on November 13, 2009

in Product Sites,Shopping,Sponsored

I’ll just say it. I lucked out. Completely.

I was/am lucky enough to be given the new HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web All-in-One Printer. (Try saying that 3 times…) Being a writer for Aiming Low has its many privileges.

In receiving the printer, I was asked to write an honest, personal review of the printer as I use it in my home and with my business. That’s good, because it’s hard for me to NOT be honest. I’m a horrible actress. I’m also a horrible joke-teller, but that’s for another day.

That said, I LOVE THIS PRINTER. I’m considering introducing a bill to congress making electronics marriage legal, that would probably pass here in Florida. We’ve always been an HP printer household, so I knows my HPs. I know what to expect: that they’re good darn printers.

Seeing that I loves a list, here are my pros & cons lists for the Fancy Pants (a technical term) printer:

• My 3 year old can use it to print Disney and Nickelodeon coloring sheets.
• The picture and graphics print quality is FAR beyond what I ever expected from a home printer.
• You don’t need a computer, just an internet connection. You don’t even need a WiFi connection – you can plug right into your modem or ethernet.
• It’s pretty. It’s shiny.
• It’s pretty much idiot-proof. (see: My 3yo can use it. Not that she’s an idiot, but really, if my 3yo can use it, any adult idiot can use it.)
Print cartridges are cheap (~$10 each) and last longer than other printers’ I’ve used.
• It prints double-sided. As a small business owner, that’s completely awesome.
• Dual paper trays, which means you don’t have to get up off your booty every time you want to print out a photograph of your adorable (but not as adorable as mine) kids.
• Because it’s connected to the web, there are updates to the printer that download themselves. (see: idiot-proof) HP has promised to add more apps to their already-large app library. And you know, apps are the new black.

• My 3 year old can use it to print 100 Disney and Nickelodeon coloring sheets.
• As a small business owner who prints up to 100 pages at a time, I had problems with the printer feeding more than one paper at a time.
• It’s pricey, but they just dropped the price to $340. BUT, when you trade in your old printer (ANY old printer, in ANY condition), you can save $50. That makes it under $300 for those of you who are math-slow.

So tell me, if you were in the market for a printer (and aren’t you always in the market for something way-awesome?) would you buy this printer? Why or why not? What do you look for when you buy a new printer other than it being able to actually print?

The fancy folks at HP will be reading what YOU have to say here. (*waving HI!*) Tell them what you like/don’t like/wish-it-could-do in regards to this printer or any other printer. I bet they’ll write down, in a fancy-pants HP kind of way, what you have to say. They’re cool like that.

Gotta say it: My disclosure statement.

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1 Mommakiss November 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

Whilst I was among the *cool kids* who got to try this in Boston…I am seriously considering buying this printer. And what a coinkydink, our printer / scanner / copier just busted. Like the face of it is cracked. So yah – we need a new printer.

Here’s my questions for Angela (hi!) – does this baby scan? Will it photocopy? If my little brain remembers correctly, it doesn’t, but there were some Aiming Low cocktails in my hand(s) so I could be wrong. Anyway – if not – are there compatible HP scanners / copiers that would work w/ this?

Thanks a mil – and I’m pretty much jealous that you got your very own.
.-= Mommakiss´s last blog ..Unconditional =-.


2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

YES it prints/copies/scans/faxes like a champ. I’m so proud of my new baby printer.


3 Grumble Girl November 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Looks awesome! And it is sooooo pretty! I love pretty things…
.-= Grumble Girl´s last blog ..11:11 =-.


4 cindy w November 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

We’re generally an HP printer household, but since we’ve had our current one for a million years & it’s showing no sign of slowing down, I don’t really see the point in upgrading. Yes, the ink is expensive & that’s annoying, but… meh. It’s not enough to make me plop down $300 for a new printer.

But, ours doesn’t print photos, so…. maybe? Someday? Let’s just say that if I got one for free, I wouldn’t sneeze at it.
.-= cindy w´s last blog ..Two =-.


5 shari_tweets November 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Hmmm…the print cartridge price alone is attractive. I’ve always had HP’s, with one brief and regrettable affair with a Dell. I think HP knows where it’s at for printing.

But $300. Holy moly. That’s a lot of dough.


6 tena November 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm

who you calling an idiot?

By the way- skype me on how to do the double sided printing sometime!

Yours truly,
the idiot
.-= tena´s last blog ..Cat fights aren’t always a good thing =-.


7 Cindy November 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm

You know the best thing about hp printers? You can order ink from them online at 5pm and it will be at your door at 10am the next day…free shipping and even Saturdays. I could say more about other happy HP discoveries as I print a lot of fine art, but I’ll save that for when I get a free printer 😉


8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I JUST learned that with this printer. I wish I’d known a long time ago. I just ordered my first cartridges and it was easy peasy. And FREE NEXT DAY SHIPPING. Awesome.

Let me know if you are looking to buy a new printer – I have a $100 gift card to share. 🙂


9 Cindy November 13, 2009 at 10:21 pm

a hundred smackers? now I want mine to break..lol. I looked at it and I think I own it’s equivalent to the one that came out 4 years ago. I’m glad it has lasted because I paid a little more for mine…technology is finicky like that.


10 Astaryth November 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Since my Epson printer is less than a year old, I’m betting that talking the hubs into letting me spend $300 on a new printer isn’t going to fly ;p Still, if HP wanted me to take a look at one, I wouldn’t turn them down LOL! Enjoy your newest toy!
.-= Astaryth´s last blog ..Procrastination… or Just Pure Laziness? =-.


11 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

getting free stuff is almost never turned down by me. 😉


12 YoMama November 14, 2009 at 12:55 am

Cool printer! Would I buy one??…Maybe at some time in the future, but my HP all-in-one is working great right now. I do think the price of cartridges sounds wonderful! 🙂


13 Zoeyjane November 14, 2009 at 1:59 am

I have an HP photosmartthingywhatever now that does the same 1-sheet thing and it drives me mental enough to make me do absolutely everything in my power to never have to print. Now, if they improved that so that it like, fed in its own sheets of paper? I’d buy it.
.-= Zoeyjane´s last blog ..Finally =-.


14 Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy November 16, 2009 at 1:40 am

My beef with printers in general is this: I have to replace them CONSTANTLY. I rarely print, but you better believe that my printer will break down if I need to do so. It seems that like most things these days they are made to only last for so long so that the consumer has to repurchase or upgrade. I would really like a printer that wasn’t a total tool.
.-= Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy´s last blog ..And then a Stranger Yelled in my Face =-.


15 dsi r4 December 16, 2009 at 7:40 am

It looks awesome. I definitely going to buy this. Thanks for the information.


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