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HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One D110a

  • Category: Printers
Last Updated
August 23, 2010

Editor's Rating
3.5 Out of 5

Pros
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Printing via e-mail attachments
  • Good photo print quality
  • Useful Web apps & features

Cons
  • No Ethernet connection
  • Small text print quality is poor

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The HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One D110a, besides having a very long name, has Web connectivity with a new feature called ePrint. ePrint lets you print a file via sending the item in an e-mail attachment to a specific e-mail address. The D110a also is a multifunction print, scan, copy device with some nice Web features.

The D110a has a rounded design with a black body that measures approximately 7 x 17.5 x 16-inches (hwd) and weighs quite a bit. Setting it up is pretty easy, just unpack it and insert the two ink cartridges and fill it with paper. After that, insert the setup disc, which comes with drivers for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. 32-and 64-bit drivers are included for both Windows Vista and 7. Linux drivers are also available on HP's Web site. There is only a USB port on the back, no Ethernet, but there is built-in Wi-Fi for network connectivity.

Wi-Fi setup is not too bad, as it does support Wi-Fi Protected Setup, which allows one-button setup, but that feature has to be supported by your router. Many routers unfortunately don't, so you'll probably have to set it up manually. You can select your network right from the printer itself on the LCD display or enter in your network's SSID manually. After that, if your network has encryption enabled, you will have to enter in the passkey by selecting numbers and letters with the arrow keys, which can take a very long time and is cumbersome. After it's all setup, it does work without any issues. We would've liked to see an Ethernet port on the back of the D110a for people without Wi-Fi or for easy connection when close to a router.

After the HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One D110a is installed on your computer, it will add an icon for setting up ePrint, which takes you to the HP ePrintCenter Web site. Here you will register your printer and obtain an e-mail address for it. Once complete, you can e-mail one of the 15 supported file formats by attaching it to an e-mail that is sent to this ePrint address. This works great with smartphones or when you're away from home and want to print to your own printer on your network back at home. The supported file formats include PDFs, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, GIF, BMP, and others.

Some of the other Web applications included with the HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One D110a include apps to print daily news, Sudoku puzzles, weather forecasts, coupons from Coupons.com, and a few children's games and cartoons. All of these applications require the printer to be connected to the Internet via your Wi-Fi network.

The D110a's printing speed is fairly good, but can be on the slow side at times. Text printing is pretty quick and on par with other printers, but photo printing is definitely slow, even more so with larger prints.

Despite being rather slow at times, the HP PhotoSmart D110a's printing quality is good, especially with graphics and photographs. Text prints with very small fonts, however, seemed jagged and not well-formed. Fonts printed at 10 points and above looked good and crisp. Print quality for graphics and photographs is very good. Colors printed with vibrant accuracy and with little blurriness with most prints. Some darker photos, however, did show lesser color vibrancy, but nothing horrible. The graphics print quality is definitely good enough for printing digital photos from a camera.

The scanner worked very fast and color scans of photos looked good and were represented with fair to good accuracy in subjective testing.


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