What is stopping me from printing my pictures?
Not much anymore!
I’ve had so much fun in the past few days browsing through the photos from the past couple of months for my Free your Pictures challenge.
And at the same time I’m thinking to myself-
Why haven’t I done this more before?
The answer is simple: I’ve had a colour printer- laser and inkjet- at home for the past 15 years. And for all this time I was very conscious of the cost to replace the cartridges or toners. I’ve skimped on printing, especially pictures, to the point of even buying a digital photoframe. (Don’t bother! They’re a gimmick.)
Over the past 4 months I’ve had a bit of a revelation: I was given an HP printer and a year’s ink subscription to test and review. It has really liberated my printing habits!
The HP Envy 5530 is cheap printer, yet it photocopies, scans, prints wirelessly, even prints daily colouring sheets for the kids automatically, if you set it up. It is the first printer that I can actually print to wirelessly without having to reboot, reinstall, reengineer each time I come to print (unlike my 2 Samsung wireless printers).
It is really simple to set up and use.
I cannot fault the image quality of the printer either. (I’ll be sharing shots of my printed pictures over the next weeks with #freeyourpics – check out instagram or twitter)
I’m really happy with everything about it, to the point that we have bought my parents one too.
The ink subscription
This is so simple and I’ve struggled to write about it for sounding like a mouthpiece for the company. However, I can genuinely say I love the concept!
I have a 100 page subscription which costs £3.49 a month.
When I got my printer, I set the printer up, linked it to the internet, registered it. I then set up the instant ink account. The printer came with some cartridges, which I installed.
Within a couple of days of setting up the instant ink account I got a little package. This was my new set of cartridges. However, my instant ink account didn’t kick in till I’d used up the initial ink that came with the printer and installed these new cartridges.
Then my counter began. You see, the printer is linked to the internet and communicates with HP about cartridge status and printed pages.
The instant ink cartridges come with a free return package to return your used cartridges. Another aspect of Instant ink that I love so much! It really appeals to my eco aspirations.
Over the past months I’ve been able to keep track of how much we print. We have yet to go over the 100 pages and generally have some pages left over that we can carry to the following month.
The whole idea of an ink subscription is brilliant! Although I got this initial period to review the product I know I will be sticking with it even when I runs out. I can hardly wait for this to be rolled out in other parts of Europe, so I can give a subscription to my parents and in-laws too.
Do you print a lot?
Do you print out your own pictures?
Let me know your thoughts on printing your pictures and how you go about it.