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HP targets home users with ink-efficient printer

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By Doreen Wainainah

Posted  Wednesday, March 27  2013 at  19:03

As far as compact printers go, there is not much that can be said about the 3-in-1 printers that have the print, scan and photocopy option; but HP has gone a notch higher with the advantage series.

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The 3515 strikes the balance between an attractive design and cloud printing technology.

Home users usually run through a cartridge in a week or two. So it was a relief to find a printer that uses a cartridge in just over twice the amount of time. A single black cartridge can be used to print up to 120 pages while the colour cartridge runs through 100 pages.

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3515 is an ink efficient alternative for home users. The printer can be connected through wireless or via cable although the wireless connection is not compatible with older models of laptops which require configuration.

One can print on both matt and normal paper. This means you can print your photos, certificates from the comfort of your home. It offers a printing speed of up to 20 pages per minute in black and white and 16 in colour.

It has a resolution of 600 dots per inch for monochrome pages and 4800x1200 dots per inch for colour pages and a scan resolution of 1,200 dots per inch.

The printer also facilitates borderless printing of photos and documents at ISO speeds of eight pages per minute for black and white documents and five pages per minute for colour.

Mobile and e-printing make it quite easy to print documents remotely as you can send them to the printer from wherever you are so long as both your device and the printer are online.

Using HP ePrint, HP wireless direct printing and Apple AirPrint, it offers multifaceted you can connect wirelessly to the printer or a mobile phone with wireless access without the need for a router.

This facilitates the use of tablets, smartphone and other mobile devices in printing. The printer is one of the new series of seven printers that was released by HP; the series has HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3515, 3525, 5525, 6525, 4615 and 4625 e-All-in-One and 2515 All-in-One printer.

The 2515 has an inbuilt display for scanning, copying and printing in high resolution. The 4615 and the 4625 allow the user to print, scan, copy and send a fax at the same time.