byGretaHP08-09-201207:45 AM - edited 08-09-201207:46 AM
Cover your kids’ ears for a second: School starts in a couple of weeks. Yes, we know it’s still the middle of a sizzling summer, but I wanted to share some gear to consider getting your kids for the school year – and a couple key tech tips that will help prevent mid-semester headaches (for you and the kids).
All-in-One Printers – and Printing Tips
HP today introduced two all-in-one printers with HP ePrint technology, enabling students to print from any web-connected device. The new lineup also gives students access to wireless printing through AirPrint from any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and through HP wireless direct printing, meaning there’s no need for a wireless internet connection. This is actually a big deal if you’re on the run…or just late to class.
- The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer ($179) delivers high-quality documents and lab-quality, fade-resistant photos using five individual inks. It also has a touchscreen enabled with apps for printing web content without connecting to a PC (Darren, for example, loves his CubeCraft app for papercrafting). The HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One printer ($149) offers similar features and is the perfect compact device for people who need to scan, copy and print photos, web content and everyday documents.
- Now if you’re tight on space, I also know that the OfficeJet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer ($399) is pretty sweet for a couple reasons. This tiny guy can fit in any dorm room corner…plus, it’s portable. Seriously. Just pop on the battery and you can get your work printed / scanned / copied anywhere. You can connect it to a network via WiFi – and to your devices over Bluetooth!
- Of course, I’m all about style, so I’ve got my eye on the sleek and modern design of the HP ENVY110 e-all-in-one ($249) printer, which features automatic duplex printing and HP ePrint technology.
As tempting as it can be to print up everything, there are some sure-fire ways to stretch your ink even further. HP Inkologist, Thom Brown shared a couple great tips in this story, but here’s one for you right now:
TIP: A quick and easy way to save on ink is to print with a font that uses less. To change your default font settings in MS Word, you can update the font selection under the Change Styles menu on the Home tab and in Outlook throughTools > Options > Mail Format > Stationery and Fonts. Times New Roman is a good way to go.
The connected coed
HP’s back-to-school arsenal also includes great products for students that offer high performance and uncompromising style:
- The HP ENVY Ultrabook 4 (starting at $749) is ideal for students whose schedules keep them on their feet from morning to night. At just under four pounds and one-inch thin, the ENVY can get you through the day without recharging. Sure, you’ll be able to take notes, do research and a rock some Beats Audio between classes.
- The powerful HP Pavilion dv6 notebook is an ideal choice for entertainment, delivering powerful graphics and sound for an amazing multimedia experience, as well as everything necessary for completing schoolwork. The HP Pavilion dv6 is available on HP Home & Home Office for $579.
- The HP X4000 Wireless Mouse is neat for a couple reasons: It’s comfortable, responsive…ambidextrous….and it looks pretty sweet. It comes in eight flashy designs, but my favorite’s got to be the “’Stache.” I’ve written about it here. Darren insists on calling it, “Moustache.”
- Carry a PC, books and other supplies, like the HP v165 flash drive in the HP Select BackpackSeriously, I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a backup of your important files and projects right there next to you. Speaking of which….
TIP: GET YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS! You might have your music files saved to the cloud. Your pictures…..of course! But don’t take your homework for granted! Even setting it up in Google Docs is better than leaving all your hard work in one place. Lifehacker has a solid list of online storage services, for what it’s worth.
Back to school tech for the whole family
A recent Wakefield Research survey commissioned by HP asked 1,000 parents with children ages 6 to 17 about their children’s PC use. The survey found that technology becomes a significant part of a child’s homework as early as age 10 and that in general, children are spending up to three hours a day on internet-connected devices. Here’s some stuff for you to think about:
- Simple yet powerful, the elegant HP Pavilion 23 (starts at $649) all-in-one PC complements any room and offers exclusive features like HP Magic Canvas and LinkUp to satisfy all computing needs at a great value.
- The HP TouchSmart 320 (starts at $579) PC is ideal for families with young children who will use touch for “edutainment” applications and games.
- The ENVY Sleekbook 6 (starts at $599) is perfect for parents looking to satisfy the demanding needs of their style-conscious tweens and teens without breaking the bank. The notebook’s sharp looks, Beats Audio, long battery life and affordable price make it a machine they’ll want to show off to their friends.
- For the multitasking family, the HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One ($149) merges high-quality color performance with enhanced productivity thanks to print, copy, scan, fax and web functionalities. Finish projects fast – use the 35-page automatic document feeder, 250-sheet paper tray to and high-capacity (XL) cartridges, for printing with fewer interruptions – all for a low cost per page.
SWEET STUDENT DEAL ALERT!
The HP Academy has some exclusive savings on HP PCs and printers as well as software and accessories. You should check ‘em out over at shopping.hp.com/bts, but there are a couple of killer deals currently going on:
- Microsoft Xbox 360 Offer: Students get a free 4 GB Xbox 360 with the purchase of a qualifying Windows PC (laptop or desktop) for $699 or more.
- Ultimate Student Deal: For less than $900, customers can get the powerful and entertaining HP Pavilion dv6, Beats Solo Headphones and HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One printer.