This is a review of the HP Photosmart eStation that was loaned to me to try out in my capacity as a "Mom-blogger" - It is my choice to write about it because I like it - if I didn't I would just say nothing!
So I guess you are wondering, why would someone dedicated to eradicating the printed picture cards that her daughter used to use and replacing them with Apps be asked to test out a printer?
Well the answer is - there is no escaping the needed for printed visual supports in Autism.
Sure an App is super dooper when you are asking someone to tell you what they really like. It is also really handy for helping them to organise a familiar task like getting dressed, even handier when you are giving them token reinforcement, or creating a detailed social story.
If I can get away with using an App for something I will. But when there is a chance that said schedule is going to be thrown at me then I prefer it to be made of paper or cardboard.
So yeah, I still need a good printer. As a Special Needs Mum-preneur I also need to be able to scan and quickly copy a lot of stuff. I've actually won wars of appeal based on my ability to keep and re-produce paperwork. Seriously. (read this to learn why)
But to be honest I really thought we had reached the stage when printers couldn't do much more and were often cheaper than the ink it took to run them- perhaps soon to be a gift with purchase?
As you might have guessed, the HP Photosmart eStation All in One C510a has kind of changed my mind. (click link for specs)
It makes copies in color or black & white with one click whether your computer is connected or not. It prints documents and flyers from your desk-top really nicely too. And it scans stuff that you have signed and need to send back to people (which I have to do a lot)