Tuesday, January 18, 2011
PCWorld ran this interesting article, Cloud Printing Is Here--Do You Need It? and here are my thoughts.
Printers were made as peripherals to produce hard copy of our documents. Getting it to scan, fax and make copies is alright. Designing it to access the internet, I feel, is cool but I don't get the point yet.
I would like to call it PCializing/smartphoning the printer not out of extra important necessity. For me, I go online to read, to play, to blog but it's just feel weird to do that in a printer, even if the printer is capable of it. We are in the era of PCs, laptops, netbooks, smartphones and, lately, tablets. They all pretty much take care of the things we need to do online.
Fine. There are things online that you may need to be printed and perhaps immediately. Businesses with print-on-demand need for their documents stands to benefit from cloud printing. But I think they are still few. An example would probably be a business offering printer service wherein customers walk-in and say print this Facebook photo or plane tickets or coupons.
The capability to send print jobs via e-mail to these web-connected printers are great, but I feel that the rest of the features, downloadable apps and all are just more like icings on big cake.
So, the answer to the question of this blog post title is, I'll press cancel. A reliable HP printer and compatible HP toners can work just fine with our PCs and our smartphones.