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HP Printer Hate

HP used to be my favorite brand of printers. They were cheap, reliable and pretty innovative. The best one I ever had was a LaserJet 1000. This is a major workhorse that, after years of trusty service, finally gave up the ghost. My next laser was an HP 1012, which isn't all that old. Despites its relative youth, there is no Windows 7 driver for the HP 1012, not the 1000.

This is egregious and one of the worst forms of planned obsolesce I have ever seen.

I also have a DeskJet All-in-One 5600, which is fine, but it's slow and rips through ink faster than Fyodor Dostoyevsky (he wrote extremely long books). The HP 5600 has a driver, but it is incredibly intrusive. I tried to remove the Web printing feature and was told it might disable the rest of the driver library. And there's an HP popup for an update that flows off the right side of my screen but can't be closed. And the text doesn't even fully fit into the stupid little box!

I'm sure HP has heard these complaints but doesn't seem to care.

My new printer is a Xerox. I'll let you know how that all works out.

What is your favorite and least favorite printer of all time? Vote at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/08/2011 at 1:18 PM


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