For the past eight years or so, I’ve lived my non-virtual, printed, life through a Canon InkJet printer. The printer was slow. The quality was so-so. The replacement ink cartridges were incredibly expensive. When Apple announced the availability of AirPrint for selected printers and iOS devices like the iPad and the iPhone, I knew then that I would soon be in the market for a new printer. Yesterday, the HP LaserJet CM1415fnw was delivered to my front door, and I’ve been a printing maniac ever since!
In addition to wanting AirPrint compatibility on my new printer, I also wanted a color laser printer instead of an inkjet. Fifteen years ago, I purchased a used — and massive and heavy HP laser printer — from my business manager. That printer flickered the lights whenever it was turned on. I spent most of my working days waiting for the printer to warm up after turning it off and on and off again all day long.
Yes, my new HP LaserJet CM1415fnw also flickers the lights a bit — but only when printing — and the juice the machine sucks is worth it for the product it delivers in the end. The printed pages are rich and vibrant and elegant. Once you “go color laser” you will never be able to go back to inkjet again — even though my 50-pound HP LaserJet outweighs my Canon by about 30 pounds.
The HP LaserJet CM1415fnw isn’t AirPrint compatible out of the box. First, set up your printer following the included instructions. I’m using an Ethernet cable, but you can do your setup entirely using WiFi. You’ll need to be on a WiFi connection to print from your iPhone or iPad, and I have my LaserJet plugged into my Time Capsule, so I’m all networked up.
Install the software from the CD.
Then — go here — and download the Firmware update for the HP LaserJet CM1415fnw. Follow the easy instructions — you can update via Ethernet or WiFi — and you’re done! AirPrint works perfectly and your printer will have a whole new slew of available options.
Here’s what the old touch screen menu looked like:
Here’s what the new touch screen looks like after the Firmware update:
The “Apps” menu item isn’t Apple-related. Touch on it and you’ll be taken to a screen with interesting services. You can print out USA Today from the internet, right there from your touch screen. Amazing stuff!
After clicking on the “USA Today” icon, you can pick which section of the paper you want to print.
I chose to print out four pages of Weather:
I paid around $330.00USD for my HP LaserJet CM1415fnw after an instant $100.00USD rebate offer. Replacement color toner cartridges are around $66.00USD each — and you need four of them — but the duty cycle for the cartridges is between 2,000 and 1,300 pages each. The printer comes with 750-page capacity cartridges included. I will save a lot of money using a color laser printer compared to what I was spending on my inkjet.
Using AirPrint is simple. You click on the interactive icon in Mail or Safari or Photos and choose “Print” — select your HP LaserJet CM1415fnw from the list — and, boom!, you’re printing from you iPad or iPhone. Easy Peasy. Third-party Apps are also slowly adding AirPrint support, so make sure you update your Apps on a regular basis.
If you’re away from your WiFi network, you can use HP’s keen ePrint service that allows you to remotely print from your iPhone or iPad to your HP LaserJet CM1415fnw. Your printer lives on the internet and HP assigns your printer an IP address and a special email address you use to print when you’re on the go. It’s neat and it works. Printing email attachments sent to your printer is automatic, transparent, and seamless.
The only curious thing about my new HP LaserJet CM1415fnw is the “Scan to USB” option. I guess if you want to scan something, you have to scan to a USB stick you plug directly into the printer. I thought you could scan directly to your computer, but I don’t see that option available. I don’t mind that USB-only limitation too much, because I have a faster stand-alone scanner, but that might be a deal breaker for you if you want to use an Ethernet connection for your printer instead of a USB cable. The fax machine sends and receives just fine.
I’m crazy about my HP LaserJet CM1415fnw, and I urge you to consider this AirPrint machine if you’re in the market for printing beautiful images and super-crisp text.
Okay, I found the scan settings — not an easy task. I docked the HP Utility in my Mac. Then, I clicked on the “Applications” icon.
“Applications” brings forth this tiny window where the “HP Scan 3” software is found. Clicking on the icon starts the scan software from your computer to the printer. You don’t need a USB cable to do this.
I also docked the scan software so I can find it faster in the future.
Here’s a scan I did with the software.
This is the scanned image that started out as a 2250×3505 pixel .TIFF file and ended up here, for you, as a 498×685 .JPG.
Looking at the Scan interface on the printer itself, there is no “Scan to Computer” option. Only the “Scan to USB Drive” is offered. Be sure to look for the “HP Scan 3” software on your computer if you want to control your HP LaserJet CM1415fnw from your computer.