Tech Tip of the Week: A Quick Look at the Self-Installing HP LaserJet P1606dn

By on August 17, 2010, 7:26 AM
Before we get started, we'd like to say that we realize a printer is just a printer to most people. It consumes precious workspace, costs a fortune in supplies, and few geeks would marvel at a copy machine's spec sheet. Along with that it should be made abundantly clear that this write-up is only a quick look at the HP LaserJet P1606dn, or more specifically, one of its key features: Smart Install.

When we covered the launch of HP's self-installing printers back in April, some of you praised the concept while others questioned it -- and rightfully so, "plug and print" is a bold claim. Intrigued, we thought it would be cool to check one out, if only for the novelty factor. It's not a huge hassle to pop in a software disc, but if it can be done automatically, why the heck not, right? On the side this should also avoid the 'bloat' factor omnipresent in today's default installers.

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Guest said:

Don't most printers nowadays just install completely when you plug them in to Windows 7? I'm pretty sure all my printers did so far... Just make sure your PC is connected to the internet, plug in and print.

Funkmesideways said:

Agreed, my old HPDJ 5940 installed itself after plugging it in to my Windows 7 PC

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

That depends if Windows has the drivers or if they have them on their online library. The idea about behind this HP printer (and most of their new products from now on) is that they will have the driver on the device itself, so you won't need a net connection or rely on Windows' support to make things work. That's not to say well supported devices won't install seamlessly when you are online.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Cool for the home in the sense that it will work with an original windows 7 installation without having to update online.

Not much good in a corporate environment. If it could set up its on IP and name, register itself with the print server and attach itself to the correct AD group that would be cooler

Guest said:

This printer is not compatible with Debian (squeeze). You have to use the PCL 5e driver for it to function. You might want to try an install in Linux before you make claims that it is compatible.

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