In 2012 I made the move from an Epson printer and Canon scanner to an HP all-in-one. I would love to tell you how I carefully researched and compared devices, but the truth be known, my family simply had a printer and scanner that were knocking on death's door and I was in a store and spotted a deal that would replace both -- the HP Deskjet 3050.
In the months that have passed since then I must say that I have been incredibly happy with my minor investment. In that time I have upgraded several computers to the RTM of Windows 8 and had no problem gaining access to the printer, including wireless access. The 3050 also has a nice suite of apps included with it.
Now, thanks to a roll out of version 2.0 of an Android app called SureSupply a few days ago, I have even more functionality. The app alerts you to your current printer ink levels right on your phone or tablet, but now it does even more.
Version 2.0 adds that ability to, not only check ink levels remotely, but purchase a new cartridge as well. Customers can simply do a search using their zip code and find a local HP retailer. You can find stores nearby with maps, directions and store details right from the app.
User can also ensure the cartridge is authentic before making a purchase by using the "Verify" feature to check for counterfeit cartridges by scanning the security label on cartridge packaging with a smartphone or tablet.
The HP SureSupply app is free and will work with any Android device running version 2.0 or newer. Setup is a bit comfusing, but once you get it right then the app seems to work extremely well. I have no problems checking ink levels or finding stores in my area.
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