Here’s the catch: Unlike nearly every other printer for OS X Lion, the driver is not currently available via Apple Software Update. Apple pushed printer makers really hard to release drivers exclusively on Apple Software Update this go-around. In fact, it’s hard at times to set up some printer models on OS X Lion if you don’t have an Internet connection for the computer.
I can figure how this happened. HP’s Officejet 100 probably required significant customizations from the base HP printer driver. It’s one of the only HP printers that primarily prints via Bluetooth, which in and of itself requires additional battle testing. Since it’s sold in stores, HP didn’t want to wait and pushed the driver out on their web site early.
Eventually, I suspect, this driver will get rolled into the next HP Printer Driver Update that gets pushed out via Apple Software Update. The good news is that for road warriors, you can download and keep this driver on a flash drive. That’s another reason I suspect HP posted a standalone download… this printer is meant to be used in situations (on the road) where you may not be able to pop on the Internet and grab the driver. For a particular Mac.
I just purchased my Officejet 100 for over half off at Office Depot. $149 after a $50 trade-in (I traded in a brand new, in-box printer I found on clearance at Target for $10… a year ago). While I wasn’t too keen on trading in a brand new printer, needlessly creating e-waste for the sake of price discrimination, I am in love with the Officejet 100. It’s Bluetooth, plugs into my car’s DC-in or AC outlets, and does USB as well.
While on travel, I can toss it in my backpack and have a printer in my hotel room. But where it really shines is on the road. If I need a coupon, I can print it without having to drive home. With the price of gas, driving home to grab a coupon can become worthless… before even factoring in the loss of time. Now, I can print from my car whenever I want, and ditch the coupon box. Less stress, and more productivity.
When combined with a NeatReceipt scanner, I have the ability to scan and print from anywhere in the world. Paper, mastered.