If you're a Windows user, the HP Smart Install feature provides a convenient way for you to install the drivers and software for the TopShot M275. The installation files already reside in the memory of the MFP, what you need to do is to connect it to your PC via a USB cable, and follow the on-screen instructions. The whole installation process took us about 20 minutes. In the event you can't get the HP Smart Install program to work, there's always an installation CD to fall back on. For Mac users, there's a separate CD provided. In the box, you'll also find a disc containing Readiris Pro 12, an optical character recognition (OCR) software.
To make full use of the TopShot M275, especially web-connected features like HP ePrint and print apps, it's recommended to hook it up to the network (wired or wireless) that has an Internet connection. HP Web Services on the MFP must also be turned on. HP ePrint basically lets you print from anywhere as long as you've an Internet connection by sending an email to your printer's email address (yes, you read that right; your printer has its own email address). The printer also supports Apple's AirPrint, which lets you print wirelessly from an iOS device running iOS 4.2 or later. Of course, you can also do wireless direct printing from other smartphones or notebooks, and this usually requires an HP ePrint driver or a mobile app. You can find a host of such solutions at the HP Mobile Printing Solutions website.
Print apps on the other hand are little apps that can be downloaded for use on HP Internet-enabled printers. Think of a print app as a shortcut to print content on the Internet directly from the printer, without going though the computer. The library of apps is growing every day. Take for example, if you have a ton of business cards, you can just spread them out on the TopShot M275's capture stage, and use the Shoeboxed Biz Card app to scan them, and export them to your Outlook contact list. Or, you could scan a document, and use the eStorage Google Docs app to upload it to your Google Docs account.
Recently, many printer makers have also jumped into the mobile printing and Web-enabled printer bandwagons; but in our opinion, HP is doing the most decent and comprehensive job thus far.
Before we look into the performance of the TopShot M275, here are some other aspects of the MFP worth mentioning.
The TopShot M275 comes bundled with 'introductory' 500-page toner cartridges for each of the four colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Below is a table showing the costs of the replacement consumables.
|Supplies||Est. Page Yield||Price|
|HP 126A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CE310A)||1,200 pages||S$75|
|HP 126A Cyan LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CE311A)||1,000 pages||S$80|
|HP 126A Yellow LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CE312A)||1,000 pages||S$80|
|HP 126A Magenta LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CE313A)||1,000 pages||S$80|
|HP 126A LaserJet Imaging Drum (CE314A)||7,000 pages (color) / 14,000 pages (B&W)||S$116|