To me, printers are a necessary evil.
I lead a largely paperless existence. I'd rather see a full-screen photo on a computer than a 4x6 print. I resent it when word processors--especially the cloud-based Google Docs--squander my screen real estate on rulers and margins and page breaks that will never be physically incarnated on paper. And don't get me started on the price of ink cartridges.
For my purposes, the last time a printer paradigm shifted was about 15 years ago when they sprouted USB ports. So imagine my surprise when I found myself impressed with new features in a Hewlett-Packard printer family that made me reconsider my distaste.
Here's what happened. When my wife and I moved to England half a year ago, we pared our possessions back to what we could carry on a plane. Our bulky and seldom-used printer clearly was destined for some quality time in the storage facility.
The world isn't ready to give up printers just yet, though: the electronic era has yet to fully arrive when it comes to direct debit forms, letters to the school district, and boarding passes. I reluctantly concluded I'd have to spring for a printer but procrastinated over the new clutter.
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