Printing sucks. Let’s help HP make it suck less.

Just when I was ready to stop seeking new sponsors, HP showed up. Their support will help us make some much-needed improvements to the space and help us clear some of our debt, which will be a huge help in securing us for the long term. It will also give us some oxygen to work on some fun projects I’ve had on the shelf for a while.

When it comes to sponsors, I’m ultra-wary of only working with people who care about our community and our mission. While that means I’m always a little nervous inking a deal with a giant corporation, the folks we’ve been dealing with have been really cool. They dig the idea of helping a community like ours and believe that their products can speak for themselves. 

They also know that when it comes to printing, people rank their perception of the experience somewhere just above a visit to the dentist. They want to work with us to make that better.

Come play with some sweet new gadgets on December 6

We’re producing an event with HP on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 where you’ll have a chance to sample some of the new tech and give some of their representatives some feedback. These include:

A printer that scans 3D objects. Does it hook up with a MakerBot so you can effectively photocopy everyday objects? … No. But does it bring us one step closer? Yes! Here’s a video of the 3D scanning in action:

HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275

A printer that uploads straight to Google Docs, which means for most of the things I’d ever use a scanner for, I don’t even have to think about getting the drivers to work. 

A printer that turns your RSS feeds into a daily morning newspaper. That means every morning I can walk into NWC and have something to read that I can post publicly after I’m done. 

A printer that scans business cards, which is good because I have too many of those.

A printer that you can print to from a mobile device. I honestly have no idea how that is possible, but sweet.

A printer that doesn’t suck. If you’re like me, you make your printer purchasing decisions when the previous one broke and you’re on your way back from a lunch meeting. Everything looks pretty much the same, so you just pick the cheapest one humanly possible and move on with your day. The problem is, a few bucks more could get you a more efficient printer that saves you ink money in the long run. You could also enjoy a printer that’s better built and not loud and slow, which is something I’ve always just assumed is a part of life. 

Getting my hands on a decent printer might make me a bit of a printing snob, but I’m okay with that.

We’ll have all that and more on hand at next Tuesday’s event, along with some giveaways and other fun stuff. If playing with new printer tech gets you even moderately excited, register here and join us next Tuesday!

Thanks HP for helping us out!

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