Details and Guidance for HP USB 3.0 Printers
Many laptops do not have a port that will accept a printer. Because of this, a printer that uses a cable as a connector for a USB port is one way to fulfill your printing needs. Understanding how you can connect these devices, how they transfer data, and what types are available may help you find the model that's right for you.What types of printers are available?
Most printers that use a cable for USB connectivity or data transfer in Gbps (gigabits per second) fall into one of several categories. Which device is best for you depends on your situation and the features you may need. The most common printing units you may find during your search include:
- Standard: Standard devices typically have all the functions you need for the basic production of documents on paper that is the regular 8.5-inch by 11-inch size.
- Large-format: Large-format devices print on paper that is wider or longer than the standard size you might use for most documents.
- All-in-one: The specific features of an all-in-one printer can vary depending on the model you choose. Many of these devices include capabilities such as scanning, faxing, and photographic printing in addition to standard features.
The specific steps you might use to install a USB printer can vary depending on the brand, such as HP, that you choose. However, you might be able to use these steps as general guidelines:
- Plug in a cable: Use a USB cable as a connector between the printing device and your computer.
- Activate the printer: Turning on the device will allow your computer to find and recognize it once the data transfer begins. Your laptop may need a few moments to configure the printer or download and install any drivers it might need.
- Use the wizard: If you are having any issues getting your Windows laptop to recognize a new printer via USB, you may be able to add it by using the appropriate task or program. The Windows Easy Transfer wizard is designed to guide you through this process.
There are several criteria you can use to narrow your search to the models that suit your needs and preferences. Some factors to consider when looking for the right HP USB printer include:
- Technology: Print technologies include thermal, laser, and inkjet.
- Resolution: Each device has a maximum resolution at which it will print. This resolution is determined by the number of dots per square inch (DPI) it produces.
- Product line: You may be able to choose from DeskJet, Envy, OfficeJet, or Photosmart models.
- Speed: The print speed refers to how many sheets the unit can produce in a minute.