It can be hard to find a good printer that works well for your family. Today we are road testing the HP Envy 5542 to see if it meets the needs of a family with a lot of printing to be done.
About The HP Envy 5542
The HP Envy 5542, HP’s shiny new offering to the printer world. HP is pretty much the only brand of printer I’ve ever owned (although never one this fancy!). Mine always came from the post office and I’m pretty sure my last one only cost me $10 on sale! I’ve always liked them because they are instinctive to use and you don’t have to sell your first born to afford a new ink cartridge. Of course, it was nothing fancy like this one- I can see why they call it the Envy!
The HP Envy has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want from a printer- you can print directly from your phone or tablet, which is perfect for us as my daughter’s grade use iPads at school and she creates most of her assessments on it. You can print remotely through the app so they can even print stuff from school and have it waiting when they get home. The other thing I love is that you can set it to print double sided- which will save so much paper in this house as I think we go through one small tree a month.
HP Envy 5542 – scanner and photocopier
It also scans and photocopies with the touch of a screen. We scan a lot here- my son likes to build online resources for his assignments by scanning his resource texts for various assignments and filing them (he’s the most organised in the house!) Oh and did I mention stealth mode (ok they call it quite mode but still…) it means it doesn’t sound like a small plane is landing in the house every time you print.
It also has a built-in 10×15 cm photo tray so you can easily print photos without having to cut the A4 paper after printing etc. I’m pretty sure my daughter will be all over this function! Its microdot gloss finish means it looks amazing, plus it doesn’t leave fingerprints on the page when they inevitably print and grab as they run for the door in the morning. It’s the perfect thing to help organise my teens and their school work.
Other ways I’m helping my teens get organised are:
The traffic light system of folders– a red, yellow and green folder for them to file their assessments in. The green means they have a long time to work on it, the yellow is assessments and exams coming up soon and the red are for immediate attention. They sort them weekly into the right folders to help them stay on top of things.
Creating a ‘technology box’– they check their phones into the box when its study and work time so that they don’t get distracted. They still have a laptop or iPad but the iPad has no social media apps on it.
A good weekly planner– with work, friends and staying at their dad’s house they can get very busy so we need to have a good planner so we know who is where and when they will fit their study in. Planning is essential for them to manage their workload because no one wants to pull an all-nighter.
To help get your family organised for school pick up an HP Envy for $99 at www.jbhifi.com.au