Once the wireless Wi-Fi capability got to printers, it just got a lot easier to print everything. Our printers are no longer tied to a computer with a cable. We can print from our phones. Amazon just made the process even easier. You can now ask Alexa to make your impression for you.
Use Alexa to print
Do you want to print the shopping list that you have accumulated throughout the week? Finished. Just say “Alexa, print my shopping list” and it will print. Are you looking to see what’s on your to-do list? Just say, “Alexa, print my to-do list.”
Maybe you like to do a daily crossword puzzle: “Alex, print me today’s crossword puzzle.” Is your child doing distance learning? “Alexa, print a premium addition worksheet.” Are you looking for a chicken recipe? “Alexa, print out a chicken recipe.” You don’t have to go to the graph paper store: “Alexa, print graph paper.”
All you need to print with Alexa is a compatible Echo device and a compatible printer on the same wireless network. Alexa works with most printers connected to the HP, Canon, Epson and Brother IPP network. To check if yours is compatible, just say “Alexa, find out my printer”. You can also go to the Devices tab of the Alexa app and try to discover it as a new device.
Check complete list of print orders you can give to Alexa.
Low supply notifications and smart logger
Once this connection is established, you can also ask Alexa to alert you to a low ink or toner supply. It can tell you by email or voice when your supply is low. By default, it will tell you when your ink or toner has dropped to 20%, but you can change this amount by default.
Alexa doesn’t stop there. It will go even further and automatically order the ink or toner for you. And when you choose this option, you will get a 10% discount. This means you can either choose to be a part of it and get notified, then order it yourself, or just ask Alexa to order it and then receive it before you even know you’re down. You don’t even need to sign up for the 10% discount. You will automatically benefit from the reduction.
Note that at this stage, the only inks and toners offered are the original ink and toner that match your printer. Plus, if you want to keep an extra stash on hand rather than a live cartridge, you can let Alexa know, and she’ll take that into account for your notifications and smart recorders.
If you’re trying to decide whether to run a laser printer or inkjet printer with Alexa, read on to find out which printer is right for you.
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