any bluetooth printers?

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  1. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    hey, i was wondering if there are any good bluetooth printers... i know there are wifi epson printers, but i'd rather have bluetooth... anyone out there know anything? i would greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    aside from buzzword compliance, why? the limited range, and the extra expense, plus the relative newness makes it all seem a bit risky to me. i am assuming you don't have wifi now...?
     
  3. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    I remember reading in another thread how it would take 16 hours to upload 5Gb of MP3s to an iPOD if was bluetooth.

    That's very slow, just printing a photo and some basic text on a colour printer involves having dozens of Mbs of data sent to it in the course of a printout, that would turn a typical 8 page per minute printer into an 8 pages in an afternoon, if you're lucky printer!

    I can see the point in bluetooth for small data transfers like input devices but not large ones like printing.
     
  4. arn macrumors god

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    you could print from your Bluetooth palm perhaps?

    arn
     
  5. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816

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    There are bluetooth to USB and bluetooth to parallel adapters for printers. I read somewhere that OS X does not support bluetooth printing.
     
  6. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    Truth, but I don't see the point of a pda either.... that is for a different thread.
     
  7. porovaara macrumors regular

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    Check here first:

    http://www.blueunplugged.com/shop/department.asp?Department=11

    ... and then do price shopping. Bluetooth is neat, it should be in everything. I currently have it in my phone, my desktop, my laptop and a headset. I can click on the phone on the laptop, and bam. it makes an audio connection to my phone from which I can then voice dial and talk over my laptop mic/speaker. Often I also use my bluetooth headset with yahoo voice chat, so I'm not tied to sitting in front of the machine while chatting away for free(tm).
     
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  9. mgargan1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks guys, i thought that blue tooth would be really fast, but i guess not. I wonder if i could hook my printer up to my airport base station.
     
  10. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    if the airport has usb then it will be a cinch.

    yes, the transmit speeds of bluetooth are horrible. that is why nobody jumped on it 2 years ago when it was "the next big thing"
     
  11. william1949 macrumors member

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    I use the Hp995C.
    I have three computers that share it. I use a pc laptop with bluetooth and it works just fine.
    The Mac OS still does not support bluetooth, and I still am waiting, looking forword to being unleashed from wires.
     
  12. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    10.2.5 does...

    No HP drivers for OS X yet?

    And Apple is the innovator, eh? NOT.
     
  13. zoetropeuk macrumors regular

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    THIS IS COOL

    The new Saab 9-3 Aero has a built-in bluetooth network that automatically recognises your bluetooth phone and laptop.
    It would be cool to be able to stream MP3's from iTunes from a powerbook anywhere in the car !!!!
     
  14. william1949 macrumors member

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    I have not read anywhere that 10.2.5 has added bluetooth printer support, only mouse and keyboard and some extra phone support. I have 10.2.5 and see nothing to indicate that printing is now supported (I checked Mac's site and could not find anything there either).
     
  15. iDork macrumors newbie

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    I was going to buy this printer to share between my PB and PC. Thanks for letting us know about Mac 10.2.5 not supporting bluetooth printing yet.
     
  16. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    You know, I though Apple was going to pioneer bluetooth the way it did WiFi...but they didn't have HID support until just now (actually, I didn't know 10.2.5 added that) and no printing support! I don't have bluetooth on my system but I will when I get a new Mac sometime within the next year. I hope it supports the full range of bluetooth products by them.
     
  17. filipp macrumors regular

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    Re: THIS IS COOL

    Man, that's awesome! bluetooth handsfree in the stereo is just awesome.

    I have been drooling over the 9-3 aero for a while now, guess I'll have to buy it to get this bluetooth thing
     
  18. william1949 macrumors member

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    I also share with a PC (it uses bluetooth). I like the printer, and still hope that Apple finds it in their heart to support it. The one thing this printer doesn't support that I would like is borderless printing.
     
  19. iDork macrumors newbie

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    When printing a document or picture, is there a long delay in trasmitting the data via Bluetooth to the printer?

    Thanks-
     
  20. william1949 macrumors member

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    On the PC I usually only print documents with no lag time. I'm presently printing a 5*7 (300dpi) image, and am not noticing any difference from when I print from my Mac using usb.
     
  21. iDork macrumors newbie

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    Great! I may go ahead and purchase this printer. I hope HP doesn't release a newer bluetooth model of this kind.
     

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