Of course, as Lantronic says upfront, the xPrintServer doesn't work with all printers -- although it worked with the various printers I tested at the InfoWorld offices, it did not work with a seven-year-old Brother MFC-8840DN multifunction printer at my home office. The xPrintServer recognized the 8840DN and sent the print job to it, resulting in a printed "invalid access" message -- and then the xPrintServer locked up. (There's a pin hole on the bottom of the box so you can reset it with a small paperclip.)
Still, the xPrintServer made me giddy with glee. Not only can I and my coworkers now print from our iPhones and iPads, but the xPrintServer took all of a few minutes to set up -- and it just worked. The Web administration features should also put IT at ease with the xPrintServer; in fact, you'll buy a lot of goodwill from users if you install an xPrintServer once the product is commercially available this winter. Even better, it will cost just $149. (The unit I reviewed was labeled a beta because the firmware has not been finalized, the company said.)
Android users -- aside from those running a recent Motorola Mobility device's MotoPrint software -- eat your hearts out!
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