Wicked fun new giveaway: HP PhotoSmart eStation Printer

by DaniGirl on April 14, 2011 · 93 comments

in Reviews, promotions and giveaways

You know what I was doing earlier today? Surfing the Web, checking my e-mail and facebook, posting to twitter, checking the weather online.

I know, nothing too unusual about that, right? Except I was doing it from my new printer. How cool is that?

Thanks to the fine folks at Hill and Knowlton and HP Canada, I’m the happy owner of a new HP PhotoSmart eStation Printer. This ain’t no ordinary printer, though — it’s got a detachable 7-inch touchscreen control panel called a Zeen “wireless companion”. In addition to being the central control hub for your printer, the Zeen is for all intents and purposes a tablet computer on which you can browse and print the web, watch movies, read books and listen to music. On your printer! (Well, actually, since it’s removable, you’ll be on your couch or on your porch or snuggled down deep under your duvet!)

I’d’ve had a review up before now, but I haven’t been able to tear the Zeen out of Beloved’s hands. He’s downloaded all sorts of Android apps including some games and productivity tools and QuickOffice (the mobile version of Microsoft Office). His short and sweet review of this printer? “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never imagined anything like it. It’s kind of revolutionary.”

Beloved's new toy

Did I mention my deal with the devil (aka Beloved) that allowed me to upgrade my Nikon in exchange for him getting an iPad in the fall? He has been jonesing for one, but this may have satisfied his need for a tablet-style device at least in the short term. While I think the wireless companion is pretty cool, what really impressed me about the PhotoSmart eStation printer is that I can now print directly from my iPhone. Yay! No need to e-mail something to the desktop and then print — I can send photos directly to the printer via our household wireless connection. I seriously love this feature!

Another feature I love is that the printer has its own e-mail address, so if I happen to be elsewhere and need a print of something, I can actually send the print request directly to the printer over the Web, no matter where I am. You can also pull pictures directly out of facebook or snapfish.com and print them as you’re browsing with the Zeen. Very, very cool.

You know what else is very, very cool? That the fine folks at HP and H&K ponied up another fabulous HP PhotoSmart eStation Printer for you, my bloggy peeps! Want to win one for yourself? Stand in line! When I told my father about this printer on the weekend, he tried to convince me to give it to him rather than giving it away on the blog — first time in six years he’s been particularly interested in anything that goes on over here!!

So, if you’d like to beat my dad to the punch, here’s how to earn your chance to win.

1. Leave a comment on this post before 10 pm EDT on Tuesday April 19, 2011. If you are feeling particularly clever or creative, leave me a caption for the picture of Beloved hamming it up with the Zeen in your comment!

2. For an extra chance to win, tweet this: “Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt”

3. Sorry, but this giveaway is open to residents of Canada only.

4. Only one comment entry and one twitter entry per person.

5. One winner will be chosen at random the morning of Wednesday April 20.

6. You must be willing to provide to me your full name, mailing address and phone number, and I will forward it to Hill and Knowlton, who will ship the HP PhotoSmart eStation Printer to you.

Thank you to H&K and HP Canada for another awesome giveaway!

1 SleegsSkees April 14, 2011 at 6:57 am

Dani this looks and sounds like an amazing printer! My only problem is that it sounds like the men in your life love it a little too much. What does that mean for me? The only time I’d get near it would be while Rich is at work, unless I make a deal with him that he can only play with it if he gets rid of 1/2 of the computers in the basement.

2 Sara April 14, 2011 at 6:58 am

OMG that is sooooo cooool. Sorry. I can’t hide my excitement. ๐Ÿ™‚

If I don’t win this I am totally gonna buy one. I’d prefer to win of course.

My caption “uh huh. yup. I’ll put the groceries away in just as soon as I’m done…”

3 Steve Wynn April 14, 2011 at 7:29 am

My caption: “Its going to cost me how much for university for three kids?”

This device looks cool time to Google it!

4 Cussot April 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

Well golly gosh darn. Could I stand to move from printerless to this nirvana?

“Aaaagh! How do you exit the app that controls your facial muscles again?”

5 Charlene burnside April 14, 2011 at 7:33 am

“Ooo this tablet is so compact I can finally get a smaller man-purse.This one has been killing my shoulders!!”

6 Bob Sauve April 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

My caption “The cleaning instructions clearly said do NOT put the iPad in the dryer!!”

7 Ginette April 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

This looks awesome!! I would love to have this printer. My husband has an iPad and I can’t get my hands on it so this would be perfect… then I could have my own toy to play with!!

8 Lara April 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

OOOHHH! I want a printer I can email jobs too!

My caption “ACK! I have a bad feeling this printer might be smarter than me.” (captions, not my forte ;))

9 spydergrrl April 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

Caption: “I think the Zeen just did my shopping for me. Better not tell Dani. Gonna go hide in a coffee shop and surf the web!”

10 mary April 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

Oooh, would I ever like this… ๐Ÿ™‚

My caption: “We’ve printed HOW many pictures since the printer was hooked up?”

Lame, I know.

11 Stephanie April 14, 2011 at 8:07 am

caption – OMG! HOW MUCH?

awesome giveaway!

12 Liisa April 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

Ooooh – we currently have two printers in our home office, neither of which works. On one I have to change the font to colour (navy blue instead of black) and on the other, well, I just have to expect streaks.

This looks fantastic!

13 Carianne April 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

Awesome giveaway!!

Caption: “Look what the dog threw up??”

14 Heather Rose April 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

“OK – how do I get Toopy & Binoo on this thing?”

Thanks for the opportunity! ๐Ÿ™‚

15 Pamela Sharpe-Dovbniak April 14, 2011 at 8:37 am

Oh please, please pick me!!
Caption “She wants me to do what????”
Thanks for the chance

16 Mary V April 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

Officially lining up to win this thing.

Caption (for the dog!): Silly humans.

17 Sharon April 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

I’d love it.

Beloved is saying…I know I have to take out the garbage but I am beating my high score in ANGRY BIRDS…or whatever app he happens to be addicted to!!

Fingers crossed!

18 Caitlin April 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

I am not easily won over by gadgets…And yet this seems like kinda the coolest thing ever.

19 Kimberly April 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

SOunds like a great printer! caption: “Yes, I found where she was hiding my birthday present! Score!!”

20 Erica April 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

I am so jealous! I’ve been doing the “Oh, we’ll buy a new ink cartridge someday” dance with our dead printer for about 5 years. We even printed our wedding invitations *at work* because our terrible printer could not be trusted. I’ve got an iPad now, and it never occurred to me that a fancypants printer might be able to play well with it. I’d LOVE to win this one and see what modern technology could do (plus, my workplace’s IT people would thank you and HP immensely).

21 KarenL April 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

I would love this printer!

22 Valerie April 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

Very cool.

Beloved: “How am I going to tell Dani that I left her new toy out for the dog to chew?!”
Dog: “*sigh* It wasn’t that tasty, anyway.”

23 karen April 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

My printer totally sucks so I would love to win something that is much nicer than anything I could ever afford to buy myself.

“What the heck is that?”

24 Lynn April 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

We’re desperate for a new printer. Put me in the lineup!

My caption:
“Stupid pigs. Can’t you just leave those birds alone?”

25 Allison April 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

Wow! What an awesome giveaway. We’re still using the black and white printer that came with our ancient computer… this would be a MAJOR upgrade! And the Zeen? Totally awesome!

26 Aaron Rodericks April 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

“This means I can finally set remote scan traps for the dog with this! Weehoo!”

27 Judy April 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

What an amazing printer! I don’t have a caption but imagine he is as gobsmacked about the coolness of it as the rest of us!

28 Cari April 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Coolest. Gadget. Ever. Pick me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Quote: “Whoa, time to turn on the parental controls!”

29 Dawna April 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Katie looks like she’s waiting to get her turn! What a great giveaway- you are so cool! (Do unsolicited compliments count for extra entries? ;o))

30 Janet April 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Here is my caption:
“Okay, how did these melted crayons get all over this??? Guess I better get the iron out.”

31 sherry April 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

What a great giveaway, hope I win!

Caption: “I can save HOW MUCH by switching to Geico?!”

(Off to Twitter for this too)

32 Cindy April 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

What an awesome giveaway – so excited!!!

33 Heather April 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Slobber and drool all over my lap top now…nuts….LOL

“I’ve Zeen the future…and it is BRILLIANT!!!”

34 Donna MacLellan April 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Pick me! Pick me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Caption: “I am not an uber geek! I just LOVE my Zeen – just look at what it can do!”.

35 chantl01 April 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Wow, that printer seems to be introducing the same sort of revolutionary leap forward in printing as smartphones have in communicating! Would love to get my hands on that.

36 Chantal April 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Sounds like an amazing printer! My caption is: “Holy Crap this thing just did my taxes!”

37 Jasmine April 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

What an amazing piece of technology!! I would be stoked to own it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Caption: “Holy detachable tablet, Batman!!!”

38 snackmommy April 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

“Dani spent HOW MUCH on this thing!?@!”

39 Roz April 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Just tweeted, and now commenting for another entry. Can’t believe such a thing actually exists! Thanks for the opportunity!

p.s. love when tweet entries are written for me ๐Ÿ™‚

40 Josรฉe April 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Amazing giveaway! I’m not very good with captions… how about “Oh oh, I think I just launched the space shuttle…!”

The look on his face is priceless!

41 Donna MacLellan April 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

42 Mary @ Parenthood April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm

My number one criteria in evaluating a printer starts with the ink and then looks at print quality. It would never have occurred to me to ask about my printer’s ability to connect with the web!

I am having trouble visualizing how I would use it (I hardly ever print pictures, and when I do I’d probably use our fancy schmancy wax ink printer instead because it doesn’t run when it gets wet!)

But it does sound interesting! I can’t outdo the captions about groceries and facial muscles so not going to even try!

43 Danielle April 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

COOLEST printer EVER! Fantastic giveaway Dani – this would be SO cool to win!

44 Danielle April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Just tweeted for the 2nd entry! ๐Ÿ˜‰

45 Hope April 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

And tweeted!

That is my due date for my second baby! I could use a diversion!

46 Sara in Montrรฉal April 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Hum… we could use this! Mamie in Niger would love to recieve photos on a more regular basis for sure.

47 Yvonne April 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

You can surf WHAT on this thing?

48 Jasmine Vesque April 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

49 Julie April 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Looks fabulous! I would love to be able to get one of these.

And I don’t have a witty quote for your Beloved. I just love the look.

50 smothermother April 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm


considering our laptop just died, this would be the best prize ever.

“ack! how did i end up on THIS site? close window! close window! close window!”

51 smothermother April 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

i tweeted too. though i have no idea how to show you that… (JulieCSTMC is my twitter name)

52 krista April 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This printer looks awesome. I need a new printer too… ๐Ÿ™‚

The look on Beloved’s face says “this thing is gonna do WHAT to/for me?!?!”

53 Krista April 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm
54 Charity Matheson April 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Oh oh I so want one of these omg would be amazing for prining mini pics for my clients to take home after a shoot.

My caption

“oh umm ohno, I sent that pic to my boss, oh Dani isnt gonna like this much”

55 Danielle Bernier April 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

56 HopeHanson April 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

57 Julie Wallace April 15, 2011 at 1:50 am

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://bit.ly/fzg3bJ (I really want this!)

58 JulieCSTMC April 15, 2011 at 2:01 am

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

59 Karen Humphrey April 15, 2011 at 2:02 am

RT @JulieCSTMC: Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

60 Krista Gray-Donald April 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

61 charity matheson April 15, 2011 at 2:32 am

โ€œDid you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsoltโ€

62 Patti Taggart April 15, 2011 at 2:38 am

RTโ€œ@DaniGirl: I've got a wicked fun new giveaway on the blog: an HP PhotoSmart eStation Printer http://t.co/R8oS1YBโ€

63 Annie April 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

That looks way too cool!!! I could have fun with it!!!

Beloved’s Caption

“Porn??? Where did that come from?????”

64 Annie April 15, 2011 at 7:03 am

itsawip Annie
Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsol


65 Laura Richardson April 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

My fingers are crossed!

Caption (from the dog): I remember when I was “the cool new toy”…

66 Barrie McAndrews April 15, 2011 at 10:45 am

Sounds like exactly the type of new funky gadget I need, until my beloved wife lets me buy an iPad.

Caption: : “What do you mean you can’t find my keys…you can do everything else.”

67 Sherrilynne Starkie April 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

RT @DaniGirl: I've got a wicked fun new giveaway on the blog: an HP PhotoSmart eStation Printer http://bit.ly/gaRzlI

68 coffee with julie April 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

Caption: “Um, honey, how much information did you tell this thing about me?? Right now, it’s telling me what my horoscope is for the day!”

Awesome giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

69 canadacole April 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

I am neither clever nor creative, but I’d really love to win (I already feel like a winner reading the comments). Thanks!

70 K April 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

You totally sold me on this printer!

71 K April 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

I tweeted! @lifeofk

72 HollyStar April 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

We never print anything at home because our printer SUCKS. We don’t even have cell phones so I’m not sure what would happen if John even saw the mini tablet thing. Crazy!

73 K G April 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

74 ShopHaven April 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

RT @DaniGirl the captions ppl suggesting on #photosmart printer giveaway r laugh-out-loud funny.Have you entered?http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

75 Sandy.MacLellan April 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Hey Dani….. ๐Ÿ™‚

Caption: “If I knew you were getting this, I wouldn’t have bought the iPad. Android rules!!!”

-> Off to tweet

76 Carly @ The Tree April 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Am too tired and nauseous to come up with a caption, but love the printer – thanks for the giveaway!!!

77 Carly @ The Tree April 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Tweeted it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

78 Sandy MacLellan April 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

79 Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

I can haz Zeen?

80 kurishii April 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

โ€œDid you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsoltโ€

81 Jen April 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Sounds amazing! Thanks Dani!

82 Glen Gower April 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

In our quest to become a paper-free house we bought a Canon all-in-one printer last week. But would love to get our hands on this HP model.
Sorry, not feeling creative enough tonight for a funny caption.

83 Glen Gower April 17, 2011 at 1:59 am

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

84 JoJo April 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

How cool is this?!?!?!? We would give this printer such a good, loving techy home.

Caption: “Uhhhhhh does this mean I don’t get an iPad?”

85 Moosilaneous April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Ok, I’ve twittered, I’m commenting, and now I need a caption.

“Dani, could you stop tweeting me from the KITCHEN???”

86 Janice April 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

What a great idea! I would LOVE to win this, it sounds fabulous! Great blog Dani, from one Ottawa mom to another !

87 moosilaneous April 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

88 Shannon April 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

“Why didnt they think of this before now?!?!?”4

Thanks for the chance!!!

89 Bev k April 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

This device looks amazing and in the pic he looks like while maybe too involved in his device, he suddenly realized he’s carrying a purse! ๐Ÿ™‚

90 Tanya April 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

“Wait, no YOU can’t handle Blue Steel. Okay I’m looking up Magnum”

๐Ÿ˜€ Looks like a great printer!

91 Greg April 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

In the market for a new photo printer already! Winning one would be so much sweeter than buying one. ๐Ÿ˜‰


“That is the LAST time I turn Safe Search off!”

92 Ann B April 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Last day to enter the giveaway for the #HP #PhotoSmart eStation Printer http://bit.ly/gaRzlI Still better than 1:100 odds!

93 Tanya April 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Did you see @danigirl has a #HP #photosmart printer to give away? http://tinyurl.com/5rcsolt

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