Ahhh e-living.

Banking on the fly, writing on the go, making business happen online.

It’s all good until you need the paper.

Since leaving home last July on our around the world trip my dependence on electronic things has increased. We do everything online: from banking to sending documents to checking in on family and friends. But every so often someone in my universe asks for paper and that’s when everything can run amuck. Whether it’s a contract that needs to be printed, signed and sent back or a last minute request for a boarding pass  at a departure gate, there have been a few moments that have left me yearning for a printer I could tuck into my purse.

Recently I heard about what could be the next best thing.

Hewlett Packard (HP) has teamed up with the Toronto Pearson International Airport and St. Joseph Communications and installed eight mobile “ePrint” printing locations in the airport.

hp printer airport

The freestanding printer terminals allow anyone to print documents, emails or photos from their laptop, tablet or smartphone via a mobile app (Visit hp.com/go/eprintmobile or ePrintIt.com to for more information on HP’s ePrint app.). Once you’ve got your app you can set things up from anywhere and have it print at the airport kiosk most convenient to you.  Not app savvy? Simply save the item you want to print to a SD card or zip drive and stick it directly into a kiosk to print it when you arrive at the airport.

There’s a $2 service fee per use and it’ll cost you 55 cents for each laser quality page of a document, 35 cents for a colour photo but think of the convenience!

kiosk map

Where to find them at Pearson

Forgot to print a photo for grandma? Need to get a second copy of that presentation before you board the flight? Forgot your travel itinerary at home…no problem. There is even some talk of expanding the program throughout the year to include even more venues including other airports, colleges, conference centers, retail outlets and more.

I’m looking forward to trying out the kiosks once I’m home but I’m even more excited about what this means for my back now that I won’t have to try to fit a printer in my purse.  Kudos to HP for a great idea.


Note: As with every post the opinion expressed here is entirely my own. I have not been paid in money or kind to endorse this product. It just seems like a great idea. :)