One of the biggest gripes I hear about Chrome OS devices is that they offer no support for native printing. I can’t, for example, directly connect a printer to my Chromebooks. The reason: Google introduced Cloud Print for Chrome in 2010 instead of supporting the more traditional methods of printing. I bought an HP ePrint printer a few years ago for this reason: I can print to it from anywhere because it supports Google Cloud Print.
Not everyone wants to buy a new printer, though, which is totally understandable. Would an investment of $35 for a Raspberry Pi and a little elbow-grease be more palatable? You can use the credit card sized Pi as a Google Cloud Print server to enable remote printing to any standard USB printer.
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