Re: I ditched HP printers
I've got a HP Envy, (can't remember the model, but it's now discontinued) and yes, the "HP Smart" software that goes with it is pretty awful. The official HP printer driver doesn't work properly on one of our windows 10 PCs, and we're having to use the Microsoft supplied driver to be able to print in colour, which is pretty weird... It suddenly started printing only in black and white after a software update, and HP support was absolutely no help at all, following their instructions made no difference, so I got rid of their driver.
However, despite the above, it does work very well for my family because of a couple of reasons.:
1. I'm on the £1.99 a month subscription, and my kids can do colour prints for school whenever they want (within reason, we get 180 pages a year for what we pay). New ink cartridges turn up in the post before the old ones run out, which is nice. The kids are banned from printing black and white on that printer though, they have to use our brother laser printer for that.
2. Xsane works with the printer, meaning that to scan, I can use my linux box and avoid using HP Smart.