Can I hook up a desktop printer to my laptop?

Question by doctorgallop: Can I hook up a desktop printer to my laptop?
I have a Dell laptop that I just bought. Is there a way to use my old HP DeskJet 720C as its printer?
All of the connections from the printer look like they are made to go into the back of a computer tower and not a laptop.

Best answer:

Answer by David D
Laptops are computers, just like desktops.

It sounds, however, like you have a printer designed to connect to a parallel port, and a laptop that is too new to have one (since they’ve been pretty much superceeded by USB).

You could use an adaptor such as http://www.tronisoft.com/cat_usbtoprinter.php?gclid=CPGXpuXT7ZYCFQuY1QodkBbDrQ – but if the printer is that old, it might be worth looking at getting an upgrade.

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