HP Unveils Web-Connected Printers, Services

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HP unleashes an avalanche of Web-connected printers, as well as Web-based services and solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard announced a slew of printers and Web-connecting printing features, including low-priced Web-connected printers, a PVC-free printer and new printing applications. The company also released four printers aimed at the small to medium-size business market starting at $149.

The wired and wireless LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color MFP is the first HP LaserJet printer that prints from the Web and mobile devices and offers a 3.5-inch color touch-screen control panel that allows users to print, scan, copy and fax. Available for $449, the company’s ePrint and print app support are expected to be available this winter. The Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series aimed at small businesses offers color prints, marketing materials or other business documents, and is available for $299.

The Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One produces professional-quality color documents and includes integrated wired and wireless networking for sharing with multiple PCs and includes a 2.36-inch color touch-screen display. The printer is priced at $299. The wired and wireless Officejet 6500A e-All-in-One series lets users produce professional-quality color documents plus fax, copy and scan. The 6500A uses 40 percent less energy than comparable laser printers, according to an HP release, and includes a 2.36-inch color touch-screen display. It is available starting at $149.

The Photosmart eStation All-in-One combines the features of an HP All-in-One with Web browsing and access to HP print apps and widgets, plus a detachable, 7-inch, full-color touch screen. Additional features include access to Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore with more than 1 million digital titles as well as one-touch access to content from Yahoo Mail, Messenger, Search and Weather direct from the display. Customers also can fax without the need of a phone line. The Energy Star-qualified Photosmart eStation is currently available for $399. The Envy 100 e-All-in-One is a slim-line printer that features a high-resolution touch-screen display and a retractable paper tray. The Envy 100, a PVC-free printer, is expected to be available worldwide next month for $249.

The company also released a number of solutions based on HP FutureSmart Firmware, including the HP Insurance Policy Accelerator Solution, which accelerates insurance policy document workflows from proposal to payment; Dynamic Marketing, based on the HP's Exstream customer communications solutions platform, which allows customers to create, manage and deliver marketing materials and customer communications across the enterprise; and the HP and TROY Secure Document Printing Solution, which enables organizations to print black-and-white documents with anti-fraud security features using plain paper and enterprise-class HP PCL5 LaserJet printers and MFPs.

New services include ePrint Enterprise for BlackBerry smartphones, enhanced with pull-printing integration for greater security, enhanced HP Telecommuter bundles to help ensure high productivity for enterprise telecommuters with new ePrint-enabled devices and portable printers, and the company’s Security Action Plan, which provides a road map to help enterprise customers identify and address common security risks across their imaging and printing environments.

New print apps available this fall on eAll-in-One Photosmart Printers include Delta Air Lines to print boarding passes, NBA.com for access to game schedules and information, Sesame Street eBookstore for stories and learning activities, Bing Maps for maps and driving directions, Photobucket, SmugMug, and Facebook. Snapfish by HP, the online personal publishing service, is building an assortment of card designs after adding 130 new designers and more than 3,000 new designs to its recently launched Snapfish Publisher platform.

Later this fall, HP plans to launch Wall Art—personalized wall decor. The first Wall Art available will feature images from Nickelodeon shows. Users will be able to go online, choose the images and customize the Wall Art to fit the chosen room. More partners and options will be added in 2011, the company said, including television characters, movie heroes, music stars and personal photos.

"HP is unleashing innovation and has once again made the future a reality," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of HP’s imaging and printing group. "We have transformed the flow of content for all customers, letting them access, share, print and manage content virtually anytime or anywhere in the world."