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HP launches printers, 3D scanner, apps and more

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SHANGHAI, CHINA: Technology major Hewlett-Packard announced a range of new products and applications for its Imaging and Printing Group (HP IPG) targeting at enterprise (both large and small), consumer and graphic customer segments.

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At the company's annual global Imaging and Printing Conference here on Thursday, HP IPG introduced 10 new print apps, including HP ePrint app for BlackBerry, four new LaserJets, including one which can capture images of three dimensional (3-D) objects, two new InkJets, a scanner and a new e-Printer.

Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging & Printing Group, HP, said: “While printing in the traditional sense will continue to be integral to what we bring to the world, we are disrupting the market with leading innovations beyond the page as well. It is today about ‘Atoms-Bits’, i.e. the movement of information from physical (real) to digital (virtual) form and then back to the physical form again. This forms a ‘virtual cycle’ and is very important in understanding our journey."

HP bets big on cloud printers

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With more than 10 million e-printers sold globally and double the number expected by the year end, HP is betting big on its cloud range of printers.

"There will be 50 million cloud connected printers by 2012. It will bring a 'brave new channel for printing'. This year, web-connected printers will be available from $79 onwards," added Joshi.

The company added Envy 110, a 3.45-inch touch-screen display, to its e-print range of products, which would be available in 12 markets across Asia Pacific.

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Today, HP also introduced a solution, ePrint Wireless Direct printing, which enables users to wirelessly connect to HP printers, using peer-to-peer connection.

HP added a new feature, Scheduled Delivery, to its cloud printers that enables scheduling of online content printing.

Also announced today were two new InkJet e-printers, Officejet Pro 8600 Plus and Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinters today. HP claims that these can print colour documents at up to 50 per cent lower cost per page than lasers.

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In addition to the above mention 3D image printer, dubbed HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275, HP also launched three new LaserJet products - LaserJet Pro 100 colour MFP M175nw, LaserJet Enterprise 600, M601, M602 and M603 printer series, and LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 series. The company also introduced a new Scanjet Enterprise 8500fn1 Document Capture Workstation.

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Among the 10 apps introduced today, were ePrint Home and Biz app for smartphones, which supports Apple iOS, Android and Symbian, Printer Control mobile appfor Apple iOS devices, ePrint app for BlackBerry smartphones, Business Apps, including Biz Card Scanning App and Receipt Scanning App, both by Shoeboxed, as well as apps from GoogleDocs and Box.net for SMBs.

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HP also introduced a few apps that provide local educational content, such as Anyschool (Korea), Magic Hanja (Korea), Modern Educational Research Society Ltd. (Hong Kong) and Sesame Street (China).

Joshi informed that HP, which held a workshop in Bangalore in August, in association with Katha (NGO) and script-writer Prasoon Joshi, is yet to tie-up with anyeducation institution in India.

Pricing and availability

The LaserJet Pro 100 colour MFP M175nw would be available for $349 and LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 series would be priced at $649.

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The HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M601 Series would be available from November 2011 at an estimated price of $699, while the HP LaserJet Enterprise600 M602 Series and HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M603 Series would be available for $899 $1399 respectively.

HP Scanjet Enterprise 8500fn1 Document Capture Workstation will be available in Asia Pacific markets, excluding Japan, from November 2011 at an estimated price of $3199.

While the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus would be available for $299, Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinter would be priced $149.

All the products, except the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275, would be available in Indian market by the end of 2011. The HP TopShot could be expected by early 2012.

(The author was hosted by HP in Shanghai, China)

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