HP announced the release of 15 new printers at this year's Imaging and Printing Conference in Shanghai. These new printers were designed to better meet the needs of consumers and small businesses. In fact, 13 of the 15 new printers were developed to help small to midsize businesses work more efficiently.
Some of the highlights of the conference include the HP LaserJet M275, HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus and the HP Envy 110 printers. Along with new hardware, HP also announced a few new software features. Some of these features include ePrint Wireless Direct, SocialID and the HP Printer Control app.
HP LaserJet M275
The LaserJet M275 is one of the more technologically impressive new products announced at the conference. It is a multifunction printer, but one of the most interesting functions is a spin on 3D printing technology. Users can place any object of reasonable size on the scanner bed at the top of the machine, and the printer can capture a 3D image of the object.
The LaserJet M275 is somewhat limited, in that it can only hold 150 sheets of paper at a time, but makes up for it with top-of-the-line features, such as ePrint. This printer is also compatible with Apple AirPrint, which allows users to print documents and images from any Apple mobile device.
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus
This upgraded, all-in-one printer was also among the 15 new products announced by HP. The Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is primarily an upgraded version of HP's Officejet Pro 8500A Plus. The newer version received a bit of a make-over, featuring a 4.3-inch touch screen. This printer is ideal for businesses that print up to 25,000 sheets per month, and can hold 250 sheets at a time. The automatic double-sided printing feature saves owners on ink and paper costs.
HP Envy 110
The HP Envy 110 is another upgraded product, based on the HP Envy 100. There weren't many changes made to the overall design of the printer. The Envy 110 follows its predecessor's footsteps, in being a sleek but subtle office printer. This printer isn't great for high-volume photo printing, due to its dual ink cartridge bay, but it works great for basic printing needs.
The automatically retracting paper corral arm makes using and maintaining this printer simple and straightforward. The Envy 110 comes with built-in WiFi, making it easy to connect with your home network to print wirelessly from a computer. This printer also allows ePrinting.
HP also announced new features, such as ePrint Wireless Direct. The software allows users to print documents directly from their smartphone, without the need for internet connection. This feature allows users to get more done "on-the-go" without having to rely on WiFi signal.
Along with the ePrint software, HP has designed a program called SocialID, which makes it easy for multiple users to print within the same cloud, by assigning custom email addresses. The company is also releasing an advanced HP Printer Control app for iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.