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HP Hits Print in Beijing

HP Hits Print in Beijing



New HP Products

New HP Products

New features need new products to be housed in, and these were the ones that caught our eyes.

The First HP Mobile Scanner

In an enjoyable demo session that mixed a Chinese history lesson with the latest tech, HP showed us their new, ultra-portable HP Scanjet Professional 1000 Mobile Scanner. It's a small, light weight beauty of a thing at only 0.64kg. Perfect for road warriors who need to scan on the go, it powers up and connects via a single USB cable connected to your PC. It can scan two-sided documents in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, from invoices to name and credit cards. Estimated to be US$249 and coming in May 2010.

 

An Affordable A3 Color Printer

The new Color LaserJet Pro CP5225dn A3 color printer is built for the small work team who needs to do A3 color prints in-house. It's a nicely-designed machine with convenient loading trays, small oversize (for an A3 printer!) and pleasing aesthetics. What we liked? No starter cartridges, which are the less-than-full capacity carts that ship with most printers. The CP5225dn ships with full capacity cartridges shipped in the printer (less packages mean less material waste) and from what we saw, cartridge installation will be a breeze with front-door access. Price hasn't been announced, but HP says that this will be their most affordable A3 color printer yet.

 

Most Energy Efficient Laser Printer in the World

While we tend to get cynical about tag lines that go "world's most something or other", making more and more energy efficient products that do more while using less energy is always a good thing. The HP LaserJet Pro P1100 printer series - yes, tagged "the most energy-efficient laser printer in the world" - comes with the aforementioned Auto-On/Auto-Off technology and can save up to 72 percent on energy costs versus its predecessor the LaserJet P1005 Printer (which by the way was one of our selections for the Top 100 Products of 2007 for its technological breakthrough in quality and energy savings back then).

 

A Printer that Pays for Itself

For a moment, we thought a printer with a wallet feature that would actually pay for itself, but unfortunately that's not what HP meant. The newest line of LaserJet MFP printers promise to pay for themselves in less than 45 days - and HP says that's a conservative estimate. How has that estimate been reached though? You can skip the following part if it gets way too long for you:

"The calculations are based on comparison between the retail price of HP LaserJet 1213 NF AIO and dollarized monthly median savings of consolidating single function or competitive AIO printing, copying, faxing and scanning devices into HP LaserJet 1213 NF AIO Laser printers, as reported by AsiaInsights study commissioned by HP in 2009 of 40 small medium businesses of various ownership and profiles in Singapore and Shanghai. Above return is based on 10 SMB (10-20 employees from Singapore). Select HP LaserJet MFPs can pay for themselves in as little as 17 days or 45 days depending on mature or emerging markets, respectively."

Whew.

 

HP's Smallest Auto Duplex Printer

The new HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn printer is HP's smallest auto-duplex laser printer. Fast, as most laser printers are, at 25 ppm (pages per minute) on A4. The more printers that have built-in auto-duplex, the easier SMBs can save on paper use.