HP announces “Plug and Print” Printers

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Apr 13, 2010

As part of its LaserJet Professional series, Hewlett-Packard announced four new LaserJet printers geared for small- and micro-businesses. The models include the HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Printer series ($129); HP LaserJet Pro M1130/M1210 MFP series ($149 to $199); HP LaserJet Pro 1566 Printer ($179, not for US market but for Asia Pacific), and HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn Printer ($229). The four monochrome printers incorporate a new feature called HP Smart Install, which provides for automatic driver installation. Basically, the drivers for these printers reside in the printer firmware. When users plug in one of the new printers and connect it to a PC or laptop using a USB cable, the printer driver will install automatically.

This is a nice feature for users that have netbooks, which may not have a hard disk. It would also provide a more seamless way for remote workers or “road warriors” to connect to printers when traveling to the corporate office–no need to hunt down a disc to load the drivers and install the printer. The new Smart Install feature is only compatible with PC’s at this time and is not supported on the Apple platform.

Another new feature of these printers is HP Auto-On Technology which complements its Auto-Off Technology. With more functionality, the device will automatically turn off at a predetermined time each day, or when it does not sense any activity for a set interval. With Auto-On Technology, the device can awaken at a set time each day, exclude certain days such as Saturday and Sunday, or it will awaken when it senses certain activity. The user can also decide which types of activities will wake up the device such as a print request, control panel activity, or an incoming fax. The company expects that with fewer activities selected, more resources will be saved. HP estimates that power consumption could be reduced 44% by scheduling devices to turn off at the end of each day. HP claims that the combination of Auto- On/Auto-Off technology for the new HP LaserJet P1100 Printer series will save up to 72% on energy costs compared with previous generations of HP printers.

The new devices all use new supplies that incorporate HP’s new energy-efficient toner, which the company claims can provide for energy savings up to 35% for every page compared to earlier products. The supplies used in the new LaserJet products are also part of HP’s SureSupply program.

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