Hewlett Packard is announcing that their new line of LaserJet printers is coming with an exciting new technology called “Smart Install”. This thrilling — nay, amazing! — technological development allows users to install only the print driver necessary to print from their computer to their Hewlett Packard laser printer. No more shall users be required to install all the other fluff that printers have historically foisted upon them.
Folks like you and I — that is, folks who keep up with, if not actually care about, technology developments — aren’t going to be very affected by this. We go to the manufacturer website and download just the driver. But this is really good news for people who buy printers and assume that the included CD gives them what they need, instead of a nest of running applications that provide no value to the printer owner whatsoever. I don’t know a single human being who has ever ordered replacement ink/toner, or specialty paper, or anything else from the “print solutions” suite installed by any printer manufacturer.
Hopefully other printer companies will follow suit, and soon!
Oh yeah, the new laser printers also have “Auto On” technology to compliment the existing “Auto Off” features. Now HP printers can wake up and start printing as soon as a print job is received.
New line of printers, company’s first mobile scanner enable business productivity on the go
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 13, 2010 – HP today bolstered the HP LaserJet Pro printer line with a new ”plug and print” technology that allows customers to begin printing in as little as two minutes by simply connecting a netbook, notebook or desktop PC to the printer with a USB cable – no CD required.
New monochrome printers featuring HP Smart Install include the HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Printer series – one of the most energy-efficient laser printers on the planet,(1) the HP LaserJet Pro M1130/M1210 Multifunction Printer (MFP) series and the HP LaserJet Pro P1566/P1606dn Printer series.
HP also unveiled the HP Scanjet Professional 1000 Mobile Scanner, the company’s first portable scanner for fast, on-the-go scanning without the need for batteries or an AC adapter.
“With HP Smart Install, we’re putting our innovation to work for you. Say goodbye to long driver installs and hello to easier printing,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “Our customers demand easy printing and we’re giving it to them – no clumsy CD-ROMs to install, no drivers to download. It’s the future of printing, today.”
HP LaserJet printers with Smart Install
The new HP LaserJet Pro lineup features a sleek, black finish and delivers professional, cost-effective results while enabling small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to reduce their environmental impact.
The printers feature new HP Auto-On Technology, which intelligently senses activity – such as when a print job is sent to the printer – and awakens the device automatically from “off” mode.(2) It complements HP Auto-Off Technology, which automatically adjusts the power settings and turns the printer off when there is no print activity.
With HP Auto-On/Auto-Off Technology, the new HP LaserJet P1100 Printer series can save up to 72 percent on energy costs versus its predecessor.(3) The printers also use Original HP LaserJet print cartridges with energy-efficient toner for energy savings of up to 35 percent on every page versus earlier products.(4)
— The affordable, ultracompact HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Printer series ($129-$149),(5) features wireless functionality(6) and is the company’s smallest, most affordable laser printer. Offering fast print speeds, professional print quality, an intuitive control panel and HP Auto-On/Auto-Off technology, HP LaserJet P1102 and P1102w printers help customers affordably increase efficiency.
— Ranging from $149-$199,(5) the HP LaserJet Pro M1130/M1210 MFP series is one of the lowest-priced, full-featured laser MFPs on the market. The compact MFP series includes four models and embedded Ethernet connectivity and energy-saving features such as HP Auto-On/Auto-Off Technology and HP Instant-on Copy. In addition, the series enables SMBs to copy a duplex ID onto one page with ID Copy.
— The HP LaserJet Pro P1566 Printer ($179)(5) and HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn Printer ($229)(5) offer exceptional quality, performance and value for SMBs. With fast print speeds, automatic duplexing to save paper, and embedded Ethernet connectivity,(7) these new desktop printers enable customers to enhance productivity for everyday tasks.
The HP LaserJet Pro P1102w and P1606dn Printers are available now for purchase worldwide, while the HP LaserJet Pro P1102 and P1566 Printer models are available now for purchase in Asia and Europe. The HP LaserJet Pro M1100/1200 MFP series is expected to be available for purchase worldwide next month.
In addition, the company is unveiling HP LaserJet Black Print Cartridge Dual Packs to help SMBs reduce the cost of high-volume printing. Beginning next month, dual packs for the HP LaserJet P2055 Printer series, HP LaserJet P1505 Printer series and HP LaserJet P1005/P1006 Printers will be available worldwide except in China and India, where dual packs for the HP LaserJet P1007/P1008 Printer will be available.