By ZAM KARIM firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA LUMPUR: Hewlett-Packard said its new Photosmart e-All-In-One (eAIO) printers allow users to print simply by sending an e-mail to the printers from any web-connected device such as a PC, laptop or smartphone.
According to the company, the e-mail and supported attachments such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, PDF files and JPEG photos will be printed once the device receives the files.
Four Photosmart eAIO models were unveiled — namely the B110a, B210a, C310a and C410a. While all can print, copy and scan, the C410a can additionally do fax.
Each printer ships with a unique e-mail address that senders can use to correctly identify and deliver a print job the same way they would send an e-mail message. Hence, the “e” in the “eAIO.”
Of course, these printers must be connected to a network with an active Internet connection to receive e-mails, HP said.
Also, users need to register and create an online account at the HP ePrintCentre site (www.eprintcenter.com) to manage and see the status of their ePrint print jobs from any web browser.
Registration is free and there is no charge to use any of the ePrint services.
In terms of security, HP said it has put in place a few features to give users peace of mind when using the ePrint services.
Firstly, the printer’s e-mail address has been deliberately created to be quite lengthy and hard to remember to avoid it being an easy target for spammers.
Through the ePrintCentre, users can also create a whitelist that would allow only authorised users to send e-mail to the printer for printing.
Also, if the printer’s e-mail address is compromised users will have an option to create a new one— which will be done for them by the ePrintCentre. Users can also disable the ePrint mode on the printer.
Grab from the cloud
According to HP, users can take advantage of the ePrint technology by storing files in the cloud so that they are able to reach and print them immediately when needed.
But this is not limited to just printing documents as the technology can be further personalised thanks to the built-in Print App feature that can deliver scheduled online content such as news from MSNBC and Yahoo! Users can also create after-school activities from Disney directly from the Web without a PC.
Also, Print Apps like the one from DreamWorks Animation not only offers colouring pages and templates for kids but allows users to view the studio’s upcoming movie trailers directly on the touchscreen.
Users can install up to 50 Print Apps on the printer to get instant access to their favourite content, HP said.
All of the four eAIOs come with built-in WiFi that would enable them to connect to a network wirelessly.
The B-series models offer a print speed of up to 32ppm (pages per minute) for monochrome and up to 30ppm for colour documents. Print resolution is up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimised dpi.
The B110a (RM389) comes with a 2.36in colour touchscreen while the B210a (RM499) has a bigger 3.45in colour touchscreen display.
The C-series models have a rated print speed of up to 33ppm and 32ppm for black and colour documents respectively.
The C310a (RM699) has a 4.3in colour touchscreen while the C410a (RM999) has a 2.4in colour touchscreen display. Additionally all four models come with a built-in card reader for direct printing from all the popular memory card formats.