Not only characteristics of printers themselves, but also printing solutions help customers enhance productivity. HP has proved this with its new special solutions for workflow optimization, cloud, security and IoT unveiled at the global partner forum—HP Reinvent—held on Sept. 12 in Chicago. The represented solutions and services cover the key areas of printing which need reshaping in more and more digitized world. All four will be available in spring 2018. They include:
HP represents its new model of wide format mobile-enabled budget all-in-ones specially designed for small and home office use. The OfficeJet Pro 7720 provides all the advanced functions available on more costly models, but retails for $199, and produces professional-quality vibrant color and clear black/white output of different formats right on the workplace.
Keeping up with the trends, HP has launched its own portable device—Sprocket Photo Printer. Comparing with the closest competitors—Canon Selphy CP1200 and Polaroid Zip Photoprinter—HP’s photo printer has its essential advantages in design, size and print speed.
The security of the IoT devices has become an issue of intense concern lately especially in the modern office environments which grow their mobility and networking capabilities. Printers and MFPs have got an Internet connection to help enhance office productivity and effectively manage workflows. These means, first of all, that anyone could reach a printer from his mobile device (in some cases already even outside of the office) and, secondly, that printers save and queue printing jobs (which may contain significant and secure information).
So, to turn mass attention to the problem, HP is producing its own web series called “The Wolf”. Hollywood actor Christian Slater is playing a hacker in the first 6-minute-long episode, where he manages to take crucial to the imminent acquisition information via unsecure network printer. The other 4 episodes will hit the Internet during this year, and this is the new approach to the advertizing HP has gained with its “Keep Reinventing” tagline.
P.S. The company is producing the most secure devices in the category which can efficiently integrate with already secured networks, PCs and servers within the office.
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With each passing day, the devices belonging to the IoT (Internet of things) become more mobile. Say, earlier, printers were used as intended – meaning only for printing, but now almost every decent machine provides mobile connectivity and cloud services, which makes them vulnerable to an illegal use, for example in hacker’s attacks, or may lead to the loss of company’s significant information.
HP has already turned its attention to the problem and is aiming to redefine IoT security with the newest print product and service enhancements. The company will preconfigure its new printers and add enhanced security options to its Managed Printing Services (MPS).
New implementations will include:
Specialized security support technicians to develop corporate print security plans.
Security advisors helping to deliver ongoing expertise, risk profile updates, providing support for both security plans and compliance audits.
Remote security settings management, which include permanent monitoring of a company’s printer network for potential risks.
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Last year, HP’s decision to produce 3D printers had hit the news and became a challenge to the other players on the 3D printers’ market. Today, HP again breaks the rules and announces that half of the plastic parts of its machines are themselves 3D printed. According the the company, the decision is purely economic. But, of course, it’s hard to believe that it is not a hidden promotion and that this action isn’t aim to highlight the quality of the printers’ output. (more…)
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The reality of everyday life is such that almost every family still needs a home printer just in case: to print a seldom document from time to time, to copy a recipe from a cooking magazine or to scan a driver license. Someone prefers massive MFPs with multiple functions, but they usually are not used even in large companies, so to have such one at home isn’t efficient, if not unprofitable. (more…)
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HP has decided to use a proprietary form of ink in its office printers, as the company has used them already in industrial printing machines. The innovation will be implemented in a row of HP printer series (PageWide and OfficeJet Pro) and will provide faster and higher-quality printing under lower per-page printing costs. New HP cartridges will cost from $40. (more…)
The new HP devices unveiled recently are geared towards small businesses. This time, HP has drawn its precise attention to office needs in reliable and quality printing (and not only superb photo printing as the company’s hallmark) providing bigger print volumes, various mobile connectivity and trouble-free ink replacement options. (more…)
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Earlier this year, we’ve already told you about the problems caused by lack of printer security protection. Printers could be used by hackers and just prankers for their purposes. The printers with the gaps in security could be infected with malware and send alerts and emails to system administrators, spam emails, documents printed earlier. MFPs with fax lines could call premium number. Or like it was with the discovered by Symantec in 2010 Trojan.Milicenso—the infected devices printed unintelligible jobs until they ran out of paper. Of course, it’s not fatal, but not right and could be prevented. (more…)