HP held its annual Imaging and Printing Conference in Shanghai today, where the company announced plans to build out its business imaging division with 13 new printers designed to grease the workflow for small to midsize businesses. Along with hardware announcements, HP also unveiled new consumer features like ePrint Wireless Direct that lets users print with a smartphone without the need for an Internet connection; an advanced HP Printer Control app (PDF) for iOS devices; and a twist on HP ePrint called SocialID, which lets you assign a custom e-mail address that makes it easier for multiple users to print in the cloud.
One of the new product offerings you'll see soon is the HP LaserJet M275 (PDF), a multifunction printer with new TopShot Scanning that's essentially the reverse of 3D printing: the scanner bed can capture a 3D image of any object placed on the top-mounted tray.
This workhorse laser targets SMBs, so it can only hold up to 150 sheets of paper, but it also features ePrint and is fully compatible with Apple AirPrint so you can output images and documents directly from your iOS devices.
Among the 15 new devices are big upgrades to existing inkjet units, like the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus all-in-one (PDF).
It replaces the popular HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus that earned our favor earlier this year, but improves on the original design with a more streamlined 4.3-inch touch screen, a giant 250-sheet input tray to match its 25,000-page-per-month duty cycle, and automatic double-sided printing to save money on ink and paper.
The HP Envy 110 (PDF) builds on the streamlined chassis of the HP Envy 100. Its dual ink cartridge bay means you won't likely use this for hard-core photo printing, but the low-profile design, automatically retracting paper corral arm, and flashy all-white imagery are all meant to instill a sense of pride, and maybe snobbery, in your printer.
The printer also uses wireless ePrinting, but you can also connect it to your home network with the built-in Wi-Fi server. Along with the rest of the offering, it'll receive official pricing when it becomes available next month.
Check out HP's Inkjet and Web Solutions site to learn more about the company's product announcements in Shanghai.