HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

Summary: Hewlett-Packard is looking to take the printer to your living room and make it more of an everyday computing device courtesy of a detachable 7-inch touchscreen tablet, which can serve as a browser.

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Hewlett-Packard is looking to take the printer to your living room and make it more of an everyday computing device courtesy of a detachable 7-inch touchscreen tablet, which can serve as a browser.

Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, executive vice president of HP's Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), brought out printer goodies, but the most interesting item is its Photosmart eStation, which has a detachable 7 inch touch screen that can double as a Web browsing tablet. The other printer is the Envy All-in-One, which is designed for the living room. It's designed for quiet use and to fit in with the entertainment center.

Will these products fly? Who knows, but HP's efforts are intriguing. Joshi is trying to ride the digital content wave and make it easy for consumers and businesses to print from everywhere (and naturally sell you ink). HP's game plan is to make the printer a core computing device. And to drive the point home, Joshi had everyone from Apple execs---HP has an AirPrint partnership with the company---to Chief Yahoo Jerry Yang and Ivanka Trump (right) to talk about HP's SMB printers. HP's challenge is to adapt to digital content coming from smartphones and mobile devices.

Prices for consumer printers will range from $99 to $399, according to a statement.

Joshi said at its IPG Innovation Summit in New York:

If you go to the living room the (Envy) has to look sleek and be very quiet. When you think about having access to content you've always had the control panel. Now take content and move around everywhere. The control panel is a web browser. Take your content anywhere.

In a graphic, here's a look at HP's grand plan.

Here's the eStation ($399).

And the detachable screen.

At $399, consumers may look at the eStation as a way to get a printer and a tablet. You can already see a time where you're fumbling around for the printer console like a TV remote control.

Here's the Envy ($249), being highlighted by Tuan Tran, vice president and general manager, Inkjet Consumer Solutions, HP.

Oddly enough HP talked more about Apple's iOS more than HP's own WebOS, acquired via the Palm purchase. Executives said that the integration with the WebOS was still being explored. In other words, the integration plan for the WebOS is still being formed. Other items:

  • SMB printers will all be Web connected. Joshi said the printer is designed to simplify business processes such as printing brochures and business cards. These printers can be on demand as needed.

  • The HP enterprise pitch focused on managed services and cutting carbon footprints. Merck executives talked about HP's managed services and cutting costs as well as security. Joshi also said that HP enterprise printers will be intelligent and have standard firmware that can be updated uniformly. "We want to drive the overall streamlining of paper-based processes," said Joshi.

Other odds and ends:

  • Joshi didn't take questions, but handed off to four senior vice presidents. The move isn't surprising given HP's CEO bake-off and the fact Joshi is a contender.
  • HP is expanding its print apps including ones from Martha Stewart, United Airlines and a bevy of recipe sites.
  • SMB printers will run you $149 to $449 and generally speaking the lineup has Web connectivity.
  • HP launched a bevy of enterprise services focused on telecommuting bundles as well as security.

Topics: Printers, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Sweet.

    Looks nice! HP has always had nice products....
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Goofy

    That seems like a goofy hybrid device. My tablet is part of my printer - the thing that is gathering dust in sleep mode all day?
    Schoolboy Bob
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    Having a screen in my pocket 99% of the time (Moto Droid) I find that I print very little. Most of the time the ink dries inside the cartridge before I can use it all. Print is dying (just ask the newspapers).
    Skywyze
  • THis is a very good . . .

    idea on HP's part. While a lot of techies don't print anymore, most normal people do, printing everything from coupons to take to the store with you, to printing receipts, etc.

    This is a neat way to test the waters for an android tablet. I can see my wife using the tablet while she's watching tv to talk to my daughter, etc.

    Very cool, if you look at it from a NORMAL person's point of view.

    Plus this is one way of testing whether cloud computing would REALLY take off.

    Nicely done, HP!!
    JLHenry
  • Wow... That was dumb...

    Hp needs a slightly modified easy button from staples... instead of saying, "that was easy", have one that says, "that was dumb"...

    I can't believe they took an idea that stupid and took it all the way to market. Heck, why not synergize with Bose and make it an ipod/iphone docking station as well... Hell why stop there, Synergize with Victorinox and add a toothpick, Scissors, key ring, nail file, no wait... Actually, how bout a detachable swiss army knife... eh??? So you could... (wait for it)... Walk around the house with it... eh??? Now you may applaud...

    Granted this is nowhere near as bad as the Carley Fiorina disaster. But that is kinda like saying there is nothing as bad as the George Dubya-Dumbarse Bush disaster.
    i8thecat
    • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

      @i8thecat Carly definitely stripped down the enterprise printer lines and it shows. I first certified on HP LaserJet III printers and the quality of the product was top notch. I still have one in my basement with a jet direct that runs great and prints quickly. I have to say that in the last 8 years or so the quality has definitely decreased... the internals don't look like they'll last 20 years like their older printers do.

      Carly really stripped the innovation out of HP's thriving printer business... HP made their name by making the best printers in the industry and Carly really screwed that up for them.
      snoop0x7b
      • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

        100%. We are now using Kyocera printers because the build quality of HP has gone too far south. It's amazing that HP, the biggest printer manufacturer in the world can't even produce an A3 deskjet that is reliable or doesn't require .NET to be installed! A Kyocera printer driver takes around one minute to install, HP takes over half an hour and installs so much blot ware and then only works around 70% of the time, failing to install the other 30%.
        It is truely sad that a once outstanding printer manufacturer has lost it's way so badly. The 1220c was the last A3+ device worth buying - everything else since is truly dreadful.
        All their printers are now poorly manufactured with flimsy cheap plastics, thin rollers and weak transfer systems which give jams on even the highest quality of papers.
        Sniem
  • Very Nice

    And when do we have tablets at the flush?!?
    droidtek
    • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

      @droidtek LMAO, great point there, will be waiting for that addon. HP sure is taking printing to a non-printing level, wonder if they have made a printer with speakers?
      MrElectrifyer
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    And HP is such a huge name in consumer electronics this is sure to be a...what? They aren't? Nevermind
    dheady@...
  • Printing - the market of the future?

    Seems like I heard somewhere that things were going to digital storage and away from printing. I guess HP did not get that memo.<br><br>Ok, so HP has had some success with printers and there will be a market for printed objects for a long time. They need something now, but I would be cautious about taking the milk cow out to the ocean to see if she can surf too.<br><br>It appears that HP is preparing to ride the print market all the way down over the next 10-15 years.
    pwatson
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    I'd like to see HP begin to make a new and serious effort at enterprise printing. While their large printers are definitely industry-leading, they've done little to improve them since Carly Fiorina laid off so many people in those departments. HP's large printers are still good, but the competition is nipping at their heels and they're only marginally better than the average competitor. I lament that the days of buying an HP printer (like a 4000N) and running it for 10 years are likely gone.
    snoop0x7b
  • Incontinence

    I just hope that HP has learned lessons from previous models which have been prone to leakage as they age; just Google "HP printer leaks" to see what I mean! Our 970cxi has suffered from this condition: badly staining a wooden shelf and carpet.
    mightfly
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    Seems silly to tie your tablet to another appliance. Why not just have a tablet and network it with your printer if that's what you want?
    DocHarry
  • Oh I get....

    This could be a deliberate move by HP to cheapen the Android tablet experience, before they bring out their 'great' WebOS Tablet to compete? That's about the best guess I could muster for such a silly idea.
    dave95.
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    I have been a fan of HP hardware since going back to their calculators.
    However, the software for their printers is more badly written than even Micro$oft Windows.

    I will not touch another HP product involving software.
    attila2
  • Fixing the iPad print problem

    Apparently HP noticed the complaints from iPad users who discovered they could not print unless they routed the request from their iPad through a Windows computer. Of course, this is an example of overkill for a solution combined with delivery long after other solutions have been found.
    gardoglee
  • The other half of "Web Connected" ...

    is "E.T., Phone Home". As attila2 already described, hp's printer management software is riddled with bugs. Now they're installing "secret sauce" web browser, and encouraging you to run your tablet as a PC. But this "PC" seems likely to be grossly lacking in "Internet Security"; and, and unlike a real PC, you can't add on a high-quality 3rd party product to do your own. I predict that when you monitor a network supporting one of these devices, it will be "phoning home" to send tracking data about you every time you blink.

    And even worse, it's a printer. All HP printers, even the lowest-end consumer models (e.g., my own psc 2400 all-in-one) have hard disk storage devices. When you copy or print something, the printer stores the image ON THE DISK.

    But now, everything you print is at risk of "back door" inspection by HP and it's partners. (Basically, replacing the illegal phone tapping of Action Research Group, and it's associates, by "legal" tapping of your documents over the Internet.) The wireless internet is permanently "on" when the printer has power, so the printer's "secret-sauce" software can do whatever it likes, at any time it chooses.

    I'm sure HP will say, "trust us". I say: Take note of what they did to their own Employees and Board Members - as well as <b>independent</b> Journalists, THEN decide if you can trust them with any of your personal data. Everything which gets sent to their printer device driver is now threatened by exposure over their wireless interface, without your knowledge or approval.

    When this psc one breaks, it will be "Goodby, HP. Hello, Epson" for me.
    Rick S._z
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    I hope whon ever buys it has staff to dust it. All that shiny black - a real dust magnet. I agree with previous posters that HP should concentrate on build quality. I still have an old Deskjet 500 that will not die. I also have a 900 series and a 1200 that are still going strong and are fairly quick for thier ages. This contrasts with the piece of junk all-in-one I have at work. It takes forever to decide to print and half the time the drivers for scanning and copying do not work.
    vmartens@...
  • RE: HP big printer plan targets living room, detachable tablets

    Why would anyone want one of these in their living room - Have HP gone barkling mad ?

    Perhaps this might have worked in the late 1990's, before widespread e-mail, and when the use of fax machines was common.

    HP - Stop this immediately, and back to the drawing board.
    neilpost