HP T2300, T7100 and ePrint & Share large format printers

HP’s pioneering the world of printers once more with the world’s most collaborative web-enabled large-format printers
Hewlett Packard’s dedication to providing a strategic direction for its printers, namely implementing all-in-one printers, scanners and faxes with a unique IP address that links printers and users via email allowing for remote printing, has been accented even further with its latest line of printers.

In pledging to help improve design processes, effectuate a greater understanding of businesses efficiencies and reduce costs, for professionals working in the engineering, architecture and construction industries, HP’s unveiling of three more ‘collaborative’ large-format printers, will be met with a degree of curiosity and excitement.

The HP Designjet T2300 eMultifunction Printer (eMFP)

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Its name might be quite a mouthful yet so are its credentials, as the eMFP is the printer industry’s first internet-ready large-format multifunction printer with copy, scan and print functionality. Flexibility and mobility are becoming an increasingly fundamental component in the workforce and consequently driving technology to streamline processes to make instant global collaboration more achievable. And this is the spirit of the eMFP, as the new multifunctional system has been designed to ensure sharing and managing content around the world is done straightforwardly, effectively and ultimately reduce costs.
The HP Designjet T2300 eMFP is priced at $850,000 and will be available from 1 November 2010

HP ePrint &Share

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By allowing architect and design professionals to automatically create, manage, share and print projects online using desktop or mobile devices, the ePrint & Share will increase productively by effectively ‘cutting out the middle man’ and create faster more seamless infrastructures within the design industry.
The HP ePrint & Share will be available from 1 November 2010.

HP Designjet T7100 Printer

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The Designjet T7100 is a state-of-the-art monochrome and colour printer, which as its name suggest, affords for a high-speed system allowing users to have greater interaction with their digital content. According to HP, the Designjet T7100 provides a breakthrough total cost of ownership compared to its competitors.
The HP Designjet T7100 Monochrome printer is priced at $8,595 and will be available from 1 December 2010.

Referring to HP’s unveiling of its new line of printers, Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP said:

“Today’s announcement is much more than a printer; it is a tool to transform the design process. With the HP ePrint platform extended to the technical market, design professionals now can focus on building and executing their ideas, rather than on managing cumbersome design and print processes.”

Full internet connectivity for the eMPF is planned for sometime in the spring, 2011.

HP and Beats by Dre laptops : Straight Outta Comp Sci

Celebrities endorse a lot of products, but so far computers have escaped such vicious marketing attempts. Maybe locking them up in Big Brother stopped their famous-paws from grasping at the computer market. As with the Channel 4 reality show, however, this is all about to end. HP have enlisted the help of Dr. Dre, the legendary artist and music producer. His mission? Turn HP’s ENVY laptop range into mini-boomboxes.

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The ENVY systems now boasts Beats Audio, a “unique, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dre to provide the optimal sound experience.” Which sounds good on paper, although the problem is that we’re not entirely sure what Beats Audio is.

It appears to be some kind of advanced driver design, which allows for precise audio clarity. The exact optimisations are unclear however, and a lot of reviewers haven’t heard a difference when listening to playback through the computer’s speakers. The subwoofer included in the ENVY17 model might help, but the ENVY14 lacks the bass booster and reported sounds are average.

The internal audio hardware, however, is top-notch – which means quality external speakers are what make the system an audio giant. The problem is, with average sound coming out of the box, who has a laptop that they frequently plug in to dedicated speakers?

The black and red aluminium’ stylings and slot-loading DVD drive, however, make the laptops a treat for the eyes, even if the ears are left wanting. And they come with a pair of Monster headphones (also with Beats by Dr. Dre technology). These have been famously well received in the past, so there is definitely a headphone incentive to pick one of these systems up.

While the jury is still out on whether HP are giving us powerful beats straight from the laptop, the ENVY range is definitely providing some powerful beasts. The Intel processor, an i5 or i7, coupled with an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 graphics card (1GB dedicated memory) and the LED display make the ENVY14 a hot prospect.

The ENVY17 bumps this up to an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5850 graphics card, with a ridiculous maximum hard drive size of two terabytes. It’s also got a 3D display, so when you don the 3D specs you’ll be ready for a new age of interactive video and gaming.

Battery-life should also roll in at about 6.5 hours, with that going up to 13 with the option extended battery-life battery.

The headphones are a definite improvement over any cheap ones you might get out of a Christmas cracker (or bundled with an iPod), but does that warrant a complete laptop rebrand? Users looking for brilliant sound straight out of the laptop may be disappointed.