If you can e-maIl It, you can prInt It

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - by Zam KarIm

HEWLET­TPackard 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 email 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.

The mod­els

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. ++++ www.hp.com.my

B110a eaIO


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