HP recently did some updates to its consumer printers and technology, unveiling two compact photo printers, a new five-ink printing system and a home printer which can print from the Web. The HP Photosmart A630 and A530 Compact Photo Printers are expected to be available in August at around $150 and $100, respectively, while the HP Photosmart D5460 Printer is available now for around $100.
The main item of interest here is the five-ink printing system, which uses a single dual-drop-volume printhead that delivers an extremely small drop size and offers consumers what HP says is “better control over costs by requiring fewer cartridges to manage.” You can get full details on these new HP printing functions after the jump.
Consumers Can Print Like Pros, at Home or on the Go, with New HP Printing Solutions
PALO ALTO, Calif., July 15, 2008
HP today announced new printers and printer technology that enable users to add creative touches to images and produce stunning photos and vivid documents, just like the pros.
Highlights of the announcement include:
* Two stylish, compact and portable photo printers: one that boasts more than 300 creative features and the largest touchscreen available on any portable photo printer, and another that includes an adjustable display and prints photos up to 5 x 7 inches – the only printer at its price to offer photos of this size.
* A new five-ink printing system that achieves the print quality previously only offered by HP’s six-ink systems while giving consumers better control over costs by requiring fewer cartridges to manage.
* A home printer that enables printing from the web and features the five-ink printing system to deliver enhanced image quality and permanence, increased versatility and convenience, and the value of individual ink cartridges.
New tools for personalizing prints on the go
The HP Photosmart A630 Compact Photo Printer features a 4.8-inch touchscreen – the largest available on any portable photo printer – and includes more than 300 ways to edit, draw, touch up and customize photos up to 5 x 7 inches – with or without a PC.
The HP Photosmart A530 Compact Photo Printer produces personalized, lab-quality, smudge- and fade-resistant photos up to 5 x 7 inches, anywhere. Users can get creative, for example, by adding borders and clip art to create fun photo projects.
These versatile, energy-efficient printers have convenient fold-up paper trays, adjustable displays and built-in handles; plus, with the optional HP Bluetooth® adapter, users can wirelessly transfer photos from a Bluetooth-enabled camera phone or other device.(1)
The HP Photosmart A630 and A530 Compact Photo Printers are expected to be available in August priced at $149 and $99, respectively.(2)
Smart solution for everyday and web printing
The HP Photosmart D5460 Printer prints vibrant, lab-quality photos and laser-quality text documents with ease. The printer includes HP’s new five-ink printing system and several convenient features such as a 1.5-inch color display, memory card slots, an auto-engaging photo tray and the ability to print photos and text directly onto CDs and DVDs,(3) making printing photos and projects easier than ever.
The HP Photosmart D5460 also includes HP Smart Web Printing, which enables simple, predictable printing from the web. Customers can use this feature to save ink and paper and reduce their environmental impact by combining multiple web pages onto one printed page.(4)
The HP Photosmart D5460 Printer is currently available for purchase at the affordable price of $99.(2)
Individual ink cartridge technology, additional affordable printing options
Debuting in the HP Photosmart D5460 Printer, HP’s new five-ink printing technology gives customers more control over their ink cartridge costs while delivering high-quality output for brilliant photos and quickly prints everyday documents.
The printing system includes a single dual-drop-volume printhead that delivers an extremely small drop size, allowing users to print finely detailed images and graphics with smooth transitions.
The five-ink system includes four HP 564 dye-ink cartridges in cyan, magenta, yellow and photo black for vivid color and black-and-white lab-quality photos. The fifth cartridge contains black pigment ink for laser-quality black text on plain paper and enhanced document quality when printing on ColorLok paper.
With five individual ink cartridges, customers get the right ink combination for each printing project, from photos to presentations. Priced at $9.99 each,(2) the new HP 564 ink cartridges allow customers to replace each ink cartridge separately as needed.
Customers wanting even fewer cartridge changes and a better value for frequent printing can choose high-capacity HP 564XL ink cartridges, which offer three times more black printed pages and two times more color printed pages, for a 40 percent savings on color printing compared with standard Original HP ink cartridges.(5)
The HP 564 Photo Value Pack offers customers increased savings with 150 sheets of 4 x 6-inch HP Advanced Photo Paper and four HP 564 ink cartridges filled with HP Vivera inks in cyan, magenta, yellow and photo black, all in one box. Priced at $35.99,(2) the HP 564 Photo Value Pack creates prints for as little as $0.24 per photo.(6, 7)
Recycled plastics innovation with long-lasting printhead
The HP Photosmart D5460 printer’s long-lasting, dual-drop-volume printhead introduces a new use for recycled plastic. The printhead uses 55 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) plastic, which is derived from Original HP ink cartridges collected from customers through the HP Planet Partners return and recycling program and other sources, such as water bottles.
HP offers easy recycling of HP 564 cartridges at no extra charge through Planet Partners, available for inkjet supplies in 42 countries and territories around the world.(8) HP ensures that all HP print cartridges collected through Planet Partners are recycled responsibly – never sending them to a landfill.
Enhanced colors and permanence with improved HP Advanced Photo Paper
With HP 564 ink cartridges and HP Advanced Photo Paper, customers can enjoy fast-drying prints with improved water and smudge resistance. Now, with improved features such as deeper blacks and more vibrant colors, HP Advanced Photo Paper enables customers to generate lab-quality, highly vibrant color photo prints that dry instantly.
This mid-weight, durable paper has a sturdy photo feel and is available in a wide range of sizes from 4 x 6 inches to 13 x 19 inches, with glossy and soft-gloss finishes. When used with the new HP 564 inks, HP Advanced Photo Paper demonstrates more than 60 years of display fade resistance.(9)Hewlett-Packard, HP, Printers