hp photosmart premiumHP unveiled the first “web-connected” printer today, the Photosmart Premium, and I am still trying to figure out who this thing is for.

HP is obviously trying to convince people that printers are still relvant in a world that is increasingly trying to go paperless.  Yes, we still need to print things, I really don’t see that ever changing, but this printer is… well… it’s overkill.

Releasing this September with a suggested retail price of $399, this printer is an all-in-one printer/copier/fax/scanner that will also allow you to go directly to certain partner websites via its touchscreen without the need for a computer being involved.  The printer simply needs to be hooked in to your Internet connection either by Ethernet cable or by a wireless connection to the router.

Once set up, you can go to web sites like Coupons.com, Fandango, Google Maps and so on, and once there you can do all of your work directly from the 4.33-inch front panel.  Print out your Google Maps, print photos from Snapfish, get your movie tickets and so on.  A computer does not need to be involved anywhere in the process if you don’t want it to be.

While this is an interesting concept, and it will work as a standard printer also, the price is way out of line.  You still need an Internet connection, and most probably a router, so you aren’t getting away for just $399.  Considering there are tons of computer deals every day with free printers, why pay for one if all you are doing is printing out maps and tickets?  Desktop computers can be had for this price or just a bit more, so why not get the full power of Internet connectivity?  Plus, do you really want to plot a route on Google Maps on a screen of that size?

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It seems like an interesting idea, but what market this is targeted for alludes me. Simplification for older people? Well, have fun explaining to them what all they will need beyond the printer? College-aged kids to print movie tickets? Please name a college kid without a computer.

There is a full features list after the jump, but I still don’t know who the heck the market is for this.

• Customize the HP TouchSmart Web screen with a variety of Apps(1) and add new
ones simply by touching “Get More” right on the screen. Current partners include:
o Google Maps for printing maps
o Fandango for movie tickets
o Snapfish for accessing and printing photo albums
o Google Calendar for viewing and printing personal calendars
o USA TODAY for the latest news
o DreamWorks Animation for movie trailers and family printables such as
coloring pages
o Coupons.com for printing coupons and recipes
o Nickelodeon for activities kids can enjoy based on the network’s
characters
o Weathernews Inc. for up-to-date weather information
o Web Sudoku for printing puzzles
• Download new apps as they become available on the HP Apps Studio, to suit a
variety of interests and needs.
• Create and share apps to customize the printing experience starting in late 2009.
• Quickly print fun and useful templates such as fax cover sheets, calendars, notebook
paper and games such as Sudoku, with the convenient Quick Forms button.(1)
• Use the HP TouchSmart Web control panel to edit and print photos, send faxes, scan
documents and make copies, in addition to printing from the Web.(1)
• Easily drag and drop photos to a desktop icon from virtually anywhere – folders,
applications, e-mail and websites – for printing with the HP Photo Print Gadget.(4)
• Prevent common printing mistakes and save paper by ensuring that prints are loaded
correctly and that settings are optimized for image quality and print speed with HP
Auto Sense technology.(5)
• Simply touch one button for wireless set-up-making adding the printer to a home
network easier than ever.(6)
• Print borderless 4 x 6-inch photos stored on an iPhone or iPod touch using HP iPrint
Photo, the first photo printing application of its kind(3)-available for free in the Apple
App Store.
• Directly print from a PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) – capture and print screens to show off as
proof of achievements.(7)
• ENERGY STAR® qualified – use less energy, save money and help reduce the
environmental impact of printing.
• Easily print web pages with HP Smart Web Printing(8) and save both ink and paper
by combining multiple web pages onto one printed page.
• Use Windows Live Photo Gallery to easily edit, store and print photos, make photo
cards, calendars and more.
• Enjoy convenient and responsible ink cartridge recycling at no additional cost
through HP Planet Partners.(9)
• Identify features that reduce environmental impact with the HP Eco Highlights label.
• Replace each cartridge separately when it’s needed with individual inks.
• Original HP inks: Print photos with enhanced detail using dual-drop volume
technology that delivers an extremely small drop size.
Technical Specifications
• Print Specifications(10)
o Print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute (ppm) black and up to 32 ppm color;
4 x 6-inch photos as fast as 18 seconds
• Scan Specifications
o 4800 x 9600-dpi optical resolution scanning(11)
o 48-bit color scanning
• Copy Specifications
o Up to 33 copies-per-minute (cpm) in black and up to 32 cpm in color(10)
o Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi black copying with 1200 scan dpi
o Up to 4800 optimized dpi color copying
• Fax specifications
o Store up to 60 phone numbers
• Dimensions/Weight
o 17.99 inches (w) x 19.33 inches (d) x 7.76 inches (h)
o 16.53 lbs.
• Support/Connectivity
o Pictbridge
o USB High-speed 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth
o Microsoft® Windows Vista™ or XP SP1 or higher; Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5 or
v10.6
o Windows 7 ready. Some features may not be available.(12) For more information
go to www.hp.com/go/windows7.
o HP products are backed by HP Total Care-service options in and out of
warranty plus access to 24/7 real-time award-wining chat support and e-mail
response in about an hour.
o Enhanced support services include an exclusive toll-free number featuring trained
experts and one-year repair with “Next Business Day Turnaround,” including
brand new units for the first 30 days after purchase. More information is
available at www.hp.com/support.
Original HP Printing Supplies(13)
• HP 564 Black Photosmart Ink Cartridge: $11.99
• HP 564 Photo Black, Yellow, Cyan and Magenta Photosmart Ink Cartridges: $9.99
each
• HP 564XL Black Photosmart Ink Cartridge: $34.99(14)
• HP 564XL Photo Black, Yellow, Cyan and Magenta Photosmart Ink Cartridges:
$17.99(14) each
• HP Advanced Photo Paper (50 sheets, 8.5 x 11-inch): $21.99(14)
• Everyday printing papers with the ColorLok logo. Available in all regions.
Pricing and Availability
Target U.S. street price of $399.99.(13)
Expected to be available for purchase September 2009 in North America.

  • 1 Requires an internet connection to the printer.
  • 2 Requires a Snapfish.com account and an internet connection to the printer.
  • 3 Using HP iPrint Photo software. Free download available from Apple’s App Store, details at
  • www.hp.com/go/iPrintphoto
  • 4 Requires Windows Vistaâ„¢
  • 5 When using HP Advanced Photo Paper.
  • 6 Requires a WPS router with an integrated push-button. Wireless performance depends on physical
  • environment and distance from access point.
  • 7 Printing screen captures is only available on games that support this feature.
  • 8 For Windows only. Requires Internet Explorer 6.0 – 8.0.
  • 9 HP ink cartridges return and recycling is available in 41 countries and territories around the world; see
  • www.hp.com/recycle for details.
  • 10 After first page. More information about print speeds is available at www.hp.com/go/inkjetprinter.
  • 11 Maximum resolution may be limited by PC system and scan size.
  • 12 Does not support Windows XP Professional x64.
  • 13 Estimated U.S. street price. Actual price may vary.
  • 14 Not included, please purchase separately.

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