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HP's Web Enabled Printer Doesn't Need a PC

The Photosmart Premium doesn’t have the ability to actually browse the web. Instead, the printer uses a 4.33-inch touchpanel and widgets from the likes of Google Maps, Fandango, USA Today, Nikelodeon, Dreamworks and more to allow you to access and print the latest news, directions, tickets, weather, coupons and puzzles. Users can also connect directly to Snapfish allowing for faster, easier printing and archiving as well as watch movie trailers (for some reason). As far as printing, scanning, faxing goes, it's actually pretty decent:

  • Print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute black and up to 32 ppm color; 4 x 6-inch photos as fast as 18 seconds
  • 4800 x 9600-dpi optical resolution scanning
  • 48-bit color scanning
  • Up to 33 copies-per-minute in black and up to 32 cpm in color
  • Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi black copying with 1200 scan dpi
  • Up to 4800 optimized dpi color copying
  • Storage for up to 60 phone numbers
  • 17.99 inches (w) x 19.33 inches (d) x 7.76 inches (h)
  • 16.53 lbs.
  • Pictbridge
  • USB High-speed 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista™ or XP SP1 or higher; Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5 or v10.6
  • Windows 7 ready, although some features may not be available.

Pegged for release in late 2009 the Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web will cost just shy of $400. Is anyone interested? If we had money to burn, we’d buy one in a heartbeat just because we like the idea of printing Google Maps, movie tickets and Sudoku puzzles. Then again, if we had money to burn we’d probably buy tons of other “useful” things like an machine that puts your pants on for you and then makes your eggs.

  • jerther
    the printer uses a 4.33-inch touchpanel

    This will be like surfing the net on my cellphone. It'll be a fun thing for a couple of houres and then I will get back to my 21inch screen.

    Nobody's gonna use this. It's a bit like those internet capable fridges and stoves.

    I want an Internet capable apple that's actually eatable.
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  • mlcloud
    I suppose you could use a potato as a power source.
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  • I already have many PCs at home and I dont need a 'Web Enabled Printer'
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  • This printer is for those that may not have a computer or someone that doesn't use the computer very often... which probably means most THG readers would be staying away. Great gift for your computer challenged relatives tho...
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  • jerther
    otaku tech guyThis printer is for those that may not have a computer or someone that doesn't use the computer very often... which probably means most THG readers would be staying away. Great gift for your computer challenged relatives tho...I'm convinced that those who don't own a computer will NOT get this. Computer challenged relatives? hell, if they can't use a computer, they certainly won't be able to use this almost non existant screen. I just can'T picture my mother or father using this
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  • ericgunnerson
    @otaku tech guy: "Great gift for your computer challenged relatives tho..."

    Eh I'm not really sure it's even that good for them either...
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  • cptnjarhead
    How about a laptop that scans, faxes and prints.
    Now that would be cool
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  • jerther
    a laptop can already fax. Not sure about printing as modern printers tend to have fixed heads that if clogged, the whole printer not better than dead... I wouldn'T like that on a laptop, but as for a scanner, that'd be somewhat useful!

    Portable printers already exist though.
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  • falchard
    Out of rescent HP Printers I have used, the print quality is poor compared to Brother and Epson.
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  • jerther
    falchardOut of rescent HP Printers I have used, the print quality is poor compared to Brother and Epson.yeah I think I agree. On regular paper at least. Brother's MFCs are fairly good printers.
    And I've been disapointed to see integrated print heads on recent Hp models too...
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