HP Reinvents the LaserJet Printer

On Tuesday, HP announced a new series of LaserJet printers built around a refinement to their toner’s formula, the ColorSphere 3. According to HP, “the new toner’s soft core melts at a much lower temperature requiring far less heat to melt.”

HP is supporting this chemical breakthrough with a complete redesign of their printers. In the words of Senior VP and General Manager Pradeep Jotwani, HP is “reinventing the printer, making them leaner, faster, and smarter.” HP describes the new series as their “most signficant laser printing re-engineering since the introduction of the first LaserJet in 1984.”

Some notable improvements in the line are:

  • Energy Efficient. Use up to 53% less energy
  • Resource Efficient. Deliver up to 33% more professional-quality prints per cartridge
  • Time Efficient. Print up to 40% faster
  • Space Efficient. Take up to 40% less space

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HP is starting with 3 new series aimed at helping the modern business.

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277 series seeks to be the smallest MFP (multifunctional printer) on the market, and offers the “fastest 2-sided printing in its class.” It prints, scans, copies, and faxes—all wirelessly. It should be perfect for a small business with constrained office space looking to save on printing costs.

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M252 series is even more compact, and comes with mobile printing options. It’s aimed at a small workgroup that requires speed, flexibility, and reliability.

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M552 and M553 series is built for efficiency in a cutting-edge, compact office. According to HP, “the series prints at high speed while achieving the lowest total energy consumption and fastest double-sided printing speeds in its class.” It’s the first to include Google Cloud Print 2.0 support, as well.

Altogether, the redesigned printers “feature a smaller footprint, easier set up and installation as well as up to 40 percent faster printing from sleep versus competitors.” The new toner, according to Jotwani, is the basis of all this innovation.

The less heat needed to melt the toner, the less energy used up by the printer, a real advantage as businesses seek to make themselves ever more green. How companies approach this topic as time goes by is something to keep in mind.

HP has “incorporated print gauge technology (which) intelligently predicts toner levels, helping IT managers get the most out of each toner cartridge.” On a smaller scale, the new cartridges will be easier to install while reducing waste. Gone are the little strips with a tab that needs to be pulled.

By keeping in mind what modern businesses want and starting from the ground up with an innovative redesign, TriTech’s partners at HP have significantly improved laser printers.

3 Benefits of a Healthy Computer Network

Computer Networking Basics

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of posts from TriTech introducing the basics of modern business technology.

It goes without saying today that we live in an interconnected world. Tech reporters tell us again and again that our actual, physical locations mean less and less. These digital networks that span the globe can overwhelm.

What’s not talked about so much is the importance of the smaller computer networks, like the ones you might find in your local business.

Imagine a business. A delicious business.

It’s been around for a decade, let’s say. They sell the best brownies, so rich and chocolatey. They’re almost dangerous! The owner, Karina, started by baking the brownies in her apartment kitchen and selling to local cafés. Over the years she’s steadily grown her company, and demand is now filtering through the whole state and beyond. She’s not in her apartment anymore. Karina has her own building.

She’s had to hire a lot of new employees to meet the increased shipping demands. At first, she added hardware piece by piece. For each new employee, she plunked down a new piece of equipment. When she needed designers for packaging and the website, she got them each a new set of software. As the company’s grown, it’s gotten messier and messier.

Frankly, organizing the whole system is really starting to stress Karina out, and the business just doesn’t seem to be doing that well considering how much product they sell. Wasn’t she supposed to be baking delicious chocolate brownies?

A healthy computer network can help solve present and future problems.

Let’s break her problem down. What are the benefits of a healthy computer network?

1. Sharing Hardware

Karina took a step back, and inventoried all the hardware in her company. Had she really bought that much stuff? She thought it over, and realized that with a little planning and work, she could greatly increase the capacity and efficiency of her business.

Rather than giving each employee an individual piece of hardware, Karina could save money and increase quality by connecting everyone to a shared network. She could, for instance, get a better printer that everyone could use, instead of giving everyone a worse, individual one. She could centralize the network through a hub to make sure that when a technological failure happens—and it will happen—it only affects a single part of the network, instead of shutting down a whole slew of stations. The affected employee can simply move temporarily to a different station. Work continues unabated.

Karina sees how, by installing a robust infrastructure of networking hardware, she’s been able to prevent problems that once could have seriously set back her business.

2. Sharing Software

Karina’s been thinking about how effective the networked hardware has been. What more can she do? As she wanders from computer to computer, manually updating a program on each, she wonders if there could be a better way of doing things.

She realizes that, with her new network infrastructure in place, she is able to simply get a single software program with multiple user licenses. That’s a good bit of savings for a quickly growning business like hers. She can update that program from her own computer quicker than it takes an employee to sneak a look at Facebook—and it’ll distribute through the whole system.

By now, Karina can feel that her stress levels are being reduced. A healthy network is giving her a healthy mind! All that new black ink in her books isn’t bad either.

3. Sharing Information

All this technology speaking with each other is great, but does it help a business innovate? A well-developed network enables the sharing of information. Karina was reading an article the other day about how researchers say that creativity comes from sharing information.

Now that she has the network going, Karina is encouraging her employees to take full advantage of it. The research and development team, who have made a hazelnut-caramel brownie that’s making everyone salivate, has shared their files with the design team. The launch of the new product was sped up. And the idea catches on. With the integrated network, the various sections of the business begin sharing concepts and successes with each other. The whole system becomes much more effective, much more productive. The atmosphere at work is better, too, now that everyone is helping each out.

Karina’s healthy computer network has enabled her to achieve her business goals while creating a positive, innovative atmosphere.

How do you know if your computer network is healthy?

This is probably the question you’re asking yourself right now. How do you know if your system is as efficient, secure, and up-to-date as it can be?

Probably the best way is to have an expert go through your system. We here at TriTech offer a free network auditing service. We have audit engineers waiting to review your network and provide you with a report on its performance.

Give us a call at (262) 717-0037 and ask us about our network auditing service. We’d be delighted to help your company meet your current and future networking needs.