HP Ships Tablet-Equipped Printer

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. — Hewlett-Packard has unveiled the PhotoSmart eStation, a an all-in-one printer with a 7-inch removable tablet attached.

The eStation, shipping now at $399, is a standard printer, scanner and copier, but it replaces the standard LCD control panel with the tablet.

The Wi-Fi tablet uses a modified version of the Android operating system. The portable device has full web connectivity along with the ability to use the Barnes & Noble e-bookstore. In addition, it can be programmed to tell the printer to automatically print out web content, like news stories, on a set schedule.

The tablet’s intended purpose is to make it simple to print web content without having to access desktop or notebook, the company said.

The company also rolled out the latest incarnation of its Touchsmart all-in-one PC line.

The new TouchSmarts come with an updated software package called Magic Canvas and access to the HP TouchSmart Apps Center.

HP also introduced two new TouchSmart desktop PCs and a TouchSmart notebook, along with the HP Omni desktop. All will be available at retail on Oct. 24.

The TouchSmart 310z, $699 starting price, features an AMD Athlon II 240e dual-core processor, 2GB DDR3 memory, a 640B hard drive, a 20-inch touchscreen display and built Wi-Fi.

The step-up 23-inch TouchSmart 600t, $999, adds an Intel Core i5 460M dual-core processor with Turbo Boost, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce G210 graphics card.

The notebook offering is the TouchSmart tm2, $829. It has a pivoting 12-inch touchscreen display, allowing it to be used as a slate device or traditional notebook. It runs on an Intel ultra-low-voltage processor, has 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and six hours of battery life.

The Omni 100, $499, all-in-one drops the touchscreen capability for its 20-inch display. It runs on an AMD Athlon II 170u processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory and comes standard with a 320GB hard drive.

The TouchSmart 600 also received a revamped software suite. Called Magic Canvas, users can drag applications, music, photos, videos and web content directly onto the desktop. HP also added a direct connection to Facebook to the desktop and an apps center that is accessible from an icon on the desktop.

Apps now available include games, Cartoon Network — offering news on the network’s shows, and Marvel Comics — an online library of 8,000 comics.


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