If a comprehensive range of Laser printers for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprise was all that is needed to secure market dominance, HP would certainly be one step closer after its latest refresh.
At a press conference in Budapest, the company announced not one but 12 new laser printers, targeted at various different sized companies from the small to the giant. Starting at the bottom, intended for businesses comprising from one to a few people is the LaserJet CP1525 (pictured below), with 8ppm colour and 12ppm speeds with a €199 (£160) price tag. The next step up is the LaserJet 1515n, which adds a network port and uses HP's new and improved ColorSphere toner for a €249 (£200).
Last up in the small office domain is the monochrome M1319f MFP, the lowest priced multifunction printer HP offers, the only stand-out feature (if you can call it that) being a built-in handset allowing phonecalls, as well as faxes, to be made using the device. An MSRP of €299 (£240) is attached
In the SMB space we see the monochrome, single-function, LaserJet 4014 and 4015. The former is intended for companies of five to 10 users, with 43ppm and an 8.5 second time to first page, in Ready (rather than standby) mode. The 4015 is intended for 10 to 20 users, offers a 50ppm print speed and automatic duplexing. Finally in the 4000-series there is the LaserJet 4510, capable of 60ppm and intended for 15 to 25 user workgroups in medium businesses or enterprises. HP is pricing these printers at €579 (£460), €939 (£750) and €1,299 (£1,040) for the LaserJet 4014, 4015 and 4510 respectively.
At the high end of the range there is a collection of new A3 devices. The single-function LaserJet CP6015 provides 41ppm, an 11 second time to first print and automatic duplexing for €3,658 (£2,930). On the multifunction side there are the colour CM6040 and CM6030 MFP, intended for large workgroups with pricing starting at €7,800 (£6,250). The equivalent monochrome devices, the M9450 and M9050 MFP, start from €11,975 (£9,600) - at least they offer automatic duplexing for the money.
A couple of software solutions have also been announced, including HP Smart Web Printing that enables users to optimise the printing of web content, filtering adverts, unneeded images and so forth from pages before being printed. HP Smart Template Printing is a tool for storing document templates on certain HP printers, meaning that only small amounts of data need to be sent to print more complex documents - for example menus or flyers.
All told, if you're looking for a printing solution for your SMB or enterprise business, HP should have something to offer you.
Press release (Be advised, PDF).