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New HP printers feature NFC

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HP's latest enterprise printers feature NFC and wireless direct printing for ease of use with mobile devices. These capabilities can also be added to certain existing models.

The HP LaserJet Enterprise M800 series is the first enterprise MFP and printer range to support touch-to-print and wireless direct printing, company officials claimed.

NFC-equipped smartphones, tablets and notebooks with HP's ePrint app or driver can print to M800 models by tapping the device on the pad next to the printer's display.

Wireless direct printing allows a mobile device to communicate with an M800's wireless interface, so there is no need for the device to be connected to the corporate network. While this does improve network security, it does bypass print access controls and job accounting unless HP's ePrint Enterprise software is used.

AirPrint is also supported for users of iPads and iPhones, and also for OS X users who for some reason cannot or do not wish to install the full-function HP driver.

From February it will be possible to add these NFC and wireless direct capabilities to existing HP 'FutureSmart' printers and MFPs by adding a $99 JetDirect 2800w module.

Beyond mobile printing support, features of the M800 series (the photo above shows the M880 with optional paper handling accessories) include an 8in colour touchscreen and pull-out keyboard for ease of operation, leading HP South Pacific category manager for laser printing systems Jason Su to characterise the M800 series as "PCs that can actually print."

A4 print speeds are up to 46ppm in black or colour, and a duplexer is standard equipment.

The scanner ensures every sheet is scanned by applying the technology used to count banknotes before they are dispensed from ATMs. Scan speeds are up to 70 pages per minute and up to 85 images per minute in duplex mode.

Copying speeds are up to 46 copies per minute, and the M880 models include fax capability.

The new M800 models will start to ship this month.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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