HP’s latest all-in-one
This week is full of all-in-one news with the announcement of the HP Officejet 6110 (below) and the Lexmark X5150 (click here). While Lexmark is clearly targeting the budget end of the market with the X5150, the HP 6110 is firmly at the upper end.
HP has announced its latest all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax solution, the HP Officejet 6110. Slotting in slightly up the market ladder from the psc 2110, psc 2115 and psc 2120 released in October last year, the Officejet 6110 has richer fax and scanning features but does not offer digital camera memory card slots. It does, however, retain the direct USB-link printing capability supported by some HP digital cameras.
The same 4800dpi/Photoret IV ink jet engine lies at the heart of the 6110 as the Photosmart 7150, 7350 and 7550, as well as the psc 2100-series all-in-ones. All these models will take HP’s No.58 photo colour ink cartridge when best quality photo printing is required. The usual option of a paper duplexer for automatic double-sided printing is retained.
Smallest HP AIW yet
While not as frugal in terms of desktop real-estate conservation as selected new all-in-ones from Canon and Lexmark, the 6110 is HP’s smallest ink jet multi-function unit to date. Packed into its long list of features are a 35 page automatic document feeder (ADF) for the scanner, stand alone copier function (no need for host PC) and a stand alone fax machine function. Automatic print media sensing and self-calibration of the print head are included.
Plain paper jobs can pass through the printer section at a rate of up to 19 pages per minute (ppm) when printing black and white documents or 15ppm when printing in colour. Borderless photo printing with A4 media is not possible, but 15x10cm (roughly 6x4 inch) borderless printing is supported.
The scanner section boasts a 48 bit CCD sensor and up to 1200x2400 pixels per inch optical resolution. The fax functionality includes a maximum modem data rate of 33.6KBps and 75 speed-dial programs.
The Officejet 6110 is aimed at the more demanding end of the SOHO (small office home office) market and does not include stand alone networking support. The good news for Apple Mac users is that the 6110 is compatible with Mac OS 9.x and up to OS 10.1.
Additional software includes HP Director, Photo Gallery, Image Editor, HP Scan to Email, HP Scan to Web, HP Creative Photo Projects, I.R.I.S. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software for making editable text files from scans of text documents and, finally, HP’s Memories Disc simplified multimedia authoring package for making CDs and DVDs of photos and audio that can be played on PCs and DVD players.
With dedicated scanner and printer sales predicted to be flat over the next few years, the all-in-one market is bucking the trend, with strong growth, albeit from a small base, expected.
The 6110 is an all-in-one with a strong feature set – it’s capable of high quality colour photo printing as well as plain paper document printing, it is a fully-featured fax machine, it’s a slow but capable copier – working in colour too - and it’s a reasonably good specification colour scanner with that all-important ADF unit.
If you consider the Officejet 6110 has a guide price of £349, you wouldn’t have had much, if any change from this amount had you bought just one of the component parts separately just a few years ago.