HP previews new Envy all-in-one printer

It’s rare that news of a printer makes it to Neowin’s front page. There’s a good reason for that, of course: with few exceptions, printers are extremely boring. There have been efforts to change that over the years – printers have morphed into 'all-in-one' devices (combining printing duties with scanning, faxing and other similarly mundane tasks), while gaining new features, such as touchscreen interfaces, wireless networking and web connections – but frankly, there’s very little to get genuinely excited about.

As one of the world’s leading printer manufacturers, HP surely knows this for itself. It’s already tried many of these tricks, with devices such as the PhotoSmart Premium, but it’s not prepared to give up on making the humble printer an object of desire and consumer interest. Engadget spotted a teasing reveal of a new Envy-branded all-in-one device – almost two years after it announced the Envy 100 e-All-in-One, with its striking aesthetics and large touchscreen and web-apps.

The new Envy all-in-one (above) looks set to build on the design themes and use of materials showcased in recent notebooks and Ultrabooks such as the Envy 14 Spectre and Envy Spectre XT. The transparent glass lid is undeniably striking, while a glass control panel will continue the trend of touchscreen interaction on such premium devices. Metal design elements are showcased in the scan-bar and the hinge.

The paper tray is hidden, with an "auto-eject" feature mentioned in the slide above; this could mean that the new printer features mechanically retracting input and output trays similar to its Envy 100 predecessor - a bit like the disc tray in a DVD-player or PC.

We don’t yet know when it’s due to go on sale, or how much it’ll cost – but it’ll likely have a premium price tag compared with its more ordinary-looking brethren. If only all printers looked this good.


Images via Engadget

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Will HP provide driver support for any post-Windows-8 Operating System?? Past history does not support this, including their scanners. Unless . . . HP has made a major change in corporate philosophy. (In my company's case, it is too late. I've switched to Canon.)

DARKFiB3R said,
I think this is a good a place as any, to inform/remind people about CISS (Continuous Ink Supply Systems) such as the ones found here... https://www.cityinkexpress.co.uk

You will save a small fortune in ink costs

Buy expensive well designed ENVY printer. slap that ugly POS on it....

never mind the fact it uses un standard ink, which for the average person may not mean much, but it means lower quality photo pritns, as the ink will have slight color variations from the original and wrong size pigments. while the printer is specifically calibrated to the high quality HP ink

Good solution for offices, but then you might as well buy an office printer with big ink cartridges to start with or a laser unless you're printing photos.

Also, seriously, a big ass years worth of ink container that's transparent, exposing the ink to light... :facepalm:

I'm still trying to work out who the target market would be aside from rich people with money to waste. It doesn't even have features that a business person would use like an Auto Document Feeder for scanning and Double-Sided printing.

I for one would pay a premium for a decent unit that had all the features you would expect from a premium device, decent driver support for All OS (Win/Mac/Linux/Android/IOS), Ink and parts are available which are not used to subsidize the device.

Unfortunately I don't think that any of this is going to come from one of the established brands. Too much of a change in their business model.

Maybe an open source printer for a kickstarter project could do this.

Simon- said,
I'm still trying to work out who the target market would be aside from rich people with money to waste. It doesn't even have features that a business person would use like an Auto Document Feeder for scanning and Double-Sided printing.

I for one would pay a premium for a decent unit that had all the features you would expect from a premium device, decent driver support for All OS (Win/Mac/Linux/Android/IOS), Ink and parts are available which are not used to subsidize the device.

Unfortunately I don't think that any of this is going to come from one of the established brands. Too much of a change in their business model.

Maybe an open source printer for a kickstarter project could do this.

The target person is the average home user who wants a printer that doesn't look ugly in the house. And it's a bigger market than you think, despite rumors of a recession, people are more willing than ever to spend money on good design on stuff, especially not that iPads and wireless printing puts printers out of bedrooms and into more visible spaces including living rooms.

People do have money and are willing to spend it on quality.

Sounds lovely for the person that wants an all singing / dancing printer I personally prefer something that just works

Shikaka said,
Sounds lovely for the person that wants an all singing / dancing printer I personally prefer something that just works

Hear, hear. And has driver support when a new OS is released.