Internet-Enabled Printer Requires No Computer
HP's new PhotoSmart Premium prints straight off the web
HP is hoping there’re a lot of people out there with mass printing needs but without regular Internet access. Their new PhotoSmart Premium printer has a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen on the front that allows a user to print directly from the Internet. The idea is that the printer would be a quick way of printing out online directions, pictures, movie tickets, and so forth, without the need of a computer.
HP even plans on teaming up with Google, Fandango, Snapfish, and other websites to provide easy-access widgets for the printer. But at a price of $399 and with a screen rivaling an iPhone’s in size, it’s unclear if this printer will capture the computer-less market from people who could probably afford a netbook and cheap printer for the same price.