A completely new ecosystem for printers, which will enable safer, more durable and productive printing. This is how HP describes its new hardware and software-based service HP Plus, which from now on will be integrated into selected printers aimed at small businesses and consumers.
HP is pushing for features such as automatic connection troubleshooting, improved printing privacy and enhanced protection against intrusions and viruses. For example, a new feature will make it possible to queue print jobs and then start them only when the customer is actually near the printer.
HP also promises full compatibility with Android and iOS smartphones for printing and scanning. Users will also have the opportunity to sign up for a free six-month period on the company’s ink service Instant Ink.
With “more sustainable”, HP means that the new Plus service will reinvest the environmental footprint of your printouts in various projects to preserve forests in the Amazon and China, among other places.
HP Plus is not a dedicated subscription service, but the functionality is built into some printer models. Here are the Laserjet M200 series (sales start in June), the Officejet Pro 8000e and 9000e series (April 27), the Deskjet 2700e and 4100e series (May) and the Envy 6000e and 6400e series (June). HP Plus only works with the company’s original inks.