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Drive Control Corporation has announced the availability of HP’s ePrint services. These services transform HP’s new Photosmart and OfficeJet all-in-one products which now incorporate the company’s ePrintCenter platform into web-enabled publishing platforms.

It is estimated that one out of three documents are printed from the web – a trend that is fuelled by the proliferation of smartphones and other devices that now offer easy access to online pages. In light of this growth and in order to maximise online printing accessibility, HP’s new Photosmart and OfficeJet All-in-One (AiO) products now incorporate the company’s ePrintCenter platform that effectively transforms printer into web-enabled publishing platforms.

Available from official distributor, Drive Control Corporation (DCC), the ePrint sevices allow users to customise print apps and schedule timed delivery of content – such as news from msnbc.com and Yahoo! and creative after-school activities from Disney – directly to their home or business printers.

Locally, users can already gain access to printer apps partners such as Google, Disney and Dreamworks, enjoying fun and interesting content that has been formatted for efficient printing. More South African content will become available in the coming months.

In addition to gaining access to printer-enabled apps, the ePrint printers also have unique e-mail addresses that allow senders to deliver a print the same way they would send an e-mail message. User also can send documents to print through an HP ePrint mobile app on their Smartphone device to a home, office or public print location such as a hotel.

“With the ePrintCentre, HP has effectively transformed its printers to bona fide web-connected devices that enable easy online access to relevant print-ready documentation, whether it is background information for a school project or a new recipe. The centre makes it exceptionally easy to navigate and manage these apps, plus the e-mail address functionality takes away a lot of the hassle associated with printing on a remote printer or sending information to the office,”” comments Esna-May Hattingh, HP Business Unit Manager at DCC.

The new HP Photosmart All-in-One printers available from DCC include:

. The HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One – Wireless connection to the web: features a 4.3-inch HP TouchSmart screen with enhanced touch technology and can save paper by up to 50 percent using automatic two-sided printing.

. The HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One – Produce lab-quality photos, everyday documents and creative projects using this printer’s 3.5-inch HP TouchSmart screen. Quickly print web content such a recipes, greeting cards, homework projects and news without a PC.

. HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One – Easily fax, scan and copy using the automatic document feeder: plus, print photos and web content easily through the touch screen interface.

. HP Photosmart e-All-in-One – Quickly print web content using the 2.4-inch HP TouchSmart screen.

The new OfficeJet printers incorporating the ePrintCentre include:

. The HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One and Plus series allows small businesses to make their best impression with professional-quality colour prints, roducing documents at up to 50 percent lower cost per page (cpp) while using up 50 percent less energy

. The HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One produces professional-quality wide format (A3) colour documents for the lowest cpp compared with in-class, wide-format inkjet all-in-ones on a range of paper types and sizes. The 7500A includes integrated wired and wireless networking for sharing with multiple PCs and includes a 2.36-inch colour touch screen display.

. The wired and wireless HP Officejet 6500A e-All-in-One series lets users produce professional-quality, lowest-cost-in-class colour documents plus fax, copy and scan.

. The Officejet 4500 and 4500 All-in-One series features a 20-sheet automatic document feeder, and enables customers to efficiently complete business tasks at their small business or home office.

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