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HP PhotoSmart eStation C510
HP's latest wireless printer features a detachable 7" display/tablet

When it comes to the latest in technology, laser/inkjet printers aren't exactly as sexy as smartphones, tablets, or the latest Digital SLR cameras. However, HP is looking to change that with its latest inkjet printer which has a decidedly "Android" flavor to it.

According to Engadget, HP's upcoming PhotoSmart eStation C510 inkjet printer comes with a detachable 7" display that doubles as a tablet – remarkably, the touch screen display/tablet is running Android 2.1. According to the gadget blog, HP's TouchSmart skin is running over the base OS, but it lacks support for Gmail and the Android Market. Android's web browser, however, is still in there.

The tablet is also expected to feature support for Barnes and Noble's Nook eBook store, so the device should function nicely as an eBook reader in a pinch. Other features include an SD slot, 802.11n wireless, and a webcam.

As for the printer itself, it also features 802.11n support, can print up to 33 ppm (draft mode), supports maximum print resolutions of 600x600 (black) and 9600x2400 (color), and has a 125-sheet input tray (20 sheet tray for photos).

The PhotoSmart eStation C510 is expected to be made available to the public on September 20 for a price of $399.

It's interesting to note that this printer/tablet is running Android instead of HP's recent acquisition, Palm's webOS. However, HP likely hasn't had enough time to tailor the OS for products that were already in the pipeline, so we should expect to see webOS offerings in the future, just as former HP CEO Mark Hurd stated in May.

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Price is my concern
By TheRequiem on 9/7/2010 12:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
$399 is a little too steep just to have a stinken Android Tablet attached to it... I'll wait for Epson to release one for $299.

RE: Price is my concern
By Brandon Hill on 9/7/2010 12:43:24 PM , Rating: 4
I'll wait for Brother to release one for $199 ;-)

RE: Price is my concern
By SunAngel on 9/7/2010 1:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
I know that's right. HP also means expensive ink. That's my main reason for avoiding HP printers.

RE: Price is my concern
By Curt4Computers on 9/7/2010 2:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'll wait for Canon to build a good one!

RE: Price is my concern
By Smilin on 9/7/2010 5:18:48 PM , Rating: 5
I'll wait for a ... hey wait ... WTF do I need a PDA built into my printer for?

RE: Price is my concern
By acer905 on 9/7/2010 12:47:49 PM , Rating: 3
To be fair... the base model wireless photosmart starts at 99.99... with one capable of 30ppm being 149.99 (they currently have an instant rebate on both though)

It all comes down to how powerful the tablet is i guess...

RE: Price is my concern
By bhieb on 9/7/2010 1:03:54 PM , Rating: 3
Just what the world needs more proprietary, bloated HP bs (i know the OS is open source but you can bet it is some special dock connector). Bet the driver is 500MB + since their "simple" printer drivers push 100MB.

/end hateful HP rant

RE: Price is my concern
By therealnickdanger on 9/7/2010 2:16:45 PM , Rating: 3
HP definitely goes overboard. Last night I had to download a 130MB (compressed) file just to get the 127KB INF to install the printer without the bloatware. Sheesh.

RE: Price is my concern
By Hydrofirex on 9/7/2010 3:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
Does that work even for scanner functions? I've had the damdest time getting throught the bloatware to scan docs to my PC. It keeps giving me an 'Installation did not finish correctly' error even though I've been using the printer itself just fine. Windows 7 is fantasic about auto-installing everything. Which is great for items like HP printers where they want to give you hundreds of megs of uneeded software and background applications.

It is a printer. The included software should be as simple and small as possible. There should be NO background applications unless absolutely needed.



RE: Price is my concern
By MrTeal on 9/7/2010 6:21:15 PM , Rating: 2
It is a printer. The included software should be as simple and small as possible. There should be NO background applications unless absolutely needed.

But then how could they automatically direct you to their web store when your ink levels dip below 80%?

RE: Price is my concern
By ResStellarum on 9/7/2010 8:32:24 PM , Rating: 2
You should try Ubuntu. HP printers work right out of the box, no downloading of drivers through your browser or installing from a cd necessary ;)

RE: Price is my concern
By Dr of crap on 9/7/2010 3:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
It's a printer - that's all it needs to be is a printer.
Wireless and print what I tell it to, that's it.
I don't need other useless things attached to it and I don't need to spend that much!

Of course I'd never buy it - it's an HP - ink is to $$$$.

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