Ok, so first things first – the arm coming out of the back of the printer houses a camera capable of scanning A4 documents or capturing high-quality images of small 3D objects. So there you go. That covers the name and what it's for. Sort of. 'Why a camera?', you ask. Simple – HP says it's for use in online sales, so you can quickly and easily capture and upload images to a website. This would make the TopShot ideal for small businesses or home users wishing to sell small objects quite frequently, either through their own website, or via sites like Amazon and eBay. Suddenly things start to make more sense – theoretically, at least, there should be quite a healthy demand for printers like the TopShot.
Other than the camera attachment, the TopShot is pretty much what you'd expect from low-end colour multifunction device. The TopShot uses four pass printing technology giving it a colour print speed of just 4 pages per minute and there is no fax option or ADF. However, the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275nw does have wireless and Ethernet connectivity as standard and, as it's an ePrinter, it's also compatible with Apple AirPrint and is Cloud Print ready straight out of the box. The colour touchscreen is a generous 8.9cm across and should make it easy to navigate the menus and manage your print, scan and copy jobs.
Even if you're not an eBay entrepreneur, the camera can still be used as a conventional scanner and can be folded away to save space when it's not in use. The TopShot certainly looks sleeker and more compact than some if its competitors and that could be one of the biggest factors in its favour in the home and small office market.
by Anthony Morgan