HP has just announced details for its newest printer, the Officejet 150 Mobile, which will be the world's first portable MFP. Developed for professionals who spend most of their time on the road, such as sales reps, the Officejet 150 weighs just over 3kg and would fit comfortably into most briefcases. With a maximum print speed of 22 pages per minute in black and 18 pages per minute in colour, the Officejet 150 should be quick enough to be useful in most situations.
A 2.36in colour touchscreen enables the user to manage print, scan and copy jobs, whilst PictBridge and memory card compatibility allow for direct printing. Flexible scanning options mean that it also possible to scan to the USB drive or memory card, as well as to PC or e-mail.
HP claims that the battery is good for around 500 prints although, like print speeds, this is under ideal conditions so the true figure will be somewhat less. You might expect a mobile printer or MFP to feature Wi-Fi connectivity but the Officejet 150 instead uses Bluetooth to allow wireless printing from a PC, laptop or mobile phone. Unlike Wi-Fi, Bluetooth doesn't require you to keep connecting to different networks as you move from place to place, making it much better suited to a portable device.
The Officejet 150 should be available from the middle of June and is expected to be priced around the £300 mark. That seems a lot when the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is just over £200 but it may be worth it if it means that you can get an important contract printed, signed and e-mailed back to the office straight away.
by Anthony Morgan