Lighten up with HP
By Tan Jee Yee December 11, 2019
- Line-up includes the ultra-light, sub-1kg HP Elite Dragonfly convertible
- The HP Neverstop Laser Printer allows easy toner reload in 15 seconds
FOR HP, the future of the workplace is a light one. That is, the tools you need to work with – your computers and printers – should be easier to carry, take up less place and designed to be more convenient (hence lightening your load).
With this, the company has launched a slate of new PC and print products targeting modern workplaces. They include the HP Elite Dragonfly, which the company dubs the world’s lightest compact business convertible, as well as the HP Neverstop Laser, termed the world’s first toner-tank printer.
“We are reinventing for Malaysians to deliver versatile, durable and connected innovation that ensures no compromise in their workstyles and lifestyles,” says HP Inc Malaysia managing director Fayza Mohamad Amin.
“Through local customer insights, sustainability and thoughtful design, we continue to push the boundaries of innovation to support the future of Malaysia.”
Fayza says that the computing devices of today need to be synced to the needs of the Malaysian workforce. She points out to an IDC finding which states that Asia’s workplaces will have five generations working together by 2020 – that’s Gen Zs intermingling with Millennials all the way to Baby Boomers.
“We take pride in challenging ourselves to provide users the freedom to pursue their passions without compromising on security and connectivity,” she says.
Light and powerful
Leading the line-up in terms of lightness is the HP Elite Dragonfly, which starting weight is less than 1kg depending on the configuration. This ultra-light business convertible is crafted from CNC-machined magnesium (for durability) and a redesigned HP Quiet Keyboard and what the company calls a “lightweight click pad.”
What’s also impressive is its battery life, which HP claims offers up to 24.5-hours. The screen-to-body ratio on this 13-inch PC is at almost 86%, and being a convertible, means it can transform from a laptop to a tablet just by flipping over the keyboard. The device is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processor.
HP also introduces the new HP Spectre X360, which sees a size reduction of 13% from the previous generation on top of providing a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The device also sports a 10th Gen Intel Core processor with Iris Plus graphics, housed inside its aluminium CNC-machined design.
HP claims that the new Spectre x360 is able to provide up to 22 hours of battery life – apparently the longest for a quad-core, 13-inch convertible.
The HP Elite Dragonfly has a starting price of US$1,558 (RM6,500), while the new HP Spectre x360 prices from US$1,318 (RM5,499).
Can’t stop, won’t stop
Most of us office dwellers would be familiar with the Printer Curse, in which the printer is always out of ink at the most inopportune situations. The HP Neverstop Laser Printer seems to want to break that curse. It features a toner tank that allows users to easily reload the toner in 15 seconds, no technician needed.
This printer is capable of printing up to 5,000 pages right out of the box. Using the HP Smart App, users can print, scan and copy with their smartphones, with one-touch shortcuts to these functions. Print speed is listed as 21ppm (page per minute).
The HP Neverstop Laser Printer prices at US$299.38 (RM1,249), and will be available from the end of December 2019.
HP also has a printer for those looking for a simpler set-up. The HP Smart Tank features integrated ink tanks and an automatic ink sensor, on top of a spill-free refill system for easier ink management. This is for high-volume printing – on full ink tanks, the printer can achieve up to 8,000 colour pages or up to 6,000 black pages.
The Smart Tank also includes HP Smart App integration, so users can similarly make prints, copies or scans using their smartphones.
The HP Smart Tank is available now, with a price starting from US$174.74 (RM729).