The HP Photosmart EStation And Friends At CES 2011 Unveiled

Posted: Jan 5 2011, 10:04am CST | by , Updated: Jan 5 2011, 10:07am CST, in News | CES

The HP Photosmart eStation and Friends at CES 2011 Unveiled
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The Officejet Pro 8500A is the real gem here.

Surprisingly, HP didn't choose to highlight any tablets or webOS devices at CES Unveiled. Instead, they hauled out their new line of home & home office printers. Their flagship model was the HP Photosmart eStation. Otherwise known as, "that printer with the tablet".

But HP's Officejet Pro 8500A was the real star of the show. This web-connected $299 printer will handle absolutely everything you can throw at it. And I didn't get that from a PR rep. I spent some time chatting with a fellow journalist who uses the 8500A in his home office. He couldn't stop praising everything but the ink prices ($170ish for a full reload). Even then, he noted that a full load is good for something like 9k sheets.

The eStation was pretty nifty though- but mainly because of the tablet. In all honesty, I think HP stuck that little slate there to bamboozle us into buying their decent-but-not-exceptional printer. The ability to print directly from web pages you browse is kind of cool, as is Android 2.1. But this tablet isn't good for much other than a toy / light home browsing. It's too slow and limited for much real use.

Anyway, here's the HP rep's take on the line-up:

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