HP launches tablet-powered printer, Envy AIO

HP has taken the wraps off some very interesting gadgets at its IPG Summit, showing off Envy-branded printers and tablet-enabled AIOs.

Under the cover of innovation, HP has launched the Envy 100 e-All-in-One (sic) device, that takes on the sleek look of the Envy range of notebooks the company acquired when gobbling up macho geek-chic brand VoodooPC.

The slim device is a printer-copier-scanner combo (without a fax module option), that can print/copy off at 27ppm in black and white, or 22ppm in colour.

The device scans at a hardware resolution of 1200dpi, and can communicate via wired or wireless networking or print via the web.

Technically it's pretty standard stuff, despite the allure of a 3.45-inch hi-res touchscreen and the promise of "whisper-quiet operation". But it's the design that makes this one stand out (or blend in, if you're looking to put it in your high-tech home). Yours for just $249.

HP's Envy 100 e-All-in-One

The second - and not-so-slim - device is the HP Photosmart eStation C510, which offers a new spin on the old "PC on the fridge door" gimmick. HP has thought it interesting to combine a tablet device with an all-in-one device aimed at small businesses.

The tablet element is a 7-inch design known as the Zeen. It runs a customised Android 2.1 OS that's locked down (not Palm WebOS, as you might expect, given HP's recent acquisition), and will tap directly into the Barnes & Noble eBook store so that you can not only control the printer, but also operate the tablet element as a, well... tablet PC.

You can even fax by just hooking up to your nearest internet access point via Wi-Fi (802.11n), rather than using a regular phone line. So you can browse the web, check your emails and just about get any work done while you're printing all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

HP will sell you their precious for the amount of $399.

The Envy 100 will be available as of next month, while the eStation C510 is available right now from your friendly HP distributor.

The HP Photosmart eStation C510 with Zeen tablet