HP has announced that their photo printers, Photosmart segment of printers will come in just the wireless flavour by 2010. This means that all the Photosmart printers that are released post 2010 will strictly be Wi-Fi enabled.
The move towards pushing for wireless printers seems to have been influenced by the projected explosion in the growth of laptop market. The sales of laptops have increased constantly by 50% every year from 2006.
During this announcement, HP also unveiled their two new 802.11g enabled Wi-Fi printers, Photosmart C4580 and C630. The former is a multi-function printer mounted with a 3.8 cm LCD screen for previewing images before printing, and the printer comes with 6 individual cartridges. The latter has a dual-drop system to boost sharpness and reduce grain, and has a large 6.1cm colour display.
Both printers are currently available in the market. The C4580 is priced at £105 while the C630 at £160.
In between the future Wi-Fi plans and the 802.11g enabled printers, HP also launched Creative Studio that enables users to create digital projects such as photobook, greeting cards and gift projects to print at home. Another website, MarketSplash was unveiled that helps small businesses and individuals to create materials such as headed paper and business cards that can be easily printed at any local office supply stores like Staples.