HP has managed to squeeze a Bluetooth speaker into a small inkjet printer
HP has today launched the HP Amp 125, which is a printer and a speaker combined into a single unit. Yes, you read that right: printer + speaker.
A single-function color inkjet printer, the Amp 125 has an ISO print speed of up to 7.8 pages per minute (ppm) for mono and 5.5ppm for color. For black-and-white printing, it offers a top resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi; and for color, it attempts to render a 4,800 x 1,200 dpi quality.
The 2.6kg HP Amp 125 is equipped with a USB 2.0 port and has built-in support for 802.11b/g/n wireless networking. It features a variety of mobile printing capabilities, including support for Apple AirPrint, HP ePrint, and Wi-Fi Direct. Through the HP Smart mobile app, you can easily print photos residing on your mobile device as well as photos on your social media accounts. You can also use the app to “scan” a document and print it with the printer.
Other printer-related features of the Amp 125 include a 60-sheet paper input tray, and a monthly duty cycle of up to 1,000 pages (recommended monthly volume is up to 200 pages). The printer uses two ink cartridges: one with black ink, and another holding the cyan, magenta, and yellow inks. HP says the Amp 125 is a “dynamic security-enabled printer”, which means it’s designed to work with only original HP cartridges that have HP’s security chip embedded. Last but not least, the printer doesn't support auto duplex printing, which means you’ve to manually flip the paper over if you want to print on both sides.
The Amp 125 also sports wireless Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, because that’s how it connects to your phone or PC for music streaming. The speaker has a power rating of 15W RMS, and uses Texas Instruments’ Smart Amp tech to enhance the audio quality. On top of the printer you’ll find a number of tactile buttons for functions like volume, play/pause, and Bluetooth pairing control. And since the printer has a built-in microphone, it can also double as a speakerphone. There’s even a USB charging port at the top left of the printer for moments when you need to top up your phone’s charge.
The HP Amp 125 is now available for S$169.