HP Rolling out New High-Volume MFPs from Sharp, the S900 Series, for Managed Print Services Contracts
Today in Barcelona, Spain, at its HP Discover Conference, Hewlett-Packard introduced new four new high-volume MFPs, called the S900 Series, which will only be available for Managed Print Services (MPS) contracts and HP Partner MPS agreements. Recently, rumors began circulating that Sharp Corporation of Japan would be supplying HP with high-volume MFPs, and these new MFPs are indeed sourced from Sharp, but will be sold under the HP brand name.
HP says customers are increasingly interested in combining MPS and print-room contracts, with 15 percent of enterprises already doing so, and 22 percent investigating or planning to investigate using a single provider for their print room and office environments.
With the introduction of the HP S900 Series, HP says that it’ll be offering organizations a suite of MFPs that, when coupled with HP document and device manageability and security solutions, deliver “unmatched value through one trusted technology partner.”
The HP S900 Series includes one monochrome MFP— the MFP S956dn—and three color MFPs—the Color MFP S962dn, Color MFP S951dn, and Color MFP S970dn—that HP says produce commercial-quality color prints at speeds ranging from 51 to 70 ppm and offer high-volume paper-input capacities from 1,100 to 8,600 sheets. Optional document-finishing solutions are also available, including stapling, saddle-stitching, booklet-making, hole-punching, folding and trimming.
While information is limited at this time, HP says the new MFPs will help it better compete against high-volume MFPs from the likes of Xerox and Ricoh. They’ll also fill gaps in HP’s product line for A3 products, which previously it’s filled with high-volume Canon MFPs. HP also says the S900 Series complements its recently announced LaserJet Enterprise M800 Series for department and light production-printing needs.
Each device in the S900 Series is equipped with HP’s business-printing solutions designed to simplify business printing environments. These solutions include HP Web Jetadmin; HP Remote Monitoring; HP Universal Print Driver for remote management; HP Access Control for security, job accounting, and pull printing; as well as HP’s Capture and Route for making document workflows and document management faster and more efficient.
HP will begin shipping the S900 Series in February 2014 in nine countries, including the United States, most of Northern Europe, and in Australia, and will later expand shipment to other regions.