Ricoh's has unveiled its new HotSpot Printer line, which promises to extend printing capabilities in Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone with an Internet-enabled device — without needing to install printer drivers.
The two printer models announced are the SP C410DN-KP color laser printer and the SP 4100N-KP monochrome laser printer. They retail for $2,099 and $1,699 respectively. Both models should be available by the end of January.
Users submit print jobs to HotSpot printers either connecting to the printer's Web server and then entering a URL or uploading the file(s) to be printed, or by sending the document to the printer's e-mail address. The printer e-mails a release code, which the user must enter onto the printer's keypad to have the document printed. The user does not need to be near the printer to submit the job, as long as they have Web or e-mail access, only to retrieve it.
The new printers can also be used as regular network printers.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.