Why HP's Web-Connected Printer Will Fail

HP's new Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart connect directly to the Internet and doesn't require a computer to print documents. While a neat idea, the long-term viability of this printer in the increasingly digital, mobile world is questionable.

Hewlett-Packard new Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart aims to decouple the printer from the personal computer and connecting it directly to the Internet. The idea is to make printing of routine Web-based documents such as airline boarding passes, coupons and photos simple and efficient. But is the Web-connected printer an automatic hit? Don't bet on it, particularly from a B2B channel perspective.

Here are six reasons the Photosmart is nothing to get excited over, and why it's longterm future is likely limited.

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