HP Combats Waste, Boosts Security With LaserJet Enterprise Printers
HP's latest business laser printers are more energy-efficient while preventing snoops from getting their hands on sensitive information.Hewlett-Packard quietly unveiled three LaserJet Enterprise monochrome printers this week: the M604, M605 and M606. While designed for large workgroups (10-25 users) and rated for duty cycles of up to 20,000 pages per month, the printers do their part to help offices go green, according to Todd Brashear, worldwide product marketing manager for HP's enterprise single-function enterprise LaserJets and ink products. "How many times have you walked by a printer and seen unclaimed documents sitting on it? That's wasted paper, toner and energy," he told eWEEK. Equipped with the HP JetAdvantage Private Print feature, the new printers start print jobs only "when the user has authenticated at the printer, helping to prevent print jobs from going missing," a security-enhancing side benefit, said Brashear. Although overshadowed by major data breaches, like the ones that affected Target and health insurance provider Anthem, small-scale, paper-based leaks of sensitive information can prove damaging to companies as well. "With a large group of people using the same printer, there is the potential for confidential materials to be viewed or picked up by others at the printer," Brashear said.
"The HP JetAdvantage Private Print feature helps address this issue by queuing up print jobs and only printing them once the user has authenticated at the printer," he added. Other security-enhancing features include a built-in device firewall and secure erase capabilities that wipe a printer's onboard storage clean. "Also, a new touch screen helps users track the status of their print jobs so they don't inadvertently print duplicates."