Have you ever been surprised with the performance of a device, that you didn’t think a lot about? The HP Tango X is one such device. When I first removed the device from its packaging, my initial thought was, “That’s it? This is a printer?”. My five-year-old looked at the printer and thought it was some kind of a gaming console.
After the initial apprehensions wore off, I got around setting up the device. Setup is quite straightforward – plug in the device, install the HP Smart app on your smartphone, and then follow the on-screen instructions. It hardly takes minutes to set this thing up.
The overall design and build quality of the Tango X very good. It comes with a linen cover (available in gray or indigo), which folds over the printer to make it look like a tiny piece of desk accessory. When the printer is closed, it measures around 15 inches wide by 9.7 inches deep and is only 3.5 inches tall. It also is featherlight – so moving it from room to room is not a hassle.
The Tango X does not come with a screen or a control panel built on top of it. So you will require a computer or a smartphone to operate it. Your PC or phone needs to run the HP Smart app before you can set up the Tango X. You will find a couple of buttons on the top panel of the printer, which is mostly used for canceling a print job, printing a status sheet, and so on.
The HP Tango X is a wireless printer – it does not connect through USB or Ethernet connections. Since the printer supports cloud-based printing and sharing, scanning and copying of documents are done through the HP Smart app. You can also print directly from your smartphone. You can either select a PDF or an online document from Google Drive or Dropbox.
The quality of the print output is very good. Text documents printed with sharp and dark letterforms. And although there was a noticeable difference when I printed from an Android phone, the difference was slight. Graphics looked very attractive, with lots of fine detail. The output was well-saturated, with natural-looking colours.
I wasn’t however happy with the overall performance of the scan and copy functions through the HP Smart app. I usually use the CamScanner app for scanning documents, which does a very good job. A couple of times we ended up with blurry images. Sometimes, the text wasn’t as sharp as we were expecting it to be.
The HP Tango X uses two cartridges for print jobs. One has black ink and the other is a tri-color cartridge with cyan, magenta, and yellow ink. The Tango X is a perfect printer for those who are only looking for a device that can deliver high-quality print jobs in a smaller package, without taking up too much desk space. But if you are also looking for flawless scan and copy functions, look elsewhere.
Price: AED 799
Epson Middle East Expands its Range of EcoTank Printers for the Home and Small Office
Epson Middle East has refreshed its core range of cartridge-free EcoTank printers for the region’s contemporary households and small offices. With single and multi-function A4 printers included in the new lineup, customers can enjoy hassle-free, mobile printing and an ultra-low-cost per page.
Featuring compact designs with full Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity (except EcoTank L3210/L3211), the printers can easily integrate into any existing home or small office. Fully compatible with Epson’s Smart Panel App, they can be controlled from a smart device. This app enables easy set-up for the new EcoTank printers to monitor, print, scan, and much more from a phone or tablet. In addition, Epson’s Smart Panel helps with printer maintenance and troubleshooting while allowing users to start or switch off the printer directly from the app.
Epson’s EcoTanks, which have now sold more than 70 million units worldwide since their launch in 2010, allows customers to save up to 90% on printing costs. They come with high-yield ink bottles and the integrated ink tanks are easy to fill thanks to the specially engineered ink bottles. With no cartridges to replace and flexible connectivity features, there is a printer to suit anyone looking for high-quality prints at an incredibly low cost per page.
Frank Oliveira, consumer sales head, Epson Middle East, said, “The Middle East’s youthful demographic means a busier home environment and with more of us working from home than ever before, our new EcoTank printers are a welcome addition for families and to any home office. Their ultra-low running costs and the flexible, hassle-free convenience of cartridge-free printing with even better mobile connectivity mean there is now an Epson EcoTank to suit everyone.”
He added, “The new range of EcoTank printers deliver a more convenient and connected experience with the Epson Smart Panel. For consumers and smaller businesses in the region that want to reduce cost, improve the quality and speed of their printing, and reduce their carbon footprint, EcoTank is an ideal range.”
The EcoTank’s ultra-high-capacity ink tanks allow mess-free refills and the key-lock bottles are designed so only the correct colour can be inserted. The front ink tank means it’s easy to see when it’s finally due for a refill. These economical printers come with up to 3 years’ worth of ink included in the box. One set of EcoTank inks is the equivalent of up to 79 cartridges worth of ink. With the EcoTank L3250, one set of included ink bottles delivers up to 8,100 pages in black and 6,500 in colour, while the EcoTank L6290, prints up to 14,000 pages in black and 5,200 pages in colour.
All of Epson’s new EcoTank printers feature its Micro Piezo Heat-Free Technology so you can enjoy reduced energy consumption with less need for replacement parts. The printhead also comes pre-installed so setting up your printer is hassle-free. Two of the new models (EcoTank L6270 and L6290) also feature Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology. These high-resolution Epson print chips are one of the fastest inkjet printing technologies in the world. The new EcoTank printers will be available in the Middle East from this month.
Huawei Consumer BG Enters Enterprise Market with New Lineup of Office Products
Huawei Consumer BG will now enter the enterprise market officially, serving government and enterprise customers, as well as individual consumers. The announcement was made by Richard Yu, Huawei’s Executive Director, Consumer BG CEO, and Intelligent Automotive Solution BU CEO, at the Huawei Business Product Launch Event. Mr. Yu noted that Huawei would use its hardware and software ecosystems as dual pillars, to support a growing range of versatile office products that work seamlessly with a wide range of smart devices, including laptops, desktops, monitors, tablets, accessories, Visions, and wearables. These new office solutions will address the following key domains: government, education, health care, manufacturing, transportation, finance, and energy.
With fast-changing business requirements, and market conditions, the need for nimble office solutions has never been greater. Smart workplaces and equipment have begun to replace traditional office products, which tended to boast impressive specs and control costs at the expense of versatility and user experience. Huawei Consumer BG hopes to endow office and business products with new smart and innovative capabilities, using its success in the consumer domain as a springboard for new-paradigm solutions. Huawei business products will meet customer requirements for performance and cost-effectiveness, while doubling down on a better and smarter user experience, based on next-level digital technology.
As Yu explained at the launch event, “Our consumer-oriented products have drawn widespread acclaim over the past decade, due largely to their groundbreaking user experience. Huawei will incorporate this premium consumer experience into its business products, following three key principles: quality, intelligence, and reliability.”
As a new force in the enterprise equipment market, Huawei comes with a concept and vision that promise to revolutionize the industry. Huawei believes that the enterprise equipment is entering an era that will be dominated by Cloud and AI technologies, following the 1.0 and 2.0 eras dominated by desktops and multi-device convergence respectively. Today’s products emphasize performance, intelligence, full connectivity, and new paradigms centered around all-purpose convergence and intelligent interactions. At this crossroads in the enterprise market, characterized by widespread acceptance of versatile smart solutions, Huawei hopes to leverage its consumer electronics know-how to add new value and innovation, with the ultimate goal of building a high-quality, smart, and reliable platform to serve all government and enterprise customer needs.
Huawei has launched a full set of business products, solutions, and service platforms, including MateBook B series for laptops, MateStation B series for desktops, Display B series for monitors, MatePad C series for tablets, B series for printers, B series for Visions, and B series for wearables, which make this vision access to a wide range of customers.
Huawei Consumer BG has unveiled a number of business solutions tailored to governments and small-, medium-, and large-sized enterprises, including paperless government offices, smart classrooms, computer classrooms, health and safety management for miners, health management for drivers, and insurance interaction. The next phase will see Huawei Consumer BG invest more organizational resources in the business field, to help governments and large-scale enterprises fully digitalize their operations, and help small- and medium-sized enterprises to improve quality and efficiency across the board.
Huawei Consumer BG will always adhere to its three key principles when developing business products, and building open, secure, and reliable software and hardware ecosystem capabilities to facilitate full digitalization for governments and large-scale enterprises. One-stop office solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises, will be built on Consumer BG’s accumulated smart office and cloud service prowess. Smart office features like Super Device and Mobile App Engine, allow for seamless multi-device and cross-ecosystem collaboration, while Huawei Mobile Cloud makes data transfers truly effortless, taking work efficiency to new heights.
Huawei Consumer BG has launched seven major business product series for: laptops, desktops, monitors, tablets, printers, Visions, and wearables. These differentiated capabilities address diverse industry scenarios and customer needs.
Huawei business laptop MateBook B series
HUAWEI MateBook B series laptops are designed for enterprise users, featuring smart and innovative capabilities, and coming in an elegant form. They come equipped with an eye-comfort FullView display and an independent TPM 2.0 security chip, for airtight data protection, while showcasing meticulous craftsmanship. The HUAWEI MateBook B7, the series’ flagship model, features a portable 1.33 kg aluminum-alloy body, making it ideal for frequent business travelers in particular.
Huawei business desktop MateStation B series
HUAWEI MateStation B series products are nothing like the stereotype of unwieldy desktop computers, thanks to their stunning minimalist design, with an exterior Chinese-style grille panel. The slim, strip-shaped air inlet and intricate port layout contribute to a highly-streamlined look and feel. The 8-L compact chassis is approximately one third the size of a traditional chassis, saving crucial desk space. The HUAWEI MateStation B520 is the series’ flagship model inheriting tried-and-tested Huawei PC quality standards, having passed 13 stringent environment tests and stability tests in five core scenarios.
The mean time between failures (MTBF) reaches over 1 million hours. To meet the security management and control requirements of large- and medium-sized enterprises, the HUAWEI MateStation B520 utilizes newly self-developed LAN boot authentication function, TPM chip encryption, USB port control, IP address authentication, and other related techniques, to build system-level security safeguards that keep confidential information under lock-and-key.
Huawei business monitor HUAWEI Display B3-24 series
HUAWEI Display B3-24 series features a 23.8-inch full HD eye comfort screen, providing an ultra-immersive viewing experience, with true-to-life colors showcased in their full grandeur. They have been certified by TÜV Rheinland as effective at alleviating eye fatigue during long-time viewing. The monitor’s compact three micro-edge design, and 92% screen-to-body ratio, give the eyes more room to roam. The crafted body is slimmed down to the greatest possible extent, creating a sleek and modern business vibe that’s conducive with productivity.
Huawei business tablet MatePad C series
Tablets are all about working on the go, and that’s why Huawei has always put quality first when designing its tablets. HUAWEI MatePad C series offers the premium performance today’s office professionals need, with a myriad of smart mobile office features that boost productivity, while minimizing costs. The representative HUAWEI MatePad C5 is targeted at the enterprise office market, featuring elite system-level features like App Multiplier and Huawei Share, which make file transfers, work tasks, and cross-device interactions more seamless than ever.
A rich array of mobile device management and expansion capabilities is able to meet the stringent mobile office and security management requirements of government and enterprise customers. HUAWEI MatePad C5 inherits the characteristic of Huawei bezel-less display, with its 10.4-inch 2K FullView screen, which features a sky-high 84% screen-to-body ratio. Never before has a tablet married immersive viewing and sharp graphics, with a professional business aesthetic.
Huawei business Vision B series
Huawei business Vision devices form a key pillar in Huawei’s all-encompassing ecosystem. Smart Vision products offer remarkable promises for government, finance, education, and industry customers, as they offer truly unprecedented capabilities. The representative Huawei Vision B3 comes with customizable features, including the startup animations, startup signal source settings, channel list management, and power button management.
In the hotel industry, for instance, custom hotel chain settings can be backed up and cloned via a USB flash drive, and installed on other Huawei Vision devices, with no hassle involved. Hotel IT personnel can apply upgraded solutions with just a USB flash drive, so that Vision devices can be installed and standardized with enhanced efficiency.
Huawei business wearable WATCH B series
Huawei has launched more than 10 smartwatch models over the years, including the digit series, GT series, and FIT series. The recently unveiled WATCH B series has been designed for enterprises and industry professionals, with special customization requirements. HUAWEI WATCH B5, the representative model in the series, comes with a 14-day super-long battery life, as well as comprehensive health data tracking, and health management services.
Huawei business printer HUAWEI PixLab B Series
HUAWEI PixLab B5 provides enterprises with smart, convenient, and connected office capabilities, with streamlined network configuration procedures and printing tasks. Thanks to pop-up pairing, Huawei printers can connect to the network via multiple devices, and print information with just a tap on a smartphone. PixLab B5 prints up to 30 pages per minute, saving valuable time, and taking productivity to the next level. Ultra-stable network connections equip the printer to respond to printing requirements in real time, across a diverse range of office and work scenarios.
When a printer is in proximity to a Huawei PC, phone, or tablet, the device will automatically detect the printer, and display a pop-up pairing card. By touching the Connect button, the device-printer connection can be established in as little as 20 seconds. After opening an image or document on a Huawei phone, a printing task can be initiated simply by tapping the phone against the Huawei Share sensing area on the printer. The HUAWEI PixLab B5 adopts a drum-toner separation structure, and an innovative drawer-type toner cartridge, which can be replaced on its own. The large-capacity drum cartridge supports up to 15,000 pages of printing, saving enterprises untold time and money.
“Huawei provides customers with robust support in terms of product test standards, data security solutions, and full-lifecycle services, in order to meet the stricter needs of government and enterprise customers. All Huawei Consumer BG business products have passed a battery of stringent quality assurance tests. Business desktops, for example, must pass explosive atmosphere, mechanical vibration, low air pressure, low temperature, high temperature, mechanical impact, mold, solar radiation, temperature impact, vibration, sand dust, humidity, and acid atmosphere tests. Only select materials are used, and products are designed with an emphasis on reliability and security,” the company said.
“Huawei also provides multi-layer data security safeguards, to ensure airtight data transmission. The principle of “no disturbance, no tracking, and no leakage” is strictly adhered to with regard to privacy protection, and incorporated into every step of product design and development. App permissions have been re-sorted, with targeted controls available. Sensitive permissions related to private user data, such as call logs, messages, outgoing calls, and device information, have been cancelled. The access scope for albums is strictly controlled, and the permission can be granted on an image-by-image basis. Huawei has also made a custom multi-screen collaboration solution available, which allows customers to add file filtering and sharing controls,” the company added.
Canon Launches the MAXIFY GX5040 Refillable Ink Tank Printer
Canon Europe has announced the latest addition to its MAXIFY GX printer range, the MAXIFY GX5040. Designed for small to mid-size offices and workspaces, the MAXIFY GX5040 single-function printer is the third and most compact MAXIFY GX model yet to use refillable MegaTank technology. Offering enhanced enterprise security, versatile and high-speed printing, it promises less downtime, reduced running costs, and energy use.
Small businesses no longer need to choose between running costs and high-volume, high-quality colour printing. Ideal for presentation printouts or marketing materials, the MAXIFY GX5040 can print 14,000 pages from a single full set of all pigment durable ink bottles producing highly durable business documents that are water and marker resistant, while its inbuilt Economy Mode increases yield by 1.5x compared with its Standard Mode; producing approximately 21,000 pages from a full set of ink bottles for larger volume printing.
High-speed, high-volume printing is also taken care of with the MAXIFY GX5040, with printing speeds of approximately 24.0 ipm in black and 15.5 ipm in colour and a first print out in as quickly as seven seconds in mono. The MAXIFY GX5040 is ideal for situations where quick responses are required, whether that be customer service counters or small clinics. Significantly reducing outsourcing costs and efficiency, the MAXIFY GX5040 can also print on various media, from envelopes, decorative store-front posters, banners up to 1.2m (plain paper only), iron-on transfers, and magnetic sheets – addressing multiple printing needs in a single device.
With less need for everyday upkeep, the MAXIFY GX5040 has productivity at its core. The MAXIFY GX5040’s large capacity ink tanks mean fewer refills, fewer supplier orders, and less downtime. Easy to use ink bottles are designed with distinct inlets so only the correct colour can be added to the printer ink tanks and the purpose-built bottle nozzles remove the risk of tank overspill. Ink levels can be checked at a glance thanks to ink tank windows on the front of the printer, making unexpected ink outages a problem of the past.
The MAXIFY GX5040’s large capacity paper tray split between a 100-sheet rear feed and 250 sheet front cassette also means reduced paper reloads, so the printer is always ready to go – allowing for continuous printing at volume without the need to return to the machine. As with the ink tank windows, the paper level is easily checked with a quick glance through a small window on the printer’s front cassette. For fuss-free upkeep, the maintenance cartridge can be replaced easily – saving time on sending the printer for repair or waiting for an engineer.
MAXIFY GX5040 users can operate from a desktop, laptop, or smart device for quick and convenient printing via the Canon PRINT app for iOS and Android, as well as platforms including AirPrint and Mopria. For extra convenience and security, User Management means an administrator can restrict printer functions, preventing unauthorised access and operations alongside enhanced enterprise security with WPA2-EAP.
“High-yield ink bottles mean fewer refills – cutting out the need for ink cartridges and toner. High-quality automatic duplex printing at the same density as single-sided printing also means the MAXIFY GX5040 saves on paper. Eco settings such as auto power on and off modes mean users can schedule the printer to only be operational during working hours,” the company said.
The MAXIFY GX5040 single function joins the GX6050 (print, copy scan with ADF) and GX7050 (print, copy scan, fax with D-ADF) MegaTank models in the MAXIFY GX range. Launched in 2021, the two models were introduced to provide businesses with a robust, scalable, and low total cost of ownership printing solution to meet their needs.
Suhaib Hussain, Canon Europe Product Manager for Professional Printers and Software said, “The MAXIFY GX5040 bolsters our MAXIFY GX printer range with another fantastic model. The MAXIFY GX range completely streamlines admin for smaller businesses, helping teams run everyday routines more effectively by reducing downtime and running costs. At Canon, we strive to support businesses of all sizes with the tools they need to work as efficiently as possible, with a constant eye on quality and cost.”
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