HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 - Scanning the Third Dimension
19 March 2012
Excerpt: HP's TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is a color laser multifunction printer that handles its scanning function very differently from other MFPs out there; it literally employs a digital camera to capture the items. This makes it useful for 'scanning' 3D objects too. So is it any good? Let's find out.
Pros: Good 3D object scanning results, Web-connected features (ePrint, print apps), Sharp text quality
Cons: Slow color printing speed, No fax function; no ADF, Fairly expensive for a 3-in-1 MFP
Conclusion: So who exactly is the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 catering to? Well if you’re looking for a laser printer for light to medium workloads, this printer will fit the bill. If you’re constantly items up for sale (small items that is), then the TopShot will do a decent job. But that’s about it – it’s a niche product that a few consumers will drift towards, as its lack of other scanning options doesn’t make it too friendly to use for other purposes.
Conclusion: HP is an endlessly experimental company and the M275 will certainly prove an interesting prospect for the curious. However, we suspect the 3D feature will remain a short-term fad for many users – with eBay sellers perhaps being an exception. Take out the 3D feature and you have a proficient but not outstanding printer for the business and/or home office.
Pros: Unique 3D capabilities; compact and well built printer; plenty of connectivity options; smart Install
Cons: Can only hold 50 sheets of paper; Colour isn’t great; high running costs
Excerpt: There was a time when scanners were a hot consumer item. But it passed. Nowadays, scanning is just a tick-mark item in the list of features on a multifunction printer. But Hewlett-Packard has injected a new twist...
Excerpt: Hewlett Packard's TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is a multifunction laser printer with a difference. Instead of a traditional flatbed scanner, HP's TopShot technology puts an 8MP digital camera on top of the device.