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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

HP’s two-fer: Printer plus Web tablet/e-book, $399

Are Web tablets and e-books becoming commoditized already?

Hewlett-Packard’s throwing one into the box with a new $399 all-in-one inkjet printer it’s calling the Photosmart eStation.

The printer includes a Web browsing tablet with WiFi and a 7-inch diagonal screen. It’s pre-loaded with applications including Facebook, a music player, Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore and Yahoo mail, search, weather and messenger.

When it’s not being used around the house, the tablet sits in a dock on the printer and works as a control panel and digital photo frame.

The Android-powered tablet apparently doesn’t let you load applications. It sounds like a new version of HP’s Dreamscreen lightweight tablet/photo frame that appeared in 2008, more than the full-fledged slate computers that HP’s expected to release later this year. But this one comes in a printer bundle for under $400, and it may be good enough for some people.

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Here’s a video from Laptop magazine, trying out the eStation:

Comments | Topics: Android, e-readers, ebooks

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