How this connected printer can deliver real productivity returns without sacrificing professional-quality work

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Growth and profitability are at the heart of every business. For home-based and small companies, the need to keep operating costs at a minimum while meeting growing customer demand is a delicate balancing act.

And with the rise in remote working, new challenges around maintaining workflow across the office, home or worksite, have become all too apparent.

There is no shortage of gadgets and gizmos designed to help ease the burden, but for small businesses already stretched for resources, the secret is in optimising the technologies already plugged in.

One unlikely hero to rise to the challenge has been the humble printer – a staple in any office environment.

Last year, HP released its HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series. Designed specifically to address the needs of today’s home-based or small business, its low operating costs and intuitive features mean this printer is no longer just a cost centre and can now deliver real productivity returns without sacrificing professional-quality work.

Bursting with features often reserved for high-end machines, here’s how you can make the HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series work for your business.

Productivity from a printer

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When we think internet-connected devices, how many of us consider printers? With the explosion in smartphones within the home and office, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series offers smart mobile printing that allows employees to easily print from their smartphones, tablets or PCs, helping them to stay productive wherever they are at the touch of a button.

For businesses on the go, being able to print documents between meetings and quickly pick them up at the home or office can mean the difference between being prepared and falling short.

With the HP Smart (HP All-in-One Printer Remote) app, users can connect to their HP printers and scan and print documents and images straight from their mobile device.

They can then share these files via email, text message, and popular cloud services including iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Facebook so important files can be accessed at all times.

The app is also a one-stop-shop for setting up new HP printers, monitoring printer status, and ordering new supplies.

If you don’t have access to a wireless network or a wireless router, don’t fret. HP wireless direct lets you establish a secure connection directly from your mobile device to your printer so all you need to do is establish a connection with the printer and you’re ready to print.

But convenience is nothing without speed. Gone are the days of waiting by the printer for high-quality prints or urgent print jobs with the HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series that is redesigned to print two-sided documents at speeds that rival single-side printing.

On top of this, these clever machines are capable of scanning two-sided documents in a single pass.

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And quick drying ink means you can grab prints fresh from the printer without risking the dreaded ink smudge.

If you’re on the run and need to scan a document straight onto a USB, you can do that too with the Scan to USB function on all HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 models. This allows you to scan and convert even multi-page files directly onto your USB, removing one more step from the process.

Realising that downtime is not a luxury that small businesses can afford, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8740/8745 models offer a second 250-sheet paper tray that allows home-based or small businesses to increase paper capacity to 500 sheets. With this, users can now print more and spend less time at the printer reloading paper.

Best of all, printer set up is painless. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series’ user-friendly interface and generous 10.9cm touchscreen means navigation is a breeze and users can begin printing straight away.

Keeping costs down

Cost is a huge factor for small businesses, especially for anyone relying on high-quality colour printing. With the HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series, professional-quality colour printing costs up to 50% less per page compared with other laser printers.

High-quality printing also means that small businesses no longer have to pay third parties when printing brochures and presentations, and can instead redirect these valuable funds back into running the business.

Privacy and security peace of mind

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The importance of confidentiality is not lost on small businesses, especially when it comes to business plans, financial statements, and invoices.

The ‘print-forward’ design of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series ensures documents are printed face down to keep confidential or privileged files away from prying eyes.

And the printer’s self-contained output tray that keeps paper from falling to the floor is an added security bonus.

For businesses on the quest for growth and productivity, the best place to start is with a multi-function printer.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series is designed to meet the unique printing needs of home-based and small businesses such as Sawdust Bureau – a Melbourne-based maker of bespoke, contemporary, handmade furniture. Watch how the HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 series has helped to power Sawdust Bureau’s business below.

Here’s where to buy one.