So you have your iPad. You also have some highly important contracts that have just landed in your inbox and needed printing 30 minutes ago. There's no time to faff around with that archaic work PC -- what are you going to do? Well, Lantronix think it's got the answer in xPrintserver. This iPhone-sized box will plug right into your network and give you wireless printing from any iOS device you have hanging around the office. The device supports more than 4,000 printers, connects directly to the print option within iOS and will set back wireless-printing businessmen $150 when it ships January 2012. Anyone unconvinced by alternative methods
can investigate the press release below for more details.
Lantronix Launches xPrintServer™: Wireless Printing Solution for iPad® and Apple® iOS® Devices
New 'Plug-and-Print' Solution Enables iOS Device Printing for Businesses and Consumers with Networked Printers
Irvine, Calif. – December 13, 2011 – Lantronix (Nasdaq: LTRX), a leading global provider of smart connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of its new xPrintServer™, the first Apple iOS® print server compatible with the iPad 2, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and virtually any device running Apple's iOS mobile operating system. The xPrintServer is available for pre-ordering at www.Lantronix.com, and will begin shipping in January 2012. The company will also be showcasing xPrintServer at Digital Experience during the week of the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas.
xPrintServer, roughly the size of an iPhone, is an easy-to-use hardware solution that utilizes the iOS native print menu and requires no additional applications, software downloads, or print driver installations. With automatic printer discovery and no configuration, printing is easy and hassle-free. Simply open the box, plug in the xPrintServer anywhere into the network, and print wirelessly from the iOS device.
Current market estimates peg iPad users at more than 73 million around the world today, with more than 50 percent using the device for business purposes. With forecasts expecting more than 900 million iPads deployed by 2015, xPrintServer is designed to close the loop on what has been missing for driving business usage and productivity for the iPad and iPhone community in office settings.
The xPrintServer currently supports more than 4,000 printers from leading printer families including HP, Brother, Epson, Canon, Dell, Lexmark, and Xerox. In addition to in-house testing at Lantronix and third-party testing, validation was conducted by QualityLogic, Inc., a provider of software quality test tools and testing services for printer and printer-related companies including HP, Canon, Dell, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, AT&T and many more. As new printer brands and printers become available, Lantronix will post updates on www.Lantronix.com.
"The xPrintServer embodies our mission of transforming Lantronix into a marketing-driven, technologically innovative company," said Kurt Busch, president and CEO for Lantronix. "The proliferation of iPads and iPhones in the corporate world has yielded a potentially tremendous opportunity for providing an easy printing solution free of hassles associated with today's work-around solutions. Printing in a corporate environment is a necessity, and with more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies slated to deploy iPads by the end of 2011, this is an ideal time to expand into this market."
How to Buy
As the first product in the xPrintServer family, the xPrintServer-Network Edition retails for $149.95 MSRP, and is designed for enterprises and consumers using network-connected printers. xPrintServer is available for purchase and shipping in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe through Lantronix.com, as well as leading sites including Amazon, NewEgg, Buy.com, and MacMall.