Sick and tired of all those suits hogging the iDevice wireless printing fun? Or your original alternative finally conked out? Then Lantronix's new "Home Edition" of its iPhone / iPad friendly xPrintServer is for you. If you already have a USB printer, simply plug the little guy into it, and hey presto, you can print from you iOS device. Lantronix says you don't even need the host computer to be switched on. While there's support for up to two networked printers, the added bonus is that it'll make your old USB beast appear like one too (handy for the laptop). What does the office-like experience cost? Just 99 expensable dollars. Print off a pre-order via the source.
Lantronix Launches Consumer Wireless Printing Solution for iPad and Apple iOS Devices
New xPrintServer Home Edition -- Easy Plug-and-Print Solution for Families and Home Offices
NEW YORK – June 21, 2012 – Lantronix (Nasdaq: LTRX), a leading global provider of smart M2M connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of its new patent-pending xPrintServer™ Home Edition, designed specifically for home use by consumers requiring USB printer or network connectivity. About the size of an iPhone®, the new xPrintServer Home Edition is premiering at today's Digital Experience, a leading consumer electronics media event in New York.
A follow-on product to the hugely popular network version of the xPrintServer, the new Home Edition provides easy, hassle-free printing from iPads®, iPhones or any other Apple® iOS® device. Designed specifically for home use, the xPrintServer Home Edition works with printers that are connected directly to a computer via a USB port and can support up to two network printers. Now iOS users can wirelessly print emails, web pages, photos, and more to their existing printer without needing to install any software or device drivers. The xPrintServer Home Edition is simple; no need to connect to your PC or Mac. Plug it in and begin printing. In addition, multiple PCs or MACs will now be able to share the USB printers over the network. The product will begin shipping in July 2012 and is available for pre-ordering now at store.Lantronix.com.
"With the proliferation of mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone, more and more consumers are using them as mainstream, computing devices," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., principal analyst, MobileTrax LLC. "Until recently, the problem with using these devices as PC replacements has been the inability to easily print. The xPrintServer offers a simple solution to fill this market need."
The xPrintServer - Home Edition: Key Differentiators
Ease of use. No IT experience required. Simply open the box, plug it in, print.
No software. No software or apps to purchase, install, or support.
One xPrintServer, Multiple Printers and Users! Preserve your investment in legacy printers. One xPrintServer Home Edition supports multiple USB printers, up to two network-connected printers, and an unlimited number of iOS devices and users.
No configuration. The xPrintServer auto-discovers and auto-provisions your printers.
Always-on. Unlike most app solutions, does not require a PC or Mac to be on.
Print everything. If you can view it, open it, or read it on your iOS device, you can print it with the xPrintServer.
"We are incredibly excited to launch the newest member in the award-winning xPrintServer family," said Mak Manesh, vice president of product management for Lantronix. "With more than 55 million U.S. households alone owning on average three Apple devices and two printers, the market is ripe for a consumer-friendly, printing solution for iPads and iPhones that is easy to install and easy to use."
The xPrintServer: Open it. Plug it in. Print!
The xPrintServeris an easy-to-use hardware solution that utilizes the iOS native print menu and requires no additional applications, software downloads, or printer driver installations. With automatic printer discovery and no configuration, printing is hassle-free. Simply open the box, plug in the xPrintServer via USB cable, and print wirelessly from any iOS device running iOS version 4.2 or later, to virtually any USB or network-connected printer.
How to Buy
The xPrintServer-Home Edition retails for $99.95 MSRP and is currently available for purchase and shipping in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe through Lantronix.com, as well as from leading e-tailers includingBest Buy Online, Amazon, Buy.com, CDW, Provantage, Ebyte.com, Insight Enterprises, MacMall, Mavtechonline.com, NeutronUSA, Newegg.com, NextDayPC.com, NextWarehouse.com, PCMall, PowerMax.com, SemiconductorStore.com, SoftwareForLess, and more.