The History of HP Printing

How much do you know about HP’s very first printers and other products that have gone on to establish its legacy today? Join us as we take a closer look at the history of HP printing!

Here on the FMS Blog, we’ve covered many different aspects associated with the computing giant known as HP, from some facts you may not know about the company to their work in promoting better sustainability for the planet.

But amongst all that, is HP’s part in helping to develop and change the printing industry into the gigantic industry it has become today.

Whether you are printing off a few family photos at home or producing presentation slides for an upcoming meeting at work, HP and their products have gone on to completely change our lives.

With this in mind, take a look at our timeline below as we delve into the past and uncover the history of HP printing!

The History of HP Printing – A Timeline

1980’s 1980’s
1990’s 1990’s
2000’s 2000’s
Early 2010’s Early 2010’s
Late 2010’s Late 2010’s


HP Thinkjet Printer

It was in 1984 that HP produced its very first inkjet printers, known as HP ThinkJet.

They produced two models – the HP 2225A and HP 2225B which were capable of thermal inkjet printing.

This was an advancement from previous printing processes such as impact printing.


HP Deskjet 500c

At the start of the 90’s, HP’s ThinkJet printers were followed by the introduction of the HP DeskJet range, which included the DeskJet 500c, HP’s first 300dpi colour printer.

The DeskJet 500c also offered 4 minutes per page in full colour, which could be achieved using swappable black or CMY print head cartridges.

This decade also saw the launch of HP’s very first multi-function printer, known as the HP OfficeJet.

It was able to fax, print and copy and was a popular sight in many workplaces at the time.


HP Camera

HP placed much of its focused on advancing the potential of photo printing as we headed into the 2000’s, leading to the much-awaited development of their line of printers that specialise in producing photo quality printouts known as HP Photosmart.

Additionally, HP created a number of digital cameras under the same branding to further widen its portfolio and stretch beyond the limits of photo printing that had been set previously.

Early 2010’s

The 2010s proved to be an important decade for HP, with several new innovations and product offerings being made available to consumers.

HP’s TouchSmart Crossfire, regarded as the original first mass market touchscreen desktop PC, was introduced by Bill Gates in 2007.

This TouchSmart technology was then incorporated into a printer range, which would allow users to use their printers to directly print from the web.

Building upon the success of HP TouchSmart, it would be later in the decade that HP would then create several printing technologies that came supplied with many of its printers, known as HP ePrint.

The HP ePrint tool gave users the ability to print documents, photos and other files from the Cloud.

Around the same time, HP developed a brand-new range of business focused inkjet printers under the name of HP PageWide.

Ideal for large organisations and medium-sized businesses, HP PageWide printers simultaneously delivers 4 colours of Original HP pigment ink onto a moving sheet and are used by leading companies to this day.

Late 2010’s

Heading into the later years of the 2010s, HP re-focused much of its research and development on creating more options for energy efficient printing and more convenient printing solutions for the user.

First it was the refresh of their HP LaserJet Printers, and more specifically, their Original HP Toner Cartridges.

These were re-released with new JetIntelligence technology, allowing for greater energy usage improvements when printing and take up less space within HP’s Toner printer range, HP LaserJet.

In a first for the printing industry, HP most recently introduced their new Ink subscription service, HP Instant Ink.

HP Instant Ink now provides an alternative to purchasing ink cartridges outright for individuals and businesses looking for a more convenient way to refill their printer ink with an added cost saving benefit.

Instead, consumers can now subscribe to the HP Instant Ink service which will send them out a replacement Ink Cartridge whenever their printer detects that their current cartridge has run out or is running low.

What Does the Future Hold for HP?

HP’s main focus is to continue to innovate and advance the way we print and the printers that we will come to use in our lives.

2020 and beyond will see the company continue to promote and educate the wider industry on its approach to greater sustainability and the preservation of the world’s most precious resources.

Following their partnership with the WWF to aid in the protection of the planet’s beautiful forests and woodlands, HP are aligning with leading paper manufacturers including International Paper.

They are collaborating on ambitious new goals based on the sustainable sourcing of fibre and have begun to establish the first ever science-based targets for forest conservation.

Additionally, HP will be continuing with their efforts in further reducing carbon emissions and overall energy usage, whilst at the same time, increasing the amount of recycled content and materials used to produce many of its leading products.

HP already achieved their goal of zero deforestation for HP branded paper in 2016 and is currently on track to achieve its zero deforestation goals for its packaging this year.

They have also made a commitment to increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastics to 30% across it’s printing products portfolio by the year 2025.

So the next time you use a HP printer or a HP product while at work or in the comfort of your home, it’s worth remembering just how crucial the history of HP printing is when considering how we approach print technology and printing itself in the modern day

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