We’ve all heard of 3D printing that is targeted at large printing companies to create novelty gifts, etc. But HP is changing things up with the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275, the first MFP in its class to offer 3D scanning.
Announced this past fall, the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 uses a camera embedded into a hinged arm that is placed above the removable flatbed on the top of the device. The camera then takes six images per scan – three from various angles and three in ambient light conditions at different exposure levels – that are combined into one image.
Want to learn more? Today, we’ll be sharing our hands-on first look with plenty of information on the build, design and specifications as well as photos from our lab. And don’t forget to check back soon for the full review to find out how the 3D scanner actually performs!
BUILD AND DESIGN
To say the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 has an unusual design is an understatement. Unlike most MFP’s we review, the ADF and flatbed scanner are gone, replaced with a silver hinged arm in the shape of a backwards “C” that’s attached to the top of the device as well as a removable white flatbed held in place with magnets and roughly the same size as your typical scan glass flatbed (8.5 x 11.7 inches). The difference is that scans are captured via a 8 megapixel camera.
The TopShot LaserJet Pro M275’s approximate dimensions in non-use are 18 x 16 x 11-inches but at it’s most “expanded” point, the dimensions are closer to 18 x 19 x 20-inches. The total device weighs in just under 30 lbs. without consumables.
Directly underneath the 3D scanner, you’ll find the 50-sheet output bin and the entry point for access the four HP 126A toner cartridges (CMYK). Again, HP strays from the norm with revolving toner cartridge access. Only one cartridge is displayed at a time, once it’s been replaced/installed, the machine will flip to the next cartridge. All of this is accomplished using the control panel.
HP offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen for use as the control panel, and while there is no front side USB port, users will have access to the full gamut of HP’s mobile offerings including HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint and HP’s web apps.
The detachable 150-sheet paper tray is similar to what we’ve seen from other HP MFP’s trying to conserve on space. The tray itself and its plastic cover are removable, but it would make more sense to just find a place to store the MFP that accommodates the jutting paper tray that needs room to expand to the maximum legal sized media.