HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 review

11 Jan 2012

An innovative take on the all-in-one, but a mini photo studio on top of a printer is extremely niche

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The last all-in-one printer to try something totally different was the Lexmark Genesis S815, which crammed a 10-megapixel camera into an upright chassis to give instant “scans”. Perhaps taking its cue from that, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 borrows that same idea, but carries it in a totally different direction.

The printer itself looks like any other, but instead of an ADF on top, HP has fitted a flat white scanning tray. Above that extends an 8-megapixel camera arm, with lenses pointing downwards to capture whatever sits on the tray, be it a document or, intriguingly, a 3D object. It does so by snapping six times, with and without flash and at various exposures, then merging those shots into a single composite image.

HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275

It’s undeniably fun to play with. We tried a wide range of objects – fruit, mobile phones, body parts, even a mini-PC – and the TopShot did its full object-scanning business in as little as 35 seconds, depending on quality and complexity. You can spit the resulting image straight out onto paper, or use HP’s software to automatically crop it to size and remove the background, which works very well. It can then be saved as a PDF, JPEG or PNG for quick use online.

The results were surprisingly good at first. With small objects, such as an orange or a pocket multi-tool, the TopShot produced what can only be described as a perfectly usable brochure shot. If the product is an odd shape you’ll need to angle it to face the camera, but for an online shop selling small items, it’s a quick and ready replacement for a light tent and a DSLR.

HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275

The key phrase there, though, is “small items”, as moving up the size scale sees diminishing quality. The closer to the camera an object gets, the more the TopShot struggles to capture the correct perspective, and we’re not talking particularly big objects here: we tried a Panasonic bridge camera lying on its back (total height 110mm) and the resulting image made the lens look huge. A smartphone in a dock created a mess of an image, and we noticed far more grain and noise with larger objects, particularly those with dark, glossy surfaces.

Details

Price inc VAT Due February
Performance 3
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 3

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 600 x 600dpi
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed 17PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function no

Running costs

Inkjet technology N/A
Ink type N/A

Power and noise

Dimensions 468 x 409 x 495mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Fax? no
Fax speed N/A

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured) 15.0ppm
Colour print speed 4.0ppm

Media Handling

CD/DVD printing? no
Input tray capacity 150 sheets
Output tray capacity 50 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Other operating system support Windows Server 2008 & 2003, OS X 10.5+