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HP+ The Smarter Printing System Is Launching In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 10, 2021 by itnerd

Today, more than 80 per cent of Canadians who began working remote, say they hope to maintain a hybrid schedule, working at least half their hours from home in a post-COVID world, according to Stats Canada. As these structural shifts create more freedom and flexibility for today’s worker, HP Inc. is debuting HP+ in Canada as a smart and modern printing experience designed for a post-COVID world.  

Since the pandemic began, the demand for printing has grown immensely. To meet this growing need, HP+ is helping modernize home offices, while ensuring seamless integration by: 

  • Offering a new cloud ecosystem, that provides enhanced security and reliability to print from virtually anywhere. 
  • Enabling you to scan, upload and share documents wherever you are powered by the HP Smart App.
  • Helping you never run out of ink by pairing HP+ with HP Instant Ink. 
  • Putting the planet first by promoting zero-deforestation printing and closed-loop cartridge recycling through HP’s Planet Partners program. 

Launched Globally in April, HP+ has arrived in Canada and offers the freedom and flexibility WFH requires. If you’re interested, you can learn more about HP+ here.

HP Serves Up Gifts Fit For The No. 1 Dad In Your Life

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 28, 2021 by itnerd

Being a working parent has always been difficult, but this has never more true than this past year when school, work daycare, and home are all under the same roof. With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts to say thank you to the father-figure in your life. I wanted to share a list of unique HP gift ideas for your consideration if you have a story/round up piece on the go.

For the Dad trying to get his best KDR – HP OMEN 15 ($1,799.99)

  • With gaming and e-sports on the rise, it’s no wonder many Dads are flocking to the newest platforms and game offerings. With the HP OMEN you can ensure that Dad never misses a beat when getting his next high score. This laptop has desktop-class graphics performance, immersion, and upgradability. With the OMEN 15, Dad can game anywhere and anytime.

For the Dad who likes the finer things in life – HP SPECTRE ($1,999.99)

  • The HP Spectre is for the Dad who likes to treat himself. This premium laptop seamlessly transitions from work to play and means that Dad can experience a little bit of luxury every day.

For the Dad with all the answers – HP ENVY ($1,199.99)

  • The HP Envy is the perfect laptop for the Dad who does it all. Whether he is near or far, the ENVY means better connection for the whole family. Plus if you’re living away from your dad, the wide vision HD camera makes it easy to chat with the entire family in crystal clear detail.

HP Announces New ENVY Lineup

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 23, 2021 by itnerd

The HP ENVY x360 15 and HP ENVY 17 are designed for the way creators are working now, giving people the freedom to create and stay connected from anywhere.

With 74% of creative consumers doing more creative activities during COVID, they are often participating in hobbies that require a computer for more intensive workloads like photography, live blogging, and making/editing short videos.

The HP ENVY x360 15 is a stunning mobile creative convertible laptop, with 88.7% screen-to-body ratio and thin and light design at 1.8 kg. their features an optional 4K OLED display, available up to AMD Ryzen 7 or 11th Gen Intel Core processor and NVIDIA MX450 graphics, and Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth® 5 for fast connectivity.

And the HP ENVY 17 is a mobile creative powerhouse, with an 86.3% screen-to-body ratio at 2.5kg and features 11th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA MX450 graphics with up to a 4K UHD display, along with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth® 5. The device also offers up to 1TB PCIe SSD storage and a performance boost for multi-tasking with up to 32 GB memory.

The new ENVY laptops deliver a personalized creative experience, with features like: factory color calibration on the displays, an all-in-one keyboard for quick shortcuts, a 19% larger touchpad for gestures, a digitally controlled physical camera shutter, performance optimization in Thermal Profile, creative scenarios to optimize your display in HP Display Control, HP QuickDrop to easily transfer files wirelessly to and from devices, and HP Enhanced Lighting – which turns the display into a built-in selfie light for video calls. Both devices come with a 30-day trial period of Adobe Creative Cloud, including: Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro, and Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

At HP, we continue to drive sustainable features into our portfolio. The new ENVYs are made with recycled aluminum and the ENVY 17 also utilizes post-consumer recycled and ocean-bound plastics in its construction. The packaging for both also focuses on our move away from single-use plastics, with wood fiber that is made from 100% recycled materials and molded fiber packaging to replace plastic foam, which is also 100% recyclable.

The new HP 930 Creator Wireless Mouse pairs great with the new ENVY lineup and is the most customizable mouse for creators. This versatile mouse allows users creating on multiple devices to drag and drop content between devices (up to three!) via dongle or Bluetooth®. A single charge on USB-C® lasts up to 12 weeks, or after a long session you can get three hours of charge in one minute!

Devices will start to be available beginning in April via The HP 930 Creator Wireless Mouse will also be available via this Spring. Pricing for is as follows:

  • For the Intel based HP ENVY x360 15, the starting price is $899.99
  • For the AMD based HP ENVY x360 15, the starting price is $749.99
  • For the HP ENVY 17, the starting price is $999.99
  • For the HP 930 Creator Wireless Mouse, the starting price is $89.99. 

Please stay tuned for more details about pricing and launch dates for Canada.

New HP PCs Elevate Productivity for Business Users, IT Teams, & Creators

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 7, 2020 by itnerd

With more than half of worldwide employees working from home, employees and IT teams are adjusting to the new ways people collaborate and create – whether at home, in the office, or other remote locations. HP has announced new additions to its Personal Systems portfolio to help people stay connected, engaged, and productive.

The latest EliteBook 800 Series PCsZBook Firefly 14, and ZBook Firefly 15 feature new capabilities allowing business users, IT teams, and creators to:

  • Be productive anywhere. Stay connected and work virtually anywhere at the highest connection speeds possible with gigabit data rate Wi-Fi 6, 4G LTE or 5G. New AI-based noise reduction suppresses background noises and keyboard clicks during conference calls. HP QuickDrop helps users transfer photos, videos and files quickly and securely between an HP PC and phone.
  • Work with peace of mind. HP Elite PCs and HP Workstations are part of the world’s most secure and manageable PCs. Newly embedded Tile™ capability allows users (and IT) to easily locate the PCs whether nearby or far away. HPs new intrusion detection technology, HP Tamper Lock, locks your PC if it has been physically opened or compromised and notifies the user. Devices can be wiped down with common household cleaning wipes[ix] for easy sanitization and HP Easy Clean disables the touchscreen, keyboard, and clickpad at the touch of a button to clean without need of powering off. HP Sure View Reflect allows users to work discreetly, by showing a copper reflective finish when screen is viewed from the side.
  • Feel good about sustainably sourced materials. Driving support for more environmentally conscious products, the PCs are part of the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio and use ocean-bound plastics in the speaker enclosure, and the outer box packaging is 100% sustainably sourced.

New Premium PCs for Business Users and IT Teams

The HP EliteBook 800 G8 Series PCs are crafted with a lightweight and flexible design, and superb connection and collaboration for powerful business resiliency. Powered by up to 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors,  the devices are designed to meet the demands of mobility around the home, office, and everywhere in between. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro® processor-based systems coming in January 2021.

The HP EliteBook 800 G8 Series, available with 13.3″, 14″, and 15.6″ diagonal screens, users get a powerful, highly secure, and durable laptop with long battery life that keeps them connected and productive in any work setting. The HP EliteBook 850 G8 has an NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 discrete graphics option for ultimate performance. Co-engineered with Intel, select configurations of the HP EliteBook 800 series have been tested and verified to meet standards for the Intel® Evo® Platform ensuring high-, responsiveness, battery life, fast charge and instant wake. Systems that have been tuned and verified to meet the requirements of the Intel® Evo™ vPro® platform based on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro® processors are coming in January 2021. With not only users but IT teams working remotely, HP Patch Assistant​ helps IT monitor HP device health and security across employee devices by automating critical updates.

In addition to the features mentioned above, the HP EliteBook x360 830 G8 features a 360-degree hinge and 13.3” diagonal touchscreen display to adapt to the way users create, connect, and collaborate. The optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3 features a proximity alert that notifies users if they leave the pen behind.

The new HP ZBook Firefly G8, available with a 14” and 15.6” diagonal screenequips users on-the-go with the power and performance needed to design in 2D and review 3D iterations. Built for extreme mobility starting at just 2.98 pounds, the ZBook 14 is the world’s lightest mobile workstation with a color accurate display. It is engineered to take select high-end ZBook experiences into the mainstream while maintaining the thin, sleek design that is as light as a MacBook Pro 13”. Now today’s technical and creative managers, STEAM students, and product designers can tap into pro-level performance with curated creator experiences like color accuracy and ISV certifications, seamless collaboration with enhanced connectivity, and industry-leading security.

  • Enjoy a true color digital canvas with a DreamColor display boasting a billion on-screen colors with world-class visual fidelity. Creators will have confidence in their colors as new PANTONE® Validated displays meet Pantone’s color fidelity criteria in the simulation of the full range of real-world PANTONE Colors.
  • Keep remote workers productive. Get improved performance with new NVIDIA T500 professional graphics, featuring 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM, and up to 3X graphics performance over the previous generation, and 2.6x better performance than the Dell Precision 3550 – pull up schematics or designs and get the job done from anywhere, even while multi-tasking with conferencing or web applications. Additionally, be more productive while using multiple applications like video conferencing, web browsing, and streaming.
  • ZCentral Remote Boost brings users a revolutionary way to collaborate by taking advantage of remote access to even more powerful desktop workstations at the office. The real-time collaboration capability of this solution allows collaboration across teams and applications remotely with almost any device.

Additionally, the ZBook Studio and Create G7 will soon be available with Ubuntu 20.04 and data science tools preloaded to be productive on day one. This means data scientists can start training models with their new PC immediately instead of spending time tracking down and installing all the required tools. This hardware and software solution set will allow data scientists to augment and accelerate their workflows with the flexibility and portability of a ZBook. Find out more about how HP is simplifying data science workflows here.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP EliteBook 800 G8 PC Series is expected to be available later in December. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 830 G8 is expected to be available later in December. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • The HP ZBook Firefly 14 G8 is expected to be available later in December. Pricing will be available closer to availability.
  • HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 is expected to be available later in December. Pricing will be available closer to availability.

HP Announces The Spectre x360 14

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 3, 2020 by itnerd

HP has unveiled the HP Spectre x360 14, offering the viewability of a 15-inch device with the mobility of a 13.5-inch form factor for the ultimate browsing, reading, editing, and viewing experience. Also announced today is HP’s expanded 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor Spectre and ENVY line up, packed with incredible performance gains and increased battery life for the perfect work-at-home lifestyle.

The PC has become more essential than ever, with many doing more from home like work, school, and doctor’s visits, for the foreseeable future. But the home is a place often filled with roommates and family members also working or learning, requiring work and personal devices to be as flexible as the user’s environment. Less than one-third of users have an office where the door can be closed, making living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens the open office floorplan of 2020. 

HP is creating devices like the new HP Spectre x360 14 to be adaptive and smart, with the use of intelligent features – like performance management and new AI-based audio capabilities – to anticipate needs before the user does. The new HP Spectre x360 14 rounds out the Spectre Portfolio, with the latest intelligent features that adapt to the user for the ultimate in productivity.

Additional product announcements include – 

·       HP Spectre x360 13The impressively mobile convertible is even more powerful with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, with a 35% CPU performance improvement versus the previous generation to tackle demanding tasks like photo editing or 3D creation, and offers up to 16.5 hours of battery life. 

·       HP ENVY x360 13Available for the first time with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the adaptive, mobile design of this convertible PC is perfect for creators working from home, with HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen support, up to 12.75 hours of battery life, and privacy features like a camera shutter, fingerprint reader, mute mic, and HP Sure View button built into the all-in-one keyboard.

·       HP ENVY 13Updated with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics this elegant and powerful creator device features an 88% screen-to-body ratio5, up to 13 hours of battery life, up to 4K UHD display, fast signaling data speeds and 5K display output with Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

HP Introduces A New Global Partner Program

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 15, 2020 by itnerd

Today, HP Inc. unveiled HP Amplify, a first-of-its kind global channel partner program optimized to drive dynamic partner growth and deliver consistent end customer experiences. Built on a single, integrated structure, HP Amplify provides the insights, capabilities and collaboration tools needed to drive growth as digital transformation and customer purchasing behaviors continue to evolve. The new program goes into effect November 1, 2020 for commercial partners with retail partners slated to transition in the second half of 2021.

By consolidating HP’s best partner products, tools and trainings into one intuitive program, HP Amplify removes complexity, making it easier for partners to take advantage of its many benefits and engage customers on a deeper level. Now comprised of just two distinct tracks – Synergy and Power – with clear compensation levels, HP Amplify provides partners with the flexibility to invest in value-added services and capabilities. The more a partner invests in these capabilities, the higher the rewards.

Experiences at the Speed of Digital

Customers have dramatically altered how they research and buy technology and how they engage with brands, buying more products and services through digital channels, such as e-commerce, partner portals and marketplaces. At the same time, technology and digital transformation are advancing at an astounding pace while business models are shifting from simple transactions focused on selling products to contractual relationships.

For the IT industry overall, and the channel specifically, it means business as usual is no longer an option. With the introduction of HP Amplify, HP is taking decisive actions to capitalize on these shifts, arming partners for future growth and to deliver a more satisfying customer experience.

Performance, Capabilities & Collaboration

Designed to enable progressive go-to-market strategies that cater to a combination of transactional, contractual and hybrid selling models, HP Amplify focuses on three core pillars: performance, capabilities and collaboration.


As the traditional sales model has been upended, so too has the traditional channel compensation model. While the new program will continue to reward partners based on goals and volume, HP Amplify features an innovative measurement and reward system that accounts for the many strategic efforts partners employ throughout the holistic sales process, from registration volume to average sales value and account retention.


Beyond sales revenue alone, HP Amplify measures rewards based on new capabilities, including investing in and improving digital skills, service delivery capabilities, e-commerce/omnichannel experiences and secure data collaboration.

Capabilities will be specialized and tailored to the sectors customers operate within, creating more personalized experiences and driving invaluable outcomes. HP Amplify rewards partners who invest in the capabilities to compete – and win – in a world dominated by e-commerce and digital-led customer journeys and experiences. The more capabilities around secure data collection, routes to market, services and specializations, the more access and benefits partners will receive.


Collaboration between HP and its partners is critical to our shared success. HP Amplify is designed to turn data analytics into deeper insights that inspire new strategies and steer innovation. HP will collaborate closely with partners to hone their digital skills, such as automated quotes and ordering, to provide a more consistent customer experience across multiple channels and equip partners with valuable research on the most important pain points in the customer journey.

Armed with this added opt-in customer intelligence, partners will have more of a competitive edge, with the intrinsic ability to anticipate and enable more positive customer outcomes. As a result, partners will be able to serve customers more seamlessly through automated inventory updates, product returns and holistic data intelligence. These experiences will continue to build upon the long- standing bonds between customers, partners and HP.

HP Amplify Impact

HP’s dedication to sustainable impact through technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere has long been integral to its business strategy and operations. Together, HP and its partners can make a lasting difference by acting in lockstep to further fuel innovation and growth in these areas. For this reason, as an extension of the company’s new global program, HP is introducing HP Amplify Impact, inviting all partners to join HP in its pledge to address:

  • Planet: Working toward a circular, low-carbon economy
  • People: Respecting human rights, enable people across the value chain to thrive; and cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Community: Unlocking educational and economic opportunity while improving the vitality and resilience of local communities  

For partners who choose to join this opt-in pledge, HP will provide training and support, and help identify potential gaps in the goals partners wish to set and provide guidance on how to achieve those goals. HP will provide more details closer to the launch of HP Amplify on November 1, 2020.

HP Releases Their Annual Sustainable Impact Report

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 25, 2020 by itnerd

HP Inc. has released their 2019 Sustainable Impact Report, highlighting progress the company is making to drive greater diversity and inclusion, reduce its environmental footprint, and strengthen communities around the world. Thought portions of this report may fit into a story related to environmental justice, human rights and/or equality.

Future commitments from HP include:

  • HP announced a new goal to double the number of Black Executives inside the company by 2025.
  • HP Foundation pledges $500,000 to social justice organizations as part of broader effort to combat systemic racism, as well as 200% matching of employee donations.
  • HP announced a new goal to eliminate 75 percent of single-use plastic packaging by 2025, supporting the company’s efforts to drive a low-carbon, circular economy.

2019 highlights from the report included:

  • Sales: HP’s Sustainable Impact efforts helped drive more than $1.6 billion in sales wins in 2019, up an estimated 69 percent.
  • D&I: Globally, 40 percent of HP hires in 2019 were women, and the company’s Global Supplier Diversity program spent $374 million with small and diverse suppliers including minority- and women-owned businesses, contributing $698 million in overall economic impact.
  • Printing: HP reduced plastic foam by 40 percent and eliminated over 95 tonnes of the material in 2019 just by redesigning the packaging of a printer model. Launched in 2019, the HP Tango Terra is HP’s first printer with zero plastic packaging, using a combination of molded fiber cushions and glassine paper to replace the typical plastic foam and bag.
  • 3D printing: HP recently announced the availability of a new material called polypropylene (PP) that helps reduce waste by enabling up to 100 percent reusability of surplus powder.
  • Recycle: During 2019, HP used over 25,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled content plastic in HP print and PS products, or equivalent to 9 percent plastics used. The company is working to increase this to 30 percent by 2025. HP has also sourced 1.7 million pounds – more than 60 million bottles – of ocean-bound plastic, and launched the world’s first notebook, display, mobile workstation and enterprise Chromebook made using ocean-bound plastics. With 111 Gold and 268 Silver EPEAT-registered products – more than any other company in the IT industry, HP has the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from HP

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 1, 2020 by itnerd

With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, I wanted to share a list of gifts from HP for great gift ideas:

For the dad who loves photography: HP Tango ($179.99 CAD

  • The HP Tango is perfect for the dad who loves capturing and preserving every milestone, from standing on the front porch on the first day of school to waiting in the aisles on graduation day. The Tango makes it easy to print off photos that will last the test of time from anywhere, anytime using cellular data or a remote WIFI connection.

For the dad who is far away: HP ENVY Laptop (Starting from $1,099.99)

  • The HP ENVY allows you to stay connected with dad – whether you’re miles apart or just can’t be together physically on his special day. The wide vision HD camera makes it easy to chat with the entire family in crystal clear detail. 

For the dad who has hopped on the booming gaming-train: HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop (starting from $2,299.99)

  • Gaming is on the rise right now. For the dads who can’t get enough, the HP OMEN 15 Laptop is sure to please. This laptop has desktop-class graphics performance, immersion, and upgradability. With the OMEN 15 Laptop, dad can game anywhere.

HP Canada Partners With Federal Government To Supply 540,000 3D Printed Face Shields

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 7, 2020 by itnerd

As Canada seeks support from partners nationally and abroad to establish a stable supply of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE), HP recently announced their partnership with the federal government to supply 540,000 3DP face shields in an effort to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership marks the largest coordinated effort to establish a domestic supply chain for critical PPE at this scale. The face shields have been approved by Health Canada. 

HP Canada and its Digital Manufacturing Partner Network are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to fulfil the growing demand for supplies.

Just under a dozen small and medium businesses who specialize in 3D Printing across the country are using HP’s industry-leading 3D printing technology to manufacture face shields for Canada’s front-line workers that began shipping out last week.

HP and partners mobilize 3D printing solutions to battle COVID-19

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 24, 2020 by itnerd

HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.  HP’s 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.  Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach.

3D Printing Parts to Help Contain COVID-19oreirst applications being validated and produced include:

  • Hands-Free Door Opener:  Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes.  This adapter allows for easy and more sanitary opening with an elbow.
  • Mask Adjuster:  Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time.  This clasp is designed to improve comfort and alleviate associated ear pain.
  • Face Shields:  Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items.  Brackets to hold the shield and comfortably fit the wearer are a critical component.

Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

  • Field Ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of COVID-19 patients. This simplified design enables a robust and less-complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.
  • FFP3 Face Masks:  Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected COVID-19 patients.  HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly.

Making Many Part Designs Available

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download.

3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

Get Parts 3D Printed Now

If you need support with application development or would like to order parts please submit your request here.

HP’s powerful and global 3D Printing Network of Digital Manufacturing and Production Partners are stepping up to fulfill these orders and support the world’s health community.