HP or Hewlett Packard is probably one of the world leading manufacturers of consumer electrical items and their peripherals. The company based in the USA in the silicon valley area of Palo Alto near San Francisco was formed by the mutual partnership of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a small garage in Palo Alto, their fist product actually being an audio oscillator, a test device that was put to use by Walt Disney during the production of the film Fantasia.

Those humble beginnings in 1939 have seen the company, formed more out of friendship than any thing else, rise to be a highly recognised brand with a great reputation for the quality of their products. The way in which the company has been organised from the ground up with an ethos of customer satisfaction has ensured its continued success. The management have actually been quoted as saying that they are more concerned about the contribution to the wider world that the company can make, rather than purely making money.

The early years saw them concentrating on more varied kind of measurement and test devices, eventually expanding into making calculators. In 1968 the company is credited with producing a mass market personal computer device, believed to be amongst the first, although it was called a desktop calculator, apparently because of its lack of similarity with the IBM business machines. 1984 saw the launch of their first inkjet and laser printers, by now also moving rapidly into software development, their laser jet printers relied heavily on aspects of Cannon and Xerox designs. At this time however, the business was still very much focused on targeting research institutes, universities and business users and not so much the general consumer.

HP Printer Ink Cartridges

HP since the 1990’s has expanded to have a massive and diversified product line and with the purchase of Compaq around 2002, the company set about capturing a large portion of the personal computer market, their range now including, printers, scanners, calculators, PDAs, personal computers, laptops and servers as well as HP toner cartridges and other peripherals related to the electronic devices. The company is also a great innovator and is widely known for its lightscribe devices, a method for printing images onto CD’s via a CD-ROM drive.

The company is now split into several sub sectors with HP imaging and printing handling all aspects of their popular photosmart line of products that includes printers, scanners, digital cameras, wireless devices and also combined printer/scanner/copiers, and of course the associated consumables like HP ink cartridges.

HP toner cartridges offer exceptional quality when used in their associated devices, and the recognition of the cartridge by the device has ensured that HP keeps its market for these consumables. The dawn of the internet and the cost savings associated with online marketing has ensured that the availability of cheap HP toner cartridges remains however and most people would choose to use the correct manufacturer specified option and ensure the best possible printing results.

Source by Keith Newby