HP bails on always-online printers and subscription laser ink

From PC World: People hate printers. They have tons of breakable moving parts and they require expensive ink refills. But it was even worse when HP started making printers that required 24/7 online connectivity and blocked third-party ink cartridges via DRM.

It was so bad that consumers started suing HP—and HP has finally decided that discretion is the better part of valor and will now discontinue its HP+ e-series printers.

According to statements provided to German site Drucker Channel (spotted by Tom’s Hardware), HP has discontinued the HP+ LaserJet series effective immediately. This includes around a dozen printer models across several series, all nearly identical to other designs but with an “e” added to the end of their model numbers.

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