HP releases high-speed Internet printer

Looking to bring the speed and versatility of a production printer to smaller workgroup environments, Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday introduced its LaserJet 9000 series printer.

In step with a trend in Internet-linked printers, HP has combined a high-speed print engine with the virtues of an embedded Web server to allow users to remotely manage the LaserJet 9000 from a standard Web browser, according to Trot Browne, a product marketing manager for HP.

"Anything you can do from the control panel you can also do that from the [9000's] embedded Web server," Browne said.

Designed for volume printing, the LaserJet 9000 sports one of the fastest print engines available in a sub-production grade printer, Browne said.

With a print rate of 50 single-sided pages per minute and a recommended duty cycle of 300,000 pages per month, the LaserJet 9000 easily outruns HP's closest comparable printer, the LaserJet 8150, which produces 32 pages per minute on a 150,000-page-per-month duty cycle, Browne said. Production-grade printers can run at 120 pages per minute, handling millions of impressions per month, he said.

The embedded Web server in the LaserJet 9000 provides users with the advantages of Internet-enabled printers, such as scheduled printing of pages directly from Web sites and the ability to send print files over the Web without the intervention of a PC.

Available features on the LaserJet 9000 include up to 384MB of memory for stored print jobs, a 30,000 page toner cartridge, sizeable paper trays for custom-size paper stock, stack and staple bindery options, and a proactive alert system that can send warning messages to three different e-mail addresses in case of system failure or even an empty toner cartridge, Browne said.

Prices range between US$3,299 and $8,399 depending on configuration, according to HP.

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