HP unveils inkjet and laser printers

At TechXNY this week, Hewlett-Packard reminded business users that it is still an active innovator in printers and imaging devices.

The company unveiled more than 20 printers and print server products, including the HP Jetdirect 625n Gigabit Ethernet print server, one of the first to incorporate Gigabit Ethernet technology. The server is priced at US$389.

For wireless print serving it unveiled the Jetdirect ew2400, an 802.11g wireless and fast Ethernet external print server, for US$199.

Also new was the HP Officejet 7410 All-in-One, an inkjet with 30 ppm (page-per-minute) capability in black and 20 ppm capability in color. It has built-in wireless networking and remote printing features.

The US$199 HP Business Inkjet 1200 will be its lowest cost color printer.

The fastest printers introduced were the LaserJet 4250 and 4350, black-and-white printers with speeds of 45 ppm and 55 ppm respectively, with a starting price of US$899.

Mobility was a major theme of the HP product introductions.

Mobile Printing for Pocket PC and for the Nokia 9500 Communicator will give users the option of printing directly from either handheld device to any Bluetooth, infrared, or Wi-Fi-enabled HP printer. Both software releases are free downloads to Affiliate members of its Solution Provider Program.

In addition, for custom handheld applications HP introduced a mobile printing SDK that will allow corporate applications developers to add printing capabilities to homegrown mobile enterprise applications.

The SDK includes drivers for printing directly from Microsoft's Pocket Word, Excel, Explorer, and Outlook. Up until now, many handheld applications required a separate printing application. Bluetooth and infrared drivers are also included. The SDK is free to Affiliate members of the HP Solution Provider Program and costs US$495 for Associate members.

Also unveiled were a slew of new laser printers. At the top of the line was a monochrome laser, the HP LaserJet 9050, a 50-ppm, wide format printer with an 8-bin mailbox device for US$2,799.

The LaserJet 5550 is the world's fastest color printer, as much as 27 ppm, and is priced at US$3,549, according to HP officials.

HP also introduced three digital projectors that connect to PCs, handhelds, DVD, VHS, and TVs.

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