NEC Moves Printing to the Web

SAN MATEO (03/21/2000) - NEC Corp. announced a printing offering today that aims to enable users to print remotely from any Web browser, anywhere in the world.

The NEC SuperScript 4650 Internet Printer Series, a family of five Internet printers that will replace the current SuperScript class of NEC printers, operates without the necessity of a software driver, giving it an application-free printing capability that is triggered from data sent to it over the Internet, according to a representative for NEC.

Each SuperScript 4650 printer comes with its own individual IP (Internet Protocol) address, essentially giving each unit its own Web site. Files are sent directly to the printer site, which translates the file to paper without having to run the appropriate application, such as Microsoft Corp.'s Word or PowerPoint.

The printers work in two ways. The user can "push" information to the printer from remote locations as long as the printer, which comes equipped with a power saving feature, is left operating.

Alternately, the user can manipulate the printer itself to "pull" information -- seek documents over the Web -- generally from a server or network that allows outside file access. In both cases, the SuperScript 4650 series prints without running applications for documents formatted in PDF, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, JPEG, EPS, or HTML.

The SuperScript 4650 family of Internet printers produces either letter- or legal-sized documents.

Available in the next few weeks, the SuperScript 4650 printers will range in price from US$1,999 for black-and-white models, to $2,999 for color.

NEC Technologies Inc., in Itasca, Illinois, is at

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