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HP Unveils New All-in-One Printers

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Aiming straight for small businesses, satellite offices and telecommuters, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) Monday took the wraps off its new HP LaserJet printers, which integrate printing, faxing, copying and scanning into one device.

The LaserJet 3200 and 3200se replace HP's LaserJet 3150 and are fully integrated Internet appliances, according to a statement from HP. The new machines sport one-touch, color scan-to-Web and scan-to-e-mail features, and the in-box feature links to the Stamps.com Inc. or Mimeo.com Inc. services to allow users to stamp business correspondence or send documents through overnight delivery.

HP's LaserJet 3200 and 3200se also feature printing at nine pages per minute; 1200 dpi (dots per inch) printing; 600 ppi (pixels per inch) scanning; three seconds-per-page faxing; up to 275 pages of fax storage; 8M bytes of standard memory, upgradable to 72 M bytes; USB (universal serial bus) and parallel port connections; and are fully networkable, the statement said.

Additional printer features include 45 TrueType fonts, while the fax functions feature a 33.6K-bps (bits per second) modem, desktop software-controlled fax sending and 250 slots for speed-dial numbers. The copy functions also include automatic collation and a copy plus feature to allow users to copy from the HP LaserJet to a color printer, and other scanning features include ReadRIS Pro Optical Character Recognition 6.0 software.

The printers ship with drivers to support Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Drivers for Linux, Windows 3.1x and MS-DOS can be downloaded at HP's Web site.

With the small business and home office market on the rise, HP is hoping the 3200 and 3200se will appeal to the growing number of small businesses, satellite offices and telecommuters. Estimates from Gartner Group Inc., cited by HP, said that by 2003, there will be more than 137 million telecommuters, and according to figures from International Data Corp. (IDC), home offices will near 39 million within the next two years in the U.S. [See "IDC: Technology Continues to Spark Home Offices," Sept. 1]. IDC is a subsidiary of International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.

Available immediately, the HP LaserJet 3200 and 3200se have an estimated street price of US$599.

HP, based in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-857-1501 or via the Internet at http://www.hp.com/.