HP rolls out new line of fixed-array printers

Hewlett-Packard today takes off the wraps on a new line of high-volume multifunction color printers, designed with a new ink-based print technology that promises savings of 30 percent over comparable printers.

The new printers mark the debut of HP's new Edgeline technology, which replaces moving print heads with a fixed array of print heads that spans a page of paper and dispenses ink across the page, usually in a single pass. The technology uses HP Vivera office inks and a bonding agent to produce water-resistant prints on plain paper at high speeds. The CM8060, one of the new models, is capable of printing an average of 60 pages per minute in black and white and 50 ppm in color, the company said. The CM8050 prints an average of 50 ppm in black and white and 40 ppm in color.

By engineering printers with fewer moving parts and more precise control in dispensing inks, together with a new pricing scheme, HP expects to lower acquisition and operating costs by as much as 30 percent over comparable quality printers, said Tom Codd, HP's director of marketing, laser jet business.

Under a new service agreement, users can add small touches of color -- for logos, for instance -- at no extra cost. And they can apply professional or general office color quality to documents, paying for the amount of ink they use rather than a fixed color page charge, making color printing significantly less expensive, he said.

The new printers are part of a broader roll out of new products HP is unveiling today. Among other new product introductions:

  • HP 9250c Digital Sender, which provides a fast and secure method to digitize paper documents at the rate of 55 black-and-white and 33 color images per minute, and electronically distribute, archive and organize them easily and efficiently. The sender incorporates HP Digital Sending Software 4, which uses the existing network authentication process to verify users, provide security for both the sender and receiver, and control and track device usage.

  • HP Web Jetadmin 10.0, a printing and imaging fleet management software tool for remotely installing, configuring and managing a wide variety of HP and non-HP network peripherals. The latest version offers enhanced security, a more intuitive user interface, additional customizable reporting capabilities, links to HP Instant Support and new supplies management capabilities for multiple devices ' to help midsize to large organizations improve performance and decrease IT time spent managing the printing and imaging environment.

  • HP Universal Print Driver for Windows Version 4.0, a new Windows Vista-compatible version of HP's driver management system. The new UPD lets users identify and dynamically create drivers for network printers'making it easy for mobile users to tie into remote office printers and vastly reducing set up and maintence time for help desk staffs.


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