updated 03:40 pm EDT, Mon July 11, 2005
New HP offerings
today unveiled its first products built on the new scalable printing technology, which is designed specifically to deliver high-performance printing for high-volume users. New products include a lineup based on the new inkjet printhead technology. "The sophisticated assembly of the new printhead enables a faster development cycle at an estimated 50 percent lower cost, giving HP an efficiency of scale for its substantial research and development investment." These products include the HP Photosmart 8250 Photo Printer, HP Officejet Pro K550 Color Printer series, and the HP Photosmart 475/420 GoGo Photo Printer.
High-volume printers based on the new platform
- The HP Photosmart 8250 Photo Printer, priced at $200 and HP Photosmart 3000 All-in-One series, priced from $300 to $400. "These world's fastest photo printers feature six individual HP Vivera ink cartridges and produce beautiful photos and crisp text at blazing speeds -- 4 x 6-inch photos in as fast as 14 seconds for as little as 24 cents a print."
- The HP Officejet Pro K550 Color Printer series: These single-function printers are designed to deliver superior color, laser-like quality text and water-resistant prints -- all at up to twice the print speed and half the purchase cost of competitive color lasers printers.
New ink and media supports printing system
- New ink formulations work with HP Advanced Papers: The ink formulas used with two new porous papers are designed to deliver instantly dry, water-resistant photos for the home and smear-resistant pages for the office using HP's patented color lock technology.
- "Auto Sense" technology provides another way to eliminate wasted ink or paper: Paper sensing via barcode-like technology identifies the size, orientation and type of photo paper for accurate, best-quality prints.
More capture and printing choices for consumers
The HP Photosmart 475 GoGo Photo Printer, priced at $280, is the first compact photo printer capable of printing 5 x 7-inch photos, in addition to 4 x 6-inch and panorama prints. The HP Photosmart 475 is also the first compact photo printer to have PC-like power with the ability to store a year's worth of photos (more than 1,000 images).
Another highlight is the HP Photosmart 420 series GoGo Photo Studio, which includes a camera and a printer with a dock. This gives consumers a complete portable photo system and the ability to print photos in three steps -- snap, dock, print. Pricing begins at $300.