LEXMARK & HP IN TOUCH-SCREEN-PRINTING BATTLE

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LEXMARK & HP IN TOUCH-SCREEN-PRINTING BATTLE

 user 2009-07-17 at 2:10:07 pm Views: 86
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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10286478-1.html
    LEXMARK & HP IN TOUCH-SCREEN-PRINTING BATTLE
    Not
    to be outdone by HP’s recent touch-screen printer, the folks at Lexmark
    just debuted their line of Web-connected touch-screen all-in-ones.The
    big difference between the two is that although they both have touch
    technology, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web is meant to
    live in the home, while the three printers featuring Lexmark’s MyTouch
    technology are designed to increase productivity for the business
    market. Nevertheless, this won’t stop us from putting them side-by-side
    in the first ever Web-connected, touch-screen-printing kumite.

    Only
    three out of the eight new products include a large 4.3-inch touch
    screen, coincidentally the exact same size of HP’s LCD screen. I had a
    chance to preview the entire lineup, and I was impressed with the
    comprehensive set of new features built into each device. The
    “SmartSolutions” button layout lets SMBs streamline their work flow by
    customizing their home screen with easy-to-use applications that
    include template shortcuts, address book favorites, RSS feeds, ID and
    ID card copies–all built into the machine with updates available
    through the host computer.

    All of the new printers also feature
    802.11n wireless connectivity and include Lexmark’s Vizix technology
    that uses individual ink tanks to produce higher quality output at a
    cheaper refill cost. Business users will also be happy to see Lexmark’s
    new business card scanning technology that recognizes and automatically
    uploads contact information into popular desktop software suites. One
    drawback: the technology isn’t available for Apple’s vCard address book
    sync.All of the new printers will be available in September, and we’ll
    be getting units into the CNET Labs as soon as possible to begin
    testing, so check back soon to see who will win in a head-to-head match.