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 user 2005-05-13 at 10:50:00 am Views: 61
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    Printer market hots up as HP follows Epson’s MFD lead

    SMB buyers now have a whole new category of printer products to consider
    after HP yesterday followed Epson’s recent lead and launched its first colour
    laser MFD.

    Epson was the first firm to announce a colour laser MFD aimed
    at business users when it launched its AcuLaser CX11N series just one week ago.
    Now HP has decided that the time is right to enter this emerging product sector.

    HP unveiled its new LaserJet 2800 series at an exclusive ‘Shaping the
    Future’ press event in London. This was HP IPG’s first dedicated SMB gathering
    for the EMEA region and also included the launch of 14 other new products for

    Aimed squarely at small and medium sized businesses looking to
    consolidate and simplify their print, scan and copying operations, the Color
    LaserJet 2800 AiO (all-in-one) is network ready and touts print and copy speeds
    of 19ppm in mono and 4ppm in colour.

    The 2800 includes HP’s ImageREt
    2400 technology to offer enhanced print resolutions and its built-in scanner is
    capable of 1200dpi optical and 19,200dpi enhanced resolutions, as well as being
    able to scan direct to e-mail and Windows folders.

    Two versions of the
    2800 will hit the market over coming weeks: the 2820 is a three-in-one device
    offering print, copy and scan functions for an end user price of roughly $1.160;
    while the more feature-packed 2840 costs $1,290, through which users also get
    fax functionality and built-in digital memory card slots.

    “As a solution
    for multi-function tasks, the HP Color LaserJet 2800 All-in-One series is
    remarkably versatile,” said Michael Hoffmann, senior vice president, Imaging and
    Printing Group Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), HP.

    Laser printer
    technology has been around for a decade now, but it was only recently that
    colour machines broke through the sub-$1,000 price barrier and so became truly
    affordable for the majority of SMB customers. This price issue was the reason
    that HP waited to launch its first colour laser all-in-one, Hoffman told
    ITP.net. “People have an insatiable appetite for price reductions,” he
    explained, “but it’s only really now that we’ve been able to offer this
    technology at what we considered the right price.”

    Aside from the 2800,
    the other key product launch for SMB printer users yesterday was the unveiling
    of HP’s bargain-priced colour laser, the HP Color LaserJet 2600n. Aimed at small
    firms who are looking for a way to bring expensive, outsourced colour print jobs
    in-house for the first time, this $514 product is compact and lightweight (less
    than 18kg), quiet (just 47dB) and can handle both mono and colour print jobs at
    speeds of up to 8ppm.

    “The 2600 answers the call for an extremely
    affordable colour printer that boasts not only brilliant print quality but is
    also quiet, fast, network-ready, lightweight and energy efficient,” commented

    HP’s Shaping the Future event also included the launch of new
    business inkjets, such as the low-cost Business Inkjet 1000, wide-format
    releases including the new A6-A3 Deskjet 1280, digital business projectors, and
    new paper optimised for use with laser printers