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No Bluetooth printer until demand rises, says Lexmark

Printer supplier Lexmark says printers will not take advantage of Bluetooth short-range wireless communications technology, for...

Printer supplier Lexmark says printers will not take advantage of Bluetooth short-range wireless communications technology, for at least another two to three years, writes Antony Savvas.

While the company acknowledges that users would find it easier to drive printers without the use of cables when moving between different offices (in conference environments for instance), Lexmark says the emphasis for Bluetooth will remain on communications between phones and laptops and PCs.

Despite the fact that companies' road warriors would also find it easier to use a laptop with a portable mini-printer without cables, again Lexmark does not see Bluetooth encroaching on its market in the immediate future.

Lexmark spokesman Graham Salmons says, "Although we could easily put a Bluetooth receiver on our printers, we really don't think it is an option that users are crying out for."

Salmons also says there is no real progress in the idea of distributed networking technologies built around Sun Microsystems' Jini concept. The idea here is to allow users to connect a PC to a printer, for example, without the need to install multiple drivers first, something that many users find difficult to do, particularly when changing printer models.

As far as Lexmark is concerned users are, for now, happy to take advantage of quick driver downloads from the Internet.

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