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HP launches wave of new products

At TechXNY this week, Hewlett-Packard unveiled more than 20 printers or print server products, including the HP Jetdirect 625n Gigabit Ethernet print server, one of the first to incorporate Gigabit Ethernet technology.

For wireless print serving it introduced the Jetdirect ew2400, an 802.11g wireless and fast Ethernet external print server.

Also new was the HP Officejet 7410 All-in-One, an inkjet which can turn out 30ppm (page-per-minute) in black and 20ppm in colour. It has built-in wireless networking and remote printing features.

The fastest printers introduced were the LaserJet 4250 and 4350, black-and-white printers with speeds of 45ppm and 55ppm respectively.

Mobility was a major theme of the HP product introductions. Mobile Printing for Pocket PC and for the Nokia 9500 Communicator will give users the option to print directly from either handheld device to any Bluetooth, infrared, or Wi-Fi-enabled HP printer. Both software releases are free downloads to affiliate members of its Solution Provider Program.

In addition, for custom handheld applications HP introduced a mobile printing SDK that will allow corporate applications developers to add printing capabilities to homegrown mobile enterprise applications.

The SDK includes drivers for printing directly from Microsoft's Pocket Word, Excel, Explorer, and Outlook. Until now, many handheld applications required a separate printing application. Bluetooth and infrared drivers are also included.

A slew of new laser printerswas introduced, including the top-of-the-line monochrome HP LaserJet 9050, which can produce 50ppm in wide format with an 8-bin mailbox device.

HP also introduced three digital projectors that connect to PCs, handhelds, DVD, VHS, and TVs.

Ephraim Schwartz writes for InfoWorld


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