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HP’s new Color LaserJet Enterprise CP5520 series of A3 color laser printers replaces the HP Color LaserJet 5550 series. The Color LaserJet Enterprise CP5520 series produces letter-sized output at 30 ppm in both black and color, prints at a maximum resolution of 600 × 600 dpi, and has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 120,000 pages.
With the HP ePrint Enterprise solution for the BlackBerry smartphone, users can print within their enterprise to networked printers (including to remote offices), print to a variety of public printing locations, or print to HP ePrint-enabled home printers.
HP has replaced the LaserJet 4345 MFP line with the new M4555 machines, a family of A4 monochrome print/copy/scan devices available with or without faxing capabilities.
HP has expanded its selection of monochrome A3 MFPs with the launch of the new LaserJet Enterprise MFP M725 series. The new line consists of four 40-ppm machines: the M725dn, which is a print, copy and scan device; and the M725f, M725z and M725z+ models, which also support fax functionality. The new units are based on an 800 MHz processor and feature 1GB memory as well as HP FutureSmart firmware, enhanced mobility features and a Hardware Integration Pocket (HIP).
On July 5, HP added the LaserJet Pro 100 color MFP M175nw to its lineup of A4 color laser MFPs. The new print, copy and scan MFP is an entry-level device featuring a compact design for the limited space on a home-office desktop or in a small office.
By offering standard Ethernet connectivity, HP may be hoping to include the device in some of its MPS packages, which could make these MFPs more attractive to office users. However, with printing costs that exceed those of most business-class inkjet machines, we think frugal SMB customers are unlikely to purchase the new M1100/M1200 MFPs.
HP has refreshed its entry-level line of personal single-function monochrome lasers with the introduction of the new LaserJet Pro P1100 series. The new P1102 base unit replaces the LaserJet P1005 and P1006, and the P1102w adds a wireless version to the low-end of HP’s product portfolio.
HP has refreshed the upper-tier of its personal single-function monochrome LaserJets with the release of the LaserJet Pro P1566 and P1606 machines. The new units replace the popular P1505n machine. Currently, the less expensive P1566 is available exclusively in European and Asian markets.
The new HP Officejet 4500 all-in-one is a print/copy/scan/fax device that sits at the bottom of HP’s Officejet all-in-one lineup. The Officejet 4500 offers a low acquisition price and is designed for environments with low print volumes.
In February, HP released two new A4 single-function color inkjet printers in the United States. The Officejet Pro X451dn prints 55 pages per minute (ppm) in black and white and color and has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pages, while the X551dw has a print speed of 70 ppm and a 75,000-page monthly duty cycle. These new desktop high-speed inkjets are among the fastest to date thanks to HP’s PageWide Technology, which features a new generation of page-wide print heads based on Scalable Print Technology. The new Officejet Pro printers come with standard automatic duplexing as well as a paper capacity of 500 sheets, which is expandable to 1,050 sheets with the addition of an optional 500-sheet tray. The machines have a maximum print resolution of 1,200-by-600 dpi when printing monochrome and 2,400-by-600 dpi in color. All of the machines ship with built-in Ethernet connectivity, and the devices are also capable of mobile printing. The “w” models also support wireless connectivity. In addition to launching the new machines in the U.S., HP released the X451dw printer in some Asian and EMEA nations. This printer shares many features with the X451dn, including a 2-inch monochrome screen, but adds wireless connectivity.
HP’s Officejet Pro X line employs a newly formulated, fully pigmented, four-color (black, cyan, magenta and yellow) ink set. The standard-yield black ink tank is rated at 3,000 pages, while the high-yield black SKU prints 9,200 pages. The individual color ink tanks each yield 2,500 pages, while the high-yield tanks print 6,600 pages each. The best per-page costs are delivered by the XL ink tanks, which print a black-and-white page for 1.3 cents and color pages for 6.75 cents apiece. The CPP figures are competitive with other business-class inkjet machines as well as entry-level color laser machines.
On November 1, HP released its eight-model LaserJet Enterprise 600 M600 A4 monochrome laser printer series. The firm says the machines are designed to support medium to large workgroups with high-volume print environments. The new machines are based on the same basic print technology employed by their predecessors, the LaserJet P4000 family, which includes the LaserJet P4014, P4015 and P4515. The engine was also leveraged for HP’s new LaserJet Enterprise M4555 MFP family. The engine in the newer units has been enhanced with both HP FutureSmart firmware and a faster processor, and presumably, the new monochrome units will be featured in HP’s growing MPS program.
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