HP unveils specialised printers, scanner

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled two Designjet printers aimed at the technical design market, and a device for high-speed document scanning.

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled two Designjet printers aimed at the technical design market, and a device for high-speed document scanning.

The Designjet T1100 is up to three times faster than the previous 800 and 1000 series, HP claimed, can print a poster-sized A1 page (594mm x 841mm) in 35 seconds and comes equipped with a 40GB hard drive.

The Designjet printers are targeted at professionals working in technical fields such as design, GIS (geographical information systems), resources, architecture, engineering and manufacturing, as well as general office poster printing.

HP Designjet T1100
HP Designjet T1100

The Designjet T1100 is priced at US$4,500 and a postscript version (T1100ps) will be close to US$7,000. Pricing on its sibling, the Designjet T610 is yet to be confirmed. The printers will be available from May 24.

Both Designjets use six HP Vivera ink cartridges (CMYK, matte black and grey) to produce detailed text, lines and photographics. HP claimed line accuracy to 0.1 millimetres and a minimum line width of 0.0423mm.

Meanwhile, the new 9250c Digital Sender is a high-speed, networked document scanner. The device includes a flatbed scanner and is available now, priced at US$3,899. Local pricing is yet to be confirmed.

The Digital Sender can scan up to 33 colour pages per minute (ppm) and 55ppm in mono -- an improvement over the previous model's (9200c) 47ppm limit.


HP 9250c Digital Sender
HP 9250c Digital Sender

The 9250c supports optical character recognition (OCR), but a spokesperson would only guarantee 90 percent accuracy, meaning that a 1000 word document could potentially have 100 words that would require correction.

A tray at the bottom slides out to reveal a keyboard to e-mail from the device.

The products are offered in addition to HP's new high-volume Edgeline printers.

Luke Anderson travelled to Beijing as a guest of HP.

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