Tosh takes on HP with print-copy-scan device

Toshiba will unveil its answer to Hewlett-Packard's (HP) 'Mopier' concept next month when it unveils its first network printer-copier-scanner at the CeBit trade show in Hannover, Germany.

"It's an attempt to redress the balance against HP and other printer manufacturers. HP has declared war on copiers to sell more printers but the mopier concept [a network printer with sorting and stapling features] doesn't address all needs," said Keith Hanks, marketing manager for Toshiba's copier/fax division.

Hanks said the new product, to be called the DP2460, will be "a new level of multifunction device". To be priced in the £6,000-7,000 range, the unit will offer 24ppm A4 printing (or 14ppm A3), walk-up copying and network scanning.

The product is the first fruit of a new Irvine, California software research and development centre from which Toshiba is hoping to establish a bigger say in the digital printing and copying market. Before the end of the year, Hanks expects such devices to offer a feature that will enable paper documents to be converted to digital format and sent via e-mail. DVD-based document storage could also be added.

Toshiba can be contacted by telephone on 01932-841600.

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