Printers improve functionality

Printers improve functionality

Low-cost output is going upscale: Apple and Hewlett-Packard are revamping entry-level products to provide better functionality at lower prices.

Apple is now shipping its Colour StyleWriter 1500 and 2500 colour inkjet printers, which include support for EtherTalk connectivity.

As part of the focus on workgroup connectivity for its inkjet line, Apple has introduced a StyleWriter EtherTalk adaptor, which enables users to connect printers directly to a LAN. Previously, the only way to connect the printers to more than one user was to designate a Macintosh as a dedicated print server, Apple officials said.

In addition to network capabilities, both printers feature a 720-by-360dpi resolution for monochrome printing and 360dpi resolution for colour and greyscale output. The 1500 has a print speed as fast as three pages per minute for monochrome and approximately three minutes per page for colour; the 2500 is about twice as fast.

The 1500 supports a three-colour ink cartridge and a separate black ink cartridge. The 2500 uses a four-colour cartridge that includes true black or a separate black cartridge.

HP has broadened its line of multifunction devices by adding two additional systems to its HP OfficeJet Series 300 line that print, fax, copy, and scan.

The peripherals, including the OfficeJet 300, print at a resolution of 600 by 300dpi and can scan images at a 300dpi resolution, with a print speed of three pages per minute.

The Model 330 and 350 also support faxing directly from the PC, so users don't need to print out a document before they can fax it.

The 350 comes with Caere OmniPage Limited Edition optical character recognition software.

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