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Designjet 4000 and Indigo 1050 From HP

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HP has introduced its new HP Designjet 4000 printer series. Primarily geared for the technical market, the 4-color (CMYK"? black is pigmented, CMY are dye-based) Designjet 4000 is designed to handle line drawings, graphics, maps, renderings, and presentations for medium and large businesses.

A 42-in. wide inkjet printer, the Designjet 4000 offers a print speed of up to 1000 sq ft/hr and resolution of up to 2400 x 1200 dpi. The printer uses HP's new "Double Swath" technology, comprising a pair of staggered printheads for each color, which generates a wide print swath and higher firing frequency (and is leveraged from the HP Business Inkjet 3000 printheads with some electrical differences and different mechanical keys). The result, says HP, is faster performance without sacrificing image quality, and twice the performance of earlier Designjet models. It also features an embedded Web Server that allows for remote queue management, remote preview, supplies and printer status, and error notification.

HP notes that new media was not created specifically for the Designjet 4000. The printer will support a wide range of existing HP media, including bonded, coated, durable media as well as vinyl and digital fine-art papers.

Estimated street price: $9995 (Designjet 4000 base model), $12,495 (4000ps, includes embedded RIP, Adobe PostScript Level 3). Prices include 1-year, onsite warranty.

In addition, small- to mediumsized commercial printers can now add digital short-run color and variable-data printing capabilities with the new HP Indigo 1050.

Replacing HP's Indigo 1000, the 1050 offers several enhancements that allow it to increase productivity and reduce costs. It features paper sizes up to 12.6 x 18.2 in., resolutions up to 800 x 2400 dpi (in High-Resolution Imaging mode), and liquid HP ElectroInk. The new printer offers standard 4- color (CMYK) inks, as well as the optional HP IndiChrome 6-color (CMYK violet, orange). In addition, users can mix custom spot colors with HP's ink-mixing system, and also utilize its special inks: invisible red ink (for Track & Trace security capabilities), and fluorescent yellow or pink inks. Its speed also has been ramped up: Where the 1000 press offered 1980 pages/hr, the 1050 can print up to 8000 single-color pages/hr (two-up) or 2000 4- color images/hr (two-up).

The Indigo 1050 is packaged with HP Indigo Yours Truly software, which provides full personalization and imposition for variable- data printing. Other upgrades include a more powerful computer, a large job-file capacity, and simultaneous batching/printing ability. To create a complete end-to-end workflow solution, users can add a Duplo near-line CD-645 XY cutter, Duplo near-line PDC booklet makers, and Dorn off-line UV coater.

Optional equipment/configurations include HP IndiChrome 5- and 6-color printing, ink-mixing system, and upgraded server/RIP. List price on the Indigo 1050 is $159,000.

HP's Indigo ws4050 now offers white ElectroInk for use by label printers, especially those in printing healthcare and cosmetic labels. The addition of white gives the customer many options because the press operators can choose which order the inks will be deposited onto the substrate, HP reports.

In other HP news, HP has agreed to acquire Snapfish, the online photo service based in San Francisco. Snapfish offers various photo products and services, including free online photo sharing, photo storage and management, free editing tools and software, online print ordering, wireless imaging, and more. Snapfish, which has more than 13 million members, will remain in San Francisco; Ben Nelson, president of Snapfish, will lead the new division within HP. Snapfish's 80 employees will be retained. The acquisition was expected to close in April. (Snapfish: www.snapfish.com) (Hewlett-Packard: www.hp.com)

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