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Samsung Electronics will introduce two new laser printers next month at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
The ML-1410 and ML-1450 are targeted at the home and small office market. They feature 15 page-per-minute print speeds with 1200dpi resolution and are powered by a 66Mhz processor.
Hoping to ride the rising tide of camera phone users, Kodak introduced a new EasyShare Printer Dock that can produce prints from camera phones, in addition to traditional digital sources.
The company also made a replacement in its EasyShare digital camera lineup with a new ultra-zoom model, the 5-megapixel DX7590, which will replace the DX6490.
TEAC America is launching its P11 one-color thermal printer that prints directly onto the surface of CD and DVD discs with thermal transfer ink. The printer can print to four separate areas of the disc and can be used for various applications including labeling music, video, data and photo CDs and DVDs.
Canon U.S.A. refreshed its Bubble Jet printer and CanoScan scanner product lines with six new entries this month.
The three Bubble Jet entries are the i850 photo printer, the i550 Bubble Jet and i320 Bubble Jet, while the scanner line gained the 8000F, 5000F and LiDE.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — This June Epson will roll out the new Stylus Photo 785EPX inkjet printer that will allow consumers to print their digital photos with or without a computer.
The 785EPX will be Epson's first printer to include PRINT Image Matching, which ensures that digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints.
Brother today will introduce the HL-2040 monochrome laser printer, which replaces the company's long-running HL-1440 in the retail market starting later this month.
The HL-2040 will retain its older cousin's $149 suggested retail, said Jeff Sandler, Brother's senior printer product manager, adding it could occasionally be promotionally priced as low as $99. This price point will make it ideal for consumers or SO/HO users, he said.
The technology race in the inkjet printer category has heated up with Lexmark and Hewlett-Packard offering 4800dpi level resolution in their newest and upcoming models.
Digital photography is driving this upgrade as printer vendors try to produce units capable of printing the 5-megapixel images that the current cameras can capture. While only small numbers of people are snapping such large images, the companies firmly believe this will change in the future — and they must be ready.
The Consumer Electronics Association projects that shipments of the staples of the computer hardware industry, PCs, printers and monitors, will suffer this year, but the software category will post significant gains.