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Epson last week officially unveiled its new three-unit C Series of inkjet printers that includes the company's first printer developed specifically for sale with PC bundles.
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Epson introduced its newest Stylus Photo printer, the Photo 900, which can print directly to CD/DVD media.
The Photo 900 will ship this month for a suggested retail of $199. It features 5,760-by-720-dpi resolution with a 6-color photo dye ink system. With an included adapter, users can print directly to CDs and DVDs. The system will only work with special inkjet-printable blank CD/DVD media, currently sold almost solely by online vendors.
Samsung will introduce three new laser printers this week, including one described as the company's lost lightweight color laser printer.
The CLP-300 color laser, shipping in February with a suggested retail price $299.99, features four-page per minute (ppm) color and 17 ppm black print speeds. Its basic print resolution is 600 by 600 dpi, but this can be enhanced to 2,400 by 600 dpi. Other features include a 150-sheet paper tray and a 24,200 page per month duty cycle.
Lexmark introduced an array of new standalone and all-in-one printers last week along with a new six-color ink technology.
All the models will start shipping in the next few weeks.
The company's newest standalone model is the Z816 Jetprinter. The Z816 has a $99 suggested retail price and can print at 15 pages per minute (ppm) in color and 22ppm in black.
Industry analysts gave a thumbs up to Dell Computer's proposed entry into the handheld computer and printer categories, saying the company's ability to execute business plans and bring in low-priced products should make it a force in both markets.
Samsung Electronics America's is shipping its 53 Series line of high-end LCD monitors and has launched a printing and toner recycling program aimed at businesses called PrintCycle.
The 53 Series features four models: The SyncMaster 953BW, 2053BW, 2253LW and 2253BW.
The displays feature 2ms GTG video response time, 8,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and DVI with HDCP connectivity.
With home photo printing being the output option of choice for digital camera owners, Epson is hoping to capitalize on strong digital camera sales with two new Stylus photo printers. The company has also updated several general-purpose inkjet models in its lineup.
The two photo printers, the Stylus Photo 825 and 925, connect to a PC via USB port and also offer direct printing from digital camera media. They have estimated street prices of $199 and $299, respectively.
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.