HP Announces New Fall Laser Lineup

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HP today announced two lasers and seven laser AIO printers aimed at small- to medium-size businesses, with prices ranging from $499 to $3,999.

HP today announced two laser printers and seven laser-based all-in-ones (AOIs), as well as upgrades for its Universal Print Driver and its Web JetAdmin remote printer administration program. HP reps say the company's new products put emphasis on what HP refers to as its portfolio of security, output management, and document capture solutions. The AIOs and printers both include color and monochrome models. Base prices run the gamut from $499 to $3,999.

The news on the software side—which includes partnering with other vendors to provide workflow solutions for document capture and document management—are of interest primarily for large organizations at the enterprise level. But as the range of prices for the printers and AIOs suggests, there's news on the hardware side for any size office.

The two models of most interest for a small office are both sub-$1,000 color laser AIOs, the Color LaserJet CM1015 MFP ($499 street) and Color LaserJet CM1017 MFP ($699). Both copy, scan, and print, and both are built around the same engine rated at 8 pages per minute (ppm) for both color and monochrome. The key difference between them is that the CM1017 MFP includes a network connector and support for additional memory.

The two printers in the group are the Color LaserJet CP4005n ($1,299), rated at 25 ppm for color and 30 ppm for monochrome output, and the 35-ppm monochrome-only LaserJet P3005 ($549). In both cases, the price and speed make them potentially of interest to a small to medium size office with relatively heavy duty printing needs. Much the same comment applies to two of the monochrome-only AIOs, the 27-ppm LaserJet M3027 MFP ($1,499) and the 35-ppm LaserJet M3035 MFP ($1,999).

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The three remaining AIOs are all aimed at the larger end of the small to medium size spectrum or at workgroups in large offices, and all three are strictly monochrome—the 45-ppm LaserJet M4345 MFP ($2,599), the 25-ppm LaserJet M5025 MFP ($2,999), and the 35-ppm LaserJet M5035 MFP ($3,999).

All five of the monochrome AIOs print, scan, and work as standalone copiers and digital senders (for scanning and sending e-mail), with faxing available as an option. HP says that the P3005 is already shipping, the M3027 MFP will ship on November 27, the CM1015 MFP and CM1017 MFP will ship in December, and the other models will ship on November 1.


M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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