New HP all-in-one announced

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Today Hewlett Packard will announce its HP PSC 950 all-in-one, the first product to feature HP's exclusive Photo Proof Sheet for camera-direct digital photo printing. It's Mac compatible and will have an estimated street price of US$399.

The new HP PSC 950 all-in-one is an all-color printer/flatbed fax/scanner and copier that offers consumers a compact and easy-to-use digital imaging solution for printing, creating special projects and handling everyday needs, HP spokesperson Michelle Denny Morris told MacCentral.

With the HP Photo Proof Sheet feature, you can just insert a memory card containing photos into the appropriate slot on the HP PSC 950 all-in-one, press the "proof sheet" button, and a sheet with thumbnail-sized photos is automatically generated, George Brasher, product manager, HP Consumer Business Organization, said in announcing the product. The user then selects the photo, paper type and size desired on the sheet and scans it into the all-in-one, which recognizes the user's choices and prints the photos as specified.

Consumers can use CompactFlash, SmartMedia or Sony Memory Stick memory cards for printing and also for downloading digital photos directly to the computer without ever having to connect their digital cameras. The HP PSC 950 all-in-one produces 2400 x 1200-dots per inch (dpi) color images on photo paper to deliver photo reprints. It prints up to 12 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 10 ppm in color. And the all-in-one comes equipped with a 4 x 6 inch photo tray.

The HP PSC 950 features scanning with 600 x 1200-dpi optical resolution, 9600-dpi enhanced resolution and 36-bit color. It also includes optical character recognition (OCR) software, which lets you edit hardcopy text documents by scanning and converting them into electronic files.

The all-in-one delivers photo-quality copying at speeds of up to 12 copies per minute (cpm) in black and nine cpm in color. The copying feature allows users to create special projects without a computer. For example, users can create multiple wallet-size photos from one original, make reductions and enlargements, print posters and copy two originals onto one page, Brasher said. The flatbed design allows users to scan or copy virtually anything, such as books and other 3D objects, he added.

What's more, the device also features a flatbed fax that's designed for sending short faxes of approximately one to three pages. It can receive faxes of any length.

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