Hewlett Packard on Friday announced that it will introduce
two professional-level printers
— the Photosmart 8750 and the Designjet 90 series — at next week’s Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show in Orlando. The company did not have product pages on its Web site when MacCentral posted this article.
The Photosmart 8750 can produce pictures as large as 13 x 19 inches in approximately three-and-a-half minutes and print 4 x 6-inch shots in as little as 29 seconds. Its nine-ink system uses HP’s new Blue Photo inkjet cartridge, which enhances the blue shades in all output. The 8750 features USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports, with 802.11b/g or Bluetooth wireless connectivity available through optional adapters, PictBridge technology for direct printing from compatible cameras and slots that accommodate CompactFlash Type I and II, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, xD-Picture Card and USB flash drive. HP will ship the printer in April with a US$499 price tag.
The Designjet 90 series, which will street this summer, can accommodate paper up to 18 x 24 inches, with optional roll-feed capability for printing images up to 18 inches wide and 100 feet long. Its six-color ink system can produce images up to 2400dpi in resolution. Connectivity options include a USB port and a Centronics standard Open EIO for adding the printer to a network — wireless capability can be added with an HP Jetdirect module. The standard Designjet 90 will sell for $995 while the 90r, which includes the roll-feed capability, will sell for $1,150.