HP rolls out multi-task color control printer series

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new Officejet 9100 series is aimed at business users that require multi-function features, coupled with high-performance networking, digital sending and enhanced color control.

The 9100 series' color control tools, for example, now aim to enable administrators to select which users have access to color printing, by disabling the photo memory card slot or the color printing from the fax and copier, while at the same time enabling job accounting to track supplies and media, the company says.

"The Officejet 9100 series is essentially a 5-in-1 solution, that not only offers superb functionality, but enables businesses to drive down costs by controlling the use of color," comments Zandré Rudolph, HP business manager at Rectron (Pty) Ltd.

Looking at digital sending, it aims to enable the conversion of paper to digital format, which results in the simple manipulation of information.

Key digital sending benefits are said to include:

-- Sending to e-mail, which provides convenient, immediate communication to recipients - therefore bypassing a fax machine;

-- Simplified scanning and archiving of paper documents to network folders or PCs;

-- Automatic archiving of paper documents to network folders or e-mails.

The HP Officejet 9100 series is also designed so that, for example, when printing, the device can also send a fax or digitally send to e-mail or a network folder.

Multitasking also prioritizes walk-up tasks (copying or faxing) over non-walk-up tasks (network printing) that enables walk-up users to complete tasks without being interrupted, the company says.

A scan ahead feature also allows for any walk-up job requiring a scanner to scan to memory, HP adds. Available in the 9100 series are the 9110, 9120 and 9130 all-in-one printers. A Qwerty keyboard ships standard with the 9130.

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