Lexmark Debuts Web-Connected Printer
Printer maker Lexmark International announced its full 2009 inkjet
all-in-one (AIO) product line to be officially released on September 1, 2009,
which includes eight AIO inkjets aimed at small to medium-size businesses
(SMBs). The new line includes three Web-connected touch screen AIOs with
Lexmark's myTouch capacitive 4.3-inch touch screen technology. The touch screen
AIOs will be available at price points ranging from $199 to $399.
Lexmark's myTouch with SmartSolutions technology is a use-friendly
approach to interfaces and includes easy-to-read graphical icons for basic AIO
functions and "as needed" navigation for a simplified experience. SmartSolutions
technology enables one-touch -customizations' - unique workflows that Lexmark
said eliminates repetitive tasks and pain points for each user. SmartSolutions
technology has also been built to leverage third-party developers that can
create tailored applications.
Examples of these widget-like solutions include shortcuts and workflows ike
customizable productivity features such as group faxing, scan to email
templates and others, ID card copy, which allows businesses to scan an ID card and print both sides of the ID on a
single sheet of paper, and RSS feeds,
be it business, weather, sports news, a company intranet or whatever else the
user needs to access via RSS is available directly on the touch screen and can also
be e-mailed directly from the AIO.
"This new line of AIOs enables SMBs to be more
efficient and save money in today's economic environment," said Paul
Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of the company's Imaging
Solutions Division. "We've created our printers' robust new design,
innovative features and break-through technologies with their needs in
Lexmark is also drawing attention to the line's new
features, including Vizix print technology, which includes separate ink tanks and provides top
speed and quality across the line of new inkjets, and wireless capability
across the entire line of new inkjet AIO products. Additionally, Lexmark is introducing
Wireless-N (IEEE 802.11n) for businesses in need of longer range and more
reliable signals for faster file transfer rates.
Another notable feature is a business card scan capability,
which automatically uploads contact information to commonly used address book
applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Windows CE or Palm OSTM. Lexmark is
also touting the line's green features as well, like the new Eco Mode, designed
to help businesses save paper and energy. Eco Mode automates two-sided
printing, faxing and copying, which the company said could save businesses up
to 50 percent of their paper usage and help lower overall costs.
However, midmarket companies have another option for
Web-connected printers as well-Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced a
printer featuring TouchSmart technology and a 4.33-inch touch-screen to enable
users to access digital content on the Web. The HP Photosmart Premium with
TouchSmart Web also features a Web-based printing platform with HP
applications. Users will be able to create and share their own apps to
customize their printers through the HP AppsStudio starting in late 2009, the company said.