Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled its latest LaserJet offering, the colour 2605dtn printer, which could bridge the gap between all-in-one inkjet cartridge photo printers and budget colour laser models.
According to Kristina Blachere at CNET.com, HP’s new machine is the "missing link" between the two, offering the "best of both" worlds.
The printer has built-in photo card readers and can print photos straight from the cards, similarly to photo all-in-one models.
However, like colour laser printers, the 2605dtn is rapid and more efficient than inkjet cartridge printers when firing out colour pages.
It can produce nine pages of black and white and seven pages of colour per minute, which means it is greatly superior in speed to inkjet cartridge printers.
Whitney Loper, writing systems engineer at HP, said: "Whilst we welcome the standard as an overall way of regulating the industry and giving consumers information, there are some important aspects that we feel have been left out.
"For starters the standard specifies that a printer manufacturer must run the test continuously until the ink runs out, however this is not indicative of a true consumer print which will often span across months of stopping and starting."
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