March 21
NEC Launches Internet Printer Series
Color lasers ‘print from anywhere’

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

NEC Technologies Inc., San Jose, Calif., kicked off a new line of color laser printers today that are designed to handle print requests that come through the Internet. The SuperScript 4650 Internet printer series, which includes the 4650, 4650N and 4650NX, can operate with or without a driver, allowing users to utilize the Internet to print from anywhere. The new SuperScript 4650 Internet printer series will replace the SuperScript 4200, 4200N, 4400, 4400N and 4600N color laser printers in NEC's printer lineup.

The SuperScript 4650 Internet series printers include their own I.P. addresses or home pages, allowing users to access, set up and print over the Internet using a Web browser or a driver. In driverless mode, the printers allow application-independent printing; users can print files directly without launching the file application through PrintAgent technology. This allows for two methods of printing over the Internet: "push printing," which allows users to "push" any files over the Web directly to the printer's I.P. address for printing when the driver is installed, and "pull printing," which requires users to upload files to a secondary HTTP server for processing without a driver installed. This second method does not require an application to print documents formatted for PDF, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, JPEG, EPS or HTML.

SuperScript 4650 printers feature print speeds of four pages per minute in color and 16 PPM in black and white. They offer 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution, 128 levels of gray and Adobe PostScript 3. The printers are powered by a 200 MHz, 64-bit IDT 64475 RISC processor. Features for the individual models include:

  • The 4650, a non-networked version designed for small to medium-size businesses. The printer is equipped with 32 MB of RAM and offers a Network Interface Card option. It's priced at $1,999.
  • The SuperScript 4650N and 4650NX feature 96 MB and 128 MB of RAM respectively and come standard with an internal 2.1 GB hard drive and 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet interface. They support spooling, automatic collation, direct Zip 100 and Zip 250 connection and color copying (with the connection of certain Umax and H.P. scanners). The SuperScript 4650N is priced at $2,699. The SuperScript 4650NX is priced at $2,999.

Each printer is expandable to 256 MB SDRAM. They're expected to be available this month. For more information, visit http://www.nectech.com/products/index.htm.

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