April 3
H.P. Launches New LaserJets
8000-series printers offer multi-function capabilities

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., today launched three multi-function options for some of its 8000-series laser printers, including the LaserJet 8000 and 8100 and the newly announced 8550. The multi-function capabilities offer printing, copying and digital sending.

The new 8550, the lowest-priced printer in the line, offers 6 PPM printing in color and 24 PPM in monochrome. It prints at 600 DPI and supports 11" x 17" duplexing. It comes with a 200 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, options to perform multi-position stapling and unattended booklet making, duplex calibrating, direct PDF support, Pantone calibration, press emulation and several print management features.

The LaserJet 8000 offers 24 PPM monochrome printing, while the 8100 offers 32 PPM. The 8000 and 8100 MFP models replace the Mopier 240 and 320 in H.P.'s lineup.

The company also introduced an MFP upgrade kit for previous owners of the 8000 and 8100. The it includes the HP Digital Copy Module, which produces copies using single-pass copying functionality to reduce paper jams; HP Digital Sender software, which enables customers to send hard-copy documents via e-mail; a hard-disk drive; 32 MB of DIMM memory; dynamic RIP-once technology; DIMM firmware; and an instruction guide and CD-ROM user guide.

The new 8550MFP and the MFP upgrade kit are available now. The 8000MFP and 8100MFP will be available May 1. The base-model color 8550MFP with 32 MB RAM, a 100-sheet multi-function tray and 500-sheet paper tray goes for $4,500. Other configurations for the 8550 range from $5,500 to $12,500. The LaserJet MFP upgrade kit retails for $4,999. The 8000MFP will sell for $11,175, while the 8100 MFP will go for $11,530. For more information, visit http://www.hp.com.

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