The men behind the wireless

HP's first wireless printers get an airing at Gitex.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  October 16, 2002

The Wireless HP deskjet 450ci printer has been causing a stir at the HP stand at this year's Gitex.

The 450ci and its range-mate 450cbi use infrared and Bluetooth (via a CompactFlash expansion card) to print from devices such as PCs, notebooks, PDAs and mobile phones. It means that users can print at the touch of a button even when the printer is in a different room. The printer also features a Lithium-ion battery so the printer can be used away from a power point. The 450 can also use USB connectivity.

The 450 uses HP's Photoret 4 technology. This means that the printers can use six colour ink (with an optional cartridge). The first tricolor cartridge contains full dye-load inks in cyan, magenta, and yellow, developed specifically to produce vibrant color. The second cartridge contains light dye-load inks of light cyan and light magenta, as well as a dye-based black ink. This is designed to give smoother color transitions and sharper image clarity. The 450ci costs $303, while the 450cbi costs $354. In terms of print speed HP claims that the 450 is capable of up to 5 pages per minute of black text in normal mode.

HP is also displaying its full range of Photosmart printers and digital cameras. Pick of the bunch on the printing side are the 7150, 7350 and the 7550, all of which can use the new photo cartridge brought by Photoret 4 technology. The 7350 and 7550 both use CompactFlash type 2, SmartMedia, Sony memory stick, and secure digital cards to print without needing a PC. They also have LCD panels built-in so photos can be seen before printing and can be singled out for individual printing.

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