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Portable Bluetooth Printing – Two New Compact Printers from HP
HP launches two new compact photo printers for portable printing direct from camera phones, memory cards and PictBridge cameras
LONDON, UK, 12 August, 2004. HP today announced the launch of two compact photo printers - the HP Photosmart 375 and the HP Photosmart 325. The two additions to HP’s leading photo-printing line up are state-of-the-art portable printers featuring Bluetooth connectivity (optional on the Photosmart 325), five integrated memory card readers and a built-in flip-up screen for previewing, editing and selecting photos without a computer.
The HP Photosmart 375 and HP Photosmart 325 Compact Photo Printers are high specification units capable of printing borderless 10 x 15 cm photos with vivid, true-to-life colours. They are also HP’s first personal printer to offer full Bluetooth connectivity out-of-the-box (Bluetooth adaptor sold separately with the HP Photosmart 325), allowing anyone with a suitable camera phone – or other Bluetooth device such as a PDA, notebook or digital camera – to send photos directly to print, using the controls on the device. They’re simple to operate, fun to use and fast – within a minute, there will be a rich, bright and long-lasting photo in the printer tray. For users without a camera phone, both these units include five built-in memory card slots for direct printing from all major cards, making them ideal for sharing at parties, plus a front panel USB port for connecting to any PictBridge-enabled digital camera.
These rugged but lightweight units are just as flexible in terms of where they can be used. A standard mains connection means they can be used to print superb quality photos anywhere in the house, when visiting friends or even on a night out. Or for complete freedom, they can be powered via its optional battery, allowing they to be used literally anywhere: in the park, at a sports event, or even on the beach.
Both models contain flip up colour screens (6.4 cm with the HP Photosmart 375, 3.8cm with the HP Photosmart 325) colour screen flips up from the printer to allow clear previews of photos, while in-printer controls enable advanced editing functions - brightness selection, red-eye removal and zooming - all without any need for a computer connection. Other tools include the ability to select print layout, either as single photos or in groups of two or four per sheet, and there’s even a delete button for freeing up space on memory cards.
Supplies and Accessories
The HP Photosmart 375 and HP Photosmart 325 Compact Photo Printers make use of HP’s next generation inkjet print cartridges which, as well as delivering improved print speeds, also use a new ink formulation that ensures excellent fade resistance . This portable photo printer comes with the HP No. 343 Tri-Colour Inkjet Print Cartridge which delivers vivid, rich photos. The HP No. 344 Tri-Colour Inkjet Print Cartridge is an optional high capacity cartridge, also available for frequent users. Alternatively, the tri-colour cartridge can be replaced with an optional HP No. 100 Grey Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge, which uses dye-based light grey, medium grey and photo-optimised black inks to produce black and white photos comparable with the best studio-developed prints.
HP photo papers are specially developed to work with HP printers and inkjet print cartridges to produce the best possible results. HP Premium Plus Photo Paper is available in glossy for 10 x 15 cm borderless photo printing and on 1 October, HP Premium Photo Paper glossy will be launched in the same size.
Optional accessories available for use with the HP Photosmart 375 Compact Photo Printer include an in-car adapter, which can be used to recharge the optional battery at the same time; and a protective carry case which will hold the printer itself plus papers, spare inkjet print cartridge and power lead.
The HP Photosmart 375 and HP Photosmart 325 Compact Photo Printers are available from September 2004 at a recommended street price of £199 and £129 respectively.
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