By Ian Burley
26th October - 2001
Although itís officially available from next week in the UK, widely advertised already and priced around £100 + VAT, HPís natty little Photosmart P100 ink-jet photo printer has not been heralded, so far, by any noticeable press/media activity.
The P100 is designed to print using 10x15cm (4x6 inch) or A6 photo paper and shares the same TriColor PhotRetIII printing system technology as its bigger siblings. It prints at 2400dpi and HP suggests a single print takes about two minutes to emerge. Like other Photosmart P1000-style models, you can print from a PC via USB, or by inserting your cameraís memory card. Compact Flash (Types I and II but not IBM Microdrive), SmartMedia and Sonyís Memory Stick formats are supported.
Baby printers are all the rage at the moment, with Olympus and Canon leading the trend with their P-200 and CP-10 models, respectively. However, unlike these two, HPís offering retains its ink-jet heritage while Canon and Olympus favour dye-sublimation technology. Only the Olympus model offers battery-powered portability.
But as the Olympus P-200 will set you back £400 and the credit card-size print producing Canon CP-10 is priced at £200, HP has an instant purchase cost advantage.