PURCHASINGB2B MAGAZINE, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011: Last autumn and this winter, a number of innovative launches in presentation and printer technologies hit the Canadian marketplace. Here’s a summary of some new solutions procurement professionals can consider for their businesses.
Lexmark manages content
In January, Lexmark Canada launched the Lexmark Genesis inkjet AIO printer. Built on the same inkjet platform as Lexmark’s current line of printers designed for today’s web-connected workplace, Lexmark Genesis was recognized as an International CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.
Through its built-in Flash Scan camera technology, which features a 10-megapixel imaging sensor, the Lexmark Genesis delivers fast scanning speeds that enable the AIO printer to transfer a page from “document to digital” in three seconds.
The Lexmark Genesis features a 4.3-inch colour touch screen. The screen gives access to web-connected technology, allowing the user to access Lexmark’s SmartSolutions, which includes cloud-based applications such as Evernote and Box.net.
Users can also access the Twitter and Facebook SmartSolutions that let them view their Twitter feeds as well as their Facebook wall and print photos.
HP’s new portfolio
In September, HP unveiled new print solutions, which it says can help businesses better manage and access digital content, and convert information from paper to digital.
The company’s new portfolio of web-connected printers is geared to small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). The portfolio includes the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color MFP, which can print from the web and mobile devices. It has a 3.5-inch colour touchscreen control panel that allows users to easily print, scan, copy and fax.
Other new solutions include the HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series that allows small businesses to produce professional-quality colour prints, marketing materials or other business documents for up to 50 percent less cost per page. It also uses 50 percent less energy than colour laser printers and generates up to 80 percent less waste.
The company also launched the HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One that prints wide-format on a range of paper types and sizes. It includes integrated wired and wireless networking for sharing multiple PCs and includes a 2.36-inch colour touchscreen display.
The new HP Officejet 6500A e-All-in-One series produces colour documents, plus faxes, copies and scans. HP also introduced an expanded portfolio of printers with HP ePrint technology.
Another new suite of products from HP can allow technical design teams to easily access, share and print large-format project files online anywhere. This suite is geared to design professionals in architecture, engineering and construction.
The solutions include HP Designjet T2300 eMultifunction Printer, a web-ready large-format printer with scan, print and copy functionality, designed to match mobile work styles and manage content with project members around the world.
There’s also the HP ePrint & Share, which allows design professionals to automatically create, print, share and manage project files online using desktop or mobile devices.
Panasonic for presentations
In late October, Panasonic Canada Inc unveiled its new display and presentation technologies. The products include plasma and LCD displays, and projector equipment.
Panasonic says its new Plasma Displays come with NeoPDP technology, which offers high image quality and low power consumption. The new line also offers a wide range of input terminals and SLOT 2.0, which means users can have greater display convenience and system flexibility.
Panasonic also offers PJLink, a network function that lets users operate displays by remote control and monitor the displays’ status through a LAN connection. For environmentally conscious users, Panasonic says all the plasma display panels are mercury and lead free, and offer up to 100,000 hours of life.
Panasonic also launched its Professional LCD Displays for Digital Signage. These displays are lightweight and offer high brightness and slim design. They are suited for shopping malls, transportation, cafes and restaurants, and educational and financial institutions. These panels also offer a wide viewing angle for sharper images, flexible installation, built-in speakers, and remote-system monitoring.
The company says they also offer ECO Mode, which means a sensor can detect the ambient lighting and adjust the backlight brightness to match the viewing environment.
The company’s new PT-D5000US/D5000ULS 1-chip DLP projectors offer some new technologies. These include a newly developed RGB booster, which can combine high brightness with greater colour reproduction; a dual-lamp system for more reliability; and an auto cleaning filter, which can eliminate the need for filter maintenance for about 10,000 hours. The company says these projectors are ideal for training facilities, presentations, and business meetings or conferences.
The PT-ST10U LCD is a compact projector that makes large-screen images easier to use. It features a newly developed short-throw lens, which allows installations that were not possible with conventional models. Close range projection also reduces shadows on the screen.