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7/96 New Products: Printers and Monitors

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Listing of July 1996 New Products Categories

They Print, Among Other Things

Out: Multifunction devices. In: Printers that do other things. That's the word from Canon, which bills the Canon MultiPass C2500 as a convertible color printer, rather than a multifunction device. The MultiPass C2500 is a 720x360dpi BubbleJet printer that also serves as a copier, scanner, plain-paper fax and PC fax.

It prints up to 5 pages per minute in black and white, and from 0.3 to 0.8ppm in color. The printer holds 150 sheets and supports envelopes, transparencies and T-shirt transfers. It scans at 200dpi, copies at 360dpi and faxes a page in six seconds. The MultiPass C2500 measures 14 by 18.8 by 19 inches and weighs 17.2 pounds.

Also newly released, the Canon MultiPass 800 360dpi black-and-white printer will scan, copy and fax.

MultiPass C2500, $599; 800, $499 (both street)
Canon Computer Systems

Xerox XPrint Plus

When color printing, you want the color on the printed page to match the color on your screen. The Xerox XPrint Plus color laser family includes enhanced software and color correction technologies so that you're not surprised when you see the end result. The Xerox XPrint Plus 4915, 4920 and 4925 include Xerox's Intelligent Color 2.0 software. Version 2.0 includes PhotoReal imaging for smoother photos.

The 4915 model is an entry-level color laser for business presentations and reports. The 4920 is a workhorse network color printer that can handle graphic arts applications. The 4925 lets you collate and print multiple-set documents with up to 100 pages. It includes a Productivity Pack with a lower paper feeder, envelope tray and extra paper tray.

4915, $4,500; 4920, $6,500; 4925, $8,100 (all street)
Xerox Corp.
800-34-Xerox, 716-442-4028

QMS 2425 Print System

Is your old printer too pooped to create output that pops? The QMS 2425 Print System is a 24-page-per-minute monochrome printer that provides up to 1200x1200dpi printing, complete network connectivity and extensive paper handling features. The 2425 uses a 100MHz, 64-bit NEC VR 4300 processor and controller software. Printer-based page layout options include n-up printing (thumbnail), booklet printing, duplexing and stapling.

With 8MB RAM, $5,499
800-523-2696, 334-633-4300

Sharp F-2700M

The Sharp F-2700M is a fax machine that also prints and copies. The device's Windows Printing System allows printing at 4 pages per minute. Its 512KB standard memory stores up to 39 pages for faxing, with an optional memory upgrade that can hold 95 pages. The F-2700M faxes at 13 seconds per page. The unit also includes an Error Correction Mode, a 100-sheet paper cassette, a 20-page automatic document feeder and 50 speed-dial numbers.

Sharp Electronics Corp.
800-BE-SHARP, 201-529-8948

Pentax PocketJet

Pentax has introduced another portable printer that fits into your pocket, the Pentax PocketJet Legal/Letter 2MB. The latest addition to the PocketJet line of portable printers supports letter- and legal-size page printing. Its 2Mb of memory is the largest of the three PocketJet models-so you can use it on memory-intensive forms that the other models can't handle. The portable printer measures just 1.18 by 10.04 by 2.17 inches and weighs 17.5 ounces with battery. Its direct thermal print technology produces 300dpi output and works with most apps supported by a desktop printer.

$649; car adapter, $37.99
Pentax Technologies Corp.
800-543-6144, 303-460-1600


Top They Print, Among Other Things Good Looks All-Around Monitors and Bar Code Printers In Brief

Good Looks All-Around

The Eizo FlexScan TX-C7S and Eizo FlexScan FX-B5 monitors sport a new European-type design that make their cases as eye-catching as their displays. The Eizo (formerly Nanao) monitors also include onscreen controls and optional detachable speakers. The ScreenManager and ScreenManager Pro on-screen displays provide graphic icons and a QuickSet touchpad for one-touch control.

The TX-C7S is a Trinitron-based 17-inch monitor with a 15.9-inch diagonal viewable screen and a noninterlaced resolution of 1280x1024 pixels at 86Hz. The monitor has a 0.25mm aperture-grille pitch. The FlexScan FX-B5 is a 15-inch monitor with an Invar shadow mask and 13.7-inch diagonal viewable screen. It has a noninterlaced resolution of 1024x768 at 86Hz and ErgoCoat. Both monitors ship with ScreenManager software; the optional ScreenManager Pro software lets you control the display settings with your mouse.

The optional i-Sound detachable speaker unit fits around the control panel console. It consists of two speakers, a microphone, and jacks for headphones, a headset and a CD or tape player. I-Sound operates at 1 watt per channel.

TX-C7S, $1,189; FX-B5, $598
Eizo Nanao Technologies
800-800-5202, 310-325-5202

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Monitors and Bar Code Printers In Brief


The ViewSonic GT800 and GT770 aperture-grille monitors are aimed at the graphics and desktop publishing markets. The 20-inch GT800 offers display resolutions up to 1600x1280 pixels, and 1280x1024 at a 79Hz refresh rate. The 17-inch GT770 supports noninterlaced resolutions up to 1280x1024. ViewMatch controls and bundled Colorific software let you adjust color temperature and intensity to match printer output.

GT800, $1,899; GT770, $899
ViewSonic Corp.
800-888-8583, 909-869-7976

You'll grin when you see the Smile MM6536SL's multimedia features. The 15-inch monitor includes a built-in sound system with the speaker grille in the front of the monitor. The volume control, microphone and headset sockets are built into the front of the bezel. The monitor also offers an on-screen menu display, a 1280x1024 noninterlaced pixel resolution and a 0.28mm dot pitch.

Smile International
800-U-SMILE-2, 714-546-0336

Bar Code Printers

The Kroy K4200 and K4300 thermal-transfer and direct-thermal printers feature fast and powerful bar code, graphic and text printing. The K4200 prints up to 2 inches per second at 203dpi, with a maximum print width of 4 inches. Designed for higher volume printing, the K4300 prints up to 6 inches per second in widths of 1 to 4 inches.

K4200, $995; K4300, $1,995
800-733-5769, 602-948-2222
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