HP improves its inks and toners

PETALING JAYA: The Hewlett-Packard Co has improved its inkjet printers and consumables aimed at corporate users to offer more benefits and cost savings.

It said the products offer energy savings, better value and allow companies to be more environmentally friendly.

HP’s just launched OfficeJet Pro 8000 and AIO 8500 inkjet printers utilise its newly-introduced pigment-based HP 940 inks.

And HP’s 4525 and P1566 laser printers that are new on shelves use its ColourSphere and CE278A improved toners, respectively.

It said the HP 940 inks offer excellent durability against water and fading, and are fast drying.

With this, users can expect laser-like print quality on plain paper while on special papers, professional-quality graphics and images are possible, HP said.

The inks have a multifunctional, proprietary polymer binder that has been adjusted to have a high affinity for colour pigments, good adhesion to paper, and the ability to fire reliably from the print head without clogging.

After the ink has dried on paper, the binder help forms a durable, protective film so the pigment colorants will not move even if water is splashed on the printout.

Meanwhile, the ColourSphere toner is designed to deliver superb photo-quality on a variety of media, according to HP. It offers up to 40% higher gloss and 158% wider colour-gamut, compared to earlier products.

Next is CE278A, HP’s latest breakthrough in monochrome toner technology.

Thanks to a smaller, patented spherical cartridge design, it is possible to have increased precision of toner placement on paper while reducing the printer’s footprint.

For instance, the HP LaserJet P1566 auto-duplex printer, which uses the CE278A toner cartridge, has a 26% smaller footprint than the previous model that doesn’t.

HP announced that these consumables are also available in high-volume XL cartridges and Dual-Pack sets, which provide customers with cost savings of up to 37%, compared to buying the products singly or in normal-sized cartridges.

Prices for the HP 940 inks start from RM55 while the ColourSphere and CE278A toners are priced from RM180.

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