ARS Technica reports HP has presented a new line of Edgeline high-volume inkjet printers for businesses. These printers are so efficient that they won't be available for direct sales, instead they will need to be rented:
See, the printers use a new technology where the print head—which is the entire width of the paper—remains stationary as the paper moves through the printer. The print head applies a hydrophilic bonding agent to the paper before the ink is applied, resulting in near-instant drying.
One of the new models is the HP CM8060 Color, which prints at 60 pages per minute in monochrome and 50 ppm in color at a resolution of 600x1200 dots per inch. The printer understands both HP's PCL language as well as PostScript, and comes with both a fax and scanner built in.
The company considers the new line of printers to be the biggest launch since it introduced the original LaserJet series back in 1984.
In a departure from its usual sales practices, HP will only be offering these printers under a managed HP print contract: they will not be available for direct sales to either customers or retailers.
The company claims the new Edgeline printers reduce the total operating costs by at least 30 percent over traditional printers.