HP Unveils Fastest Large-Format Color and Monochrome Printing Portfolio on the Market
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HP Unveils Fastest Large-Format Color and Monochrome Printing Portfolio on the Market

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Apr 09, 2015 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today introduced a new portfolio of HP PageWide XL Printers, offering the fastest large-format production printing available in color and black-and-white(1).

HP PageWide XL Printers do the job of two printers in one single device, providing monochrome and color prints at breakthrough speeds up to 60 percent faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printer(2).

The new printers will enable reprographic houses, print service providers (PSPs), enterprise central reprographic departments (CRDs) and print corners to produce computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and will open new business opportunities with geographic information system (GIS) maps, point-of-sale applications and posters.

"Our large-format printing customers are continually exploring ways to improve productivity, streamline workflow and reduce costs," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Imaging and Printing, HP. "The HP PageWide XL Printers announced today deliver what our customers have been seeking for years and will revolutionize the production printing market, offering affordable, high-quality black-and-white and color output in a single device at the fastest speeds available."

HP PageWide XL Printers are the first products introduced under the new HP PageWide sub-brand. Based on proven HP PageWide Technology, which currently powers HP Inkjet Web Presses, HP business printers and will be scaled for upcoming HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion™ printers, the new portfolio delivers on the announcement made last year, providing low operation costs driven by life-long printheads, high ink efficiency and cloud-based support. The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio includes:

"Changing customer demands have caused us to look for opportunities to address the print needs of new markets, including advertising and communication, in addition to servicing our core customer base of architecture, engineering and construction firms," said Chuck Wingard, president and owner, Tree Towns Imaging & Color Graphics. "The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer will enable us to streamline our workflow with one printer for a variety of high-quality black-and-white and color jobs at high speeds and will fill the gap between our existing technology to better service our diverse customer base."

Streamlining large-format printing workflow increases productivity
The production printing market has traditionally been led by monochrome-only LED printers, requiring customers to also operate large-format inkjet color printers to address color jobs. The new printers consolidate workflow to deliver mixed black-and-white and color prints in half the time it would take to manually collate documents produced on multiple printers(3). In addition, a full portfolio of scanning and finishing solutions, including the HP Designjet HD and SD Pro Scanners and new HP PageWide XL Printer accessories, such as the HP PageWide XL online folder, top stacker and high-capacity stacker, enable customers to build efficient end-to end workflows around HP PageWide XL Printers and free up the operator.

HP SmartStream software for HP PageWide XL Printers reduces time spent preparing and processing jobs by 50 percent(4). It also reduces reprints with native PDF management powered by Adobe® PDF Print Engine 3 and offers a true color print preview with interactive HP Crystal Preview technology to turn operator efficiency into operating profit.

New large-format supplies
HP PageWide XL Pigment Inks increase print quality with crisp lines, fine detail and smooth grayscales that are superior to LED prints(5). HP PageWide XL Pigment Inks also provide dark blacks, vivid colors, and moisture and fade resistance even on uncoated bond paper at high speeds(6).

New HP large-format printing materials up to 40 inches (1 meter) meet ISO/U.S. technical and offset standard page sizes(7) and provide quick-dry, smear resistant prints. New media to accompany the HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio includes HP Universal Bond Paper for technical applications, HP Production Matte Polypropylene to produce roll-up banners, and HP Production Matte, Gloss, and Satin Poster Papers for point-of-sale applications and poster production.

The HP PageWide XL 8000 series Printers will be available beginning in September 2015(8). Other devices in the HP PageWide XL portfolio will be made incrementally available between November 2015 and January 2016 in select countries worldwide. Specific country releases will follow.

Additional information about the HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/PageWideXL2015 and at http://www.hp.com/go/PageWideXL. Product videos and updates are available on Twitter and on YouTube.

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(1)  Printing at up to 30 D/A1 pages/minute and up to 1500 D/A1 pages/hour, 
     the HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer is faster than alternatives for large- 
     format printing of technical documents, GIS maps, and point-of-sale    
     (POS) posters under $200,000 USD as of March, 2015 including 36-inch   
     wide LED printers (printing up 22 D/A1 pages/minute) and wide-format   
     printers based on Memjet technology (printing up to 800 D/A1           
     pages/hour). Based on internal HP testing of the HP PageWide XL 8000   
     Printer in line drawing print mode on uncoated bond paper printing in  
     D/A1 landscape.                                                        
(2)  With a maximum linear speed of 23 meters/minute (75 feet/minute), the  
     HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer is 60 percent faster than the KIP 9900     
     printer which, at 14 meters/minute (47 ft/minute), is the fastest rated
     LED printer as of March 2015.                                          
(3)  Validated by an internal HP test measuring the total time needed to    
     prepare, print and manually collate a 100-page document with 10 color  
(4)  Conclusion based on an HP internal test measuring the time required to 
     extract pages from a 50-page document and print them using several     
     printers compared with using equivalent software programs.             
(5)  Based on HP internal testing with internal users and external          
     customers, evaluating overall print quality and specific print         
     attributes (gray neutrality, fill area uniformity, line quality and    
     text quality) for output produced with HP PageWide XL Printers and LED 
     printers from different manufacturers that represent greater than 50   
     percent of the annual shipments of LED printers in North America as of 
     2014 according to IDC.                                                 
(6)  Based on HP internal testing. Evaluation of prints produced with HP    
     PageWide XL Printers and HP PageWide XL Pigment Ink shows equivalent or
     better results compared to prints produced with HP 970/971/980 inks    
     that are fade and moisture resistant per ISO 11798 Permanence and      
     Durability Methods certification.                                      
(7)  ISO/U.S. technical and offset standards include American ANSI and      
     Architectural page size standards, ISO A technical document standard   
     and ISO B offset page size standard.                                   
(8)  Early units of the HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer will begin shipping in  
     July 2015.                                                             

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