Hewlett-Packard, the leader in laser printers, has announced the release of the HP Color LaserJet. The machine will ship with 8MB of PAM standard and will have a color resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch). The monochrome print resolution will be 600 dpi. The printer will be equipped with the PCL 5 printer control language with color extensions and 35 fonts. Color print speeds will range between one and two pages per minute; monochrome will be ten pages per minute. Initial list price is $6,000, but this is expected to drop below $5,000 within a year.
Other models are expected to follow, with one of the earliest being designed specifically for the Macintosh market.
Hewlett-Packard also has introduced a color inkjet: the HP 450 DeskJet. Priced at $365, the printer has an interchangeable cartridge. For color printing, users need only replace the black ink cartridge with a three-color (cyan, yellow, and magenta) cartridge.