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On the 25th anniversary of ink-jet printers, Hewlett-Packard, the developer of such devices, announced the worldwide release of the new HP Officejet Pro X, the world’s fastest desktop printer as recognized by Guinness World Records. The printer can print up to 70 pages per minute.

HP Officejet Pro X Series color printers and MFPs deliver up to twice the speed and half the printing cost compared with laser printers, according to HP. Powered by HP PageWide Technology – the company’s new-generation inkjet platform – the HP Officejet Pro X Series can deliver high-quality professional documents at up to 70 pages per minute (ppm), making it the fastest desktop printer according to Guinness World Records.

HP PageWide Technology delivers four colors of original HP pigment ink at one time onto a moving sheet of paper. As the paper moves, the printhead remains stationary, allowing the HP Officejet Pro X Series to print quickly and quietly. The standard 500-sheet main paper tray lets SMBs save more time with fewer printing interruptions.

Designed to meet the demanding and unique needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the HP Officejet Pro X is revolutionizing business printing by increasing productivity, reducing costs and promoting the value of inkjet technology in the workplace.

The HP Officejet Pro X series is now shipping worldwide. Single-function models start at $449, and MFPs start at $649.

“SMB customers constantly look for ways to save money and do more with less. The new HP Officejet Pro X Series is an ideal solution that delivers professional printing at a faster rate and cheaper cost than laser printers, while generating significantly less waste,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president of inkjet and printing solutions and graphics solutions business at printing and rersonal systems group at HP.

HP launched the HP Deskjet, the world’s first single-sheet inkjet printer in February 1988. Originally priced at $995, the first HP Deskjet featured an average speed of 2 ppm. Since the first HP Deskjet printer was introduced in 1988, HP has continued to innovate in the inkjet market with the HP Photosmart and HP Officejet brands, and has shipped nearly 600 million inkjet printers. Today, HP’s inkjet portfolio has transformed into high-speed, lightweight printers with a multitude of features, including wireless web connectivity, cloud services and enterprise management solutions.

“As organizations continue to identify ways to increase productivity and reduce operating costs, the use of inkjets in the office will continue to grow. We expect business inkjet devices to take a greater share of the office printing market, and anticipate that worldwide placements of business inkjet devices will grow from 14.7 million in 2011 to 18.9 million in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2%,” said Zac Butcher, director of digital peripherals solutions consulting service Europe at InfoTrends.

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