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article imageLexmark First To Offer Stackable PC Printer

By Shannon Lyman     Sep 4, 2001 in Technology
LEXINGTON, Ky - Lexmark International, Inc. will launch this Fall a revolutionary printer for both computer and interactive TV users. Combining Lexmark's signature photo-quality output and ease-of-use features with a stunning new design, the Lexmark i3 color printer offers consumers a whole new way to print. Measuring only four inches in height and resembling a small VCR, the compact i3 is space efficient, allowing it to fit any environment.
When attached to an interactive TV set top box, the i3 allows users to print photos, email, and email attachments, as well as document t-commerce activities such as banking and online shopping.
With a self-contained, stackable front-loading paper tray, front access for all print functions and easy cartridge installation, the i3 offers the utmost in convenience and usability. The LEDs on the front panel automatically alert the user when ink levels are low, helping to ensure timely purchases of replacement cartridges. The i3's sharp black cover and silver detail give the printer a contemporary, modern look - ideally suited to complement today's home entertainment centers.
"Lexmark has built its business around delivering industry-leading resolution, fast print speeds and advanced features at breakthrough price points," said Tim Craig, Lexmark vice president and president of the company's Consumer Printer Division. "The i3 is a dual-purpose printer that meets the growing needs of consumers looking to print via interactive TV as well as those looking for a photo-quality inkjet that fits virtually anywhere, thanks to its exclusive stackable design."
The i3 is capable of achieving industry-leading 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) in black and color on all paper types and boasts a seven picoliter drop size for smooth and even color transitions. The i3 can be upgraded to a dual-head printer with the addition of a black cartridge that adds laser-sharp text to the photo quality achieved with the color cartridge shipped in the box.
With fast print speeds of up to eight pages per minute (ppm) in black and four ppm in color, and Lexmark's signature features, such as the Accu-Feed paper handling system, the i3 is well suited to handle traditional home printing needs. The i3's capabilities and features may vary depending on your set top box and cable operator.
For added functionality and value, the i3 offers USB connectivity and can be used with a traditional PC. Thin and stackable, this design is a must-have for those with limited office space.
The i3 color printer connects directly to set top boxes from the following interactive TV operating systems: MSTV, PowerTV and Linux. When used in PC-attached mode, the i3 is compatible with Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
With an estimated street price of $139, the i3 will be available later this year.
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