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HP Colour Olympics

158 products launched at marathon event

Electronics giant HP launched no fewer than 158 products at its Colour Olympics event in Athens this week, giving journalists from around the world the opportunity to take a closer look.

Some of the most impressive products were the Photosmart 7960, the first commercially available eight-ink photo printer. It uses three separate ink cartridges including the HP No 59 grey photo print cartridge — also previewed at the event.

According to HP, this new cartridge will improve the quality of both black-and-white and colour photo printing. The £249 Photosmart has a built-in 2.5in LCD panel and features a one-touch red-eye removal tool.

Two transparent scanners were also on display — the Scanjet 4600 and 4670. Looking a little bit like empty picture frames at just 17mm thick, they are the thinnest scanners on the market. Their see-through cases give a unique view of the scanning process, and these units will even scan things vertically such as a picture on a wall. The 4600 comes in at £149 while the 4670 is £179.

The Photosmart 945 is a sub-£400 5.3Mp (megapixel) digital camera with a 56x zoom. The 945 makes use of adaptive lighting technology to rebalance the contrast of pictures and counteract the effect of light and shadow, while built-in help wizards offer a guide to the camera's functions.

HP was also showing off projectors, colour laser printers, notebooks and PCs from the Pavilion range. Delegates were treated to a sneak peek at some preproduction hardware including a media centre PC.

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