HP is launching new products at MacExpo 2003 today – the Colour LaserJet 3500 and 3700 and its Business Inkjet 2300 series. The company is also offering show visitors a number of special deals.

HP colour category manager, Katie Palmer, said: "HP is excited to be part of MacExpo 2003. We are working closely with companies such as Apple, Adobe and Gretag to provide state-of-the-art products to Mac users."

In-show special price deals include: £100 off the HP Colour LaserJet 3500 (usual price from £699), £200 off the Colour LaserJet 3700 (usual price £979), and other discounts.

The Colour LaserJet 3500 and 3700 printers are aimed at small business users. The 3500 offers print speeds of 12 pages per minute (ppm), while the 3700 reaches 16ppm, the company claims. Both devices offer 600-x-600dpi and will print 6,000 black or 4,000 colour pages on a single ink cartridge. (At 5 per cent ink coverage).

The printers offer 100-sheet paper feeders, and connect to Macs using USB. Networkable versions of the devices are also available. Pricing follows:

LaserJet 3500: £699; LaserJet 3500n: £799; LaserJet 3700: £1099; LaserJet 3700n: £1349; LaserJet 3700dn: £1649; LaserJet 3700dtn: £1799. Prices exclude VAT.

Business Inkjets

With business users in its sights, HP's Business Inkjet 2300 laser printers offer up to 9ppm (black-&-white) and 5ppm (colour). The company is furnishing only optimized resolution figures, which it claims are "up to 4,800-x-1,200dpi".

These printers integrate a 256MHz dedicated printer processor with up to 320MB memory (64MB standard), and low-res print speeds can be as fast as 26ppm in black, the company promises.

The 2300 series integrate USB 2.0, and carry a 150-sheet paper tray as standard (paper sizes include: A5, A6, B5, legal, executive, envelope). The range handles duplex printing as standard, and are sufficiently robust to handle a duty cycle of 10,000 pages per month. Each individual ink cartridge prints up to 1,750 pages, the company says.

Prices for the range begin at £384, rising to £559 for the network version and £664 for the networkable 2300 with an extra paper input tray.