By Andrew Liszewski
At CES earlier this year we were reluctantly dragged into a demo of Memjet’s high-speed inkjet printer technology. And while it’s hard to get excited about consumer-level printer technology, we ended up being rather impressed by their hardware which spat out full-color, 1600 dpi prints at a rate of about 12 inches per second. Which equates to 60 x A4 pages every minute. At the show we were told that Lenovo was one of the first companies to license the technology, but it looks like LG is about to beat them to the market with their appropriately named Machjet color printer.
Like the prototypes we saw at CES, the Machjet LPP6010N uses Memjet’s proprietary PSA (page straight array) printhead technology which crams more than 70,000 nozzles onto a single head, allowing it to produce 60 full-color, 1600×800 dpi outputs per minute. And while consuming less power, 32W compared to a color laser printer which uses 600W, and less ink. The Machjet is expected to be available from LG dealers starting this month, but the last real question when it comes to whether or not this technology will catch on, the price, hasn’t been specified yet.