Lexmark, a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing and imaging solutions, introduced today three new laser printers which is targeted at small to midsize workgroups. Laser technology is pretty good these days fast and silent, you can get also a laser cutter to engrave in other materials from Boss Laser.
The two color models – X546dtn color laser MFP and C546dtn – according to the company, can print up to 25 pages per minute for both color and black and white print jobs. They have a 1200dpi print resolution, automatic duplexing and quite operating noise levels.
The X546dtn MFP has fax, copy and scan capabilities with a 600-dpi resolution. It is sold at $999 while the C546dtn is available in the market for $699.
The E462DTN, new black-and-white model, has a printing capacity of 40 pages per minute and features a more compact design. Replacement toner cartridges can spew out up to 18,000 pages J. This unit is sells for $849.
All three new models has a 500-sheet paper capacity and connects via USB 2.0 or built-in 10/100 Ethernet.
Released for the Mac earlier this year in collaboration with Vision Objects, the Pulse Smartpen is a pen with a built-in flash drive that can record what you write or draw. When used with Livescribe’s special paper, the pen can record any sound going on as you write things down.
So what’s new for this device?
Livescribe. The Pulse Smartpen’s maker just announced the release of MyScript for Livescribe. Mac users can now have handwriting-to-text transcription, something that was lacking on the previous versions of the device. MyScript allows Pulse Smartpen users to edit handwritten notes in Word, cover shapes, drawing, and tables, and even create a dictionary of frequently used words.
You can get your 1GB Smartpen version for $150 or you can opt to get the 2GB model which is sold for $200.
The MyScript for Livescribe software is available as a free 30-day trial from Vision Objects then you will be needing $30 if you want to activate your copy of the software.
Only those Intel-based Macs running on OS X 10.4 or 10.5 can use MyScript though as it not compatible with the older versions.
Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry, has announced last yesterday that a version of its smartphones’ desktop software will be available for Apple computers on September.
Users can now sync their iTunes playlists, calendars, contracts, notes, and tasks from their Mac. Adding applications on your BlackBerry is also allowed and multiple handsets can now be managed on their computers.
There’s a catch though. RIM said that only Mac OS X versions 10.5.5 and up will be supported, so those Mac users who haven’t updated Leopard or those running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger likely won’t be able to run the software.