Lexington-based printer maker Lexmark International gave details Monday of eight new all-in-one inkjet printers, including the industry's first line of Web-connected models, which it will release this fall.
Web connectivity has become the newest trend in printing, with Hewlett-Packard recently announcing its first such device. Lexmark's line will include three, all of which connect to the Internet and use a 4.3-inch touch screen to showcase online items.
Unlike HP's, which is primarily consumer-oriented with features including printing coloring pages for kids, Lexmark's aims to simplify time-consuming tasks at small and medium-size businesses.
For example, users can scan in business cards on the printer, and the printer can automatically connect to the user's e-mail and add the details to the contact list.
"Our approach to the market is unique with these new products as they are the only Web-connected inkjet all-in-ones developed to help small and medium businesses cut costs, improve their processes and reduce their carbon footprint," Paul Rooke, who heads Lexmark's inkjet division, said in a statement.
The printers will range in price from $199 to $399.
The touch-screen models also utilize what Lexmark calls "SmartSolutions," which allows users to customize certain tasks, including faxing a certain group of people, scanning to e-mail templates and printing two-sided identification cards.
Other new features are separate ink tanks and wireless capability on all eight models, including Wireless-N.
The products will begin shipping in September.