HP Intros Dry Minilab

HP Intros Dry Minilab

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Referring to the introduction as “a publishing solution that gives retailers the opportunity to expand the breadth and quality of their in-store photo services” HP today introduced the Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer a dry, inkjet minilab capable of producing traditional single-sided photo prints as well as duplex photo book pages and calendars in a single machine in retail.

“Retailers using the Minilab can increase their operating efficiency by vastly reducing energy consumption – saving up to $1,097 per year – eliminating hazardous chemicals and water consumption, and lowering labor costs by up to $10,541 per year,” the company claimed in a released statement.

Beginning this month, Kmart and Ted’s Camera in Australia are the first retailers to implement the HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer in their stores. The Minilab also is available for installations in the United States and Europe, with deployments by retailers in these regions expected in the coming months.

“The HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer will allow Kmart to offer our customers arguably the best quality photo books in retail all within one hour, while using HP technology to reduce the environmental footprint of our photo centers,” said Adam Gradon, divisional merchandise manager, Entertainment, Kmart Australia Ltd.

The HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer delivers lab-quality photos as fast as 1,500 prints per hour in up to 16 different single-sided print sizes as well as the two main duplex photo book sizes. The system uses specially designed inks and papers to create smudge-, water- and fade-resistant prints that retain vivid, accurate colors for more than 200 years, HP stated.

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