When color laser printers showed up last year, the pricey units were more impressive for their speed and ability to print in volume than for print quality. That's changing with a new generation: The Color LaserJet 5 series from Hewlett-Packard (800 752-0900), starting at $6,000, can print color images at the equivalent of 1,200 dots per inch without the graininess or color bands of earlier models. The printer turns out black-only pages at 10 per minute, color at 2 or 3 a minute. HP says the cost of toner and developer is as low as 9 cents for a typical color page.
BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.