Press Release:

HP Redefines Office Printing with Exceptional Color Output at Black and White Print Speeds

HP Color LaserJet 4600 Printer Uses In-line Technology to Provide Customers Breakthrough Performance and Quality

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced the HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer, offering customers industry-leading color laser technology with breakthrough performance, ease-of-use and output quality.

Designed to meet the high-volume, high-quality color printing needs of any size business, the aggressively priced HP Color LaserJet 4600 is the first printer to use HP's in-line technology. Four front-loading print cartridges are stacked one on top of the other, delivering color to several types of media in a single pass. The result is four times the print speed of its predecessor product, which required a separate pass for each of the cyan, yellow, magenta and black colors.

With color documents becoming a vital component in today's workplace, advertising and graphic design agency Oliver, Russell and Associates began using the HP Color LaserJet 4600 as their office network printer. "Color is really critical to us," said Kristy Weyhrich, design director, Oliver, Russell and Associates. "With the HP Color LaserJet 4600, we get prints just as fast in color as we do in black in white. A job that previously would have taken 30 minutes now takes only 10."

The HP Color LaserJet 4600 prints letter-size documents at 17 pages per minute in both color and monochrome. A new 400 MHz processor and industry-leading standard memory configurations that are expandable to 416 MB help ensure the printer performs at its full potential at all times. Innovative firmware and hardware enhancements also reduce forced calibrations, maximizing printer uptime. Additionally, an inductive heat fuser enables quick printing starting with the first page out of the device.

In addition to significant speed increases, the HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer exhibits outstanding print image quality. "HP has developed several unique algorithms which, when combined with HP supplies, provide superior print quality," said Dave Johnson, color and imaging science manager, HP Imaging and Printing Group. "The result is crisper text and detailed graphics that set us apart from the competition."

Specific technological advancements from HP to enhance output quality include:

  • trapping technology, which greatly reduces the effects of misaligned colors, preventing the white from the paper appearing in between the color text and graphics;
  • edge control features, which smooth the jagged edges often seen on medium-colored text and graphics; and
  • improved, chemically grown toner and contact development, which ensures accurate and consistent print quality. In addition, fewer supplies are needed because HP's toner uses a fuser release agent in each toner particle rather than separate fusing oil. This decreases the mechanical complexity of the system and eliminates the risk of oil contamination.
In addition, with genuine HP Smart Print Cartridges, dynamic electrophotographic adjustments are made throughout cartridge life, ensuring consistent print quality.(1)

The HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer is also extremely easy to use. The control panel displays text, supplies status gauges and animated graphics simultaneously with an intuitive user interface.(1) A front access panel also provides an easy way to replace supplies and troubleshoot while at the same time minimizing the workspace needed to interact with the printer.


For information technology managers, the HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer includes an embedded Web server that allows remote device management from a standard Web browser or through the installation of HP Webjet Admin. Internet-enabled supplies ordering from the printer and job accounting are just a few of the services available.

Third-party e-services are also an option, offering secure document delivery via the Internet, online video presentations for easy printer maintenance, automatic printing capabilities and more.

Availability and Pricing

HP Color LaserJet 4600 printers are expected to be available in North America in June and worldwide in July for the following U.S. estimated street prices:

Product Price(2)

HP LaserJet 4600 $1,999
HP LaserJet 4600dn $2,499
HP LaserJet 4600dtn $3,399
HP LaserJet 4600hdn $3,899

Between June 4 and Aug. 31, 2002, U.S. customers who purchase a qualifying HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer can also receive a complete copy of Microsoft® Publisher Deluxe with Photo Editing, Version 2002 through HP's "Color in House" promotion.

Together, Microsoft Publisher Deluxe 2002 and the HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer give business users the right combination of customizable templates, design guidance and desktop publishing tools to create their own printed business collateral and marketing materials. Complete terms and conditions are available at

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP merged with Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. The merged company had combined revenue of approximately $81.7 billion in fiscal 2001 and operations in more than 160 countries. More information about HP is available at

(1) Certain features only available when using HP genuine supplies.

(2) Actual prices may vary.

Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's annual report on Form 10-K, as amended on January 30, 2002, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2001, HP's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2002 (as filed with the SEC on March 12, 2002) and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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