HP announce third-party test results confirming that their recently introduced
black & white capable photo printing systems offer customers professional-quality
black and white photos that resist noticeable light fading for 115 years.
Last year, the company introduced several HP Photosmart printers that produced
professional-quality black and white photos. HP asked Wilhelm Imaging Research,
Inc. the leading worldwide independent image permanence laboratory, to test
a representative HP printer (the HP Photosmart 7960) for black and white fade
resistance in normal indoor display conditions, when used with the HP 59 gray
photo inkjet print cartridge and HP Premium Plus Photo paper.
Wilhelm Imaging Research, using their standard test methods (see www.wilhelm-research.com
for details), determined that these black and white prints resist fading for
up to 115 years when tested under glass.
Its important for customers to understand that any credible
comparisons of photo permanence must be derived from identical test methodologies,
said Nils Miller, senior ink and media scientist, Imaging and Printing Group,
HP. Wilhelm Imaging Research employs the most stringent and widely
used test methodology on fade resistance. In addition, Wilhelm tests and publishes
results for all major brands, which enables customers to make fair and credible
comparisons between brands.
HP Photosmart printers, including the 145, 245, 7660, 7760 and 7960 products,
are all compatible with the HP 59 gray photo inkjet print cartridge. According
to HPs Image Permanence Lab, when used with HP Premium Plus Photo paper,
these photo capable printers offer similar results as those obtained by Wilhelm
Imaging Research on the HP Photosmart 7960.
Wilhelms tests previously concluded that HPs latest color photo
printing systems offer 73 years fade resistance under display conditions.
The HP printing system
HP offers its consumers professional-looking output by designing reliable, high-quality
and complete printing systems. HP print cartridges, printers and photo papers
are designed together to work together. The dye-based ink cartridges when combined
with HP Premium Plus Photo Papers offer brilliant color and professional-quality
black and white photos with exceptional fade resistance.
Additionally, a recent report from SpencerLab demonstrated that photo enthusiasts
preferred the digital image quality of the eight-ink printing system over conventionally
processed photos. The SpencerLab report was based on consumer-based research
into preferences regarding photographic print quality.
As a leader in home photo printing, HP knows superior image quality
and fade resistance are critical to our customers, said William K.
Smith, general manager and vice president of imaging supplies, media, Imaging
and Printing Group, HP. Through innovation and a commitment to R&D,
HP will continue to lead industry advancements in photo printing.