UMAX UK in conjunction with Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies have announced the
introduction of a new range of Digital Photo Printers.
The HiTi range currently consists of two printers, the 630PL and the 630PS.
Aimed at Digital camera owners, amateur and professional photographers, and
High Street photographic shops offering print-on-demand services. The printers
are compact with a small footprint, taking up very little desk space.
Both printers use Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer technology (D2T2) to provide
high quality, 4"x 6", continuous toned prints with a gloss finish,
and the 'feel' of a real photograph. According to UMAX the D2T2 offers several
advantages over inkjet prints, including -
- The continuous toned print is visually more pleasing
than the visible dots often seen on inkjet prints.
- The printing process includes an automatic lamination layer which protects
the print from water and other liquids and extends the longevity of the print
providing longer archival properties. The lamination layer also provides the
high gloss feel.
D2T2 uses a print ribbon impregnated with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow dyes, plus
the lamination layer. Consumable packs contain 50 sheets of paper plus a print
ribbon, providing 4"x 6" borderless prints with a tear-off strip at
each end for loading/handling. Also available are packs of Self-adhesive stickers
of various sizes.
The HiTi630PL uses a USB connection to a Windows computer, (a Macintosh driver
is being developed).
The HiTi630PS also offers a USB connection, but can be used as a stand-alone
printing device. Through its built in Compact Flash Card and Smart Media card
readers, the printer can print any image contained on the cards. The 630PS incorporates
a small wired handset featuring a colour LCD screen and several control buttons.
The screen displays the images contained on the memory cards and provides a
variety of options relating print set-up.
Photo Dsire is the simple to use software and printer driver
for setting up images ready for printing. It includes standard manipulation
features such as contrast and brightness, rotation options and resizing along
with printer related settings for print quantities. The bundle includes MGI
PhotoSuite for advanced image manipulation.
The HiTi Printers are available immediately with a Suggested Retail price of
199 for the 630PL and 249 for the 630PS. Standard media packs
containing 50 sheets and new 50 image ribbons should retail at 19.99.
The distributors are Photomart on 020 8558 1116.
Product information can be obtained from UMAX Sales on 0870 906 4400 or visiting
the www.umax.co.uk web site.