HP DeskJet 870Cxi Printer
Review by Al Giovetti, 09/29/96
Price: $499 street ($599 U.S. list)
Genre: Ink Jet Printer
Warranty: One (1) year
Speed: 4 pages per minute (ppm) in color and 8 ppm in black and white
Resolution: 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 8.9 in x 17.5 in x 15.6 in
Weight: 6.5 kg (14.3 lb)
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Phone: visit your local HP-authorized reseller
Web site: http://www.dmo.hp.com/peripherals/printers/dj870cxi.html#SUMMARY

Company line: Whether you're working in a small or large company or from a home office, the HP DeskJet 870Cxi Professional Series color ink-jet printer lets you create stunning business documents. HP's RealLife Imaging System with Color Resolution Enhancement technology (C-REt) delivers the most vivid colors and sharpest blacks available in ink-jet printing. You'll enjoy clear, brilliant color effortlessly with HP ColorSmart technology.

The HP DeskJet 870Cxi printer handles a wide variety of media, from labels and envelopes to transparencies and specialty papers, plus manual two-sided printing. And you get the most extensive professional font collection on the market. Whatever the size of your office, the HP DeskJet 870Cxi color printer is the ideal affordable solution for enhancing your business image.

This printer is very reliable and because it is Hewlett-Packard (HP) you do not have to worry about reliability or compatibility. The highest level of resolution at 600 x 600 dpi is better than many early lasers and lasers still in service. The foot print is small at 17.5 in x 15.6 inches and a height of 8.9 inches.

The reliability has been tested to 60,000 black pages, 20,000 mean times between failures (MTBF), and 2,000 hours with power turned on. The recommended service usage is 1,000 black and 160 color pages per month. Power saving feature saves 75% of power usage over other desk jets in the HP line.

Powerful RISC processor gives you the flexibility to create documents with impact on a variety of platforms, including standalone DOS, Macintosh, and Windows. Robust print engine handles complex documents. DeskJet 870C printers come with the largest offering of professional fonts available in a personal color printer, including 110 TrueType Windows fonts available through FontSmart (and 16 more through the HP DeskJet font collection); 27 TrueType fonts for Macintosh customers; and 26 built-in scalable typefaces for stand-alone DOS users.

Includes HP's "Ready, Set, Create!" Print Kit featuring a CD-ROM containing professionally-designed business communications templates, which make creating effective color business documents easy. Additionally, how-to guides and HP Sample Paper Pack are included. HP Toolbox simplifies printing with fast, on-demand messaging and troubleshooting, context-sensitive online help, walk-through tutorials and online status.

DeskJet 870C printers come with a one-year limited warranty. A three year express exchange service plan is $85.