Today in Products: IBM and Xerox all-in-one releases


Bell Canada, Nortel and NewHeights introduce new VoIP business offering
Bell Canada, Nortel and NewHeights Software announced the release of the Bell Canada Personal Communication Manager (PCM) solution. The Bell Canada PCM is a PC-based soft-client that features voice, messaging and multimedia communications that can be used in the office or while working remotely.

The PC-based solution allows users to communicate and collaborate between colleagues, work groups or with external customers. Users are able to undock their laptop and carry the same telephone and messaging services and profile that they use at their corporate desktop. The Bell Canada PCM also enables users to initiate calls and multiparty conferences with point-and-click, know the telephony and messaging status of their colleagues with real-time presence and availability information, and access over 250-features all through a PC interface.


Lexmark introduces two monochrome laser AIOs for small workgroup users
Lexmark Canada Inc. introduced the Lexmark X340 monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) printer series, catering to small workgroups.

The Lexmark X340 series features printing, copying, faxing and scanning through one networked device that can be shared by multiple users. It also features a small footprint.

The Lexmark X340 series offers print speeds up to 27 pages per minute and includes two models. The Lexmark X340n is supported by a 2,500-page toner cartridge and is available for an estimated street price of $399. For higher print volumes, the Lexmark X342n can also accommodate a high-yield 6,000-page toner cartridge for an estimated street price of $449.

The Lexmark X340 series includes PCL 6 emulation, 64MB of standard memory and a USB 2.0 port to process jobs. For fax features, a 33.6 KBs modem and 10 fax speed dials are built-in, as well as a 50-page automatic document feeder. The Lexmark X340 series also has an optional 500-sheet drawer for an estimated street price of $220 that can handle a number of standard-sized papers.

The Lexmark X340 series will be available in June through Lexmark channel partners and major office retailers.

Xerox introduces three MFP systems
Xerox Corp. announced three multifunction systems that allow users to monitor, track and manage how many colour prints, copies, faxes and scans are made, helping offices to manage printing costs.

The Xerox WorkCentre 7655 and 7665 are aimed at the mid- to high-volume office and departmental market, along with the Xerox WorkCentre 7132, aimed at SMB workgroups. All three come equipped with Xerox Standard Accounting, software that monitors how many and what kind of pages are produced. Network administrators and IT managers can access Xerox Standard Accounting through the Web for a printable report that tracks scans and faxes and shows how much each user is printing and copying, both in colour and black and white.

The Xerox WorkCentre 7655 and 7665 can print at 40 pages per minute in colour and 55 ppm in black and white and copy at 50 ppm in colour and 65 ppm in black and white. The Xerox WorkCentre 7132 is targeted at SMB workgroups that need monochrome multifunction features, colour scanning and the ability to occasionally print in colour. Printing and copying up to 32 ppm black and white and eight ppm colour, the WorkCentre 7132 multifunction printer produces images with true 1200 x 600 dpi print resolution. The systems were unveiled at AIIM/On Demand, a major conference and exhibition for the document imaging industry.

List prices start at US$20,300 for the WorkCentre 7655; US$25,600 for the WorkCentre 7665; and US$7,999 for the WorkCentre 7132. All three will be available in early June.

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