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| [MACWORLD Expo/Tokyo] Alps, HP Japan Showcase Printers in Five Colors
February 23, 1999 (TOKYO) -- At the Consumer Showcase booth at MACWORLD
Expo/Tokyo '99, Alps Electric Co., Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd.
showed prototype printers for the iMac in five semi-transparent colors.
Expo/Tokyo '99 was held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba prefecture, near
Tokyo from Feb. 18-20.
Alps Electric exhibited a color version of the MD-5000 released
in October 1998 in strawberry, blueberry, grape, lime and tangerine.
The MD-5000 is a high-resolution printer based on Alps' original technology,
Micro Dry method, realizing 2,400 dpi. It has an option to be compatible
with dye sublimation printing.
The company sold the MD-5000i (a limited model released late in 1998)
in bondi blue, the same color as the iMac, and it was successful. The
MD-5000 in five different colors is likely to debut as well.
HP Japan also exhibited a version of Deskjet 895Cxi in the
five colors. It is an ink jet printer released in late 1998. It has
not yet been decided whether these prototypes will go on sale.
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