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HP Exclusive Scanning Technology to Deliver Advanced Image Quality and Speed

HP Scanjet 7400C, 7450C and 7490C Scanners to Incorporate Technology with Dual Sensors

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today unveiled an exclusive(1) innovation in scanning technology that will enhance image quality and speed, improving consumers' ability to communicate, collaborate and stay connected through the power of images. Three scanners introduced today -- the HP Scanjet 7400C, 7450C and 7490C scanners -- incorporate the technology for the benefit of busy office professionals.

HP's scanning technology provides leading optical resolution, speed and image quality. This technology allows true 2400 dots-per-inch (dpi) optical resolution for the first time in desktop scanning.

Innovation and Invention

HP scanners with this innovative scanning technology have one 2400-dpi staggered pixel sensor, for high optical resolution, along with one 600-dpi linear pixel sensor, for high speed and excellent image quality when scanning at lower resolutions. By using two separate sensors, HP is able to provide users the higher specifications they demand without sacrificing quality or speed.

The HP technology improves ease-of-use, since the scanner automatically chooses the appropriate sensor for the given scan. For scans that do not require high resolution, the high-speed 600-dpi sensor is used, delivering a four-second preview scan. For scans requiring more exact resolution, such as scanning negatives, the 2400-dpi sensor is used. "Consumers are constantly attracted to higher resolution scanners, yet such scanners don't always deliver better quality," said Kristy Holch, principal at InfoTrends Research Group. "By being first to use two separate sensors for scanning the entire platen at different resolutions, HP has overcome the limitations of today's technology to enhance speed, resolution and value."

HP's scanning technology also enhances image quality because it works in tandem with improved optics in the HP Scanjet 7400C, 7450C and 7490C scanners. The size and quality of a scanner's optics are critical to its ability to resolve small detail.

HP Technology Delivers Fast, Sharp Scans

Combining the innovative technology with 48-bit color depth, legal-size platens, PC and Macintosh compatibility and powerful software, the $499 (2) HP Scanjet 7400C, the $699 (2) HP Scanjet 7450C and the $999 (2) HP Scanjet 7490C scanners provide office professionals exactly what they need to get creative jobs done right. The scanners are expected to be available for purchase in April 2001.

All three scanners have front-panel buttons for one-touch scanning, e-mailing, faxing, filing and launching the optical character recognition program. In addition, a front-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) allows users to select the number of color or black-and-white copies they need. An options button allows users to customize additional destinations for their scans. The scanners also come with a lighted transparency adapter for scanning 35mm slides, negatives and transparencies up to 5x5 inches.

Additionally, the HP Scanjet 7450C and 7490C scanners come with a 50-page capacity automatic document feeder that scans 15 pages per minute.

The HP Scanjet 7400C, 7450C and 7490C scanners support Microsoft® Windows® 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Millennium Edition (Me) and Macintosh OS 8.5 and above. The scanners are expected to support Microsoft Windows 95 by summer 2001.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e?services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.

HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.


(1) The new scanning technology will be exclusive to HP through Nov. 30, 2001.

(2) Estimated U.S. street prices, actual prices may vary.

Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Oct. 31, 2000, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

About HP

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