Alps has added to its range of printers with a colour desktop model claiming photographic quality images. The MD-1300 is an addition to the MicroDry series, and provides continuous tone printing with no visible dots. The machine will be shipping from this April, with a price tag of #499. Aimed at graphic designers and photography enthusiasts, the MD-1300 can print in either photographic quality or standard mode. It is capable of resolutions of up to 1.200dpi on Alps' own-brand photo-realistic paper, or on standard laser printer paper with a glossy finish. The MD-1300 has an average print speed of approximately 15 minutes per page in photorealistic mode. The printer uses Alps Standard Micro-Dry inks, which, unusually, include a white ink so users can print on coloured media and transfers for printing on fabric. A range of metallic inks is also available. It is both PC and Mac compatible, and the package includes Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 software. "We realised that we had to produce a printer that offers more flexibility to the digital environment," explained Judy Costigan, printer product manager with Alps in Ireland. Alps: 00800 2255 2577 (www.alps.ie).
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