Hewlett-Packard has released a personal colour inkjet printer with flexible connectivity options suited to mixed networks in small businesses or workgroups. The DeskJet 870Cxi Professional Series can be connected to a Macintosh or Intel-compatible standalone PCs, hooked up instantly to a peer-to-peer network or installed with a print server. Peter Shum, product marketing manager for HP Hong Kong's computer products organisation, said the printing demands from businesses required versatile output. 'They want flexible connections for different platforms and protocols, they want speed and they want to be networked,' Mr Shum said. 'This is also a colour printer and it gives them a much lower running cost than other inkjet printers. 'You don't want to wait all day for a printout and if you want a quick colour job then it's not a big problem.' It delivers output of up to eight pages per minute and colour printing at up to four pages per minute, depending on the density of the ink coverage. Mr Shum said when used with a JetDirect EX Plus print server, the printer would cater to an odd person out in a mixed network, using a different driver for a different network client. The printer is designed to cope with a heavy duty work cycle of 1,000 pages per month and has an on-board Risc processor to speed up the data throughput. 'This is a host-based system for printing that gives the printer the ability to work on the print job at the same time as the processor in the computer.