Deskjet is a brand name for inkjet printers manufactured by Hewlett-Packard. These printers range from small domestic to large industrial models, although the largest models in the range have generally been dubbed DesignJet. The Macintosh-compatible equivalent was branded as the Deskwriter and competed with Apple's StyleWriter, and the all-in-one equivalent is called Photosmart.
HP began making inkjet printers with the Thinkjet in 1984, but it took four years to create the "breakthrough" product.
In 1988, HP introduced the first DeskJet. It included a built-in cut sheet feeder. This was followed by the DeskJet Plus in 1989, and then the DeskJet 500 in 1990. Meanwhile, HP introduced the Deskwriter for the Macintosh in 1989, based on the DeskJet Plus.
By 1987, the world's first color inkjet printer, the PaintJet, was introduced. It was successful that HP introduced a version of the DeskJet capable of color printing, the DeskJet 500C, in 1991, which is also HP's first 300 dpi color printer. It was replaced by the DeskJet 550C in 1992, and then the DeskJet 560C in 1994.
Meanwhile, HP introduced the DeskJet Portable in 1992. It was designed to be easily portable. It was targeted at mobile professionals. It was replaced by the HP DeskJet 320 in 1994.
Today, HP sells various Deskjets.
See also 
- "HP Deskjet Printers and All-in-ones." HP Deskjet Printers and All-in-ones. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2012. <http://www.hp.com/products1/inkjetprinter/deskjet.html>.
- "HP Designjet: Future-Ready Printer." Hewlett-Packard, Oct.-Nov. 2011. Web. 23 Nov. 2012. <http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/pscmisc/vac/us/product_pdfs/Designjet_Family_Guide2011.pdf>.
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