HP today unveiled the HP Deskjet 6980 and HP Deskjet 6940 Colour Inkjet Printers that aim to offer speed and quality at an affordable price.

Both models will come with wired Ethernet connections for connecting to a network while the HP Deskjet 6980 Printer also offers wireless printing and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11g/b. It also includes SecureEasySetup that allows users to connect easily with a wireless network in less than ten minutes.

Designed for high-volume printing consumers who need speed the new models promise speeds of up to 36 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 27 ppm in colour.

High-volume HP 339 Black and HP 344 Tri-Colour Inkjet Print Cartridges, an optional 250-sheet paper tray and an automatic two-sided printing accessory are also available for those needing even greater efficiency.

Photos come in resolutions up to 4800-optimised dpi and optional six-ink colour.

With a PictBridge-enabled camera, users can connect to the front USB port and print photos directly without the need for a computer.

Both printers print standard and custom size photos up to 215 x 610 mm panorama prints, with or without borders, and include the HP Photosmart Premier software that allows users to organise, edit and enhance digital photos.

The HP Deskjet 6980 and 6940 Printers support Windows, 98 SE, Me, 2000 Professional, XP and Macintosh Mac OS X v10.2, 10.3 and later.

The recommended street price of the HP Deskjet 6980 is £129 and the HP Deskjet 6940 is £99.

Both printers will be available for purchase in March 2006.