Product of the Month

Apple iPad

Is it a book? Is it a phone? No, it's a super gadget - Apple's iPad, the most hyped tech product of 2010.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs played down the relevance of tablet computers when rival IT firms launched versions earlier in the decade based on arch-rival operating system Windows, and then, in the run-up to its eventual announcement at the beginning of this year, rumours were flying around about Apple's take on the tablet, which of course was the iPad.

So what changed? Technology and behaviour. Apple nailed the touchscreen interface with its iPod Touch and iPhone in a way that previous technologies hadn't quite managed, while everyone seemed to be getting the hang of massively multitasking. Mobile phones were getting more

Ricoh C720

Ricoh's C720 and C720S stand out from the rest of the light production crowd in one respect; they keep churning out pages at their rated speed of 72 A4 ppm regardless of the weight of the paper or whether it is coated or not. Most machines with the light production tag sprint along at rated speed on skinny stocks, but slow down to half, or even a third, of that as the paper gets thicker.

In fact, Ricoh's professional printing solutions marketing manager Karen Lawrence is trying to coin a term to

Canon imagePress C7010

Canon originally set out its Ipex agenda as being about applications and business development for customers, with Mark Lawn, Canon Europe professional print solutions marketing manager, stating prior to the show and shortly after the launch of its ImageRunner light production colour machines that: "We're not dominated by product launches, there's no need - we have a full portfolio. Customers are telling us that they need support and not endless product launches."

Come the show and Canon had a

Kodak Prosper 5000XL

What at Drupa was the Stream Concept press, hidden behind a curtain and only visible to the privileged few, at Ipex was a reality that took centre stage on Kodak's stand - the Prosper 5000XL colour press.

At the heart of the Prosper is Kodak's Stream inkjet technology, in effect an evolution of the continuous inkjet that Kodak has been using for close to 40 years.

Kodak claims that continuous can fire droplets under higher pressure than drop-on-demand. This, it claims, prevents nozzle blockages