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Citizen Systems Europe, a leading supplier of portable printers, announced today details of their latest Portable Printer, the PD24.

Following the success of their PD04 portable printer, Citizen have taken the opportunity to update their 4-inch wide portable printer with all the latest technology available in the market.

The new PD24 includes the latest Lithium Ion battery technology, providing high capacity batteries for day-long printer operation, on-board charging or charge via external park-and-charge station.

In a modern connected world, the printer has a range of interfaces including industry standard RS232 serial, Infrared IrDA, USB and of course the latest Bluetooth compatibility making it compatible with PCs, PDAs and specialist handheld terminals.

A key aspect for Citizen is to provide a printer that is both rugged but also stylish and attractive. For too many ruggedised products, the concept of style and compact design seems to have been left behind in favour of increased weight and size. But Citizens PD24, even with its ruggedised design as standard, weighs in at just half a kilo and dimensions of about 6 x 5 x 2 inches.

With the PD24 aimed at applications such as queue busting or restaurant service, the printer is often going to be customer facing so a compact, aesthetically-pleasing design will be very important.

Mark Beauchamp, Marketing Manager for Citizen explained about Citizens history and knowledge of the portable printer market saying, Citizen have been producing portable printers for about 15 years now, with the most successful and well-known being our PN60i printer. It had laser quality output and was capable of printing in colour on A4 paper and yet was only as wide as a sheet of paper and just 2 inches x 2 inches cross-section. No smaller A4 printer has ever been produced.

Since the PN60 printers, we have concentrated on smaller format devices to match the newer requirements for portability to operate with PDAs and hand-held terminals. Our new PD24 and existing PD22 are ideally suited to these applications.

The PD24 will be launched to the channel in December 2004.

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