Hewlett-Packard

(HWP)

introduced a series of new printers that offer users the ability to access, manage and print information from the Internet.

The printers include options to scan documents directly to the Web, remotely manage printers and supplies, and print information directly from wireless devices, the company said.

"We feel it's very important for us to bring imaging and printing to the core of the Internet," said Vyomesh Joshi, president of imaging and printing systems for Hewlett-Packard. "The printer isn't peripheral to the PC anymore. Last year, we were talking about the basic concept, how to drive various services. Now we have an underlying architecture that implements that on everything from our highest-end printer to a $399 printer."

The new printers are the LaserJet 1200, the LaserJet 1220, the LaserJet 2200, the LaserJet 4100 and the LaserJet 3200 series. The printers range in price from $399 to $1,099.

The hardware and PC maker said market research firm

International Data Corp.

predicts that 35% of the devices connected to the Internet will be non-PC based by the year 2004. Hewlett-Packard said it believes this will change business and give customers a reason to upgrade. The company also said each of its HP LaserJet printers will support multiple operating systems, including

Linux

.

Shares of Hewlett-Packard fell 64 cents, or 2.1%, to $29.86 in recent

New York Stock Exchange

trading.