We bought a 42" HP DesignJet 500 a few years ago and it has served us
quite well. The max width I have done on it is 36", just because it's
easier to find paper that size. I get most of the paper for day-to-day
print jobs for free as roll ends from a local printing house. When I
want a nicer quality, I use HP paper, which is actually reasonably
priced from GovConnection (ask for a quote). It uses four cartridges,
which seem to last a very long time and are not bad in terms of price.
There are bulk ink kits available, but I haven't found the need to use
one. I don't think I would choose this printer for high resolution
color photography work, if that was the primary purpose. It's really
designed as a drafting plotter. However, it's great for maps and CAD
drawings, which is what we bought it for. We have ended up doing a lot
of photographic prints--I've even done full-size prints of kids in
learning environments, which is pretty cool. Once people start seeing
what it can do, you can expect to suddenly find yourself very popular.
You still won't get invited to parties, but people will sure treat you
like a buddy in the hallway when their events are coming up.
This printer can run out of memory on huge print jobs, even with the
maximum amount of memory installed, and I haven't worked very hard to
see if there's a better way to spool large print jobs, so giant,
high-resolution photos may be problematic. Some may bristle at this
comment, but for school quality, I think the output is fine. I haven't
gotten any complaints.
I bought our plotter from ICS in South Burlington, who gave us a really
good price. It's been trouble free for four years, inexpensive to
operate and the quality meets our needs.
South Burlington High School
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Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:51 PM
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Subject: Wide Format Printer and Plotter - Recommendation
Any recommendations for a wide format printer?
Any one out there creating and printing large format maps?
Feedback regarding cartridges would be helpful as well.
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