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HP Designjet Z3200 44-in PostScript Photo Printer

 

(5 out of 5)
 
(5 out of 5)
Recommended by 100% of reviewers
  • Fantastic printer!

     

    09/28/2009, posted by TGS

    We have been using an HP Z3200 for our safety poster business for about 4 months and have been extremely impressed with the unit! It produces absolutely stunning images on enhanced photo matte paper. It is quite easy to change paper rolls and the onboard calibration is a fantastic feature. From a print economy standpoint the Z3200 has exceeded our expectations. While the ink use varies quite a bit based on the image being produced, the overall average cost for a 17" x 22" print is over 20% less than we originally estimated it would be. We have found that we can get outstanding results using the 'normal' setting with 'max detail', and some of our posters even print beautifully on the 'fast' setting. Other than a small design glitch that impacts running 17" rolls (our local HP dealer did a great job coming up with a fix) the printer has been excellent. We have no hesitation recommending this printer to anyone who wants stunning prints at affordable cost.

  • A strong, competent printer.

     

    09/24/2011, posted by Photomagica

    I'm a fine artist who prints my own work and the work of other artists for display in galleries and museums. I also teach digital printing. I purchased the z3200 44" printer as an upgrade from the z3100 24". Both have been excellent machines. I've used the z3200 on a large variety of photo, fine art and canvas materials. The in-printer profiling is a major innovation and means that I have exactly the right profile for my particular batch of paper and ink. It means I can use any paper I want whether on-line profiles are available or not. I like the gloss enhancer and feel it is the optimum solution for generating a uniform glossy finish. What HP says about being able to print a true neutral b&w image from an RGB file is indeed true and the results are superb. This is icing on the cake in addition to the built in B&W mode. The depth of the blacks on matte papers and canvas is a revelation. Overall the clarity and color strength of the images from the z33200 is top notch. As a visual artist, I appreciate that HP's pigments continue the lead the pack in terms of archival qualities. Compared to the some of the competition, I love the straight through paper path. This means I can leave paper sitting in the printer and it won't have a kink in it when it comes out. Also there is no ink wastage in switching from photo-black to matte-black ink. This is automatic - I just load the paper, select the right paper type on the front panel and go. I run this printer as an ethernet device and it is some distance from the computer I use for printing. This isn't a problem. The z3200 is a stable, professional machine and doesn't need baby-sitting. I only need to go to it to change paper rolls or ink cartridges. Improvements? I can only think of a couple of very minor things that I'd change. I'd appreciate it if the automatic cutter cut canvas and if I could supply a roll length and roll number to the printer driver and have it keep track of how much is left on that roll. In summary this is a printer that doesn't disappoint in any regard. I don't feel z3200 limits me in any way. It truly gives wings to my work and my biggest challenge is creating files of high enough quality to fully take advantage of its strengths.

  • No comparison

     

    06/07/2011, posted by Neobrit

    I was part of a team to decide how to replace our aging/finicky Epson 7600. Of course, without thinking, the first choice was an Epson 7900. Although, at some point early in the decision making process we were reminded of Epson's competitors -- HP and Canon. For several reasons we chose to examine HP over Canon (a major one being experience in the printer manufacturing business). It was a tough decision between Epson and HP, but what tipped the scales in favor of the HP was it's economical ease of maintenance and the built-in color calibration and profiling software, not to mention other niceties such as it's cost per print calculation software. Loading roll paper can be awkward (especially if the printer is backed up against a wall), but the ease with which we can now almost instantly generate a screen accurate print outweighs the small detractions.

  • My best prints ever

     

    08/06/2010, posted by Safariguy

    I've owned several HP and competitor pigment ink printers over the years and travel worldwide on photo shoots. The HP Z3200 produces stunning prints on archival paper that I classify as "my best prints ever". My family, friends and clients praise the sharpness and colors on the prints I make for them.

  • Very, Very Happy!

     

    06/22/2010, posted by renopic

    I would rate my tech and photography skills as amateur - plus. This was a significant purchase for me and I spent some time researching and comparing. The printer, all the features and software that comes with it is incredible. It truly lives up to any of the claims. I've had my HPZ3200-44" for about a year, it has been a very good year! My architectural work, banners and photography prints have just blown people away. The ability to create profiles for various different papers such as canvas, water colour paper and get results that are spot on are amazing. Keep up the good work HP!

This 12-ink HP Designjet, with new HP 73 Chromatic Red ink, delivers long-lasting gallery-quality prints in black-and-white and colour. HP DreamColor Technologies with embedded spectrophotometer[1] enable easy calibration and profiling.

Produce gallery-quality black-and-white, color prints

This 12-ink HP Designjet, with HP 73 Chromatic Red ink, delivers long-lasting gallery-quality prints in black and white and color (up to 200 years)[1].

Create beautiful black-and-white prints with smooth transitions, deep blacks, and neutral grays with the HP Quad-black ink set.

Get superior gloss uniformity and minimize bronzing on most glossy photo papers with HP Gloss Enhancer[3].

Enjoy an expanded color gamut which achieves 95% PANTONE® coverage[8] enabled by chromatic red ink.

Over 50 HP papers, including photo, fine art, coated, and display-graphic printing materials.

Easily calibrate and profile with HP DreamColor Technologies

Calibration and profiling are made simple with HP DreamColor Technologies and the embedded spectrophotometer[2] which helps you generate custom ICC profiles in-house.

Simplify workflows: easily access, create, and share paper presets[7] using the enhanced HP Color Center.

Create a customized PANTONE® simulation swatchbook[5] with HP Professional PANTONE® Emulation.[4]

Enables productive operation and great ink efficiency[6]

Print rich, dark blacks on matte and glossy papers without swapping ink cartridges.

Save time and money: embedded TIFF, JPEG, and Adobe PS3/PDF RIP enables direct job submission, queueing, and nesting[5].

Optimize performance and get great ink efficiency[6] with automatic servicing routines. An Optical Drop Detector (ODD) prevents nozzle clogging, printing errors, and media waste.

Efficiency-enhancing features include an HP Embedded Web Server and print previews which mean no trial and error.

[1]Image permanence estimates by HP Image Permanence Lab and Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. based on testing on a range of HP photo, fine art, and specialty papers with Original HP inks. For details, see hp.com/go/supplies/printpermanence.

[2]Embedded in this HP Designjet Photo Printer is an i1 spectrophotometer from X-Rite. Close collaboration between HP and X-Rite ensures a reliable solution that's been thoroughly tested to meet customer demands for ease, quality, and dependability.

[3]Bronzing is minimized as an image-quality issue when HP gloss enhancer is used. HP gloss enhancer can be used on photo paper, with the exception of matte-finish papers.

[4]HP Professional PANTONE® Emulation is approved by PANTONE®. The PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM and PANTONE® Goe license for the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer is pending. Learn more at hp.com/go/Z3200/PANTONE.

[5]HP Professional PANTONE® Emulation, remote management, queue management, nesting, job submission and storage capabilities, and support for 16-bit TIFF and JPEG files are standard on HP Designjet Z3200ps Photo printers only.

[6]Based on internal HP testing, the HP Designjet Z3200 PostScript Photo Printer series utilizes at least 30% less ink during routine maintenance operations versus select printers from other vendors.

[7]Visit hp.com/go/Z3200/paperpresets to find paper presets for HP and other commercially available media.

[8]95% coverage of PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM and PANTONE® Goe System, based on HP internal testing (PANTONE® approval pending). Please visit hp.com/go/Z3200/PANTONE for final results.

Model size: 1118 mm

Model size: 44 in

Functions: Print

Print time color image ISO N5 (normal, D glossy paper): 7.2 min/page

Print time color image ISO N5 (draft, D coated paper): 2 min/page

Print time color image ISO N5 (normal, D coated paper): 3.8 min/page

Memory, standard: 256 MB

Hard disk: Standard, 80 GB

Number of print cartridges: 12 (blue, green, magenta, red, yellow, gray, photo black, matte black, light cyan, light gray, light magenta, gloss enhancer)

Compatible ink types: Pigment-based

Non-printable area (cut-sheet): 5 x 17 x 5 x 5 mm

Guaranteed minimum line width: 0.056 mm (ISO/IEC 13660:2001(E))

Line accuracy: +/- 0.2%

Color accuracy: Median < 1.6 dE2000, 95% of colors < 2.8 dE2000

Color stability: < 1 dE2000 in less than 5 minutes

Print repeatability: Average < 0.5 dE2000, 95% of colors < 1.4 dE2000

Maximum optical density (black): 4 L* min/2.5 D (with HP Premium Instant Dry Photo Gloss media with Original HP inks)

Finished output handling: Sheet feed; roll feed; media bin; automatic cutter (cuts all media except canvas)

Media types: Photographic, proofing, fine art printing material, self-adhesive, banner and sign, bond and coated, film, backlit, fabric/textile

Media weights, recommended: 500 g/m²

Media sizes standard (metric rolls): 210 to 1118-mm wide sheets; 279 to 1118-mm rolls

Roll maximum output: 91.4 m

Roll external diameter: 135 mm

Media thickness: Up to 31.5 mil

HP ePrint capability: No

Connectivity, standard: Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T); Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified; EIO Jetdirect accessory slot

Print languages: Adobe PostScript 3, Adobe PDF 1.6, TIFF, JPEG, HP PCL 3 GUI

Compatible operating systems: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Ultimate/Professional/Home Premium, Windows Vista® Ultimate/Business/Home Premium, Windows® XP (32-bit, 64-bit) Professional/Home, Windows® Server 2008 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® Server 2003 (32-bit, 64-bit); Mac OS X v 10.4, v 10.5, v 10.6, v 10.7; Citrix XenApp; Citrix XenServer

Energy efficiency: ENERGY STAR® qualified

Operating humidity range: 20 to 80% RH

Warranty: One-year warranty with on-site, next business-day service

What's in the box: HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer; spindle; printheads; introductory ink cartridges; Original HP media roll; printer stand; rear tray; 3-in core adapter; quick reference guide; setup poster; USB cable; power cord; HP Start-up kit including printer software

Software included: Printer drivers, HP Printer Utility including HP Color Center