HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch Photo Printer (Q5669A)
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- The new HP 12-ink Designjet with HP Vivera pigment inks and the first-ever embedded spectrophotometer
- Delivers exquisite quality, breakthrough color accuracy across a variety of papers, and truly reliable printing while keeping costs down
- Prints letter to 24-in wide sheets, 18- to 24-in wide rolls at prepress quality
- Complete coverage of SWOP, ISO, GRACOL, EUROSCALE, TOYO, and FOGRA gamuts for color accuracy
- Eliminate trial and error with real-time layout and orientation preview
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The new HP 12-ink Designjet with HP Vivera pigment inks and the first-ever embedded spectrophotometer2 delivers exquisite quality, breakthrough color accuracy across a variety of papers, and truly reliable printing while keeping costs down.
Print exquisite results with breakthrough color accuracy and consistency with the HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch 12-ink Photo Printer. Revolutionizing the large format market with breakthrough innovations and leading-edge quality, the HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer 12-ink printing system with HP Vivera pigment inks delivers exquisite, lasting color & black-and-white prints and a broad color gamut.
Produce accurate, consistent, and stable prepress contract proofs with the HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer. View larger.
HP's 12-ink printing system involves six HP 70 Printheads, each printing two colors of ink with 1,056 nozzles per color. View larger.
The Designjet Z3100 has a easy to use interface on its front panel. View larger.
The first printer ever to include an embedded spectrophotometer with i1 color technology, you're ensured breakthrough accuracy & consistency across a variety of papers, without additional costs. All this, and you can count on HP for easy, reliable printing.
HP delivers a breakthrough in color accuracy and management with the first-ever spectrophotometer with i1 color technology--hardware/firmware solution--embedded in the printer. Generate custom ICC profiles in-house for your preferred paper under your own environmental conditions with an automated process. Experience greater control and save time and the expense of outsourcing, testing, or optimizing ICC profiles. You can precisely calibrate your printer to deliver accurate, consistent color on your choice of paper.
Providing the ultimate in flexibility and consistency, the HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch Photo Printer enables you to print consistently on a wide range of papers. Print on your preferred HP paper and other commercially available paper such as Hahnemuhle papers and get the same color accuracy and consistency you expect.
Creating ICC profiles can be a complex, manual process with printing, drying, and scanning color patches using specialized software and expensive hardware. HP's embedded spectrophotometer with i1 color technology and an automated workflow bring simplicity and reliability to accurate profiling and precision printer calibration. Now, you can express your vision on even more HP and commercially available papers. HP's Advanced Profiling Solution offers additional options for profiling and calibrating your system.
Don't get stuck having to use expensive proprietary paper or paper that's not easily obtainable. With the large format HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch Photo Printer, you can use any paper you want--choosing from the wide variety of HP papers, Hahnemuhle papers, or other commercially available papers. This flexibility offers more versatility in the types of output you produce and means cost savings over time.
This HP Designjet provides complete coverage of SWOP, ISO, GRACOL, EUROSCALE, TOYO, and FOGRA gamuts for color accuracy in pre-press applications.
What's in the box
HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch Photo Printer, spindle, printheads (6 x 2 colors), ink cartridges (12 x 69 ml), media high gloss photo sample roll (24 in x 15 ft), stand (24 in)(not in AP), rear tray (24 in), adaptor kit (3 in) for spindle (2), quick reference guide, setup poster, USB cable, power cord, HP Start-up kit including printer software and training
Top customer reviews
With a colorimeter to calibrate my screen I now get prints that look amazingly like what I am seeing on the screen with very little fiddling. The tonal range when printing with this printer are nothing short of amazing. Subtle details of shading in shots taken difficult lighting that were not there with other printers are much in evidence. The printer does take some time to learn and understand. Calibrating to the paper is essential too.
Eleven pigment based inks and the gloss enhancer offer the nicest prints I have yet seen. My previous nine ink printer was pretty darn good, but not this good. I don't have to worry that someone will have a better print when I do a show. These fine arts prints are as good as it gets.
Unfortunately, it is nowhere close to color accurate. At all. I purchased the extra eye-2-eye software package (an additional $1k), and installed it, repeatedly using every trick I could think of. I can't get prints even remotely close to color-accurate. It doesn't even stay consistent from print to print.
The HP customer support has been a total nightmare. My salesperson just dumped me off to a customer support number, where I was hung up on, transferred to the wrong department, kept on hold for 47 minutes -- pretty much every bad thing that happens when you call customer support has happened during this process.
After a few weeks (really, weeks), an additional payment of $429 and several hours on the phone with people in India and Central America (note, I am in SAN FRANCISCO - HP headquarters are 25 miles away), I have an appointment for an HP tech to come here and try to get the printer to work.
I will come back and edit this review if HP tech shows up for scheduled appointment and fixes the printer but I warn anyone looking at this printer to think twice.
UPDATE - the tech who came out was very nice, BUT he was not trained on the software aspect of the printer at all. He could only confirm that the printer was networked and set up correctly. He did give me another phone number to call (in Boise, ID). The color management team there did give me some information about how to set up the software to get the printer to manage color. It requires a multi-step process that must be done for each individual piece of artwork. It took many hours over several weeks for me to figure it out. Now I am the only person in the office who knows how to get this printer to work, which is not OK.
I'm spending another hour trying to load paper into my HP printer, every day it rejects the paper loaded. The process of reloading takes an hour because the printer continues to reject paper rolls. Sheet loaded media is worse. I can't believe HP would sell a product that doesn't work. My frustration with this printer runs so deep I will never buy another HP product of any kind. Dave Jenkins Midwest Photo Pro.
And if you are not agile or well enough to do all they require, forget getting service since you will not be able to do all they want you to do - in fact you may make things worse.
And they don't care.