Canon TA-30 vs HP T650
When looking for a new large format printer it can be hard to find true, impartial advice and reviews, especially online. In all the marketing articles and write-ups it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between how a device is being used in a demo showroom rather than in actual real-world situations.
How can you separate between what is fact and what is fiction?
As an example, there have been a few videos published over the last couple of months showing competing entry level large format printing devices that can be used for a variety of applications. One of these pitches the Canon imagePROGRAF TA-30 against the HP DesignJet T650. After watching the video you’d be thinking that there is only one clear choice of device to buy. However, after further research all may not be quite as it appears. Fact or fiction … you decide.
Job Set Up
Fact: Canon Direct Print & Share actually allows you to create and save custom page sizes, provides a real time print preview and also features an advanced user interface. In addition, there are numerous capabilities included within Direct Print & Share that cannot be carried out using other job set up tools. These include free layouts, cropmarks, shortcut workflows, media setting changes and much more.
Fact: Using a mixed set of A1 and A3 prints in a single job run has highly debatable real-world relevance. However, with a typical large format print application that uses only the print roll and not cut sheet, the Canon TA-30 is actually faster. If a mixed A1/A3 job is needed on a regular basis then a hot folder can be created in order to streamline set up. This can then be used for each of these jobs thereafter.
Fact: Referring to equivalent fast/draft print modes makes this suggestion completely irrelevant. On the Canon TA-30 the draft mode is designed for checking the layout. It is deliberately quick and designed to use less ink for greater cost efficiency and with less concern for optimal accuracy. In Standard mode the TA-30 excels with outstanding line accuracy, perfect for detailed architectural plans and drawings.
Fact: This suggestion is misleading. On the Canon imagePROGRAF TA-30 the draft mode is designed for checking the layout. As less ink is used, the colours are not intended to be particularly vivid, which would be wasteful. Print in standard mode and the colours are incredibly vivid and there is a wide colour gamut too.
Fact: This assumes that the print heads are cleaned twice per month. However, if the printer is being used at least once per week, as is likely, this maintenance is not required with the Canon TA-30, making this suggestion meaningless.
Fact: This assumes that the print heads are cleaned twice per month, which is misleading. If the Canon imagePROGRAF TA-30 is used at least once a week, its print heads do not need cleaning. The real-world reality is that the TA-30 actually uses less ink per page.
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