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Compare wide format printers – Canon plotters vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

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When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison chart that shows how popular Canon and HP plotters stack up against one another. This will give you an easy way to compare wide format printers. You’ll see that this chart focuses on the Canon iPF780 and iPF785 and the comparable HP plotters. We cover some highlights at the end.

 Brand

Canon

Canon

HP

HP

HP

Model

iPF780

iPF785

DJ T920

DJ770

DJT1500

Width

36"

 

36"

44”

44"

36"

Max Resolution

2400x1200

2400x1200

2400 x 1200

2400 x 1200

2400 x 1200

Memory(RAM)

256 MB

256 MB

384 MB

384 MB

64 GB

Hard Drive

 N/A

320 GB

80GB

160 GB

320 GB

Max Speed- Color Prints

~779 ft2/hr

~779 ft2/hr

445 ft2/hr

549 ft2/hr

720 ft2/hr

Ink Tank Size

130 ml

130 ml

130ml/69ml

130ml/69ml

69ml or 28ml

Ink Type

Dye/Pig

Dye/Pig

Dye/Pig

Dye/Pig

Dye/Pig

# of Colors

5

5

6

6

6

Ink Colors

CMYKMBK

CMYKMBK

CMY,MK,PK,GY

CMY,MK,PK,GY

CMY,MK,PK,GY

Print Head

PF-04

PF-04

HP 72

HP 72

HP 727

Total Nozzle Count

15360

15360

6336

6336

9632

Black Nozzle

5120

5120

3168

3168

N/A

Ink Drop Size

4pl

4pl

6pl (C,M,PK,GY)

9pl (Y, MK)

6pl (C,M,PK,GY)

9pl (Y, MK)

6pl (C,M,PK,GY)

9pl (Y, MK)

Line Accuracy

0.10%

0.10%

0.10%

0.10%

0.10%

Minimum Line Weight

0.02 mm

0.02 mm

0.06mm

0.06mm

0.02mm

0.07mm guaranteed

Print Languages

HP-GL/2,

HP RTL,

GARO

HP-GL/2,

HP RTL,

GARO

HP-GL/2, HP RTL, CALS/G4, HP-PCL3-GUI, T1120PS Includes PostScript Rip

HP-GL/2, HP RTL, CALS/G4, HP-PCL3-GUI

HP-PCL3-GUI,HP-GL/2, HP RTL, Adobe Postscript 3

Workflow Solutions

Std SW

Std SW

Std. SW

Std. SW

Std. SW

Borderless Printing

Yes

Yes

Photo Papers Only

Photo Papers Only

Photo Papers Only

Stackable Media Basket

Yes

Yes

No

No

Integrated stacking tray

Floor Space Required

51.34” x 34.25”

51.34” x 34.25”

74.8” x 39.4.”

69.7” x 28.4”

55.1" x 36.1"

Max Roll Size

500ft

500ft

300ft

300ft

300ft

Power Consumption

140 watts or less

(6 or less in powersave)

140 watts or less

(6 or less in powersave)

200 watts

(27 in powersave)

120 watts

(7 or less in powersave, 25 or less with embedded DFE)

260 watts or less

(4 or less in powersave)

Key takeaways:

  • The HP models contain larger amounts of RAM
  • The Canon iPF units print faster overall
  • Canon print head technology provides over twice the number of print nozzles as the HP
  • Canon iPF printers can print borderless on any type of print media
  • The Canon iPF footprint is smaller than similar HP large format plotters
  • Overall, the Canon technology comes away with more advantages.

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