Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Full-color printing has become all the rage in wide-format CAD printing, and for good reason. The amount of information communicated with color plans, transcends the limitations of traditional black/white construction documents. Research has shown how, by simply adding color lines, the potential for mistakes is greatly diminished. This is largely due to the ability to estimate bids more accurately and minimize change orders.

This new need for color CAD has been met with the introduction of new, more powerful, wide-format plotter/scanner systems capable of the task. Today, two popular contenders are the Océ ColorWave 500 and the HP Designjet T3500 eMFP. But, don’t think these models are evenly matched. Although both with print and scan in full color, the Oce ColorWave crushes the HP T3500 when matched side-by-side. Here are 9 reasons why.





Océ ColorWave 500 HP T3500 ColorWave 500 Benefit
Internal Hard Drive 2 x 500 GB Hard Drives 500 GB Hard Drive Dual memory architecture eliminates long processing times and protects against missing information.
Max Print Speed

225 D's/hour

3.5 D's/minute

120 D's/hour

2 D's/minute

Meet critical, high demand deadlines though faster printing speeds and greater throughput.
Scan Speed

B/W: 14.6 inches/second

Color: 4.8 inches/second

B/W: 7.5 inches/second

Color: 2.5 inches/second

Copy, scan, and archive twice as fast on the Océ CW500.
Ink/Toner Tank Size

Cyan, Magena, Yellow, Black

500 grams of TonerPearls in each container

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Matte Black, Photo Black, Gray

300ml of ink per each ink tank

The HP T3500 uses more color channels so overall more ink will be consumed over time.  

The ColorWave 500 uses larger containers of toner which results in longer periods of uninterrupted printing.

Printing Workflow Software Océ Publisher Select, Océ Web Express Tools, Océ Print Direct HP DesignJet SmartStream, HP Embedded Server, email printing Océ software options are robust, simple to use and are supported across the entire Océ and Canon product portfolio including all other Canon iPF printers. 
Sub-Ink/Toner System Yes N/A The CW 500 sub-toner system allows you to change the toner while the machine is still printing. This maximizes productivity during high-volume printing situations.
Media Rolls/ Capacity

4 rolls

650 feet rolls

2 rolls

650 feet rolls

The Océ has twice the paper capacity of the HP T3500. This allows you to print over 2,600 square feet without having to change the paper. 

Extra media rolls also offer much more flexibility regarding media sizes/types. 

Large touch-screen interface Yes No

The Océ ClearConnect touchscreen interface is very intuitive and easy to use. Scan, copy, print, and preview right from the control panel. 

Conversely, the HP T3500 interface is small and harder to see and use. 

Paper Finishing Top stacker, optional delivery tray folder option Integrated stacker

The Oce ColorWave 500 offer more options to cover the entire printing solution including 

Although both systems are comparable in some respects, the Océ Printer crushes the T3500 regarding overall productivity. With 4 media rolls, instant dry prints, ease of operation, and robust finishing options, the Océ rises to top as the clear winner. 
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Kevin Vaughan

Written by Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With two decades of experience, he has received various awards from Canon, Océ, and Bluebeam for sales performance and channel growth. When he is not geeking out on new wide-format technologies, or Bluebeam Revu software, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or sneaking in a workout.