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As anyone who has routinely shopped with Prizma Graphics for all manner of printing supplies and media will already know and appreciate, we take great pride in always providing the most unbiased and independent advice. This helps us to ensure our customers always benefit from the print solutions that represent the best match to their circumstances and needs.
However, there are also occasions when we feel the need to spotlight features or aspects of our in-stock printers that might be particularly relevant to certain requirements.
One great case in point concerns whether a fine artist or professional photographer on the lookout for a 44” colour printer should opt for the HP DesignJet Z9+, or instead Canon’s ImagePROGRAF PRO-4100.
We are great admirers of both machines at Prizma Graphics, and at the time of typing, both are in stock for highly competitive prices. These devices are renowned for their ease of use, efficient operation, and impressive print results.
However, there is one feature of the Canon wide-format printer that may make it an especially sound choice for fine artists and professional photographers, who naturally prioritise the most impeccable quality reproductions when in the market for this kind of machine.
Don’t allow imperfections to crop up in your prints due to a blocked nozzle!
It may sound like a simple thing, but it can also be a devastating one for fine artists and professional photographers: errors and anomalies appearing on their printed images that would render the prints completely unsaleable. And it can happen due to nothing more complicated than a blocked nozzle on the printer.
Prospective buyers of either of these acclaimed 44” printers, then, may be interested to know that the Canon’s printhead system can actually detect a blocked nozzle, and will attempt to clear it during the printing process. If the nozzle fails to clear, the printer uses a different nozzle to avoid compromising the integrity of the print.
This is in contrast to HP’s Z-series printers like the Z9+, which lack any compensation or automatic cleaning during printing. The Z9+, then, depends much more on the user of the printer spotting a problem with the nozzle, and initiating a cleaning cycle manually. And how would the user actually know of an issue in this regard? Well, they’ll probably become aware of it when they see the fine lines on their actual print that serve as a tell-tale sign of a blocked nozzle.
This is a far from ideal situation for fine artists and professional photographers, given that it means ink, paper and time being wasted on the production of an unsaleable print, before they will even be aware of a problem. Even worse news is that multiple attempts may be needed to clean the printhead, which could mean even more paper and ink effectively being wasted in the process of solving the problem.
Talk to us now about whether this Canon wide-format printer could be the right option for you
Of course, it is important to underline that this is just one point of comparison between the Canon PRO-4100 and the HP Z9+, and that there are many other factors that could, and should, inform your ultimate choice of large-format printer.
Nonetheless, with the complete specification sheet of the Canon wide-format printer also including such perks as innovative 12-colour LUCIA PRO pigment ink technology, automatic media handling, borderless printing, and much more, this device could well turn out to be the wisest choice for your intended application.
To find out more and to discuss your own particular needs from a large-format printer with our team, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today via phone, fax or email.