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HP celebrates 30 years of DesignJets, releases new Z models

Following 30 years of wideformat inkjet development, HP has introduced a new range of DesignJet and PageWide XL Pro devices to equip large format print users with the technology to navigate what it terms ‘the new normal.’ The portfolios also deliver advanced photo and colour quality, enhanced precision and new graphics application potential - all while driving improvements in sustainability.

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 With new HP DesignJet Z Pro devices, HP is offering print service providers (PSPs) and Geographic Information System (GIS) users the latest solutions to produce professional photo-quality prints and high precision colourful GIS-generated maps. Additionally, three new HP PageWide XL Pro printers equip PSPs and repro houses with the ability to respond faster to customer demands and diversify their existing capabilities.

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HP's Daniel Martinez

“As our customers continue to grapple with uncertain business conditions following a uniquely challenging past couple of years, we know that expanding their print application reach, an ability to move fast, and outstanding colour and graphics performance define their large format printing needs”, says Daniel Martinez, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “This is why we’re introducing the new HP DesignJet Z Pro and HP PageWide XL Pro series. Both portfolios are designed to help users navigate uncertain demand, respond to tighter deadlines and unlock untapped potential in their own offerings.”

Marking the 30-year anniversary of the very first DesignJet product, the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro offer PSPs and GIS customers respectively, the highest professional photo quality and precision,5 along with leading security features.

Chromatic RGB HP Vivid Photo Inks enable HP DesignJet Z Pro users to achieve 93% pantone coverage – 26% more gamut compared to the previous generation – and produce prints with the image quality of a 12-ink printer with just nine inks. Six additional features such as the High-Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) printheads and dual drop technology reduces visible grain and eliminates the need for light coloured inks.

With the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro,  users can customise ICC profiles for their print jobs and achieve desired colour accuracy and consistency.

Cloud-based support

The HP PrintOS mobile app lets users take more control of their print operations – from monitoring performance and reacting to issues, to sharing media pre-sets remotely. For the first time, the new HP DesignJet Z Pro printer series also incorporates the HP PrintOS Service Center application. This smart cloud-based solution enables users to gain a single, real-time view of all ongoing service cases, with updates that are accessible anytime, anywhere.

For GIS users looking to produce precise maps, print sharp contour lines and text with close attention to keeping data secure, the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro offers Adobe’s PDF Print Engine and enables excellent transparencies and layer reproductions. The HDNA printheads and HP Pixel Control deliver high precision as well as smooth gradients and distinct shades of colour that are particularly needed for printing complex maps.

HP DesignJet Z6 Pro promises advanced data protection through encrypted communications and Access Control List. Features such as HP Connection Inspector, HP Secure Boot, and Whitelisting ensure optimal network protection and data security.

Both the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro also enhance efficiency with fast media handling, spindle-less and automatic roll feed. The HP DesignJet Z6 Pro prints twice as fast on plain paper at the same quality while the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro allows users to print up to 18% faster, with better quality, on satin photo media - and 46% faster on canvas.

Sustainable and recyclable

The new HP DesignJet Z Pro printers are made of 30% recycled plastic, using over eight 0.5-L bottles worth of otherwise ocean-bound plastic, and are fully compatible with large format FSC-certified papers.

The new wide format printers are fully compatible with HP Eco Carton Cartridges, achieving up to 80% reduction in plastic. The outer carton of Eco-Carton cartridges can be disposed of through local cardboard recycling

Inks for the HP PageWide XL Pro 10000 printer are UL ECOLOGO Certified and verified for Nordic Swan Ecolabel printing companies.

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New HP PageWide XLs also announced

HP also announced three new HP PageWide XL Pro printers that enable retail PSPs and reprohouses to respond faster to customer demands, meeting tighter deadlines. Additionally, users will also be able to leverage new short-term applications including the potential to print on boards, cardstock, and paper from A2 to B1, and thickness up to 10mm.

The new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro are expected to be available from October 1st, 2021. Pricing and delivery information available locally from HP Australia.