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There is an excellent review in the March 2003 issue of CADence that compares the two plotters you are considering.  While I have used the Encad plotter, I would say it comes down to what type of plotting/printing you anticipate using for the life of the plotter.
We have used the HP Designjet 500 for almost 2 years now and our review is mixed.  99% of our plotted dwgs are black "line" dwgs with grayscale hatching.  Quite frankly, we are a little disappointed in the speed that it takes to complete a plot on final settings with the HP.  However, if you plan on plotting in color, I would give the HP serious thought.
Based on the article in CADence, the Encad produces slightly less quality "line" drawings than the HP.  However, its possible to use 4 black cartridges total in place of the color ones to produce very fast black plots.  I really wish this option was available on the HP 500.
Jeremy South, EI, LSI
Jenkins Engineering
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Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 9:32 AM
Subject: Plotters

We are thinking about replacing our current plotter.  Does any have comments they would like to share about either of these two models: HP 500 (42") or the Encad Cadjet T-200?  I have always used HP plotters, but the Encad appears to be faster.  Any comments would be helpful.
Jake Watson, P.E.
Salt Lake City, UT