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- From: "Shaun Dustin" <sdustin(--nospam--at)cc.usu.edu>
- Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 17:09:36 -0600
I have a couple that I use for ½ size plots, although I usually use 11x17, not 12x18. (I use 22x34 for my full size drawings, so this is not a big deal for me)
I have an HP Designjet 9800 that works pretty well, but ink is expensive. The footprint can be reduced by folding the trays in, but you have to keep the tray-out footprint clear so you end up with a big space whether the printer is collapsed or not. It works VERY well, and I’m very happy with it. I don’t like buying inkjet cartridges for it, and I don’t like the speed. It’s inkjet, and it’s a little on the slow side. The image quality, especially in color, is great. I think it was $450 or so at Staples.
I also have a Laserjet5si that I got on ebay for $79 (plus $100 shipping). It takes up a little more space (22” x 22” square) than the expanded Designjet, but it has two 500 sheet trays where I keep 11x17 and 8.5x11, you can get a duplexer for it if you are into that for $85 or so on ebay, and the toner works out to less than 0.02/page. It was designed for a much larger throughput than I will ever give it, so I’m pretty sure it will last as long as my “one man show” phase. I’ve been very impressed with this printer. I got it on a whim because I was frustrated with the slow speed of the DesignJet, and this thing just cranks drawings and documents out. It also came with a jetdirect card, but I haven’t been able to get that working.
If you can’t tell, I really like the laserjet. I like the Designjet too, but the laserjet makes me much more productive. Plotting a sample drawing to carry around and redline is cheap and easy, and the lines don’t bleed when you get them wet.
Shaun Dustin, MS, PE
USTAR Biofuels Initiative
From: Jeff Smith [
I am looking for a home printer to do 1/2 size plots of 24 x 36 AutoCAD and PDF drawings, color is not that important but I need to do 8-1/2 x 11 general printing as well, prefer a small footprint since my office is small. Seems every printer I Iook at has a few really bad reviews. Any thoughts appreciated.
I was thinking maybe something like the HP K850 or Canon Pixma Pro9000
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