HP unveils its DesignJet Z large-format photo printers

HP DesignJet Z Photo Printer Series.
The HP DesignJet Z Photo Printer Series was released last week.

HP debuted its new DesignJet Z Printer series at the FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin May 15-18 to showcase innovative large-format technologies “offering amazing image quality and fast, simple output for print service providers, retailers and creatives to deliver beautiful photos, impactful graphics and technical applications.” HP added that the market for large photo merchandising grew 7% in 2017 with nearly 1.3 trillion photos taken in the same year. “The demand for simplicity and unrivaled photo quality is growing, fueling the need for printing solutions that remove bottlenecks and increase time savings,” the OEM added. The new HP DesignJet Z6 and Z9+ Printer series is designed to maximize printing performance and output quality. By tightly integrating the materials, hardware and software together, the new printers offer exceptional photo quality and print permanence with fewer inks, to simplify manageability and reduce costs. A new vertical trimmer is featured on select models to optimize output, in addition to other technologies for rapid high-quality production – from professional photo quality prints to retailer signage. “The result is printing 2.5 times faster and post-production 20% faster,” said HP.

Guayente Sanmartín.
Guayente Sanmartín.

“The new DesignJet Z Printer series radically enhances the customer experience and reinvents printing possibilities for both professional photo and signage to ignite business growth and adapt to future needs,” said Guayente Sanmartin, General Manager and Global Head, HP Large Format Design Printing. “We thoughtfully designed the new printers to deliver impressive photo quality without compromising time resources and output speeds with the new vertical trimmer and innovative colour technologies.” The HP DesignJet Z Printer series is available in 24” and 44” formats. As an industry first, the HP DesignJet Z6 and Z9+ offer an optional onboard vertical trimmer for fast and efficient production. New colour technology (HP Pixel Control) for the first time “manages colours in a truly digital way to help customers embrace new opportunities for color-rich and dynamic printing.” The DesignJet Z6 Printer series is designed for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) creators and users, print service providers, and retailers who require a simple-to-use solution for high-quality technical and graphics applications with water resistance and fade resistance.

Specific technologies and features include HP Pixel Control, Dual Drop Technology, a redesigned poster application in the HP Applications Center, water-resistant, fade-resistant prints for long-term indoor display (and, when printed on suitable water-resistant media, outdoor display), HP Secure Boot and HP JetAdvantage Security Manager to safeguard printers and data, and HP PrintOS for remote management of print production. The HP DesignJet Z6, Z6x10, and Z9+ Printers are expected to be available June 1. The 44” HP DesignJet Z6 and Z9+, with dual roll and vertical trimmer, are expected to be available July 1.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.