The use of wide-format printers in businesses will drastically increase in the next two years. According to InfoTrends, wide-format printing in North America will grow by a rate of 32% by the year 2020.
Previously, most businesses would opt for standard printers for their needs. However, print jobs have become more complex and businesses continually require higher print quality to remain competitive.
Wide-format printers do jobs that standard printers simply cannot do – from printing advertisements in a marketing firm to blueprints for a construction firm. Small businesses and enterprises alike use wide-format imaging to capture and copy their most important documents.
But not all wide-format printers are equal. Find out which ones offer the best quality and value for the most popular applications before purchasing one for your business.
What Factors Affect Wide-Format Print Quality?
Before discussing the print quality of wide-format printers, it is important to cover how to measure quality in the first place. If you are looking to print at high resolution, then you want to pay closer attention to the dots per inch (DPI), head capacity, and the toner the printer employs.
Out of those factors, DPI is the one to pay the most attention to. Printers with higher DPI can easily reproduce the pixels in the digital format of the document. If the DPI in the document is higher than that of the printer, print quality will be compromised.
For example, for document imaging, the industry standard is 200 DPI. 600 DPI is the maximum resolution a reasonable office employee or executive would use to print. Anything above that is generally unfavorable since the file size will be bigger and the print will use more ink or toner than necessary, making every print cost more and take longer.
If you are a construction agency or a subcontractor looking to print blueprints, then 600 DPI is going to be your starting point for printing, some contractors may use up to 1200 DPI or even 2400 DPI – the maximum resolution offered by HP's top-shelf wide-format printers.
Of course, 2400 DPI is only necessary for prints that need world-class quality. You can get quality prints that are easier to manage with lower resolution. CAD-type printers creating precise blueprints can often do an excellent job at 600 or 1200 DPI.
Choose the T-Series for Affordable Technical Prints
Construction agencies and subcontractors that require wide-format printers for printing blueprints need a printer that is quick and doesn’t compromise on quality. The HP T-Series is a great choice for anyone who regularly needs efficient, high-quality prints made.
The HP T-series is the perfect fit for construction companies and architects who need to print blueprints and CAD sketches. Three printers in the lineup stand out when it comes to quality and value:
The first features a DPI of 1200, and the latter two go up to 2400. All three have the capacity to produce high-quality prints on a wide range of media. The three models are compact and ruggedly designed, making them a wonderful addition to any jobsite.
All three come with Wi-Fi connectivity, making it easy to print wirelessly through any mobile device. The T2530 comes with slightly more in terms of security options, ensuring your data remains out of the hands of cybercriminals. Overall, these devices provide print resolution and color depth that is ideal for the needs of construction firms, architects, and professionals in similar industries.
The T830 and T2530 also provide you with the ability to scan and copy documents. These high-end CAD-type printers make it easier to create, edit, and deliver large-format files. The premium T2530 can print an A1/D-size print in just 21 seconds with industry-leading precision and accuracy, making it great for high-volume production runs.
In the construction industry, time is money, and saving time on prints is as important for construction firms as it is for their clients. Construction site managers with reduced reproduction demands can even rent or lease HP equipment in order to get the highest possible quality on an as-needed basis.
HP Quality Comes Standard
Selecting the right printer for your needs is crucial to ensure you get the quality of prints that you need. We recommend you opt for a printer that exceeds the quality you need when it comes to DPI and functionalities.
Wide-format printers are a crucial tool for construction projects of all kinds, from small add-ons to huge commercial developments. Complete accuracy is a must, as there is no room for error when laborers rely on strict measurements to guide their work.
At the same time, there is no need to spend more than necessary when getting an ultra-high-definition photography-quality printer to make art reproductions and vinyl banners. Dedicated printers like the Z-series are fine-tuned to offer the best possible quality and value for those types of jobs.
Want to learn more about wide-format printing for construction and architecture? Talk to one of our specialists today!