The 2015 Wide Format Pick and Outstanding Achievement Award winners are:
- imagePROGRAF iPF680/685: Outstanding 24” Color Wide Format Technical Printer
- imagePROGRAF iPF780/785: Outstanding 36” Color Wide Format Technical Printer
- imagePROGRAF iPF785 MFP M40: Outstanding 36” Color Wide Format Technical MFP
- HP Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter: Outstanding 44” 6-Color Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer
- HP Rear Stacker Design: Outstanding Achievement in Innovation
Ease of use is another strength of the Canon wide format devices. The large 22” touchscreen on the iPF785 MFP M40, combined with the SmartWorks MFP software, enables highly intuitive scanning, copying and printing, but even the smaller panels on the print-only iPF680/685 and iPF780/785 provide virtually all the information users will need.
“Canon is excited and honored to receive three 2015 Wide Format Pick Awards,” noted Rich Reamer, director of large-format product marketing for Canon U.S.A.’s Business Imaging Solutions Group. “The Canon team has worked hard to develop and launch products like the iPF680, iPF780 and iPF785 that provide our customers exceptional quality when printing large format prints. We will continue to focus on ease of use, reliability and exceptional quality in order to maintain positive customer experiences.”
Employing six colors instead of the eight to twelve that are characteristic of most graphic arts printers, the HP Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter delivered a performance that earned it BLI’s 2015 Pick for Outstanding 44” Six-Color Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer. The only graphic arts-oriented wide format device in BLI’s database to offer dual paper rolls, “the Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter produced vibrant posters on both satin and gloss photo papers, higher than average density, neutral gray halftones, and fine shadow and highlight details with minimal graininess and no banding,” said BLI’s Sweetnam.
Other factors contributing to its selection as a BLI Pick are its flawless reliability performance when producing 10,000 square feet of output; excellent utilities; very good color management, including Pantone emulation; and very good ease of use, the company says.
Hewlett-Packard was also honored with a BLI Outstanding Achievement Award for the innovative design of the rear-mounted integrated output stacking tray found on a number of its models. Because it holds each sheet between a series of paper guides, the stacker reduces the paper curl typical of traditional basket-style output trays that can cause problems with stacking, especially as paper nears the end of the roll. The advantages of this design are especially evident when workflow incorporates multiple media sizes. BLI’s experience showed that jobs including media sizes from A4 to A0 can be stacked neatly, allowing collated batches to be printed with minimal manual intervention or resorting after printing, which can be a valuable time saver. The stacker also has a 50-sheet A1 capacity, whereas competing solutions are commonly limited to 30 sheets.
“In the busy world of the professional CAD print user or reprographics service provider, HP’s output stacker offers great time-saving opportunities when handling large batches of work,” said Daria Hoffman, BLI managing editor.
Alex Monino, worldwide marketing director for HP’s Large Format Printing Business, also noted: “HP is committed to constant innovation to best meet our large-format printing customers’ needs. The Buyers Lab Pick award for the HP Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter and Outstanding Achievement award for the rear stacker used in the HP Designjet T920 and T1500 ePrinters and T2500 eMultifunction Printer series demonstrate that we are meeting our customers’ needs for easy-to-use solutions that improve efficiency.”