Monday, April 25, 2011

HP Designjet T770 (24”) & HP Designjet 500plus (24”) vs. Canon iPF650 & Canon iPF605 Case Study - M&E Application

The customer is an M&E (Mechanical & Electrical) consulting firm located at IOI Business Park, Puchong Jaya, Selangor.
IOI Business Park, Puchong

Below are the customer requirements:
1. Up to A1 size engineering drawing printing.
2. Network (LAN) ready for workgroup environment.
3. Small printer size due to limited space at corporate office environment.

The customer was comparing between these A1 size large format printer models:
1. Canon iPF605 (24”)
2. Canon iPF650 (24”)
3. HP Designjet 500plus (24”)
4. HP Designjet T770 (24”)

Based on the requirements above, HP Designjet 500plus was the first model that was filtered out for further consideration due to the additional cost for network card, printer stand & basket.

Canon iPF605, iPF650 and HP Designjet T770 have been short listed for further evaluation. All these 3 models are able to meet the user requirements as listed above. After visiting to both Canon & HP vendors showroom for demonstrations, the customer has dropped out HP Designjet T770 (24”) due to the slower data processing speed and bulky printer dimension as compared to both Canon iPF650 and Canon iPF605.

Now, the consideration is further narrow down to Canon iPF650 vs Canon iPF605. It is a difficult decision because both models are equipped with L-COA processor (Sort of print server for digital copier or multi-function printer) and they are equally small in size as well.

At last, the customer has opted for Canon iPF650 over Canon iPF605 due to the reasons as below:
1. Sub-ink tanks for iPF650
2. Accounting functions that enables users to track the print cost (paper + ink usage).
3. Industrial grade rotary cutter.
4. User friendly paper handling design.

Canon iPF650 is suitable for offices that have limited space

The front access design (paper roll, ink tanks, control panel) has enabled Canon iPF650 to be squeezed in a small corner hence is perfect for tight working space environment.

Canon iPF650 can be pushed all the way flush against the wall

Thursday, April 14, 2011

HP Designjet 111 vs Canon iPF605 Review – Functionality Comparison

Lately I have been receiving many enquiries from my blog readers asking me to make a comparison between HP Designjet 111 and Canon iPF605 A1 size large format printer. My standard answer to them is they shall not compare HP Designjet 111 with Canon iPF605 as both models are very different in term of its target market and versatility as HP Designjet 111 is a low end plotter while Canon iPF605 is a medium end large format printer.

HP Designjet 111 (A1 wide format printer)
But due to the procurement policies of the companies, the buyers need to compare at least 2 brands and make comparison for the decision justification, hence even though it is not an apple to apple comparison, as long as the price between these 2 models are at the same range, a comparison is mandatory.

Canon iPF605 A1 Size Large Format Printer

Why HP Designjet 111 vs Canon iPF605?
The users’ requirements in common are as below:
  1. Maximum print size: A1
  2. Print volume: Approximately 100pcs a month
  3. Workgroup size: 1-3 users
  4. Media: Plain paper, occasionally coated papers.
  5. Budget: As low as possible 

Based on the above requirements, HP Designjet 111 will be the answer. But due to the procurement policies, the buyers need to search for an alternate brand (which is only Canon iPF) for comparison, the Canon iPF605 has come to the picture.

Why Canon iPF605?
Canon iPF605 is the lowest end A1 size large format printer among the Canon iPF series.  The rationale of the buyers are they are comparing the lowest price A1 plotter from HP Designjet series with the lowest price A1 plotter from Canon iPF series.

Canon iPF 5-color series full line up

HP Designjet 111 vs Canon iPF605 – Functionality Comparison

A1 CAD Drawing Print Speed on Plain Paper:
HP Designjet 111: 90sec (Draft mode)
Canon iPF605: 33sec (Draft mode)

A1 Graphic Full Color Print Speed on Coated Paper:
HP Designjet 111: 21.5min (Best mode)
Canon iPF605: 5.5min (Highest mode)

Roll Paper Feeding: Paper Roll is more economical and productive as compared with sheet from paper
HP Designjet 111:  Optional
Canon iPF605: Standard complete with rotary cutter

Network Connectivity (LAN):
HP Designjet 111:  Option
Canon iPF605: Standard

Printer Stand & Basket:
HP Designjet 111:  Optional
Canon iPF605: Standard

Ink tank volume:
HP Designjet 111:  69ml (Black) & 28ml (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
Canon iPF605: 130ml (Matte Black, Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)

Warranty (Malaysia market):
HP Designjet 111:  1-year in-house warranty
Canon iPF605: 3-year on-site warranty

It is very obvious that Canon iPF605 vs HP Designjet 111 is not an apple-to-apple comparison. In fact, the comparison shall be made between Canon iPF605 vs HP Designjet T770/24”.

Read also:
1. HP Designjet 111 - Suitable for SMEs or workgroup environment?
2. Canon iPF650 vs. Canon iPF605 - What are the differences between Canon iPF650 and Canon iPF605 A1 Size Large Format Printer?


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