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HP DesignJet Z3100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of HP DesignJet Z3100. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and print quality. The performance and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the size and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP DesignJet Z3100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for HP DesignJet Z3100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of HP DesignJet Z3100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the reliability.

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71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch Photo Printer (Q5669A)HP Designjet Z3100 24-inch Photo Printer (Q5669A)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Rick LePage (pcworld.com)

Hewlett-Packard HP Designjet Z3100

 

Innovative hardware design includes built-in spectrophotometer ; Easy to create and add ICC profiles ; Handles roll and cut-sheet media to 24 inches (44-inch model also available) ; Great software utilities ; Excellent print quality ; Quad-tone...

None significant

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Rick LePage (macworld.com)

HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer

 

It's rare that a product—even a very good one—balances function, innovation, and performance, but that's what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer.

Innovative hardware design includes built-in spectrophotometer ; Easy to create and add ICC profiles ; Handles roll and cut-sheet media to 24 inches (44-inch model also available) ; Great software utilities ; Excellent print quality ; Quad-tone...

None significant

The Designjet Z3100 is a wide-format printer, coming in 24-inch and 44-inch versions, and, as such, it’s a large unit. But from the moment you open the Z3100’s crate, it’s obvious that HP's engineers were thinking about usability. The printer is...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Jon Canfield (shutterbug.com)

HPâ-'s Designjet Z3100; A Large Format Pigment Ink Printer

 

Epson, you have company! For years, serious large format inkjet printing has been owned by Epson with the 7000- and 9000-series printers.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Jon Canfield (digitaljournalist.org)

Putting HP's New Z3100 Photo Printer to Work

 

The recent introduction of pigment printers from both HP and Canon have finally added competition to the market that has been owned by Epson for years. Not being content to merely catch up to Epson though, HP has taken a large step forward with the new...

If you're serious about printing, the Z series is impossible to beat. Canon and Epson have a strong competitor now, which is great for all of us. The gloss enhancer included with the Z3100 makes it possible to print outstanding gloss and satin prints...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Dennis Hissink (photokina-show.com)

HP Designjet Z3100

 

At the professional corner of the HP booth HP showed their solution for the professional photographer; the HP Designjet Z3100 photo printer. According to the spokesman of HP the company has listened to what professional photographers really want with...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Le Page (goodgearguide.com.au)

Hewlett-Packard Designjet Z3100

 

The HP Designjet Z3100 is a wide-format, fine-art printer that offers great prints, updated technology features

Simple setup; the print driver lets you automatically add custom paper types; impressive detail and colour accuracy

Takes up to half an hour to take the printer out of the box and setup

It's rare that a product – even a very good one – balances function, innovation, and performance, but that's what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer. The ease of use, excellent print quality, and smart design touches have...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Rick LePage (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP Designjet Z3100 review

 

For the past decade, Epson printers have sat at the pinnacle of the professional photo market, their hallmark being top-notch print quality, solid performance, and archival print life. In the past year, however, Epson's two primary rivals - Canon and...

It's rare that a product - even a very good one - balances function, innovation, and performance, but that's what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer. The ease of use, excellent print quality, and smart design touches have...

Apr, 2008

TIPA Award!

Expert review by: TIPA (tipa.com)

Best Large Format Printer: HP Designjet Z3100

 

The HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer is a professional printer available in 24 or 44in models. The 12-ink printing system with HP Vivera pigment inks improves gamut, durability and printing quality in colour as well as in black & white. Color control...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Techworld (techworld.com)

HP Designjet Z3100 review

 

It's rare that a product - even a very good one - balances function, innovation, and performance, but that's what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer. The ease of use, excellent print quality, and smart design touches have...

Apr, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Rick LePage (macworld.co.uk)

HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer

 

It's rare that a product - even a very good one - balances function, innovation, and performance, but that's what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer.

Excellent print quality ; quad-tone black-and-white print capabilities ; innovative hardware design includes built-in spectrophotometer ; easy to create and add ICC profiles ; great software utilities ; handles roll and cut-sheet media to 24 inches...

None

It's rare that a product - even a very good one - balances function, innovation, and performance, but that's what Hewlett-Packard has done with the Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer. The ease of use, excellent print quality, and smart design touches have...

Mar, 2008
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Product Specifications

Print exquisite results with breakthrough color accuracy and consistency with HP's 12-ink Designjet. Revolutionizing the large format market with breakthrough innovations and leading-edge quality, the HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer 12-ink printing system with HP Vivera pigment inks delivers exquisite, lasting color and black-and-white prints and a broad color gamut. The first printer ever to include an embedded spectrophotometer, you're ensured breakthrough accuracy and consistency across a variety of papers, without additional costs. All this, and you can count on HP for easy, reliable printing.

Certificates

Certification: / SWOP, ISO, GRACOL, 3DAP
Electromagnetic compatibility: / Compliance for Class B products: EU (EMC Directive), USA (FCC rules), Canada (DoC), Australia (ACA), New Zealand (MoC), China (CCC), Japan (VCCI), Korea (MIC) and Taiwan (BSMI)
Energy Star certified: / Yes
Safety: / IEC 60950-1 compliant, EU LVD and EN 60950-1 compliant, certified by CSA for Canada and US, Argentina IRAM, Singapore PSB, Russia GOST, China CCIB, Taiwan BSMI

Energy Management

Power consumption (off):
Power consumption (standby):
Power consumption (typical): / 200
Power Requirements: / Input voltage (autoranging): 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz), 2 amps max

Media Formats

Maximum media length (imperial): / 66
Maximum media width (imperial): / 24
Maximum print length (imperial): / 300 ft; Operating system and application dependent
Maximum roll length: / 300 ft\n91.4 m
Media sizes standard (imperial rolls): / 8.5 to 24-in wide sheets, 11 to 24-in rolls

Networking

Embedded web server: / Yes
Network ready: / Yes
Networking features: / HP Jetdirect Fast/Giga Ethernet Embedded Print Server

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:
Operating altitude (imperial): / 9842 ft
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range: / 20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T): / 5 - 40
Recommended humidity operating range:
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T): / 15 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range: / 0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-13 - 131
Storage temperature range (T-T): / -13 - 131

Other Features

Color accuracy: / Median < 1.6 dE2000, 95% of colors < 2.8 dE2000
Color stability: / < 1 dE2000 in less than 5 minutes
Compatible ink types, supplies: / HP Vivera pigment inks
Control panel: / 240 x 160 pixels grayscale graphical display with Asian fonts support, 4 direct-access buttons and 7 navigation buttons, 2 bicolor lights (Ready, Processing, Attention, Error)
Driver LAN: / Novell NetWare 3.x/4.x clients
Driver updates: / Latest Windows printer drivers information available at http:// and more information on all printer drivers available at http:///country/us/en/support.html?pageDisplay=drivers.
Installation steps:
JetDirect Compatible Products: / Y
Line accuracy: / +/- 0.2 %
Line width minimum: / 0.002 in
Maximum optical density (black): / 2.5 maximum black optical density (4 L* min) with HP Premium Instant Dry Photo Gloss media
Non-printable area (imperial cut-sheet): / 0.2 x 0.67 x 0.2 x 0.2 in
Print repeatability:Average < 0.5 dE2000, 95% of colors < 1.4 dE2000
Printing material waterfastness: / Water-resistant on a range of HP creative and speciaty papers
Quantity per pallet: / 1
Roll maximum input: / 1

Paper Handling

Bottom copy margin:14 mm
Lateral margins:5 mm
Left metric copy margin:5 mm
Margins, leading/trailing edges:Roll: 5 mm or borderless; sheet: 5 mm (top), 5 mm (right), 5 mm (left), 14 mm (bottom)
Maximum length of sheet media: / 1676.4 mm
Maximum media width: / 610 mm
Maximum paper trays:2
Maximum print length:
Media handling: / Sheetfeed, roll feed, automatic cutter (cuts all media except canvas)
Media sizes supported (imperial): / A, B, C, D
Media thickness:> 0.8
Media thickness (by paper path): / Up to 0.8 mm
Media types supported: / Photographic paper (satin, gloss, semi-gloss, matte), proofing paper (high-gloss, semi-gloss, matte), fine art printing material (canvas, smooth, textured, watercolor), self-adhesive and vinyl (polypropylene, vinyl), sign and banner (display film, banner, scrim, polypropylene, Tyvek, outdoor paper), bond and coated (bond, coated, heavyweight coated, super heavyweight coated)
Non-printable area roll media (imperial): / 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 in (borderless on glossy roll media)
Print margin cut-sheet: / 5 x 17 x 5 x 5
Print margin roll: / 0.197
Recommended media weight: / 500 g/m2
Right metric copy margin:5 mm
Roll bottom margin:5 mm or borderless
Roll external diameter: / 5.35
Roll left margin:5 mm or borderless
Roll right margin:5 mm or borderless
Roll top margin:0.197
Standard media sizes: / A4, A3, A2, A1
Top metric copy margin:5 mm

Performance

Built-in processor:Mobile Intel Centrino
Hard Drive Capacity: / 40
Internal memory: / 128
Maximum internal memory:
Processor frequency: / 600

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports: / 1 LAN, 1 USB, 1 EIO
Interface: / 1 10/100Base-T Ethernet RJ-45 port, 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified port, 1 EIO Jetdirect accessory slot
Optional connectivity:

Power

Power consumption (typical):200
Power Requirements:Input voltage (autoranging): 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz), 2 amps max

Print Quality

Ink drop: / 4 pl (lc, lm, lg, pK, E, G), 6 pl (M, Y, mK, R, GN, B)
Minimum line width: / 0.00200
Optional Printer Languages: / HP GL2/RTL
Print quality (black, best quality): / 2400 x 1200
Print quality (black, draft quality): / 1200
Print quality (black, normal quality): / 1200
Print quality (color, best quality):
Print quality (color, draft quality):1200 x 1200
Print quality (color, draft uality): / 1200 x 1200
Print quality (color, normal quality): / 1200 x 1200
Print resolution (color, normal quality):1200 x 1200
Printer management: / HP Web Jetadmin
Printing colors: / Blue, Gloss enhancer, Green, Light cyan, Light grey, Light magenta, Magenta, Matte black, Photo black, Red, Yellow
Printing material lightfastness:Approximately 200 years
Standard printer languages:

Print Technology

Color management: / HP Color Center, HP Vivera pigment inks, HP embedded spectrophotometer
Number of print cartridges:
Print head: / 6 (magenta and yellow, light magenta and light cyan, photo black and light gray, matte black and red, gloss enhancer and gray, blue and green)
Print head nozzles: / 2112

Printing

Print speed (color image, best quality, glossy paper): / 1.6 m2/hr\n17 ft2/hr
Print speed (color image, draft quality, coated paper): / 13.9 m2/hr\n150 ft2/hr
Print speed (color image, normal quality, coated paper): / 72 ft2/hr\n6.9 m2/hr
Print speed (color image, normal quality, glossy paper): / 38 ft2/hr\n3.5 m2/hr
Print time (color image ISO N5, best quality, D coated paper): / 9.8 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, best quality, D glossy paper): / 15 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, best quality, metric A1 glossy paper): / 15 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, draft quality, A1 coated paper): / 2 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, draft quality, D coated paper): / 2.0 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, draft quality, D glossy paper): / 5.8 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, normal metric A1 coated paper): / 4.2 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, normal metric A1 glossy paper): / 7.9 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, normal quality, D coated paper): / 4.2 min/page
Print time (color image ISO N5, normal quality, D glossy paper): / 7.9 min/page

Software

Bundled software: / Printer drivers, HP Printer Utility including HP Color Center

Sound Emission

Acoustic power emissions: / 6.5 B(A)
Acoustic power emissions (standby): / 4.4 B(A)
Acoustic pressure emissions:

System Requirements

Browser supported: / Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher, Netscape 6.0.1 and higher, Safari for Mac OS 10.3 and higher, Mozilla 1.5 and higher
Compatible operating systems:
Minimum system requirements: / Microsoft Windows 2000/XP: Pentium IV, 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB available hard disk space\nWindows 2000: Pentium III processor, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB available hard disk space, 733 MHz; Windows XP Professional: Pentium IV processor, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB available hard disk space, 1 GHz\nMicrosoft Windows 2000/XP: Pentium IV, 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 2 GB available hard disk space\nMac OS X v10.2, v10.3, v10.4 and later, PowerPC G4, G5, or Intel Core Processor, 1 GB Ram, 2 GB available hardware disk
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh: / Mac OS X v 10.2, v 10.3, v 10.4 and later; PowerPC G3 or Intel Core Processor; 256 MB RAM; 1 GB available hardware disk

Weight & Dimensions

Designjet model size (metric):24
Dimension note (imperial): / For US, CA, LAR, EMEA (49.7 x 26 x 15.4 inches for AP)
Dimension note (metric): / For US, CA, LAR, EMEA (1262 x 661 x 391 mm for AP)
Dimensions (W x D x H):60.96
Dimensions (WxDxH): / 49.7 x 26 x 41.2
Maximum dimensions (W x D x H): / 49.7 x 28.8 x 41.2
Package dimensions (W x D x H): / 57.8 x 30.7 x 29.1
Package dimensions (WxDxH): / 57.9 x 30.7 x 29.1
Package weight: / 224.9
Package weight (imperial):225 lb (US, CA, LAR, EMEA), 195 lb (AP)
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H): / 57.9 x 30.7 x 29.1
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):57.8 x 30.7 x 29.1
Pallet weight:
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD): / 49.7
Size: / 49.7
Weight: / 143.3
Weight (imperial):For US, CA, LAR, EMEA (103.6 lb for AP)\n143 lb