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Any Colorado 1650 Owners.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Printers' started by Bly, Oct 12, 2019 at 7:11 PM.

  1. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Care to share your experience with this printer?
    I'm curious about:
    Media compatibility.
    User friendliness.
    Actual sellable print speeds gloss and matte.
    Double sided operation.
     
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  2. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    We have a 1640 but went to a demo of the 1650.

    looks like they’ve ironed out a lot of the problems that still exist with the 1640 (that they should’ve just fixed there, that’s another story).

    the sellable print speeds were still actually pretty quick. We took our own media’s down and there wasn’t any banding on the “production” speed for gloss and Matt.

    as far as user friendliness goes, they’ve fixed a few things that bugged me, such as being unable to advance the media from the machine, the calibration now calibrates at every print speed instead of just reliance.

    user friendliness, it’s the same as the 1640, if you’ve used a wide format printer before, it’ll be straightforward enough.

    when we went to the demo (last week) the canon rep said double sided was still being worked on and the tolerances currently were about 1.5 inches. And it’s not as smart or “automated” as they lead you to believe. Also said there’s about 3’ of wasted material either side of the prints so if you’re offering d/s, make it long runs. (All this despite the fact they’re placing units in the field).

    all I’ll say is, if there’s anything you’re not happy with, with that machine. Don’t expect canon to fix it, just wait until they’ve sold a bunch, failed to fix it then released a 1660..
     
  3. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    Forgot media compatibility, all the SAV’s we tried were a lot better than on our 1640, but still not great. I hear a lot of the companies are actually happy to warranty their SAV now so there’s a start at least
     
  4. zspace

    zspace Merchant Member

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    We installed a 1650 about 10 days ago. We’ve been running basic stuff - IJ35 and banner material. Our initial impressions are favorable.

    IJ35 runs at just over 400sq ft per hour. Banners run better than twice that speed. The banners look fine at the higher speed with just a small reduction in ink saturation. We have the option to run the IJ35 at the higher speed but haven’t tested it yet since speeds over 450 sfph turns off all the auto quality features.

    We have only run gloss mode and we are happy with the print quality and initial durability of the the ink. We have a couple of wall covering jobs coming up so we’ll be putting the matte mode through it’s paces next week.

    Double sided prints are definitely not automatic. The material has to be webbed from the back roll with the front roll removed. It takes a little time to set up. We probably won’t get a ton of use from that feature.

    We have not seen the ink cracking issues people mention with the 1640. We’ve cut a lot of full bleed decals without any edge chipping. The ink seems flexible enough that we are going to do some easy wraps with it to test the stretch limits.
     
  5. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Thanks guys.
    I'm going to a demo tomorrow.
     
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