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Considering an HP5500 Designjet - Good or bad?

Discussion in 'Hewlett Packard' started by Digital_Insight, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Digital_Insight

    Digital_Insight New Member

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    Hello all

    I am considering buying an HP 5500 Designjet

    I mostly need something that can print posters - generally 24 x 36

    I would also like to do some banner printing on 13 oz vinyl.

    Looking for feedback on the HP 5500

    Good? Bad? Durable? High or low maintenance?

    Head life? and cost to replace the heads?

    That sort of thing......

    Thanks in advance.

    Rob

    www.digitalinsightprinting.com
     
  2. wes70

    wes70 Very Active Member

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    They are a dependable, low maintenance workhorse. Great for posters, not for 13oz banners. Considered for indoor media.
     
  3. bilge

    bilge Member

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    legendary printer, but if you need to print a very high quality poster you'd better look at Z6200. It is 2 times faster and 2 times higher resolution. wes70 is right, you forget about 13oz banners
     
  4. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Good poster printer.
    Inks and media are more expensive than eco solvent.
     
  5. Clear Choice

    Clear Choice Member

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    Give Josh with BigFish Digital Media a call 714-369-3321.
    He can answer all your questions about this printer.
    He has some great prices on the inks, printheads and
    substrates.
     
  6. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Major Contributor

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    Latex all the way for those apllications you will save thousands by using latex. The 5500 is a great unit but Latex is what I reccomend. My guy promised me he would be calling you today about his used L25500
     
  7. vroongraphics

    vroongraphics Member

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    I still use mine for poster printing, no complaints. I have a 5500PS using UV aqueous inks...PM me with any Q's, if you are still interested in more "user feedback"
     
  8. Nine22

    Nine22 New Member

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    Great printer...super work horse! No probs...heads can last a long time! A++ id pick it over my Epson Pro 9000! :)
     
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