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HP LATEX 1500

Discussion in 'User Product Reviews' started by Kanabe Gabriella, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. Kanabe Gabriella

    Kanabe Gabriella New Member

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    What are your experiences with HP Latex 1500?
    How long have you been using it? What are the pros/cons?
     
  2. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Do you need 10'?

    If not, it's cheaper and easier to print on 2 or 3 570s than the 1500 when you account for media waste and load/unload time.
     
  3. Kanabe Gabriella

    Kanabe Gabriella New Member

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    Yes, I need 10’ wide...
    But do you have any suggestions on other printers similar to the Latex 1500 that can print 10’ wide media?
     
  4. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    What is your primary use?
     
  5. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    I always found those to be a bit pricey compared to some alternatives tbh. You can probably get 2 mimaki UJV55-320’s for that price. There are a lot of superwides in that price range that can print a lot quicker and have white options too.

    that’s going on specs and prices alone. Not sure how well the consumables and ink costs fare here. You’ll probably always be looking to spend more on ink than you do on your printer if you’re going to be kept busy and make a reasonable ROI so the inks/consumables should play a huge part.

    As far as actually using them, there’s a printers nearby that swear by them. But they also have two R2000’s so must like their HP’s!
     
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  6. Kanabe Gabriella

    Kanabe Gabriella New Member

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    Mainly fabric, wallpaper and PVC material (as for truck tarpaulins) printing
    Important is that we need to be able to print both on fabric and PVC up to 3.2 m / 10' wide.
     
  7. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    For that, I would look into a Vanguard VKR, way superior quality, color, and durability. It just doesn't have the stretchability that latex has, but you aren't doing wraps so you are ok.
     
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    My favourite thing about the vanguards is they’re always just like “oh you’re busier now, no need to add a new printer, just get another row of heads”.
     
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  9. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Their machines are fast!
     
  10. Kanabe Gabriella

    Kanabe Gabriella New Member

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    Thank you
    My question is that would you recommend it for direct textile/fabric printing too, concerning the fact that it is a UV printer?
    And how do you check the flexibility of the inks? What inks would you recommend?
     
  11. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Yes, it is suitable for fabrics, it works well from our testing. From some people in the know at Vanguard, they are working on highly flexible ink. I suggest you reach out to them and let them know your applications and they would be the best at guiding you down the right path. Dave and his team are awesome.
     
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