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Innovative new HP DesignJet Z Pro printers enable expanded application potential

HP-domiziana.tucci7193 20th of September 2021

With the two new HP DesignJet Z Pro devices, HP is offering print service providers (PSPs) and Geographic Information System (GIS) analysts the latest solutions to produce professional photo-quality prints and high precision colorful GIS-generated maps.

“As our customers continue to grapple with uncertain business conditions following a uniquely challenging past couple of years, we know that expanding their print application reach, an ability to move fast, and outstanding color and graphics performance define their large format printing needs”, said Daniel Martinez, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “This is why we’re introducing the new HP DesignJet Z Pro series. The portfolio is designed to help users navigate uncertain demand, respond to tighter deadlines, and unlock untapped potential in their own offerings.” 

Highest color quality with HP DesignJet 

Marking the 30-year anniversary of the very first DesignJet product, the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro offer PSPs and GIS analysts respectively the highest professional photo quality and precision,[1] along with leading security features.

Thanks to the chromatic RGB HP Vivid Photo Inks, HP DesignJet Z Pro users can now achieve 93% Pantone coverage – 26% more gamut compared to the previous generation – and produce prints with the image quality of a 12-ink printer with just nine inks.[2] Additional features such as the High-Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) printheads[3] and dual drop technology, which reduces visible grain and eliminates the need for light-colored inks, promise prints with clear details, and dazzling contrasts.[4]

The HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro, which offers the widest color gamut in its category,[5] is the perfect choice for PSPs looking for a professional photo-quality printer. Users can customize ICC profiles for their print jobs and achieve desired color accuracy and consistency.[6] PSPs also have the option to include the HP Gloss Enhancer Upgrade Kit to produce superior gloss uniformity. [7]

Additionally, the HP PrintOS mobile app lets PSPs take more control of their print operations – from monitoring performance and reacting to issues, to sharing media pre-sets remotely.[8] For the first time, the new HP DesignJet Z Pro printer series also incorporates the HP PrintOS Service Center application. This smart cloud-based solution enables users to gain a single, real-time view of all ongoing service cases, with updates that are accessible anytime, anywhere.

For GIS analysts looking to produce very precise maps, print sharp contour lines and text with close attention to keeping data secure, the new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro is the ideal printer. The Adobe PDF Print Engine[9] enables excellent transparencies and layer reproductions - while HP’s HDNA printheads[10] and HP Pixel Control deliver the highest precision,[11] as well as smooth gradients and distinct shades of color that are particularly needed for printing complex maps.

HP DesignJet Z6 Pro is the world's most secure large-format printer, promising the best data protection through encrypted communications and Access Control List.[12] Features such as HP Connection Inspector, HP Secure Boot, and Whitelisting ensure the best network protection, putting all worries about data security to rest.[13]

Both the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro also enhance efficiency with the fastest media handling, spindle-less and automatic roll feed.[14] The HP DesignJet Z6 Pro prints twice as fast on plain paper at the same quality[15] while the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro allows users to print up to 18% faster, with better quality, on satin photo media - and 46% faster on canvas.[16]

HP – a partner in sustainability 

  • The new HP DesignJet portfolio is rated as ENERGY STAR 3.0 compliant and EPEAT registered, meaning it uses less energy and is certified as an environmentally preferred product.[17]
  • The new HP DesignJet Z Pro printers are made of 30% recycled plastic, using over eight 16.9-oz (0.5-L) bottles worth of ocean-bound plastic, and are fully compatible with large format FSC®-certified papers[18], a range of recyclable HP media and free, a convenient take-back program for certain HP media.[19]
  • The new portfolio is fully compatible with HP Eco Carton Cartridges, achieving up to 80% reduction in plastic.[20] The outer carton of Eco-Carton cartridges can be disposed of through local cardboard recycling
  • DesignJet prints are recyclable, returnable, or non-hazardous and safe for disposal.[21]

Availability

The new HP DesignJet Z6 Pro and Z9+ Pro are expected to be available in all major markets on October 1st, 2021. Pricing information is available locally.

About HP

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at www.hp.com.


[1] Highest precision based on testing commissioned by HP and performed by Sogeti in March 2021 comparing the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro 64-in Printer and comparable competitive printers that represent the majority market share worldwide as of 2020 according to IDC, by comparing the minimum distance between two lines necessary to correctly reproduce the lines (the lower the distance, the higher the precision) printing on coated paper and Normal mode. Dual roll option must be purchased separately.

[2] Measured with Konica Minolta FD-9, with HP Premium Instant-dry Gloss Photo Paper in Best print mode (with Extra Passes selector enabled). Using gamut construction method = alpha shape with value = 1000, without colour management.

[3] See footnote '4'

[4] See footnote '4'

[5] Highest professional photo quality based on widest colour gamut. Testing commissioned by HP and performed by Sogeti in January 2021 comparing the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro 64-in Printer and comparable competitive printers that represent the majority market share worldwide as of 2020 according to IDC, comparing gamut volume in CIE Lab units (the higher, the better) printing on HP Premium Instant-dry Satin Photo Paper and Best mode. Test performed under the same conditions in all printers measuring the TC9.18 target with the i1 spectrophotometer from X-rite.

[6] Embedded in the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro 64-in Printer is an i1 spectrophotometer from X-Rite. Close collaboration between HP and X-Rite ensures a reliable solution that’s been thoroughly tested to meet customer demands for ease, quality, and dependability.

[7] Based on testing commissioned by HP and performed by Sogeti in January 2021 comparing the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro 64-in Printer and comparable competitive printers that represent the majority market share worldwide as of 2020 according to IDC, by comparing the standard deviation of gloss level in GU units at 20° measurement angle (the lower, the better) printing on photo gloss paper and Best mode. HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro 64-in Printer tested with HP Premium Instant-dry Gloss Photo Paper in Best mode and Gloss Enhancer activated. HP Gloss Enhancer can be used on photo paper with the exception of matte-finish papers. Not included, sold separately.

[8] Requires an HP PrintOS account, Internet connection, and connected Internet-capable device. For more information, see http://www.printos.com.

[9] Adobe PostScript®/PDF upgrade kit sold separately. The Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) is Adobe’s high speed, high fidelity print platform. Version 5.5 extends APPE’s leading edge for print reproduction with performance efficiencies and breakthrough rendering features. APPE 5.5 enables printers to increase workflow efficiency and capitalize on the profit potential of innovations in inkjet print technology. To learn more, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/pdfprintengine

[10] See footnote '5'

[11] Highest precision based on testing commissioned by HP and performed by Sogeti in March 2021 comparing the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro 64-in Printer and comparable competitive printers that represent the majority market share worldwide as of 2020 according to IDC, by comparing the minimum distance between two lines necessary to correctly reproduce the lines (the lower the distance, the higher the precision) printing on coated paper

and Normal mode

[12] Based on comparison of published security specifications commissioned by HP and performed by Sogeti in January 2021. Comparison of the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro 64-in Printer and competitors that represent the majority market share worldwide as of 2020 according to IDC. Comparison matrix and further details available upon request.

[13] See footnote '16'

[14] Based on testing commissioned by HP and performed by Sogeti in January 2021 comparing the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro 64-in Printer and comparable competitive printers that represent the majority market share worldwide as of 2020 according to IDC, by loading a 44-in roll of Oce draft paper 75g. Measuring time from loading the roll in the “roll holder” until the printer finishes the loading. Test performed under the same conditions in both printers (loading upper/top roll and using default settings for skew and size detection).

[15] Faster compared to the HP DesignJet Z6810 60-in Production Printer. Based on internal HP testing, January 2021. Using plain paper and Fast mode, the HP DesignJet Z6 Pro 64-in Printer can achieve speed of 1066 ft2/hr (99 m2/hr) at the same quality as the HP DesignJet Z6810 60-in Production Printer using plain paper and Normal mode at speed of 549 ft2/hr (51 m2/hr).

[16] Based on internal HP testing, January 2021 compared to the HP DesignJet Z6810 60-in Production Printer. Using HP Premium Instant-dry Satin Photo Paper in Best mode, the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro 64-in Printer can achieve speeds of 152 ft²/hr (14.1 m2/hr) compared to the HP DesignJet Z6810 60-in Production Printer that can achieve speeds of 129 ft2/hr (12.0 m2/hr). Using HP Artist Matte Canvas paper, in Normal mode, the HP DesignJet Z9+ Pro 64-in Printer can achieve speeds of 205 ft2/hr (19 m2/hr) compared to the HP DesignJet Z6810 60-in Production Printer that can achieve speeds of 97 ft2/hr (9 m2/hr).

[17] See footnote '2'

[18] BMG trademark license code FSC®-C115319, see http://www.fsc.org. HP trademark license code FSC®-C017543, see http://www.fsc.org. Not all FSC®‑certified products are available in all regions.

[19] Most HP large format paper-based printing materials can be recycled through commonly available recycling programs, or according to region-specific practices. Some HP media are eligible for return through the free, convenient HP Large Format Media take-back program. Programs may not exist in your area. See http://www.HPLFMedia.com/hp/ecosolutions for details. HP large format printing materials, both unprinted and printed with Original

[20] 80% figure for 1 litre Eco-Carton only. The percentage for other sizes will vary. The ink cartridge outer carton is 100% recyclable through local cardboard/paper programs. Customers should consult your local waste authorities on appropriate disposal. For take-back of prints and printheads, visit hp.com/recycle to see how to participate. Take-back program may not be available in your jurisdiction. Where this program is not available, and for other consumables not included in the program, consult your local waste authorities on appropriate disposal.

[21] Most HP large format paper-based printing materials can be recycled through commonly available recycling programs, or according to region-specific practices. Some HP media are eligible for return through the free, convenient HP Large Format Media take-back program. Programs may not exist in your area. See http://www.HPLFMedia.com/hp/ecosolutions for details. HP large format printing materials, both unprinted and printed with Original

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