HP announces Z6 and Z9 series printers

HP has added two new printer series, the Z6 and Z9, to its range of aqueous wide format printers. There are several printers in each series, with a range of 610cm and 1.1m wide models.

This HP Z9 is a nine-colour aqueous ink printer aimed at high quality photo printing applications.

The Z9 is aimed at those users requiring photo quality output while the Z6 series is designed for retailers and service providers looking for a simple solution with decent quality. The Z6 is also meant for use with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), offering an easy to use system with high quality printing and good water/fade resistance.

The main highlight is the use of HP’s High Definition Nozzle Architecture or HDNA with the printheads. This includes the Dual Drop approach, basically a form of greyscale by firing two different drop sizes together. There’s a new Vivid Photos inkset, with chromatic red, chromatic green, and chromatic blue, which delivers the same colour gamut with nine inks as the previous series achieved with 12 colours. HP has also added Pantone Emulation to match brand colours. These inks are said to be both water- and fade-resistant.

Some printers in these series gain a new vertical trimmer, which should reduce the need for a further cutting process and generally improve the overall productivity.

Guayente Sanmartin, general manager and global head of HP’s Large Format Design Printing, commented: “We thoughtfully designed the new printers to deliver impressive photo quality without compromising time resources and output speeds with the new vertical trimmer and innovative colour technologies.”

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