HP has updated its low budget wide format latex printers, replacing the 110 with a new Latex 115 model, though frankly I can’t see what’s actually been updated.
This is a 1.3m wide machine with six colours – CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta. It uses six of HP’s existing thermal print head that delivers 1200 dpi native resolution. It appears to use the same inks as the older model, and offers the same productivity, ranging from 5 to 48 sqm/hr including 12 sqm/hr for Indoor Quality. It even uses the same maintenance kit and weighs the same so there’s obviously no major changes in the system. My advice would be to opt for the Latex 110 and haggle for a lower price now that’s ‘obsolete’.
The only obvious change is that there’s now a 115 print and cut version that’s said to offer a complete solution for applications such as labels, stickers and window graphics. It comes with the FlexiPrint and Cut RIP from SAi, which is a proven solution. It includes a barcode and Optical Positioning System for setting up the cutter. Essentially this solution means bundling the printer with a separate cutter. Buyers should be aware that the cutter will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than the printer and should check that the cutter can be used with other printers, including those from other vendors.