How New Canon Printers Differ from the HP Designjet 500

If you still use an HP Designjet 500, perhaps it’s time to consider a new Canon imagePROGRAF printer.

When the HP Designjet 500 was introduced more than 10 years ago, it was one of the first affordable standalone color wide-format inkjet printers for office use. The HP Designjet 500 provided a convenient way for architects, engineers, home builders, and other individual users of CAD and GIS software to print their own line drawings, presentation panels and bids, renderings, maps, and business charts.

Since then, software has become more robust, files have become bigger, and everyone must work faster, more efficiently, and more collaboratively.

To keep up with these changes in the workplace, inkjet printer manufacturers have developed faster, more versatile wide-format inkjet printers. For example, here are just a few benefits of upgrading from a discontinued printer such as the HP Designjet 500 to a new, more versatile Canon imagePROGRAF printer.

Your prints will last longer. Aqueous ink formulations have been significantly improved over the last 10 years. Canon’s five-color reactive inkset combines longer-lasting dye inks with a pigment black ink that provides sharp lines and text that don’t bleed into blocks of color.

You will see sharper lines and clearer photos in all types of prints. Canon’s newest models of wide-format inkjet printers for technical printing can output drawings, maps, and photos at resolutions of 2400 x 1200 dpi. This results in sharper lines and finer details than the 1200 x 600 dpi maximum resolution of the HP Designjet .

You don’t have to wait as long for files to process and print. When the HP Designjet 500 was introduced, its top speed of 17 drawings per hour was impressive. That speed pales in comparison to new Canon printers that can output an Arch D size drawing on plain paper in about 22 seconds.

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF840

New printers such as the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF840 can print on everything from plain bond papers and films to photo papers, canvas, banner media, and fine art papers up to 31 mil thick.

Plus, file sizes have grown bigger because design software now makes it possible to include more color, higher-resolution images, and detailed renderings in every print. The Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in new printers makes it possible to transfer all this data in less time. Once the files have been transferred, you can store them on the 320GB hard drive built into the printer so you can quickly print out additional copies later.

You can collaborate more easily. Canon’s Direct Print & Share file sharing software makes it possible to compile print jobs that include PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and HP/GL-2 files submitted by different people.

You can print on a wider choice of newer materials. The first Designjet printers for technical drawings are unable to handle papers or films thicker than 9 mil. The newest Canon imagePROGRAF printers (the iPF850/iPF840/iPF830) can not only handle bond papers and films, but also inkjet photo papers, canvas, banner media, and fine-art media up to 31 mils thick. On the iPF850 and iPF840, you can load two rolls of media and switch between them automatically. Switch between different types of media or keep longer jobs running without having to stop and load another roll.

You have greater control over ink costs per print. Buying ink in 700 ml tanks instead of HP Designjet cartridges that only hold 28 or 69 ml of ink can save time and money over the long run. With the sub-ink tanks on a Canon’s imagePROGRAF printer, you can swap out inks without having to stop and interrupt the print job.

The Accounting Manager feature in Canon print software lets you track the ink and media costs of each print job. With the built-in Economy Mode, you can save time and ink when making prints for your own use.

You can print PDFs wirelessly from an iPad. Use the imagePROGRAF Print Utility iPad app to print PDF, jpg, or png files. You can enlarge or reduce the print size, choose monochrome or color, and choose portrait or landscape orientation.

You can create professional-looking posters whenever you need them. With PosterArtist Lite software, you don’t have to hire a graphic designer to make posters for your office or engineering department. Simply download a template and follow the tips available on the PosterArtist website.

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It’s a testament to the strength of HP engineering that you can still get useful output from the HP Designjet 500 or 510. But once you upgrade to a modern printer, you will be amazed to see how much speed, quality, and efficiency you’ve been missing.

Continuing to use an outdated printer is like using a flip-phone or computer than was introduced more than 10 years ago.

If you disagree, let us know how and why you still use your trusty old HP Designjet 500.

If you’re ready to choose a newer, more modern model of wide-format inkjet printer for your office or studio, call the customer-service team at Freedom Paper 1-866-310-3335. We have helped thousands of individuals upgrade to the perfect model for the way they work today, and we can help you too!


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