HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch review: Scandi-style printing


There are many large format plotters to choose from, but most of them are quite ugly. HP aims to change that: its DesignJet Studio family provides an affordable entry point into large-scale printing and manages to look good at the same time.

Targeting architects and designers, the line includes four models – two 24-inch-wide versions for the A1 print and two 36-inch wide for A0. Distinctive designs include the choice of a smart steel finish for the top surface, or a wood effect for the Scandinavian touch.

We have tested the latter and can honestly say that it is smart enough that you want to show it to your customers. Nowhere is a trace of boring gray or black: the rest of the chassis is constructed of plain white plastic, with the printer sitting on a minimalist white steel tube stand.

HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch review: features and paper handling

Our review sample arrived fully assembled, but we doubt it will take you long to assemble the bracket with the included Torx T-bar driver. The printer sits comfortably on top, about waist-high, and is secured firmly in place with metal brackets on either side. The lower part of the stand provides a thick canvas shelf for storing prints and paper supplies. Above, there is a slide bar with a spring-loaded canvas paper collection tray, which can be pushed back under the printer when not in use.

The plotter offers three paper entry methods. The main feeder supports paper rolls up to 610mm wide; remove it and you can load single sheets in the feed slot or use the multi-sheet feeder for A3 or A4 media. The printer can automatically switch between sources as needed, or you can manually select a source on the 8cm color touchscreen on the top panel – and although that does seem a bit small compared to the size of the unit itself, it offers easy access to all settings.

HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch test: Drivers and software

The printer is well connected, with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2, as well as support for WiFi Direct and AirPrint. We found that installing the software took around 10 minutes, with the One-Time Setup utility loading Windows printer drivers as well as the HP Print Preview, Support Assistant, and Click apps.

This latest application makes it easy to print multiple designs, posters and documents. You can simply drag and drop files into its interface, mix them according to your needs, use the nesting feature to organize them automatically to minimize paper waste, choose your driver settings and click Print.

You can also use the HP Application Center cloud portal to create posters. Run it on a host with Click installed, and when you’ve created your artwork, it can be sent directly to Click for printing. Mobile users can also participate with free smart apps from HP.

As you might expect, the printer has its own web interface that provides extensive information on supplies as well as tools for wireless network setup, automatic firmware updates, and access to HP ePrint services. . After enabling ePrint, we were able to log into our HP Smart cloud account and assign a unique email address to the printer, allowing remote users to send documents to it from anywhere.

HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch test: Consumables

The printer ships with a set of half-empty starter cartridges; after they run out, he uses the same consumables as his DesignJet stable mates. The HP 712 C, M and Y ink cartridges cost around £ 30 each, while the black 38ml and 80ml cartridges will set you back £ 33 and £ 45 respectively.

Their lifespan naturally depends on your use. During our layout and poster printing tests, we could see a noticeable drop in ink levels, but this will be less of a problem with CAD drawings as it is mostly white space: HP estimates that 20 ml of ink will yield 101 A1 pages, based on designs with 5.2% page coverage.

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Replacing the cartridge is easy. Simply lift the flap at the front and the carrier pops up and presents itself ready to receive new supplies. Press down on a cartridge to release it, and new cartridges are installed pushing them in until they click into place. You can use a similar process to replace the entire printhead as needed – a new one costs £ 160, and removing the old head is just a matter of removing the cartridges and lifting a release lever.

HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch test: printing performance

HP claims the 24-inch DesignJet Studio can produce an A1 print in 26 seconds. This may be technically true, but it doesn’t take into account all of the paper handling operations that must take place before and after each print. We used the Click app to produce an A1 plane in fast mode and had to wait about 50 seconds in total, while the printer aligned the paper, finished printing, dried the ink, and finally cut the paper from the printer. roller.

Producing the same A1 print in Normal mode took a total of 90 seconds, and in Best mode the job took significantly over 370 seconds. For master copies, however, the wait may be worth it, as the output quality of blueprints, design plans, and posters is excellent. The lines of our test planes were crisp, crisp, and straight, with no noticeable dust, and there was not the slightest trace of banding in the large blocks of single color. Even in Normal mode, the printer produced bold and impactful posters and presentations, in weights ranging from 80 g / m² to 220 g / m².

HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch test: verdict

The HP DesignJet Studio is ideal for architects, designers and creative studios looking for an affordable large format printer. We found it easy to use and very versatile thanks to HP’s suite of desktop and mobile applications. It’s capable of producing extremely high-quality professional prints – and it sure doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the most stylish plotters we’ve ever seen.

HP DesignJet Studio 24-inch specifications

Format

Large Format A1 Printer / Plotter

Printing speed

26 seconds per page A1 (fast mode)

Memory

1 GB of RAM

Technology

HP Thermal Inkjet

Max. resolution

2400 x 1200 dpi

Ink type

Based on C, M, Y dye; based on pigment K

Connectivity

Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, USB 2, Wi-Fi Direct, AirPrint

Control Panel

8 cm color touchscreen

Paper entries

Paper roll (max width 610 mm), A1 single sheet, A3 / A4 sheet feeder

Maximum paper weight

Single roll / sheet: 280 g / m²; Feeder: 220 g / m²

Weight

33.6 kg

Dimensions

1013 x 555 x 932 mm (wide width)

guarantee

Hardware limited to 1 year

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