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What Printer is Right for you?

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Large-Format Plotters

When looking for a Large-Format Printer or Plotter, there are TONS of options and the market is always growing and evolving. Our job at PlotterPro Solutions is to provide knowledgeable, up to date information on the best, and newest equipment. When considering a new unit, it is important to determine specific business needs.


Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305


  • Ideal for CAD/Technical, Corporate, Outdoor media, and Marketing
  • Product Type: Inkjet Printers
  • Ink Type: Pigment Inks
    • 5 colors: Matte Black, Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
  • Software included: TM Unified Printer Driver, Direct Print & Share, Free Layout Plus, Accounting Manager, PosterArtist Lite, AutoCad® Optimized Printer Driver, Media Configuration Tool, and Canon Print Service


  • Print Speed: 144 D/hr
  • Print Res: 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi
  • Technology: FINE (Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
  • LUCIA TD Pigment Ink Set
    • Sub-Ink Tank System
    • 130mL or 300mL ink bottles
  • Media: Flat stacking basket
  • Wi-Fi Compatible
  • 3″ color touchscreen operation panel 
  • 6-channel PF-06 print head

HP DesignJet T1600


  • Ideal for CAD/Technical 
  • Product Type: Inkjet Printers
  • Ink Type: Dye-based
    • 6 ink cartridges: C, M, Y, G, pK, mK
  • Software available: HP Click, HP mobile, ePrint and iOS/Android support plus the HP Smart app for mobile, HP Web Jetadmin, HP JetAdvantage Security Manager, HP SmartTracker


  • Print Speed: 180 D/hr
  • Print Res: 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi
  • Technology: HP Thermal Inkjet
  • Media: Sheet feed, front-loading roll feed
  • Printhead: 1 universal printhead


After reviewing the Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305 and the HP DesignJet T1600, both units deliver quality output for working professionals in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry, but the Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305 has many more advantages.

With the use of Canon’s unique LUCIA TD pigment ink, the Canon TM-305 does not stop at high quality CAD drawings and GIS maps. When this pigment ink is combined with water resistant media, the Canon TM-305 can also create posters, signage and displays that withstand many outdoor conditions and outdoor jobsites. The Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305 includes a 3″ color touchscreen operation panel making it easy to view printer information as well as perform simple operations.

Providing a variety of different options while consistently delivering crisp color and excellent definition in light contrast areas, the Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305 has plenty advantages over other large-format printers.