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HP Intros Designjet 120

Printer offers wide-format and narrow-format printing By Dave Nagel
HP today introduced its new Designjet 120, a six-color printing system for printing both standard and large-format projects. The new model offers a combination of a standard media tray and a 24-inch paper path. It's available now and is compatible with Macintosh and Windows systems.

The new Designjet 120 offers six-color printing at 2,400 DPI with an automatic closed-loop color calibration system. According to HP, the system's printing drivers are designed specifically for RGB workflows and offers an optional Adobe RIP for CMYK color matching and emulation.

Optionally, the printer can include an HP RIP with support for standard automatic Pantone calibration, color emulation standards (Apple ColorSync, ICC profiles) and offset press emulations (EuroScale, SWOP, DIC, JMPA and TOYO). An HP software RIP is also optional, with support for Adobe PostScript workflow for CMYK printing. The HP RIP supports Mac and Windows.

Other features include:

  • Support for other manufacturers' software RIPs;
  • Ability to print custom sizes from 3" x 5.6" to 24 inches wide;
  • 100-sheet media tray for sizes up to tabloid, plus a front bypass slot for cut sheet media up to 24 inches;
  • A rear bypass slot for rigid media up to 80 lbs.;
  • Individually replaceable ink cartridges in six colors;
  • Includes drivers for Mac OS X 10.2 and Windows with graphics features for color control of CMY;
  • Support for parallel and USB connections;
  • Optional HP Jetdirect print server card (included with the Designjet 120nr) for Ethernet networking.

The HP Designjet 120 is available now in a standard configuration for $1,295. The network version, the Designjet 120nr, is available for $1,895. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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