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HP's Brobdingnagian printer

My colleague and fellow Dialogue Box presenter Rupert Goodwins draws my attention to a product we really must take a look at — if we can get it into the building.Observe the HP Scitex TJ8300 printer pictured below.
Written by Charles McLellan, Senior Editor

My colleague and fellow Dialogue Box presenter Rupert Goodwins draws my attention to a product we really must take a look at — if we can get it into the building.

Observe the HP Scitex TJ8300 printer pictured below. Looks like a regular desktop inkjet does it not?

However, when we superimpose a pair of normal (or relatively normal) people, it's clear that this is, in fact, no ordinary inkjet. The thing is 2 metres tall, and handles media up to 1.65m by 3.7m in size.

Large-format printers for billboards and other kinds of signage are nothing new, of course, but what's brilliant about the HP Scitex TJ8x00 series is how it looks just like a standard desktop inkjet — only much, much bigger. The display on the right-hand end of the picture above isn't a little preview screen, it's a proper desktop monitor! The ink tanks (it's a 6-colour piezoelectric inkjet) must be the size of dustbins...

Back in May, HP plastered Cannes with enormous Scitex-printed posters during the Film Festival. You can see one here:

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