HP DesignJet T230 Review: Compact and efficient printer
HP’s DesignJet T series encompasses the world’s smallest plotter printers which leads the charge in its respective series. However, it would be a sin to forget about the basic models, where we find the HP DesignJet T230 , which stands out for being the most affordable of the group (although not necessarily economical), as well as due to its simplicity when working, convenience and practicality.
This 24-inch plotter is perfect for printing plans, posters, renders, presentations, maps, and more with accurate line quality and crisp text. At the same time, it can work with letter-size sheets or photographic paper for more conventional uses.
The main advantage here is its small size, which the manufacturer takes advantage of and advertises as the “smallest large format plotters in the world”. If you are interested in knowing it in greater detail, you have come to the right place.
Compact design printer
Usually the design and appearance of a printer is not something we take into account, after all, we only care about the functionality of the printer, but in the case of the HP DesignJet T230, it is a key factor.
In this sense, HP boasts of having created one of the smallest plotters on the market; We are talking about size dimensions of 1013 x 440 x 285 mm and a weight of 21.5 kilograms, which for a product in this category is not enough, and the best thing is that it does not come at the cost of the characteristics that matter most.
In this vein, the plotter may be small, but it can handle rolls of paper up to 24 inches wide and sheets up to 24 by 74.7 inches. With that said, the HP T230 will save you a lot of space in the office or home; therefore, it is ideal for both individuals and small and medium-sized businesses.
As an additional fact, 30% of the materials used in it come from recycled plastic, so it is a product manufactured with the environment in mind.
Features and printing
Getting into the technical details, the HP DesignJet T230 is a thermal inkjet plotter that is useful for printing A3 / B and A1 / D projects of multiple sizes without having to change the media manually, since it includes its respective automatic feed roller .
With the DesignJet T230 you can print documents with a width of up to 610mm, which is not bad for a plotter in this range. Likewise, it works with the typical A4, A3, A2 and A1 formats , supporting the most commonly used materials, such as bond and coated paper, photographic, film, technical and even self-adhesive paper. When it comes to color printing, it has an optimized resolution of up to 2,400 x 1,200 pixels per inch .
As if that were not enough, HP boasts of how fast this small plotter can print, reaching an average of 35 seconds per A1 / D plot, which translates to 68 A1 prints per hour. Also, the printer’s workload is managed by 500MB of onboard memory.
As expected, the printer is powered by a system of 4 cartridges (black, cyan, magenta and yellow), of which we can obtain 101 A1 / D pages using 20ml of ink (and taking into account the maintenance routines).
Being an HP printer, we already know that it is intended to work only with Original HP cartridges, something that can certainly be circumvented, but that comes with its own risks and drawbacks.
Connectivity and apps
The HP DesignJet T230 makes it easy for us to connect with our devices, not only does it have a classic USB 2.0 port, but it also has Gigabit Ethernet and Wi- Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n wireless connectivity .
In the same way, it is compatible with a large number of HP programs and applications to manage the print queue, such as HP Click , HP Smart App, HP Easy Start , among others. Therefore, it will be a piece of cake to connect to the plotter from your computer or smartphone and start printing with just a few clicks.