Summary: I've owned the HP Designjet 130 C7791C for several years. After trying to load the roll paper (unsuccessfully) 8 times this morning (truly) I decided to take a break to write this review before being 100% consumed by frustration. To summarize my prolonged experience: don't hold your breath while loading the paper, you'll die (I have a combined time of maybe 30 minutes at the most trying to load the roll in one attempt, that adds up to a lot of time over the years).
Summary: while I can say that I have not had the same issues as some users of this printer (the printer itself is functional, I have had few printing errors etc.) where I have the issue with is the maintenance software for the device. While they do have a version that is supposed to work with windows 7, I cannot get it to detect the printer.
Summary: The company I work for had this sitting on a shelf. It was purchased by a previous manager and never used. My current manager decided it would be a great time saver for some of our projects and had me get it set up. I has been nothing but a pain in my rear. We have had every problem everyone else has. Now I know why it was sitting on a shelf going unused. It's really sad because this thing could be so great to have in the office.
Summary: This printer will try to kill you. Not in a gruesome horror movie kind of way but in a raise your blood pressure to boil and eventually cause a heart attack kind of way. Where to begin? Loading paper -- individual sheets or using the optional roll feeder -- is nearly impossible. After a couple of hundred plots things will begin to break down and you will have to shell out $600 on new ink and print heads which will at best fix things for another 50 plots..
Summary: We purchased this plotter several years ago and have used it consistently at a low level for construction drawings and graphics (architectural firm). It has never really worked well-- trouble with loading paper, various error codes and color problems-- but recently the print color quality has eroded--- everything printing in shades of purple. So, I changed all the printheads ($350 worth of printheads). Color and the printer was working fine after the printhead change.
Summary: If u r looking for a $1200 machine that beeps everytime then this is for u!!! I have yet to successfully print ANYTHING on this printer. All it does is spit the paper out no matter where i load it from. And when this happens a loud BEEP comes from it. Every time!!! I hate it i hate it, i hate it. Dont let the 24" wide fool you. This only happens if u buy the "extra" roll feeder. If u dont have it u can only print 13" wide. If it does print.
Summary: This is not by any strech of the imagination, a home use printer. you would realy have to have a spacific reason for purchasing this type of printer, for photos, and graphis I feal that you can not do any better for the price then a hp designjet.
Summary: I purchased the DesignJet 130 in 2006 and while it hasn't been a perfect relationship the results have been fantastic. Every time I think I'll be upgrading to a Z3200 I crank some paper through the 130 and put the credit card back in my wallet. I have benefited greatly from the HP and Luminous Landscape forums whenever I've hit a technical problem over the years and I have also disassembled it once in order to purge some dried ink in one of the supply lines.
Summary: HP 130R was purchased to print CAD Drawings on Vellum drawing paper. It did not print true black, lines appeared grey and not black. I spent 2hrs with HP tech support online only to be told it does not support Vellum paper which is standard engineering drawing paper. I was also told it does not print true black, even though there is a print option for black and white in the driver. Other reviews indicate color fades over time.
For those of us who would rather print our posters at home
A. Siew, Amazon
9 February 2012
Summary: I have always had this love-hate relationship with desktop HP bubblejet / thermal inkjet printers: They offer better, more accurate color reproduction over comparable Canon printers, and are generally faster than comparable Epson printers when performing comparable same print quality. However, all of my HP machines have had horrific front and/or cassette loading mechanisms, and they have consistently misfed whatever media I put into them almost as soon as I take them out...