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HP Latex Printers - a Quick Guide

Updated on March 8, 2018
Have fun with Latex printers - you can do lots of cool stuff - and if you purchase the 'Print and Cut Solution' it will provide an even greater array of print applications to keep you and your customers happy.
Have fun with Latex printers - you can do lots of cool stuff - and if you purchase the 'Print and Cut Solution' it will provide an even greater array of print applications to keep you and your customers happy.

Why buy a HP Latex Printer?

You should always choose a HP Latex Printer over and above a HP DesignJet printer IF your prints are going to be displayed outdoors for any period of time. This is due to the fact that both the ink and media will last up to 5 years when laminated or 3 years unlaminated. This is in contrast to HP DesignJet printers and other large format printers which use either standard pigment ink or dye ink, which are meant for very short term outdoor use with lamination.


HP Latex Outdoor Displays - media lasts up to 5 years with lamination
HP Latex Outdoor Displays - media lasts up to 5 years with lamination

If you want to do some 'cool stuff' with your printing - such as print wallpaper or decals, vehicle wraps or textile printing then this is another reason to opt for a HP Latex Printer. This printer doesn't just print on paper or canvas, it can do a lot more. While you can just purchase the printer standalone, we also suggest you consider purchasing the "Print and Cut Solution" which includes the Printer and a separate Cutter. The cutter will cut around shapes making it ideal for labels or T shirts etc... This enables you to create a wider array of products with your printer.

HP Latex printers offer maximum versatility - enabling limitless printing applications like vehicle graphics, billboards, floor decals, wall decals, stickers, labels, customizable clothes and much more
HP Latex printers offer maximum versatility - enabling limitless printing applications like vehicle graphics, billboards, floor decals, wall decals, stickers, labels, customizable clothes and much more

How does a Latex Printer compare with an Eco-Solvent Printer?

Professional printing companies will usually prefer to use Latex Printers versus the older eco-solvent printers for outdoor work because Latex Printers offer a sustainable approach that's better for both the operators and the environment (HP Video - comparison of Latex Printers versus Eco-solvent printers) - notably the Latex Printers also meet all of the health and safety regulations for supplying locations like hospitals and care homes, allowing print service providers to appeal to a wider target market.

Latex printing can go places where solvent printing can't - such as in hospitals - and they don't need curing time before being laminated as it can be done immediately.
Latex printing can go places where solvent printing can't - such as in hospitals - and they don't need curing time before being laminated as it can be done immediately.

What can Latex Printers do that other large format printers such as HP DesignJets can't do?

HP Latex printers simply offer a higher degree of versatility with a wider array of substrates and you can laminate your prints immediately without waiting for your prints to dry. In short, a Latex printer offers limitless printing applications including:

  • Vehicle wrapping/vehicle graphics
  • billboards
  • banners
  • displays
  • exhibition graphics
  • floor graphics
  • wall decals
  • window graphics
  • stickers
  • labels
  • customizable clothing and textiles
  • posters
  • back lit graphics for light boxes
  • canvas prints
  • maps
  • point of sale and point of purchase posters
  • ...and much more

HP Latex Applications Video

What type of ink do the HP Latex Printers use?

HP Latex Inks use a type of polymer to encapsulate the pigment, which is suspended in water as a carrier liquid to enable it to be jetted through the printheads. Heat is used to evaporate the water, and also to activate the polymers to bind the pigments to the media.

HP Latex ink is a water based ink with a difference!
HP Latex ink is a water based ink with a difference!

How easy are Latex Printers to use?

Latex Printers are as easy to use as other HP Large Format DesignJet printers - but importantly they also come bundled with free software solutions called HP Signage Suite2 and HP WallArt Suite3 to help bring your ideas to life - with no design skills needed - which ensures that you can hit the ground running when designing your Signage, T-Shirts and Wallpaper etc.


Free software comes with all HP Latex Printers, called HP Signage Suite2 and HP WallArt Suite3 - allowing you to easily design your own Signage, T-Shirts, Wallpaper. No design skills needed!
Free software comes with all HP Latex Printers, called HP Signage Suite2 and HP WallArt Suite3 - allowing you to easily design your own Signage, T-Shirts, Wallpaper. No design skills needed!

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