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we are a small office of architects in new york city currently running vw 11 architect on mac os 10. we have used an epson 3000 for printing for the past four years. but now we are considering replacing it. we generally print 17 x 22 black and white drawings with some color. we also occasionally print photographs. does anyone have any recommendations for a wide format desktop printer that works well with the mac os 10 platform and vw? any experience with the latest epson, the 4000?

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We bought the HP 130nr in June, as a replacement for an Epson 3000, and have been very pleased with it. Colour output is impressive and simple line drawings come out just fine on plain bond paper.

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you might want a 24 x 36 size print sometimes. the 4000 can't do that. it also is really a photographers printer versus a cad printer. Kinda like using a ferrari as a family car. I have a epson 9600 and love it but I use it more for fine art than cad. You might want a 7600 they are not that much more than a 4000 and you get 24 x 36 with it. the hp inks on their "low end" plotters will fade pretty quickly. epson ultrachrome inks are great and do not fade nearly as fast.

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We use the Epson 7600 and are very pleased, not only with the printer/inks/quality but also with Epson's excellent support for the Mac platform. NOT something we found with HP. You might consider looking on eBay for a reconditioned one. We did.

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